Chip Malafronte of the New Haven Register’s CT Insider dropped a huge post today stating that Yale men’s lacrosse star TD Ierlan will return to the Bulldogs for the 2021 season. A link to the report can be found here.
TD Ierlan, a three-time All-American and the most successful faceoff specialist in NCAA history, plans to return to the Yale men’s lacrosse team next spring. His return is an enormous benefit for the Bulldogs with far-reaching national implications.
The article goes on to say that as a transfer student TD was not on track to graduate with his fellow Yale seniors this year because he still had a semester’s worth of credits to complete for his Political Science degree, as all of his credits from his time at Albany did not carry over to Yale.
To comply with Yale & Ivy League policy TD will withdraw from school for the fall semester and then re-enroll in the spring. Doing so would allow him to be in compliance with the Ivy League’s strict policy that forbids student athletes from playing a 5th year.
TD, who was picked 1st overall in Monday’s MLL Draft, was cautiously optimistic about the entire situation, as he stated that he spoke to numerous administrators at Yale who all agreed that “he remains an undergraduate eligible for lacrosse under school, Ivy League and NCAA rules.”
This is of course a big reversal of fortune for Yale, as the Class of 2020 was going to leave some big shoes to fill next season. While coach Shay had a great class of freshman coming in the fall, the return of best face-off man in college lacrosse history would be a major boost for the Bulldogs.
“To have TD back for another year,” Yale coach Andy Shay said. “It’s a big deal.” Indeed.