Breakout Players From 2022: Specialists

(Photo Courtesy of Maryland 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, Lacrosse Bucket will be highlighting some of the players who broke out at each position during the 2022 season.

Here is a look at some breakout players at the faceoff and goalie positions from this past season.

*Note: This list does not include first-year players.*

Luke Wierman, FO, Maryland: Arguably the most improved player in college lacrosse this past season, Wierman went 298-for-451 (66%) and ended the season second in DI in faceoff win percentage. Just a year prior, he went 45% (87-for-192). Wierman’s improved play allowed him to serve as somewhat of a lynchpin for the undefeated national champions.

Justin Wietfeldt, FO, Michigan: After being the back up last season, Wietfeldt shared duties heavily with Nick Rowlett in 2022. Wietfeldt played in 14 of the Wolverines’ 15 games and went 120-for-195 (61%) at the dot. He ranked second in the Big Ten and fourth in DI in winning percentage.

Caleb Hammett, FO, UMass: Hammett saw action in three games in 2021 before redshirting. This spring, he emerged as the primary option at the faceoff dot for the Minutemen and thrived. Hammett went 185-for-301 (61%) at the dot and ended the season ranked fifth nationally in winning percentage.

Bo Columbus, FO, Robert Morris: The lone transfer on this list, Columbus arrived in Moon Township after a year at DII Mercyhurst and provided an immediate solution to the Colonials’ facoff woes. Columbus went 179-for-324 (55%) at the dot.

Jamie Zusi, FO, Penn: Coming into this spring, Zusi had only seen action in one game (vs Cabrini in 2021). But by the time the season came to a close, he had asserted himself as one of the best faceoff men in the Ivy League. Zusi went 183-for-336 (54%).

Zach Vigue, G, Richmond: After redshirting last season, Vigue was tasked with stepping in between the pipes and replacing another great Richmond goalie: Jack Rusbuldt. Vigue did that and more, making 128 saves with a 55% save percentage while helping the Spiders to a SoCon championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Jason Rose, G, Air Force: Jason Rose stepped into cage as the starter for the final four games of the 2021 season and has never left. Being the starter from season’s beginning to season’s end, he made 180 saves with a 54% save percentage while helping the Falcons to an ASUN semifinals appearance. That included an 18-save performance against Denver and 21-save game v.s Bryant.

Shane Carr, G, Michigan: Following a 2021 campaign in which he had been the backup behind John Kiracofe, Carr emerged as the Wolverines’ starter and made 179 saves with a 53% save percentage while earning second team All-Big Ten honors.

Connor Theriault, G, Brown: Dubbed, “The People’s Goalie,” Theriault was tasked with filling the sizable hole left in cage due to the graduation of Phil Goss. The sophomore Theriault stepped up to the task and thrived, making 203 saves with a 53% save percentage. That included a 24-save performance against Cornell.

Robbie Seeley, G, Saint Joseph’s: Seeley took over as the started in between the pipes for the Hawks in early March never looked back, manning the cage as the starter for the final 12 games of the season while making 134 saves with a 54% save percentage during the Hawks’ run to their first NEC title and NCAA Tournament appearance.

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