Michigan State adds Cornell goalie Nate McDonald via transfer portal


MSU transfer goaltender Nate McDonald during his time at Cornell/ Photo Credit: Cornell Athletic Communications

Nathan Stearns, Sports Broadcast Director

EAST LANSING, Mich— MSU has added former Cornell goaltender and Nate McDonald via the transfer portal.

As a senior this past season, he started in nine games for Cornell and compiled a 7-1-1 record to go along with a 2.38 goals against average mark and a save percentage of 90.4.

He did not appear in any games before this season, but did receive extensive playing time in the preaseason as both a freshman and sophomore. Cornell had its 2020-21 season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The addition of McDonald is integral for an MSU team that saw starting goaltender Drew DeRidder transfer to North Dakota State on March 26. McDonald will most likely split starting duties with sophomore Pierce Charleson. He started in nine games for the Spartans this season and compiled a 90.4% save percentage. As a freshman, Charleson appeared in seven games and had a save percentage a tick above 93%.

Freshman goalie Jon Mor also remains on the roster as an option.

McDonald is the fourth ECAC, and overall, transfer that MSU has gotten alongside former Brown forward Justin Jallen, former RPI forward Zach Dubinsky and former Clarkson defenseman Michael Underwood. All four of these players are graduate transfers.