Attackman Zack Greer, the NCAA's all-time leading scorer, transferred from Duke to Bryant in late August. He has one year of eligibility remaining. Greer is enrolled in Bryant's one-year business school. He also is reuinted with one of his coaches at Duke, Mike Pressler. Bryant is in its first year as a Division I program and also added transfers from Navy and Colgate.
The Orange added two transfers; oddly, each is from a Big East Conference school. Defenseman John Lade, a sophomore, transferred from Villanova. Midfielder Scott Kahoe, a fifth-year senior, transferred from Georgetown.
Lade was a member of the United States U-19 team over the summer. In the spring, he started every game and led the Wildcats with 53 groundballs. He also took 39 faceoffs (and won 17).
Kahoe was IL's No. 8 recruit in '04. He started games in '08 and '06 for Georgetown but for the most part his career was slowed by injuries. "I cannot overstate how excited I am to play in [Syracuse's] system," Kahoe said over the summer.
The move to DI means a new schedule. Among the Bulldogs' opponents are defending NCAA semifinalist Virginia; defending Ivy League co-champion Brown; '08 NCAA Tournament participant Loyola; and Patriot League regular-season champion Army.
Junior attackman Chris Boland is back and is playing this fall. Boland was ineligible last year but, in '06, was IL's No. 6 recruit. He played extensively in the final four as a freshman in '07. He was a rare three-time high school All-American at Boys' Latin (Md.).
Midfielder Andrew Athens transferred from Robert Morris. Prior to that, Athens was a standout at Northern High (Md.) and was a second-team All-Region XX player at Anne Arundel CC in '06.
Standout attackman-midfielder Cody Jamieson has enrolled in school but is not yet eligible to play, according to published reports.
The transfers have given the Orange 50 players on its fall roster, not including Jamieson. That includes 12 close defensemen.
Incredibly, the Orange nearly had at least one more high-profile transfer: the player named at the top of this story. Greer told IL that he considered transferring to Syracuse but that the move did not work out. IL has learned that Greer considered Syracuse strong enough that Syracuse's coaches spoke informally with at least one upperclassman about being Greer's roommate.
Christian Swezey is a contributor to Inside Lacrosse.