posted 01.15.14 at 9.59 a.m. by Matt DaSilva

Yale 'X-Factor' Dempster Will Not Rejoin Team

Yale's hopes of becoming a more offensive-oriented men's lacrosse team took a hit Wednesday, when coach Andy Shay revealed that senior attackman Deron Dempster will not be with the team in 2014.

Dempster, a crafty scorer from Orangeville, Ont., missed the 2013 season when he was not enrolled with the university. He was expected to return this season to fortify the Bulldogs' attack alongside senior Brendan Mangan and junior Conrad Overbeck.

"Deron Dempster will no longer be on our team," Shay told LaxMagazine.com's Gary Lambrecht on Wednesday. "I won't be able to comment on his situation."

In the February edition of Lacrosse Magazine, which mails to US Lacrosse members later this month, Lambrecht lists Dempster as an "X-Factor" for the Bulldogs, who are ranked No. 12 in Lacrosse Magazine's preseason top 20.

Dempster burst onto the scene as Yale's most improved player in 2012, when he scored 37 goals in 14 games, including a record eight goals in an Ivy League tournament semifinal win over Cornell. In the article, Lambrecht speculates that the Bulldogs will need to compensate for the loss of two four-year stalwarts on defense (Peter Johnson and Michael McCormack) by generating 11-12 goals per game on offense. Dempster loomed large in that projection.

"Can we be an eight-goal team and still win, or will we need to be an 11-goal team a little more often? We're going to be finding that out on the fly," Shay said.