The Terriers of Boston University elected to not have any pre season contests against outside opponents, instead seeing what they have in their first four recruiting classes.
Joe McSorley is the highest touted prospect to join the Terriers as the freshman keeper comes from Calvert Hall. The 17th ranked freshman goalie in the country is expected to battle junior Colin MacDougall to be the backup to senior Christian Carson-Banister.
John MacLean is a local product from Medfield High School who just won a state tournament on the Nickerson Field turf.
Jackson Colling is another prospect who could earn playing time as an attackman out of Florida. An All-American last season, Colling is a pure scorer and especially if anyone is banged up, he could find time. Eric Haab is another scorer who will get time on the field.
BU is lucky to not lose a ton. Sam Tenney, who spent time at the first midfield line during portions of last season, is gone alone with backup FOGO Elliott Burr.
Burr did a lot to fill in when Sam Talkow was out at times last season, and his presence as a solid secondary FOGO will be hard to replace. Joe Stucky did take nine draws last season for third on the team.
Injuries hampered the Terriers last season as Cal Dearth, Brendan Homire, and Ryan Hilburn were out for periods of time, while Talkow was banged up all season. There are a few more injuries this pre season, but the team expects a full lineup this spring.
Since it is such a young team and developing depth, it will be the secondary scorers that will be relied on during parts of this year. Tristian Ruh was taking a few first line attack shifts during a scrimmage, and after being relegated to mostly the man up last season might have more of an impact. Adam Schaal is a senior and has started in every BU game since the program’s first season, his freshman year, three years ago.
A (Too Early) Prediction
Is this the year? The team at least thinks it is. After just missing on making the PL tournament the past two seasons, the Terriers have the goal of winning the whole thing.
If BU wants to win one of the toughest conferences in lacrosse, not to mention get into the post season, the Terriers need to limit turnovers and careless mistakes. Turnovers and a lack of clears was the Achilles heel last season, and maybe having an older team will put some of those issues to rest.
Cal Dearth is in his senior year and as the team’s leader could be poised to break out as he gets some final looks by MLL scouts. Talkow is one of the best FOGOs in the country, and Jack Wilson is now an upperclassman. If James Burr and Homire can build off their seasons last year, the Terriers could have a surprisingly dynamic team.