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Lions Confident After 9-0 Start

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By Maria Canales, student staff writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - For the first time in program history, Penn State men's lacrosse has gone undefeated in its nonconference schedule. Nine games down and the Nittany Lions have come out on top in all contests, with Saturday afternoon's 15-8 win against Cleveland State adding to the tally. 

The Nittany Lions got off to a strong start, earning three goals in the first three minutes of the game. The talented trio on attack featuring freshman Mac O'Keefe, sophomore Grant Ament, and senior Nick Aponte, had a goal each in the scoring bout. 

"I thought their focus coming out here today and the way they prepared in warm ups was dead on," head coach Jeff Tambroni said. "I thought we did a nice job of just getting prepared out here for all the right reasons."

Tambroni said one of the team's goals was to be prepared to compete from the starting whistle, and felt the team was able to perform when asked. However, he noted Penn State does need to work on developing more consistency before next weekend's Big Ten games.

"I thought there were just so many ebbs and flows emotionally," Tambroni said. "I thought we didn't hold our ground for longer stretches of time, which was a little disappointing, but it's something to build on. At the end of the day if you can just win a game and move on before you get into Big Ten, you've got to just take it."

Among the strong start for the Nittany Lions, for Tambroni, the highlight of the game was seeing players come off the bench and contribute. 

"I think those guys, I mean everybody on the team just works so hard and I think these guys have to sit on the bench and on game day watch the others take those reps and get those opportunities," Tambroni said. "You can sense a genuine sense, a very authentic sense of appreciation when they make a play." 

Two Nittany Lions able to add to the momentum on attack Saturday afternoon were freshman Conor Smith, who netted the 14th goal of the game, only his fourth of the season, as well as sophomore Jimmy Nowoswiat, netting his first goal of the season in the fourth quarter.

Tambroni also highlighted sophomore goaltender Trevor Scollins for making some great saves after he entered the game in the final 10 minutes of play.

"I think just the overall camaraderie in the locker room, that morale, that just really helps," Tambroni said. "It was nice that those other guys could give us at least a comfortable lead to get those other guys in there. I thought they did a great job when they were in there."

After their final nonconference game before heading into Big Ten action, the Nittany Lions are confident looking toward next weekend's tough matchup against Ohio State. 

For Aponte, the Nittany Lions see their schedule as almost two separate seasons, divided in half between nonconference and Big Ten games. Looking at the schedule this way gives the team more perspective, as well as a clean mindset heading into league play. 

"We start off 0-0 in the Big Ten, we have a lot of competition there that we're really excited about," Aponte said. "We have to start just like preseason, just get on it and see how far it takes us."

Lions Focused on Continued Growth

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By Maria Canales, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's lacrosse is off to its best start in program history, opening the season at 8-0. Ahead of a home matchup against Cleveland State, catch up with head coach Jeff Tambroni has reflects on the historic start to the season, and what's ahead in this week's media notebook.

Building Brick-By-Brick
With an unblemished record in 2017, the Nittany Lions have a lot to be proud of, from the performance of new faces on offense to the veteran leadership holding down the defense. Tambroni is pleased with his team's ability to secure wins under pressure to perform, but knows his team will only face new tests in the coming weeks.

Despite close halftime scores in recent outings, the Nittany Lions have been able to earn wins against opponents who battled more than expected. 

"We've had some wins by a larger margin, Cornell was double digits, some of these other games have been three, four, five goals," Tambroni said. "In the last couple of weeks with Furman and Harvard and now Fairfield, one and two goal wins, I don't care who your competition is, this provides great training for our guys and mental toughness and resilience." 

Among the last few challenging games, Tambroni has been able to see the team really focused at the task at hand come halftime, rally around their confidence despite close scores. 

"I think with this success over the past couple of weeks and being able to, at times, play well but not for longer stretches - not for stretches we feel we're capable of, yet still find a way to win, that stuff it really important," Tambroni said. "If you can reflect back on that, week in and week out, different ways to win games, I think you'll remain confident or remain poised when it starts to get tight."

Alumni Weekend
Saturday marks Penn State's annual spring Alumni, Family and Friends Weekend. Penn State will host familiar faces spanning decades ago to even the most recent graduating class. For Tambroni, his favorite part about seeing alumni come back and visit is how connected they all remain to the program, and the leadership they provide to his current players. 

