The Yale men’s lacrosse team’s chance of repeating as the national champion got a lot better on Thursday. The Bulldogs enter 2019 with several holes to fill, none more important than at the faceoff X with midfielder Conor Mackie ’18 graduating.
But if there was one player in the nation who could replace Mackie, Yale found him. Inside Lacrosse reported Thursday that Albany’s TD Ierlan, who led the nation in faceoff percentage last year, is transferring to Yale after requesting a release from Albany on June 7.
Ierlan won a record-setting 79.1 percent of his faceoffs during his sophomore year. He will enroll at Yale with two years of collegiate eligibility.
As a Great Dane, Ierlan helped carry Albany to a 17–3 record. Two of those losses came to Yale, including a season-ending 20–11 defeat in the national semifinals.
With attackers Matt Gaudet ’20 and Jackson Morrill ’20 as well as Ivy League Rookie of the Year Chris Fake ’21 returning, head coach Andy Shay will not be short for talent in 2019.