(Photo Courtesy of Rutgers 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.
Kevin Mack, A, Stony Brook: Through two games, the former Michigan Wolverines is one of the top two point-getters with 10 points. Six of those came on Saturday as Mack tallied two goals and four assists to help lead the Seawolves past Robert Morris.
Ronan Jacoby, M, Rutgers: Jacoby had another strong performance with the Scarlet Knights on Saturday as he helped lead them to victory over Army West Point. Jacoby put up a season-high six goals in the win.
Max Waldbaum, A, Jacksonville: The Dolphins keep winning, going 2-0 last week as they beat Mercer and Marquette. Waldbaum combined for 10 points in those two games, tallying five goals and one assist against the Bears before having a hat trick and an assist against the Golden Eagles.
Kyle Berkeley, M, Towson: Last week, Towson went 1-1 as they beat Mount St. Mary’s and fell to Virginia. In both contests Berkely continued the high-level of play we’ve seen out of him thus far, putting up five points (1G/4A) against the Mountaineers and four points (2G/2A) against Virginia.
Mikey Drake, M, Fairfield: The former Notre Dame Fighting Irishman, Drake put up five points off one goal and four assists to help push Fairfield past Wagner 16-9 on Saturday.
Connor Calderone, FO, Boston U.: In the Terriers’ victory over No. 19 Bryant, the former Maryland Terrapin went 12_24 (50%). That included a fourth quarter in which he went 4-for-5. He also scored the first goal of the game off the opening faceoff win.
Chris Merle, SSDM, Stony Brook: A Virginia grad transfer, Merle has had a strong start with the Seawolves this season. On Saturday against Robert Morris, the defensive middie caused one turnover, scooped up three ground balls, and scored a goal.
Will Bowen, D, Georgetown: Matched up on Sam Handley for the majority of the game, Bowen put together a strong performance against the Penn Quakers on Saturday. Bowen ended the game with four caused turnovers and two ground balls. Three of those caused turnovers came against Handley.
Danny Cassidy, D, Wagner: Wagner fell to Fairfield on Saturday, but Danny Cassidy had a strong showing in his debut. The Former Stony Brook Seawolf caused two turnovers, scooped up three ground balls, and tallied two points with a goal and an assist.
Bobby Gavin, G, Syracuse: The Orange didn’t get the win against No. 1 Maryland in the Dome on Sunday afternoon, but Gavin had himself a strong game. The Virginia transfer made 11 saves in the loss.
Caton Johnson, G, Ohio State: Going up against his former team, Johnson had a strong performance to help the Buckeyes secure a massive 20-8 over North Carolina. Johnson ended the day with 13 saves on the day.