The Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse team got some good news to end their weekend, as it was announced that Johns Hopkins attack/midfielder Henry Grass will transfer to Syracuse. The news was first reported by Ty Xanders of Recruiting Rundown on his Twitter account.
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
Grass did not play in a single game as a freshman for the Blue Jays this past season, as he was stuck behind Ryan Brown, Shack Stanwick, Wilkins Dismuke and fellow freshman Kyle Marr on the depth chart.
Entering the year, Grass was ranked as the no. 38 incoming freshman in the country and the no. 12 attackman by Inside Lacrosse. He was an Under Armour All-American as a senior at Bronxville High School (Bronxville, N.Y.).
On the surface, this seems like a good fit for both player and program. Syracuse is in need of new options at the attack position after the graduation of Dylan Donahue and Tim Barber this past season, and Grass is a former high school All-American who just fell into their lap to add immediate depth. With two recently vacated slots on the starting attack line, Grass has an opportunity here to do what he probably wouldn't have for the Blue Jays: start.
The Orange have a recent history of adding players at the attack position who have ended up making important contributions and, in some cases, having fantastic careers. This year's recently graduated seniors are good examples of that. Doanhue (Air Force) and Barber (OCC) both began their careers somewhere else. Nick Mariano (UMASS) and Nick Piroli (Brown) were last year's transfers at attack, although Mariano has since transitioned to midfield. Going back even further, the Orange have added the likes of Randy Staats (OCC), Nicky Galasso (UNC - moved to midfield), Tommy Palasek (Johns Hopkins) and Cody Jameison (OCC).
If Henry Grass can approach the contributions of any of these players in Orange, then the Syracuse lacrosse community will feel pretty good about the move. Welcome to Orange country, Henry! Best of luck moving forward.
Syracuse finished the 2016 season with a record of 12-5, losing in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals to Maryland and pushing their longest NCAA Title winning drought since the first title in 1983 to seven years.