(Photo Courtesy of Jacksonville Athletics)
Nothing has been more of an impact on the college lacrosse offseason landscape than the NCAA Transfer Portal.
While transfers have always been pretty regular in college lacrosse, the portal turned things up a notch. The NCAA’s Transfer Portal allows players to enter their name and test the waters without permission from their current program. The portal has made transferring much easier for the athlete and with the extra eligibility given to spring sport athletes lasts season, portal season was wilder than ever.
Throughout the 2022 season, Lacrosse Bucket will track the performance of transfers from week to week and examine some of the top performers.
Keegan Khan, A, Maryland: The former Villanova Wildcat has himself one heck of a debut in College Park, tallying four goals and two assists for six points in the Terrapins’ season-opening win over High Point. Khan was the second-leading point-getter behind Logan Wisnauskas.
Max Waldbaum, A, Jacksonville: The Dolphins fell 11-8 against Johns Hopkins on Saturday, but Waldbaum made a massive splash. The Tufts transfer put up four goals and one assists for a five-point outing. That included a first-half hat trick.
Mitch Bartolo, A, Rutgers: After playing at midfield during his career at Penn, Bartolo has taken his talents and been moved to attack. In his debut with the Scarlet Knights, he put up a career-high five goals and added an assists for six points to help in 15-6 win over LIU.
Sam Stephan, FO, Rutgers: A former Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineer, Stephan went 8-for-12 (66%) in Rutgers’ season-opener against LIU.
Bryan McIntosh, D, Hofstra: On Sunday, the Hofstra Pride opened the season with an 8-7 win over Merrimack. McIntosh was a leader on the defense as the Mount St. Mary’s collected four ground balls and caused one turnover.
Luke Millican, G, Jacksonville: In his debut with the Dolphins, the former North Carolina Tar Heels made a massive impact with a 17-save performance in an 11-8 loss against Johns Hopkins. 10 of those saves came in the second half.