Jack McBride Pursues Post-Grad Transfer
Jack McBride, a former first team All-American attackman whose senior season was derailed by a re-aggravated groin injury, will graduate from Princeton this spring and will likely land at another Division I men's lacrosse program to use his medical redshirt year of eligibility and pursue a graduate degree, LaxMagazine.com's Justin Feil reported last week.
McBride did not return a call seeking comment about where he could end up next year. But from a purely speculative standpoint, here are three options that would make sense:
Why not hook back up with Bill Tierney, the man that recruited McBride to Princeton in the first place? Since his monumental move west, Tierney has led the Pioneers to consecutive ECAC championships and NCAA tournament appearances. He has even said this year's Denver squad has the fiber of a final four contender. McBride could step in for Todd Baxter, a senior this year, on the Pioneers' attack in 2012. Imagine McBride opposite Mark Matthews, Denver's all-time leading scorer, with Alex Demopoulos feeding both at will. And oh yeah, before his senior season went down the tubes, McBride was a fifth-round draft pick (27th overall) of the Denver Outlaws in the Major League Lacrosse draft. What East Coast lifer would not jump at this opportunity if afforded him?
The ACC has become something of a post-grad haven for Ivy League lacrosse players with extra eligibility – players like Jesse Fehr, the former Harvard attackman who has 10 goals this season for Duke; like Jonathan Livadas, the former Dartmouth midfielder who won a national championship with Duke in 2010; like Todd Faiella, the former Brown defenseman who came to Virginia and helped Ken Clausen found Men's Lacrosse Mustache Madness; and like Chad Gaudet, a long pole faceoff man who transferred from Dartmouth to Virginia for his fifth year. Duke makes sense on a lot of levels for McBride. The Blue Devils will need someone to step in for Zach Howell on attack when he graduates, and McBride would take a lot of the pressure off rising stars Jordan Wolf and Christian Walsh, who will be just sophomores. McBride's older sister Jessica played at Duke. His oldest sister Alex also graduated from Duke. Also, Delbarton School (N.J.) grads such as McBride have enjoyed success in Durham. Ever heard of Ned Crotty?
The family connections here are not as strong -- McBride's father went to Georgetown Medical School -- and the coaching situation on the Hilltop appears unstable. (Assistant coach Matt Rienzo reportedly resigned this week, and head coach Dave Urick could be on the hot seat.) Nonetheless, McBride has two years tutelage in Chris Bates' box lacrosse-style offense, and would therefore make a nice counterpart to Canadian Travis Comeau.