The Nittany Lions appear in their third straight televised game
Played in 11 games, scoring two goals and recording five assists ... Took 23 shots ... Picked up eight ground balls ... Caused two turnovers ... Collected one assist in three consecutive games against Denver (3/10), Dartmouth (3/18) and Albany (3/22) ... Had a season-best six shots against Hofstra (4/26).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Named Under Armour All-American as a senior, scoring 24 goals, 25 assists and picking up 81 ground balls while serving as team captain ... Ranked 22nd by Inside Lacrosse junior year and 29th entering freshman year of college ... Earned three All-County and All-League honors ... Led team to state title junior year, while earning most valuable player championship game honor as West Islip recorded a 22-1 record, earning a No. 3 national ranking ... Lettered three times in lacrosse and twice in football ... Named All-County twice in football, leading West Islip to league title senior year.
Nicholas Wayne Aponte was born June 20, 1995 in Manhasset, N.Y. ... Parents are Mary and Armando Aponte ... Has an older sister, Lindsay, who competes for Sacred Heart University's track & field team as a thrower ... Aunt, Diana Cimino, is a 1983 graduate of Penn State ... Anticipates majoring in business.
QUOTING APONTE ON PENN STATE
"The reason I chose Penn State was because of the coaching staff, the campus and the chance to win a national championship."