Penn State Nittany Lions men's lacrosse

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Penn State Nittany Lions
men's lacrosse
Penn State Athletics wordmark.svg
Founded 1921
University Penn State
Head coach Jeff Tambroni (since 2011 season)
Stadium Penn State Lacrosse Field
(capacity: 1,000)
Location State College, Pennsylvania
Conference Big Ten
Colors Blue and White[1]
         
NCAA Tournament appearances
2003, 2005, 2013, 2017
Conference Tournament championships
(ECAC) 2001
Conference regular season championships
(CAA) 2013

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 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 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.

Annual record[edit]

Year Wins Losses Percent Conference NCAA
Tournament
National Rank SOS RPI Power Rating [a]
2017 12 4 .750 4th NCAA 1st Round[b] 11
2016 8 7 .525 4th 20 8 25 20
2015 5 9 .357 4th 10 33 24
2014 7 6 .540 3rd 10 17 15
2013 12 5 .710 1st NCAA 1st Round[c] 13 20 11 12
2012 9 6 .600 2nd 14 8 16 20
2011 7 7 .500 4th 19 22 26
2010 2 11 .154 6th 8 44 40
2009 9 5 .642 3rd 16 24 16 19
2008 7 7 .500 6th 30 35 28
2007 5 8 .400 5th 19 30 29
2006 8 5 .620 3rd 16 20 20 17
2005 9 6 .600 2nd NCAA 1st Round[d] 11 13 13 22
2004 6 7 .460 4th 15 22 24
2003 7 7 .500 3rd NCAA 1st Round[e] 11 6 11
2002 8 5 .620 5th 14 25 13
2001 7 6 .520 4th 15 10 14
2000 7 7 .500 3rd
1999 8 4 .667
1998 6 6 .500
1997 8 4 .667
1996 10 3 .769 13
1995 11 2 .846 18
1994 8 4 .667 13
1993 6 5 .545 17
1992 9 3 .750 19
1991 9 4 .692 16
1990 10 5 .667 14
1989 10 5 .667 16
1988 8 6 .571
1987 10 5 .667
1986 7 6 .538
1985 3 10 .231
1984 6 7 .462
1983 4 7 .364
1982 8 3 .727
1981 9 2 .818
1980 6 5 .545
1979 2 9 .182
1978 3 7 .300
1977 4 6 .400
1976 7 2 .778
1975 9 2 .818
1974 6 5 .545
1973 5 6 .455
1972 4 6 .400
1971 4 6 .400
1970 3 6 .333
1969 4 6 .400
1968 6 3 .650
1967 4 6 .400
1966 3 6 .333
1965 4 1 .750
1964 3 7 .300
1963 4 6 .400
1962 7 3 .700
1961 4 6 .400
1960 1 9 .100
1959 5 1 .786
1958 5 8 .385
1957 6 7 .462
1956 8 6 .571
1955 7 5 .583
1954 2 7 .222
1953 1 7 .125
1952 2 6 .250
1951 6 3 .667
1950 3 6 .333
1949 5 4 .556
1948 6 3 .667
1947 6 5 .545
1946 7 3 .700
1945 1 5 .167
1944 0 6 .000
1943 2 6 .250
1942 2 8 .200
1941 3 6 .333
1940 3 7 .300
1939 4 5 .444
1938 6 2 .750
1937 5 4 .556
1936 4 3 .571
1935 4 2 .667
1934 4 2 .667
1933 0 5 .000
1932 2 4 .333
1931 4 2 .667
1930 4 3 .571
1929 3 3 .500
1928 1 4 .286
1927 4 3 .571
1926 4 3 .571
1925 1 5 .167
1924 1 4 .200
1923 3 4 .438
1922 1 5 .167
1921 0 3 .000
1920 1 1 .500
1919 0 1 .000
1918 0 0 .000
1917 0 2 .000
1916 2 2 .500
1915 1 1 .500
1914 2 3 .400
1913 1 0 1.000
  1. ^ Laxpower Power Rating
  2. ^ Lost NCAA 1st round 12-8 to Towson.
  3. ^ Lost NCAA 1st round 10-7 to Yale.
  4. ^ Lost NCAA 1st round 14-10 to Maryland.
  5. ^ Lost NCAA 1st round 11-6 to Towson.

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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