January 8, 2014

Startup Boston U. Adds Penn State Transfer Davis

Former high school All-American Sammy Davis has transferred from Penn State to Boston University, which plays its first varsity season this spring. (John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com)

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter | McLaughlin Archive

Startup program Boston University has added a nice piece for its inaugural NCAA Division I season.

Terriers coach Ryan Polley confirmed Wednesday that former high school All-American midfielder Sammy Davis has transferred from Penn State to BU for the spring semester.

Davis was one of Lacrosse Magazine's "Freshman 15," college rookies to watch heading into the 2013 season.

He totaled 20 goals, 10 assists and 27 ground balls as a senior at Governor's Academy (Mass.), and played in the Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event, and the Under Armour All-America game.

Davis played in four games last season as freshman at Penn State, tallying one point.

It's a welcome addition for the Terriers, who play their first varsity season this spring in the competitive Patriot League.

He is BU's fourth transfer on the inaugural roster, and second from Penn State, joining Patrick Donnelly. Polley also brought in Jack Cruzan (Providence) and Alex Paroda (Mount St. Mary's).

BU is one of eight Division I men's programs to start this year, with Furman, Monmouth and Richmond the others.

The Terriers' first game is Feb. 8 in Georgia against Mercer.

In addition to its eight Patriot League games, including against newcomer Loyola, BU in the non-conference will host Canisius, Vermont and Providence at its home venue, Nickerson Field, play a mid-week game with Harvard and travel to Duke for its regular-season finale.

Nine newcomers, including the three original transfers, one walk-on and five members of the BU club team, joined the initial 34 members of the inaugural recruiting class to boost the Terriers' roster size to a 42-man roster. Davis adds another.

“The plan was to build a program. That was something we never lost focus of. It’s easy to get caught up in building a team for one year,” Polley, a former Yale assistant, said this summer. “Our goal was to put together a very good foundation with our incoming class, but also not lose sight of our club program and history, and try to combine both for the best product on the field.”

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