"I think everyone that's a part of Penn State understands the passion and loyalty that goes along with being part of this community, and Penn State lacrosse is no different," Tambroni said. "We've got plenty of history, but I think in the last couple of years the momentum of the alumni group has really made a significant impact on our guys." 

Tambroni said he's expecting a large group of alumni to return this weekend and looking forward to having them on the sidelines again. 

"We're looking forward to welcoming them back with open arms," Tambroni said.

Looking Ahead to Big Ten Play
After the Nittany Lions meet Cleveland State, their next opponent will be a familiar one, Ohio State. To date, the Buckeyes are also undefeated so far this season. Penn State and Ohio State are two of three Big Ten teams without a loss this season, as Rutgers is also currently undefeated headed into the weekend. The Nittany Lions will face the Scarlet Knights in late April. 

"I think we recognize the success of our conference, but at this point just have so much to think about both in house with our own team in terms of improvements needed, and the development required and with our opponents, that we just haven't dug into why they've had the success they've had so far," Tambroni said. "We recognize the apparent record of Rutgers and know Ohio State, had a chance to watch their game against Denver." 

Although focusing on the development of his own team at this time, Tambroni is not shocked that the Big Ten is growing into a highly competitive lacrosse conference. 

"It's been no surprise, we kind of had a feeling in the last couple years that the Big Ten was going to be one of the premier conferences," Tambroni said. "It's been exciting to watch the growth of the entire group really all at once this year."

Spillane Gives Lions Edge Over Penn

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By Maria Canales, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - In front of a standing room only crowd in Holuba Hall Saturday afternoon, No. 5 Penn State men's lacrosse fought hard for a comeback win against No. 8 Penn. Despite being down by three at halftime, the Nittany Lions defeated the Quakers 14-13 to remain unbeaten on the year at 5-0.

"We were really stagnant," head coach Jeff Tambroni said of his team's first half performance. "I give a lot of credit to Penn's defense, I thought they were smothering our pick play and I didn't think we were taking advantage of any ball movement."

Tambroni noted that during the first half, the Nittany Lions were forced to be more creative offensively in hopes of maneuvering around Penn's relentless defense, but settled in nicely to start the second half thanks to a spark of three straight goals from the Nittany Lions.

"I thought in the second half we shared the ball a little bit more," Tambroni said. "Made our shots a little bit harder for their goalie to locate and I thought we took advantage. 

He also credited freshman Gerard Arceri's performance at the faceoff 'x', which generated some much needed momentum to start the third quarter. All of Penn State's 24 faceoff wins were courtesy of Arceri, who also added a third-quarter goal.

Sophomore midfielder Nick Spillane stood out offensively Saturday afternoon. The Franklin Square, New York native notched five goals against the Quakers. His fifth goal of the game was the game-winner for the Nittany Lions, unassisted to finish atop the team standings with a career-high tally.

"He played with a lot of confidence today, just a lot of courage," Tambroni said. "He was smiling the whole game which is nice to see him just enjoying the competition. The game got tight toward the end but he continued to play with great relaxation and courage."

For Tambroni, Spillane's high-level performance is a product of his dedication during practice and the confidence he has built across the the last few weeks. Spillane credited his on-field success to the other midfielders and attackers who fed him the ball at the right time.

"Some of those goals came off great assists," Spillane said. "Stuff like that doesn't happen without the pass coming from whoever it was coming from."

Tambroni, who emphasizes he always works one game at a time, explained that he's now looking toward his team to enjoying the win, but they'll also have to be ready to go for another game in just a few days. 

Penn State hosts Furman Tuesday, marking its quickest turnaround so far this year, but Tambroni is confident the Nittany Lions are ready for the next challenge.

"This has been a very mature group," Tambroni said. "I think it's going to important for our guys, the first chance that we've had to turnaround this quickly, to reset, get back with these guys tomorrow and meet, then try to turn their mindset to what we can accomplish over spring break."

Nittany Lions Gearing Up for Spring Break

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By Maria Canales, student staff writer 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's lacrosse team has started its season off strong, looking to continue that early success heading into its spring break games. With two home outings and one road game on deck next week, the Nittany Lions are excited for the opportunities.

Beginning Saturday, the No. 5 Nittany Lions host No. 8 Penn in a showdown that has historically been a nail biter. Last year, Penn State fell to the Quakers 11-7 in Philadelphia to open its 2016 spring break games, but this time around, head coach Jeff Tambroni believes his team is prepared for an exciting game.

