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BEFORE PENN STATE
Attended Cazenovia Central School in Cazenovia, New York for 4 years before completing a preparatory year at Salisbury School in Salisbury, Connecticut … Named to Maverik Showtime All-Star Team freshman season … In sophomore season, won New York Class C Section III Championship, competed for New York Class C State Championship, named 1st team All-League with 55 goals and 29 assists, and attended ‘Nike the Ride’ showcase … Ranked #18 on Inside Lacrosse Top 75 Juniors list … Recorded 53 goals and 18 assists in his junior season, won New York Class C Section III Championship, named Cazenovia MVP, 2015 All-Central New York Boys Lacrosse Team, 2015 New York Class C Section III 1st Team All-League, Under Armour Upstate New York Underclassman Team and earned 2015 All-USA Honorable Mention … Senior season won New York Class C Section III Championship and was named All-Central New York Co-Player of the Year, 2016 US Lacrosse High School All-American, 2016 US Lacrosse Bob Scott Award, Cazenovia MVP, 2016 All-Central New York Lacrosse Team and New York Class C Section III 1st Team All-League … Recorded 81 goals and 32 assists in senior season … Played club for Orange Crush.
Born Cole Willard on October 27, 1997, in Annapolis, Maryland … Parents are Brian and Jeanne Willard … Father, Brian, played lacrosse at the University of Maryland …
WHY PENN STATE?
I chose Penn State because of its strong academic and athletic reputation. I loved the campus and I am looking forward to the opportunity to play for Coach Tambroni and his staff.