Albany Great Danes sophomore face-off specialist TD Ierlan is looking to transfer out to another school, multiple sources have told College Crosse. WNY Lax also reported the probable transfer.
Marisa Ingemi has heard from multiple sources Ierlan will likely attend Cornell next year:
A couple sources have told me TD Ierlan to Cornell is the likely result of his Albany transfer— Marisa Ingemi (@Marisa_Ingemi) June 6, 2018
Ierlan’s brother, Chayse, will attend Cornell in the fall as an incoming goalie. Last year, the Big Red relied on sophomore Paul Rasimowicz, who went 51.8% on his draws last year.
Outside of Cornell, another school that has rumored to be interested in Ierlan is Syracuse. Both schools are within a short drive from Ierlan’s hometown of Victor, New York.
One source says Ierlan is in the process of getting a release from the university after head coach Scott Marr refused to grant it. He is working with Albany’s athletic department to get his release. It should be completed within the coming days or weeks.
However, Matt Kinnear of Inside Lacrosse writes he currently has a conditional release, meaning coaches that aren’t on Albany’s 2019 schedule can talk to Ierlan. Cornell and Syracuse are on Albany’s schedule for next season, so Peter Milliman or John Desko are not allowed to talk to him until a full release has been granted.
The same source believes Ierlan is seeking a more structured and disciplined program than the one at Albany, which is generally considered to be more relaxed than others.
Ierlan was a USILA second team All-American last season after recording a record-setting season with Albany. He won 359 face-offs for a 79.1% win percentage and recorded 254 ground balls, all of which are NCAA records. He also contributed on offense with six goals and five assists.
As a freshman, he was a USILA third team All-American, winning 323 face-offs for a 70.8% win percentage, second in the nation, along with 202 ground balls, which was an Albany record. He also scored four goals and six assists.
Similar to last year’s situation with Ryder Garnsey, a release does not necessarily mean he will transfer from Albany. However, baring a change of heart or another unexpected outcome, all signs point to Albany losing one of the best returning face-off men in the country.