"I would say they definitely present a more complete package than any team that we've faced so far," Tambroni said of Penn. "Villanova's offense was very good, Hobart's offense in transition was very good, Robert Morris did a great job going from defense to offense in each team. Each team has presented a different challenge." 

Tambroni is expecting the Quakers to come to Happy Valley looking to shut down the Nittany Lion trio on attack featuring freshman Mac O'Keefe, sophomore Grant Ament, and senior Nick Aponte, who have all seen success this season. He also expects Penn to present steady defensive play, heading into the matchup with a goalie who has been very successful so far this season, and a young but talented offense.

"If you look at their entire package, the way they're coached, the way they've assembled this group, it will certainly be not just on paper, but on the field, our most complete and competitive game to date," Tambroni said. 

After hosting the Quakers Saturday, the Nittany Lions will have a quick turnaround before hosting Furman Tuesday. Following a few days off, Penn State rounds out spring break heading to Boston to face Harvard Saturday, March 11. 

Tambroni is excited for the spring break games because it gives the Nittany Lions an opportunity grow closer over the break, all benefitting team chemistry in the long run. Since Penn State is off from classes next week, the Nittany Lions will have more time to spend each other, with a bit of a break from school work. 

"I think it's a good opportunity for us to just step back a little bit," Tambroni said. "You have the opportunity 24 hours a day to be with your kids and I think it's extremely important time for us to enhance the relationship with our guys because we have the chance to spend more time with them."

Veteran team members also agreed that spring break provides the opportunity for the team to build camaraderie and focus more on the task at hand, while also taking a much needed break from the grueling schedule they've had since the beginning of January.

Senior defenseman Peter Triolo said that while spring break is a great opportunity to relax a bit from schoolwork, it by no means is a break from practice or the focus required to remain competitive on the field.

"This week we want to worry about this week and eliminate distractions and play to the potential we can play at," Triolo said. "That's what we're worried about right now. Next week it's going to be an awesome week, spring break is always a time when the guys get to be together 100 percent of the time."

For Triolo, spring break is always a learning opportunity for both upper and underclassmen alike.

"We want to continue to play and have fun out there," Triolo said. "It's kind of hard dealing with school and midterms. It can be hard getting out on the field every day, competing and battling, it gets tedious, especially for some of these underclassmen. We just want to be there for them, answer any questions they have and taking it one day at a time."

O'Keefe Powers Penn State Past Villanova

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By Maria Canales, Student Staff Writer 

VILLANOVA, Pa. - No. 9 Penn State men's lacrosse showed up at Villanova Stadium Saturday afternoon motivated once again to display its offensive power from last week's victory. After a slow start, the Nittany Lions secured a 17-12 win against the Wildcats, marking the first time the Nittany Lions have opened the season with a 4-0 under head coach Jeff Tambroni.

Freshman attacker Mac O'Keefe kept the large Penn State crowd entertained, scoring eight goals for the Nittany Lions. With a team-high eight goals, O'Keefe broke his own freshman single game scoring record that he set in just the first week of the season. 

"He makes it look so easy," Tambroni said. "I know how hard he works to put himself in that position, so he is reaping a lot of rewards from his work ethic."

On attack, the trio on the front lines featuring O'Keefe, sophomore Grant Ament, and senior Nick Aponte accumulated 13 of the 17 goals scored Saturday. Ament netted three goals for the second time this season, scoring all three in the third quarter. 

Tambroni credited Villanova's defense with holding their own during the first half, forcing the Nittany Lions to be more creative on offense. However, it was Ament's third-quarter performance that sparked the Penn State motivation to pull away in the second half.

"Grant was just super aggressive and I thought our offense became a lot more confident and aggressive because of it," Tambroni said. "He played with a lot of enthusiasm and today out there in the third quarter. He just looked like he was having a lot of fun."

Ament's performance also gave Penn State the opportunity to relax a bit during the second half and settle into a scoring groove. The Nittany Lions scored three unanswered goals to end the third quarter, wrapping up a seven-goal frame that sent Penn State surging ahead 14-8.

At the other end of the field, freshman goaltender Colby Kneese remained steady throughout the game, making 11 saves in the first half alone. Saturday's contest marked Kneese's third start of the season.

"We knew he was going to be tested today, these guys shoot the ball from all areas and they shoot the ball very well," Tambroni said. "Colby had a great week of practice, we were very pleased with the week of practice that he had and just knowing that he was going to be the starting goalie this week without looking back, having a game under his belt really helped."

