Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse University’s options for some defensive help on the lacrosse field just got a lot more interesting.
According to a report in Inside Lacrosse, Army defender Marcus Hudgins has entered the transfer portal. Hudgins is a former standout at West Genesee who now has the opportunity to consider his hometown college as the spot to spend his final two seasons of college eligibility.
His father told syracuse.com on Thursday that Syracuse will be considered.
Hudgins was a preseason first-team All-American heading into 2022 but did not play for the Black Knights this spring because of personal reasons.
Hudgins spent most of his career with the Black Knights guarding the opposing team’s top scorer. He was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year in 2021, as well as USILA second-team All-American and Inside Lacrosse third-team All-American. He started all 11 games for the nation’s No. 5 scoring defense, compiling 36 groundballs and 23 caused turnovers.
Syracuse finished 4-10 this season. The Orange ranked 63 out of 72 teams this season in scoring defense. In its last six games, all of them losses, SU surrendered 17.5 goals per game.
Hudgins’ younger brother, Nelson, is currently a senior defender with the Wildcats. He will attend the Kiski Prep School near Pittsburgh next season to concentrate on football and lacrosse.