Colin Burke, attackman, has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal and is not with Fairfield for the 2019 season, which would be his senior year. Burke has led the Stags in point for the past three seasons.
Burke is a huge loss to the Fairfield program as he had been the leader for that Stags offense since stepping on the field as a freshman in 2016. Last season as junior Burke tallied 40 points (17G,23A) for the Stags. As a sophomore in 2017, Burke was named 1st team ALL-CAA and CAA Preseason Player of the Year.
The attackman is pretty high up in the record books at Fairfield, 5th all-time in points with 144 and 7th all-time in assist with 55. Burke is also ranked 9th all-time in goals with 89.
Without Burke leading the Stags offense this season they will have to look at guys such as Dylan Beckwith and Taylor Strough. Beckwith had 5 points in the Stags season opening loss against St. Joseph’s. Strough tallied 4 points in the loss.
Burke’s list of potential landing spots is not know at the moment, but we will likely know more as the season winds down. Burke will have one year of eligibility left wherever he lands.
The NCAA’s new transfer rule went into effect on October 15th and players could start putting their names in on that date. If you don’t know the NCAA Transfer Portal is a website that contains a list of players names, email addresses, school, sport, and NCAA ID number. A player’s name goes into the portal after they request a release from their school. The portal has revolutionized the NCAA transfer process as players no longer have to request a release from their head coach as they just notify the compliance office of their intent to transfer.
Players who enter the transfer portal don’t necessarily have to leave as they still can remain part of the team. However, a coach can take away the players scholarship at the end of that semester. Think of it as a type of free agency for college athletes.
There has been much talk of the transfer portal in college football as schools like Miami and Oklahoma have been gaining talent through the portal. The same is true for college lacrosse, but it’s obviously not at the same level yet. I expect the transfer portal to heat up a little more as the season ends.
Over the break in between the fall and spring semesters the transfer portal was giving and taking in college lacrosse as there were quite a few guys who put their names in the portal.
Here is a look at some of the players that have put their name in the transfer portal and have found a landing spot or have yet to do so.
Kevin Lambe, FO/M, Wagner – Bellarmine
Raffaele Bagnato, G, Canisius – High Point
Henry Berg, M, Mount St. Mary’s – Saint Joseph’s
Steven Schneider, M, North Carolina – Michigan
Christian Trahan, FO/M, UMass – Boston U.
Harry Wellford, M, Virginia – Bucknell
Griffin Gelinas, A, Michigan – Gettysburg (DIII)
Jesse James West, A, Lehigh – Montclair State (DIII)
JT Forkin, A, Syracuse – NYIT (DII) (Grad student)
Griffin Demilt, M, Canisius – Denison (DIII)
Nate Arnold, D, Richmond – Le Moyne (DII)
Cody Foster, M, Jacksonville – Southwestern (DIII)
George Wichelns, A, Maryland – ?
Evan Malgier, LSM, Maryland – ?
Zach Green, A, Maryland – ?
Cole Johnston, M, Maryland – ?
Peyton Bogard, LSM, Maryland – ? (Still listed on roster)