Kneese made 18 saves on Saturday afternoon, securing a .600 save percentage. 

"He continues to keep getting better," Tambroni said. "We needed every save that he had today."

Off the field though, Tambroni was pleased with the large turnout of fans who made the trip to support the Nittany Lions. Both Villanova and Penn State share a similar color scheme, but the constant "We Are" chants ringing down from the bleachers, only added fuel to the team with a large support system behind them.

"This has always been a thrill for us heading back into the Philadelphia area whether it's Penn or Villanova, we're extremely grateful for our alumni base," Tambroni said. "You talk about Penn State in general, you talk about passion, you talk about loyalty and these lacrosse fans are no different. It was nice to see a group like this come out and support these guys."

Depth Builds Strength in Goal

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By Maria Canales, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - No. 10 Penn State men's lacrosse has talent and depth between the pipes this season, thanks to a capable quartet of goalies and targeted instruction from the coaching staff. 

Junior Will Schreiner, sophomore Trevor Scollins, and a duo of freshmen in Colby Kneese and Jack Rusbuldt, make up the Lions' skilled group of goalies. Each Nittany Lion has their own unique playing style that they've molded to their individual strengths, bringing something different to help strengthen the unit as whole 

The two goalies that have seen the most playing time this season, Kneese and Schreiner, have almost opposite styles between the pipes. Schreiner likes to draw the opposing team's offense to get them to shoot the ball in a way he knows he can save.

"For example, if I'm on the left side of the net it's easier at that point to make a stick-side save," Schreiner said. "So I might hug the pipe a little bit longer."

Schreiner said his style of goaltending is more common from Philadelphia-area players and that he has played that way his whole life. Former Penn State men's lacrosse standout and decorated goalie, Austin Kaut, is a notable baiter in net also.   

Schreiner earned the first start of the 2017 season against Robert Morris, helping the Nittany Lions to a 15-11 victory.

Kneese, on the other hand, tends to wait for a shot before reacting. Head coach Jeff Tambroni praised Kneese's quick hands and said his natural instinct in net is a great sign of things to come for the young player.

"I hope his preparation includes confidence," Tambroni said. "It's been a long preseason for him since he walked on campus, just trying to fit in here at Penn State. Then to try and find his way on the team and put himself in a position to realize a position of playing time, and then to earn the starting spot and to have some struggles in his first start only to back it up with a much stronger performance."

Kneese earned his first start February 11 in a 21-15 win against Hobart. He also started between the pipes last Saturday against Cornell, helping the Nittany Lions secure a 20-10 win. 

Despite strong performances from both goalies so far, Tambroni said he is still likely to use the two-headed monster of Schreiner and Kneese in net, opting to wait a few more games before making a final choice of a starter. 

For the goaltending unit, preparing for games is how victories are secured. Assistant coach Chris Doctor broke down the preparations the goalies make during the week.

"They usually have an individual session during the week," Doctor said. "Sometimes guys will come in before practice starts or in the morning and they'll get half an hour of extra work. All four of them do that." 

Doctor said during practices, all the goalies have time to warm up in net, and then break up into stations where they're needed. Some of them will work with Tambroni with the offense shooting on them while another goalie might work with associate head coach Peter Toner focusing on defensive game plans. To finish out practice, the whole team works on live drills, such as man-down scenarios, half-field exercise and riding and clearing segments. 

Doctor said that when he's not working with his faceoff players he tries to give the goalies extra attention and help with any developmental exercises. He also praised the veteran defense in aiding whichever goalie is in net at the time, especially Kneese as a freshman.

"We've communicated to Colby that he is the goalie, obviously, but he's just another member of our defense," Doctor said. "Knowing that he doesn't have to take on the burden of being the best part of our defense, his role is to just be one of seven guys that communicates and talks through things and help keep the ball out of our net."

Doctor said that as a freshman seeing a lot of playing time between the pipes, it's important for Kneese to know he's not alone, adding that all four of the goalies encourage one another to play their best. 

"Some of them are classmates, some of them are older," Doctor said. "Will is the oldest guy we have so he's kind of the teacher, Jack and Colby are the younger ones, and Scollins is a little bit of both. It's a unique situation to have four guys who are not only close in age, but also as a group. It's fun to have a competition knowing that guys are pushing each other every day."

