Maryland men’s lacrosse adds pair of Vermont defenders

After losing a heart breaker to Army in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Maryland men’s lacrosse went straight to work on recruiting in the transfer portal to regain momentum.

Maryland landed a pair of commitment commitments from former Vermont defenders in Nick Alviti and Jackson Canfield. The first team All-American East duo will join the Terps as grad transfers for the 2024 season, as first reported by Ty Xanders of Inside Lacrosse.

After turning to Vermont last offseason to add Jake Bernhardt as the new offensive coordinator, Maryland turned back to Vermont in order to bolster their backline. Bernhardt will now get the chance to have his offense practice against the two elite defenders every day in practice once again.

With the Terps losing John Geppert to graduation, there was a big hole in the long stick midfielder (LSM) spot that head coach John Tillman was going to need to fill and he will look to Alviti to fill that role. Alviti is a 6-foot-2, 185 pound LSM out of New Fairfield Connecticut. At Vermont, Alviti was a two time first team all-conference pick. In 2022, Alviti set the school record of caused turnovers in a season with 32, and added another 24 to his resume this season as well. In 2022, Alviti also picked up a whopping 88 ground balls which was second on the team just behind their face off man. This season however, Alviti only picked up 40 ground balls which is still impressive. Alviti, like Geppert, was used a lot in transition up in Vermont. Over the last two seasons, Alviti had 22 total points off of 12 goals and ten assists. The Terps will now rely on Alviti as the guy to look to in the LSM spot while in transition to help with the scoring.

The Terps will also be losing Brett Makar after becoming the third overall pick in the PLL draft this season. With his absence, the Terps will have a very large hole to fill at close defense and Canfield will be one of the possibilities the Terps look towards to fill Makar’s spot in 2024. Like Alviti, Canfield is also a two time first team all-conference selection. Canfield tallied 32 caused turnovers and 81 ground balls picked up over the last two seasons. However, the one thing Canfield did not do much of was take the ball into the offensive side of the field for Vermont. Thanks to Alviti, Vermont rarely used Canfield in transition and in the clearing game which is a big reason why he only tallied one total point in the last two seasons. Canfield will be battling with guys like AJ Larkin and George Stamos who were freshman this season, for the final close defender spot given the Terps do not add any other close defenders in the portal.

With the Terps already returning most of their roster for the 2024 season currently, there were not many holes to fill. But with the additions of Alviti and Canfield for next season, the Terps have now bolstered a defensive group that was going to be losing two key players from last season. With multiple players that can make an impact left in the portal, head coach John Tillman could be on the prowl to reload once more.

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