All-World Faceoff Specialist TD Ierlan Set to Join Pioneers This Week Program Confirms, Eligible Next Game

A couple of months ago, TD Ierlan, the greatest faceoff specialist in men’s collegiate lacrosse, announced his plans to transfer to Denver and join his former Yale teammates, Jackson Morrill and Lucas Cotler. Just this morning, according to US Lacrosse Magazine, Ierlan himself confirmed that he has been accepted at the University of Denver and will be eligible to play against Villanova next Sunday. The program has not yet confirmed the transfer, however. As a reminder for those who forgot what the quarter system is, this transfer is made possible by Denver’s academic system. Winter Quarter ends on Friday which means Ierlan’s transfer for academic purposes will be made official when the new academic term ‘begins’ Saturday.

The ninth-ranked Pioneers have been playing great lacrosse since dropping two-straight on the road to then-#1 Duke and now-#1 North Carolina. Since then, Denver topped in-state rival Air Force before steamrolling its way through the early part of its BIG EAST portion of the schedule, going 3-0 with victories over Marquette (10-9), Providence (23-10), and St. John’s (20-6). Meanwhile, current faceoff specialist Alec Stathakis has had a great season already, winning 108 of 164 total faceoffs this year (65.9%) including 65 of 88 (73.9%) in his last four games.

It will be interesting to watch how Ierlan fits into Bill Tierney’s plans for the rest of the season and whether Ierlan will take the starting job outright from Stathakis or if he plans to employ a kind of faceoff tandem between two of the best faceoff specialists men’s college lacrosse has to offer this year. But in the meantime, before Ierlan can officially play next weekend, Denver still has a massive matchup against BIG EAST rival and top-five foe #4 Georgetown tomorrow afternoon, postponed from Saturday due to the slow-arriving blizzard that hammered the state yesterday.

3/17/2021 UPDATE

On Wednesday morning, the Denver Men’s Lacrosse program officially confirmed that TD Ierlan will be joining the team on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s originally-scheduled and now-postponed matchup at Villanova:

Photo: Rich Barnes, US Lacrosse Magazine

7 thoughts on “All-World Faceoff Specialist TD Ierlan Set to Join Pioneers This Week Program Confirms, Eligible Next Game”

  1. Yale has 4 or so basketball players in the portal who will be eligible next year. ( they may have 2 years of eligibility since 2019-2020 players all got a free extra year and the IVY hoopsters have not used theirs.) Sight unseen, lets grab them all for next year and they also can earn a DU Masters Degree. Dunker is not being glib. Ivy basketball players available are not good enough for Power 5 Conferences. Reach out Carlton.

  2. Perhaps we could have all Yale athletes just transfer to DU, the Yale endowment of $30+ billion transferred to DU and all DU degrees for all students awarded in the last 100 years be changed over to Yale degrees!

    I could go for that! πŸ™‚

  3. Smirk of irony? Moi? πŸ˜‰

    And while the Yale endowment may never arrive at DU, I would like that Yale degree, though!

    In reality, I like all these Yale transfers coming to Denver. All great kids who add something special to the DU culture.

    From a pure lax standpoint, I am not sure if Irelan is going to add as much as some believe he will. The NCAA faceoff rules have changed this year to take away the very advantages that he once created. He also hasn’t taken a college faceoff in a year, and we don’t know how he’ll do under the new rules. Finally, Stathakis has done very well so far taking draws for DU, so I doubt they just hand TD the starting job…

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