Team Effort Propels Nittany Lions

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By Maria Canales, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - No. 11 Penn State (3-0) men's lacrosse dominated on both ends of the field in a 20-10 win against Cornell (0-1) Saturday afternoon. The Nittany Lions held the Big Red scoreless the first 17 minutes of play, while the offense found its stride in the second quarter.

Head coach Jeff Tambroni praised associate head coach Peter Toner's command of the defense as the stepping stone that sparked the productive first quarter for the Nittany Lions.

"I thought we got off to a sluggish start offensively, but I thought our defense really played well," Tambroni said. "They were just sound and a lot of stuff that coach Toner talked about coming out of the Hobart game really reflected the way we practiced this week."

On defense, Tambroni complimented freshman goaltender Colby Kneese's confidence between the pipes. Kneese made nine saves in 52 minutes of play.

Starting in the faceoff circle, freshman Gerard Arceri continued to showcase his talent at the 'x.' Arceri, who last week was named the Big Ten Specialist of the Week, won 15-of-21 faceoffs. Once command of the faceoffs was established, the Nittany Lions gained control of possession time.

From there, Tambroni looked toward the midfielders and attackers to set up smart plays and find their way into the box. Key for the Nittany Lions was another strong performance from freshman Mac O'Keefe, who netted five goals on 10 shots. However, it was the depth at attack that pushed the Lions past the Big Red.

Sophomore attacker Grant Ament had a standout third quarter, netting three of his career-high six goals in those 15 minutes. During the fourth quarter it was all about freshman attacker Conor Smith, who came off the bench and scored three goals.

"It's awesome to see a guy like Conor Smith, who's getting the same amount of reps as all of us in practice, but doesn't always get the game exposure that he necessarily should," Ament said. "He's a great player and to see that pay off is awesome for him." 

Also entering the game for the Nittany Lions making an immediate impact was sophomore midfielder Robby Black. Black had the assist on senior midfielder Matt Sexton's lone goal of the game, which came in the fourth quarter. 

After a steady performance from the defense and an outstanding performance from the offense, the Nittany Lions are excited to build off a strong win against a program that has made the NCAA tournament five times in the last seven years. It's also the second season in a row the Nittany Lions have started out 3-0 on the year.

"I think the one thing I take away from today, from top to bottom just about everybody had a chance to go in there and compete today," Tambroni said. "I thought when their number was called, it may not necessarily show up on the score board, but a lot of stuff that they did put us in a position to finish the game the way they did. I was proud of the way guys came off the bench." 

Tambroni concluded that Saturday's win was really the product of his team coming together and acting as a unit. 

"At the end of the day we can feel good that it was a team effort and a team win," Tambroni said. 

VIDEO: Men's Lacrosse THON 2017 Pep Rally Dance

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Another highly anticipated THON event, check out men's lacrosse's full pep rally dance! 

Nittany Lions Benefit from Routine Shakeup

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By Maria Canales, Student Staff Writer 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's lacrosse is off to a strong start, opening the season with wins in both games this season. A few changes in practice and conditioning though has helped the Nittany Lions build endurance and strength, all while pacing them to handle the next few months of the season.

"We've been pleased with the effort in these first few games," head coach Jeff Tambroni said. "I think the energy was solid against Robert Morris, but I think the energy against Hobart was very good."

For Tambroni, the early success stems from putting in hours of effort in fall preseason workouts, led by performance enhancement coach Matt Dorn, who is in his first season with the Nittany Lions. Dorn also works with men's and women's swimming and diving in addition to men's lacrosse.

During preseason, the Nittany Lions focused on maintaining their skills, but also improving as a team.

With the season underway, the coaching staff has weekly meetings with Dorn, along with assistant athletic director for applied health and performance science, David Hamilton. Additionally, the coaching staff meets twice a week with training staff to go over the schedule and plan for the team. 

"Every day they're keeping us tuned in to how our guys are," Tambroni said. 

Penn State keeps its practices ideally less than 90 minutes, whereas in preseason, practices spanned a few hours. During the season it's more important for the Nittany Lions to be fresh and focused on games, rather than spending hours practicing or attempting to add new workouts, especially for younger players who are still getting used to the routine.

"We're trying to do a good job right now of making sure we're maintaining the level of energy and enthusiasm," Tambroni said. "I think it's important to have a little bit of shorter durations of practice to keep their attention span high and keep their bodies in great shape." 

