- Aug 15, 2011
SU will have some interesting decisions to make at close next year. Mellen is clearly a lock but after that there are multiple options. Kennedy is a terror in the open field but opponents have adjusted to him when he gets in the offensive end and he has looked really good when bumped down to close a few times this year. With a couple of highly rated LSM's coming in next fall and Fernandez back I wouldn't be shocked if Kennedy saw more time at close as I believe he will take over as the lock down defender the following year when Mellen graduates. If Kennedy plays close you have Murphy/Staats/Dipetro battling for the third spot with Kennedy's younger brother and Frosh Zack Lee in the mix as well. Don't know a ton about Owen Hull who is a frosh this year and I think is red-shirting.That's right! I forgot about Staats! SU has recruited defensemen pretty well. I hope there isn't a huge drop off on defense next year. I think with Porter and so many SSDMs back, plus Mellen limiting the opponent's top threat, that the defense will be solid.