(Photo Courtesy of Yale Athletics)
The 2022 college lacrosse season is in the books. And just like always, there were freshmen who stood out amongst the rest and shined during their first season of college lacrosse.
Over the next week and change, Lacrosse Bucket will be highlighting freshmen who made significant impacts at their respective positions during the 2022 season. Here is a look at some of the top freshmen at the attack position.
Before we get started, I must lay out that for this exercise I am only including players who were listed as true freshman on their team’s roster instead of including all “first-year” players, which would include redshirt freshman and, this year, some sophomores.
Leo Johnson, A, Yale – A starter from day one for Andy Shay’s Bulldogs, Johnson lived up to the hype he had coming out of high school and proved to be one of the best freshman in college lacrosse this past season. Playing on that left side for the Yale attack, Johnson started the season with hat trick against Villanova and never slowed down, finishing the year with a grand total of 64 points off 35 goals and 29 assists. He was Yale’s second-leading scorer.
Connor Davis, A, Bucknell – An impact player and started since day one, Davis made his mark this past spring as one of the most productive freshman goal-scorers in college lacrosse. Davis was Bucknell’s leading goal-scorer with 45 while also dishing out seven assists for a grand total of 52 points.
Chris Lyons, A, Yale – Lyons was thrown into the fire mid-game against Cornell on March 19th and never came out, playing and starting in Yale’s final 12 games of the season. One of two freshmen, along with Johnson, on that attack line, Lyons provided another solid option on offense and flourished as he ended the year with 36 goals and 12 assists for 48 points as Yale’s third-leading scorer.
Bobby O’Grady, A, Marquette – Starting the season with a four-goal game against Bellarmine in which he hit the game-winner in triple overtime, O’Grady only continued to impress during a season in which he was named the Big East Rookie of The Year. He tallied 45 goals and had five helpers for 50 points as the Golden Eagles’ leading scorer.
Jackson Intrieri, A, Jacksonville – Helping to headline the cinderella of a season that John Galloway’s Dolphins had, Interieri emerged as one of Jacksonville’s top weapons at the attack spot with 31 goals and 30 assists for 61 points on the year.
Ryan Cohen, A, Michigan – Asked to step into a starting role due to Bryce Clay suffering a season-ending injury in the fall, Cohen proved to be a big asset of the Michigan offense. The Boca Raton, Fla., native tallied 53 points (29G/24A).
Sam King, A, Harvard – Helping the Harvard Crimson reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014, King led the way with a team-high 46 points off 25 goals and 21 assists.
Jack McKenna, A, Fairfield – The CAA Rookie of The Year, McKenna was a huge part of what was Fairfield’s first full season going at least .500 since 2016. McKenna had a team-high 43 goals while also dishing out three assists.
Pratt Reynolds, A, Siena – Starting from day one, Reynolds proved to be an invaluable asset on that Siena attack line along with Jack Kiernan. Reynolds ended the season with a team-high 33 goals while also dishing out eight assists.
Coulter Mackesy, A, Princeton – In his second-ever start against Rutgers, Mackesy had four goals and two assists in a huge rivalry win. From that point on, he only continued to work into this Princeton offense and ended the season with 28 goals and 15 assists for 43 points.