It didn’t take long for the first major story of the NCAA offseason to hit. Inside Lacrosse reported this morning that Albany’s TD Ierlan, the second-team All-American and the nation’s leader in FO percentage, has been granted his release for a transfer.
Only a rising junior, the Victor, NY product had an awesome year for the Danes. He posted a .791 winning percentage for the season and held his own against Trevor Baptiste. He’s sure to be a hot commodity. But where will he land?
As very much outside sources, we’d like to take a few guesses. Here they are, ranked:
If there’s anything Loyola’s showed us in the last couple weeks, it’s that they aren’t afraid to poach players. They just scooped up middie Corey Millhouse from UVA and defenseman Cam James from NAPS. Loyola will be looking to reload and propel this senior class that includes Tewaaraton finalist Pat Spencer and keeper Jacob Stover to Championship Weekend. They need a replacement at the X for Mike Orefice, who didn’t look to have a viable backup all year. Ierlan is a scoring threat, just like Orefice, so he’d be a great fit for Loyola. It seems like he’d rather stay closer to home in Upstate NY, but Ridley is such a sick venue he might just be coaxed.
This is one of the names being thrown around the most today. It’s the closest team to his hometown, he dusted their faceoff guy this year, plus they’ll be competitive next year, bringing back most of their team’s core. However, Ierlan’s release has a condition stating he can’t go anywhere on Albany’s schedule. He’d have to appeal this to join the Orange.
Huh? Yeah there’s still a great chance he stays a Great Dane. Ryder Garnsey is the best recent example of a player who was granted is release but ended up sticking around. If Ierlan can’t get past the schedule clause to go to a team on the Danes’ schedule, or if he gets cold feet for a different reason, we could very well see him in purple and gold again.
This is the obvious first guess. Under Armour All-American goalie Chayse Ierlan, TD’s younger brother, will be a freshman at Cornell this fall. Like Syracuse, Ithaca is close to home with a good team coming back next year. Also like Syracuse, Cornell is on Albany’s schedule, which would require that appeal.
Regardless where Ierlan ends up, we wish him the best. He comes across as a great kid in interviews and there’s no doubt he’ll continue to dominate, no matter what uni he’s in.