Penn State Nittany Lions men's lacrosse

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Penn State Nittany Lions
men's lacrosse
Penn State Athletics wordmark.svg
Founded1921
UniversityPennsylvania State University
Head coachJeff Tambroni (since 2011 season)
StadiumPanzer Stadium
(capacity: 1,300)
LocationState College, Pennsylvania
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Nickname Nittany Lions
ColorsBlue and White[1]
         
NCAA Tournament Final Fours
(1) - 2019
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
(1) - 2019
NCAA Tournament appearances
(5) - 2003, 2005, 2013, 2017, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
(1) - 2019
Conference regular season championships
(3) - 2005, 2013, 2019

The Penn State Nittany Lions men's lacrosse team represents Penn State in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college lacrosse.

History[edit]

Penn State's lacrosse program started at the varsity level in 1921. Since then, the team has amassed a record of 505–502–8. 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 four 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.

National Football League wide receiver Chris Hogan was a standout lacrosse player for Penn State from 2008 to 2010.[2]

Penn State was an independent from 1913 through 1999 and joined the ECAC conference in 2000. Penn State left the ECAC following the 2009 season to join the CAA Conference in 2010. Penn State left the CAA in 2014 to join the newly formed Big Ten Conference starting in 2015.

Penn State has played Rutgers more than any other school and since 1998, Penn State and Rutgers have played annually for the Friendship Cup. Penn State leads the series 11 wins to 5 as of 2016.

When Michigan began Division I lacrosse play in 2012, the only Big Ten schools at the time (Penn State, Michigan, and Ohio State) began playing annually for the Creator’s Trophy. The tradition continues today among the three original members. Penn State claimed the Creator's Trophy in 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2017.

Season Results[edit]

The following is a list of Penn State's results by season as a NCAA Division I program:

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Dick Pencek (Independent) (1962, 1965–1977)
1971 Dick Pencek 4–6
1972 Dick Pencek 4–6
1973 Dick Pencek 5–6
1974 Dick Pencek 6–5
1975 Dick Pencek 9–2
1976 Dick Pencek 7–2
1977 Dick Pencek 4–6
Dick Pencek: 39–33
Glenn Thiel (Independent) (1978–1999)
1978 Glenn Thiel 3–7
1979 Glenn Thiel 2–9
1980 Glenn Thiel 6–5
1981 Glenn Thiel 9–2
1982 Glenn Thiel 8–3
1983 Glenn Thiel 4–7
1984 Glenn Thiel 6–7
1985 Glenn Thiel 3–10
1986 Glenn Thiel 7–6
1987 Glenn Thiel 10–5
1988 Glenn Thiel 8–6
1989 Glenn Thiel 10–5
1990 Glenn Thiel 10–5
1991 Glenn Thiel 9–4
1992 Glenn Thiel 9–3
1993 Glenn Thiel 6–5
1994 Glenn Thiel 8–4
1995 Glenn Thiel 11–2
1996 Glenn Thiel 10–3
1997 Glenn Thiel 8–4
1998 Glenn Thiel 6–6
1999 Glenn Thiel 8–4
Glenn Thiel (ECAC Lacrosse League) (2000–2011)
2000 Glenn Thiel 7–7 3–3
2001 Glenn Thiel 7–6 2–4
2002 Glenn Thiel 8–5 1–4
2003 Glenn Thiel 7–7 3–2 NCAA Division I First Round
2004 Glenn Thiel 6–7 0–3
2005 Glenn Thiel 9–6 5–1 T–1st NCAA Division I First Round
2006 Glenn Thiel 8–5 5–2 T-2nd
2007 Glenn Thiel 5–8 3–4 5th
2008 Glenn Thiel 7–7 2–5 6th
2009 Glenn Thiel 9–5 4–3 3rd
Glenn Thiel (Colonial Athletic Association) (2010–2011)
2010 Glenn Thiel 2–11 1–4 6th
Glenn Thiel: 236–186 29–35
Jeff Tambroni (Colonial Athletic Association) (2011–2014)
2011 Jeff Tambroni 7–7 4–2 T–2nd
2012 Jeff Tambroni 9–6 5–1 2nd
2013 Jeff Tambroni 12–5 6–0 1st NCAA Division I First Round
2014 Jeff Tambroni 7–6 3–2 3rd
Jeff Tambroni (Big Ten Conference) (2015–Present)
2015 Jeff Tambroni 5–9 2–3 4th
2016 Jeff Tambroni 8–7 2–3 T–4th
2017 Jeff Tambroni 12–4 3–2 T–2nd NCAA Division I First Round
2018 Jeff Tambroni 8–6 2–3 T–4th
2019 Jeff Tambroni 16-2 5–0 1st NCAA Division I Final Four
Jeff Tambroni: 84–52 32–16
Total: 359–271

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Penn State Artwork (PDF). November 6, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "Men's Lacrosse: Colgate Defeats Previously Unbeaten UMass in NCAA First Round". Inside Lacrosse. 12 May 2012. Archived from the original on 14 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.

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