ALBANY — According to a report from Inside Lacrosse, former University at Albany men’s lacrosse faceoff specialist TD Ierlan is headed to reigning national champion Yale.
That means Ierlan, who starred for two seasons at UAlbany, likely will play next season at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. Yale and UAlbany have played in each of the last four seasons, and another matchup between the teams is expected in 2019 on the Great Danes’ home field.
Yale beat UAlbany twice during the 2018 season, including in the national semifinals.
Earlier this month, UAlbany head coach Scott Marr confirmed Ierlan had received his release from the school and was seeking to transfer.
“Our program appreciates all the positive contributions TD made the last two years,” Marr said at the time. “Unfortunately, it just didn’t turn out to be the right fit. We wish him well in the future.”
A text message to Ierlan’s father Mike was not immediately returned Thursday.
Originally, it was speculated Ierlan would transfer to Cornell or Syracuse.
Ierlan, a rising junior, produced the best statistical season for a faceoff specialist in NCAA men’s lacrosse history as a sophomore. In a campaign that saw him named the America East Defensive Player of the Year and a second-team All-American, Ierlan set single-season records for faceoff winning percentage (79.1), ground balls per game (13.4), total faceoffs won (359) and total ground balls (254).
In total, Ierlan won 682 of 910 faceoffs (74.9 percent) and collected a program-record 456 ground balls for the Great Danes. Three times at UAlbany, Ierlan recorded perfect faceoff outings. In 37 games, Ierlan’s faceoff record was 32-4-1.