Syracuse Orange Men’s Lacrosse Adds Portal Graduate Cole Kirst Transfer
The off-season game of musical chairs known as the transfer gate keeps the music going, and this time it’s more good news for the Syracuse Orange.
Last Friday afternoon, it was reported that the former Lehigh forward Cole Kirst will join the Orange men’s lacrosse team next year as a graduate transfer, according to former TNIAAM contributor Chris Jastrzembski:
I was told that former Lehigh forward Cole Kirst was heading for @CuseMLAX as a graduate transfer. He will also enroll in Newhouse.
Joins Alex Simmons who came from Denver as a transfer to Syracuse.
— Chris Jastrzembski (@Chris_Jast) May 20, 2022
According to Lehigh Athletics WebsiteCole was an undergraduate journalism student, so we can all be grateful that his future career aspirations helped lead him to Newhouse and SU.
Kirst had four very solid years for the Mountain Hawks, scoring 81 points (55G, 26A) in 47 career games. He was particularly productive in his junior and senior seasons, producing 64 points in 24 games for 2.7 points per game. Last season, he finished fourth on the team with 30 points while playing just 12 of the team’s 15 games.
He becomes the second graduate transfer to join SU this offseason after Denver’s former attack/midfielder Alex Simmons, who committed to ‘Cuse less than two weeks ago. Both are expected to play very important roles for the team next season as veteran veterans touch in the youth fresco for Syracuse’s offense.
Cole brings a physically imposing frame to SU, which the Orange attack currently lacks. Standing at 6’3″, 210 pounds, his height provides a different look for a defense against the Orange than many of their smaller roster players like Owen Hiltz, Joey Spallina and Alex Simmons, among others.
Kirst doesn’t project as having Simmons’ positional versatility, having played attack at Lehigh while Simmons alternated with midfield. With so many new pieces for Orange’s attack next season, it will be fascinating to see how the coaching staff maneuver them all to fit together, especially since it’s likely there are already two names in attack in Hiltz and Spallina.
Where does Kirst fit into the mix? We don’t know exactly yet, but we do know that ‘Cuse just added a great veteran lacrosse player to next year’s roster. And that’s definitely good news. Welcome to Syracuse, Cole!