Penn State's lacrosse program started at the varsity level in 1921. Since then, the team has amassed a record of 497-496-8. The current coach is Jeff Tambroni in his fifth year at that position, who was hired after a successful run as head coach at Cornell, including coaching Cornell to a close loss in the 2009 NCAA finals.
Penn State has made three appearances in the NCAA Tournament, with the first coming in 2003. The Nittany Lions made the tournament in 2013 as the number eight seed, the first time they achieved a seeding in the NCAAs, losing to Yale 13-10. Also in 2013, Austin Kaut was named the first Penn State NCAA Division I goaltender of the year.
There are two Nittany Lions in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Glenn "Nick" Thiel who was instrumental in making lacrosse at Penn State a viable sport, and Tom Hayes an All American player and later long time coach at Drexel and Rutgers.
Current Buffalo Bill Chris Hogan was a standout lacrosse player for Penn State from 2008 to 2010.