We got our first batch of transfer news of the summer! All of them are former Under Armour All-Americans! Who are they?
Three former UA AA's transferring:— Ty Xanders (@tyxanders) June 19, 2016
Henry Grass, A, JHU to 'Cuse
Sean Cerrone, M, 'Nova to Duke
Hunter Sells, G, JHU to Bucknell
Two Hopkins guys are departing (one to Cuse, WHAT'S GOOD!), and a Nova kid is heading to Duke. Let's dive into each guy.
HENRY GRASS, ATTACK/MIDFIELD - FRESHMAN (2016 SCHOOL: JOHNS HOPKINS)
Grass was the 38th best incoming freshman last year and the 12th best freshman attackman, according to Inside Lacrosse. He did not appear in any games with the Blue Jays last season, so he could have taken a redshirt year. He played his high school ball at Bronxville, a Section 1 team in New York. He's the all-time leading scorer in Section 1 history, with over 400 career points. On Hopkins' website, he's listed at 6-2, 195 lbs, which is very similar to that of rising redshirt-sophomore midfielder Brad McKinney. His brother, Jack, was a reserve attackman in 2014 and redshirted in 2015. He was not on the roster for the 2016 season. In a Fallball post last season, Geoff Shannon noted that he needed to work on his dodging.
Impact for Cuse: The Orange lose Dylan Donahue and Tim Barber at attack. Jordan Evans is the lone returning attacker, but there were guys such as rising sophomores Nate Solomon and Devin Shewell that played a good chunk of meaningful minutes for Syracuse this season. If BOSS Desko and assistant Kevin Donahue like what they see from those two, the right-hander could move to the midfield, which is what Nick Mariano did last year when he transferred from UMass. Sergio Salcido is the other returnee on the first midfield, so there's a spot open there. Could a guy like Matt Lane or Ryan Simmons or Nick Weston move up? Or could incoming freshman Jamie Trimboli take that spot from the start?
SEAN CERRONE, MIDFIELD - SOPHOMORE (2016 SCHOOL: VILLANOVA)
The 5-11, 190 lb. Cerrone made an immediate impact on the Main Line right from the start. The Chaminade grad made 13 starts and played in all of Nova's 14 games in 2015, where he scored 12 goals and 24 assists, and was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. But last year, his point total dipped to just seven goals and 14 assists, while making only nine starts, but still appeared in all 14 of Villanova's games. He was pulled in favor of senior Matt McIver, and decided to transfer over to BOSS Danowski's place.
Impact for Duke: Cerrone's transfer will help slightly ease the losses of Myles Jones and Deemer Class in the midfield. Jack Bruckner returns as a senior, while rising sophomores Brad Smith and John Prendergast played a ton of time on the second midfield. Duke is also getting two top midfield recruits in Reilly Walsh, a Brunswick School grad, and Terry Lindsay of Georgetown Prep.
HUNTER SELLS, GOALTENDER - FRESHMAN (2016 SCHOOL: JOHNS HOPKINS)
Another Blue Jay using his wings to fly away. The All-American goaltender is taking his talents to Bucknell after not appearing in 2016. Last year, Sells was the 15th best freshman and the 2nd best incoming goaltender, according to Inside Lacrosse. He was a stalwart at Landon, and also played soccer for the Bears.
Impact for Bucknell: The Bison have three underclassmen in goal. Sophomore Brac McKee and freshman Joey Altemus backed up freshman Christian Klipstein last year. The Bison didn't get a goalie in the 2016 recruiting class either. Klipstein started all 15 games and recorded a .579 save percentage, where he led the Patriot League, and gave up 8.41 goals per game. Sells will compete with Klipstein, but it will be an intriguing battle for the starting gig.
It's just the beginning, so we'll definitely be seeing some more player movement in the next few weeks. All we need is just a little patience.