Opinion: Ryder Garnsey at Notre Dame

Ryder Garnsey to Stay at Notre Dame

Ryder Garnsey, a rising junior attackman, has decided to stay at Notre Dame after there were rumors that he request his release forms. Several rumors said that he was considering UVA, however, he would have had to sit out for one year since the school was in conference. College Crosse was the first to report this news.

This is a big deal for Notre Dame, as Garnsey was their leading scorer and an honorable mention All-American. With Sergio Perkovic leaving, Garnsey will likely have the keys to the offense. Garnsey is a dynamic player who often scores in unconventional ways. He also happens to have one of the most entertaining high school highlight reels ever:

Garnsey needs to elevate his level of play next year. Although an ACC Freshman of the Year + an Honorable Mention AA sound good, I do not think he has performed to the level he is capable of doing. He needs to get stronger so he can play against more physical defenders. His one-handed behind-the-back passes and no look shots do not work as well against elite Division 1 defenders, so he needs to find a way to add more layers to his game so he is less predictable.

Notre Dame is consistently underwhelming on offense, culminating in a 16-4 loss to Denver (granted, they did not have the ball very much). There are several examples of solid Notre Dame players who never got any better, and I think that is due to a lack of coaching. Matt Kavanaugh was a fantastic player but never improved that much, Sergio Perkovic’s game never changed, and poor Mikey Wynne has no one to pass him the ball. I have always enjoyed watching Wynne, and I think it is a shame that he’s never been given the recognition that other Notre Dame players have received.

Let’s hope Notre Dame can turn their last two seasons around and become the elite team that we are used to seeing.

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