With school and practice both ramping up, the season can get busy and it's important to use the team's time wisely, giving the Nittany Lions enough time to rest between games and practices. 

There are many factors that determine practices, including weather and field availability. Since the men's and women's teams share the same facilities, often the two teams will switch off between who has the early practice time and who has the night practice slot, in addition to being inside or outside based on climate. Student-athlete academic schedules also affect the agenda, and sometimes tests or classes conflict with practice times. 

"We're flexible based on a very inflexible schedule," Tambroni said.

Based on evaluations of the practice schedule from previous seasons, the coaching staff also made a few more adjustments this year. Previously, the team took Mondays slow, ramping up the energy on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. That pace has changed this season.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are full gear practice days for the team, focused on drill work or intra-squad scrimmages. Thursdays have changed, having been scaled back this season to allow the team more recovery time two days before games. Friday workouts are more high-energy practices and include walk-throughs if the team is traveling that day. 

Even with just two weeks of games the Nittany Lions have already started to notice a different in how much the schedule adjustment has helped them.

"We kind of take a day off of running on the field," senior attacker Nick Aponte said of the new Thursday schedule. "We go through a workout with Coach Dorn and we stretch. We usually do 45 minutes of just stretching and then guys can use the ice tubs if they want."

Aponte said that changing the recovery day to two days before games rather than one day has allowed for better body recovery time.

If early season success is an indicator, the new Nittany Lion practice schedule is showing immediate benefits. Penn State hopes these changes continue the positive trend for the remaining 12 games of the regular season.

Depth at Specialist Positions Adds Advantage

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By Maria Canales, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - After Penn State men's lacrosse beat Robert Morris in its season opener last Saturday, head coach Jeff Tambroni had time to evaluate the film from the game.

The Nittany Lion specialists came out in full force. At the faceoff 'x,' freshman midfielder Gerard Arceri made a big impact in his first collegiate game. Arceri went 21-for-30 in the faceoff circle, and netted his first career goal less than 10 seconds into the first quarter. 

"Gerard is just so quick off the whistle, I think it starts there." Tambroni said. "He just prepares so hard in the week of practice that his performances are won and lost well before he even takes the field."

Tambroni credited Arceri's work ethic for giving him a solid foundation, but said that senior midfielder and fellow faceoff man, Billy Lombardi, has done an outstanding job encouraging his younger teammates to do their best in practice and games.

"If you look at the statistics and how well Gerard did, I'll bet you he'd be the first one to tell you that Billy Lombardi is the guy who just pushes him on a daily basis," Tambroni said.

Lombardi played in 14 games for the Nittany Lions last year, and finished 104-219 at the faceoff 'x.' He also led the team in ground balls with 37 on the season. 

Freshman midfielder Nick McEvoy will be also competing for some time in the faceoff circle this season. McEvoy played for Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., winning back-to-back WCAC Championships in 2014-15. 

Between the pipes, Tambroni gave the nod to junior goaltender Will Schreiner to start in net last Saturday against the Colonials. During the 2016 campaign, Schreiner started all 15 games for the Nittany Lions and ended the season with a .458 save percentage. He played a little more than 21 minutes in net for the Nittany Lions on Saturday, making three saves.

Freshman goaltender Colby Kneese finished Saturday's contest in net for the Nittany Lions, securing a .615 save percentage. Kneese made eight saves during 38:45 minutes of play.

"It's been great to have some competition in there," Tambroni said of the goaltender position. "Will is definitely a little bit more poised in his style, a bit more consistent. I would consider Will to be a little more traditional in his approach. He calculates angles and anticipates shots really well."

Tambroni noted Schreiner's style contrasts with Kneese's style.

"Colby, he has a little bit more of a flare for the dramatic," Tambroni said. "He's willing to take a few more risks out of goal, but can make the big save at any time."

Tambroni also emphasized both Schreiner and Kneese have great hand speed, an important quality for a goalie.

Additionally, the Nittany Lions fill out their depth chart at the goalie position with sophomore Trevor Scollins. The Marshfield, Massachusetts native saw playing time in three games last season with a .538 save percentage. 

Tambroni said the friendly competition between all three have allowed each player to get better throughout the preseason, especially the competition between Schreiner and Kneese.

"I think these guys realize their role as teammates before competitors," Tambroni said. "They're doing a wonderful job of getting out there and supporting one another, knowing that the team is what's most important." 


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