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The Nittany Lions advanced to the first-ever Big Ten Men's Lacrosse Tournament after wins over Michigan and Rutgers
The Nittany Lions took Johns Hopkins to double overtime earlier this season
The Nittany Lions allowed one goal in the first half for the first time this season
Penn State and Michigan possess identical 1-3 records in Big Ten play for the No. 4 spot
The Nittany Lions' nine seniors were honored prior to the contest
Appeared in every contest, starting five games at attack and three games in the midfield ... Third on the team with 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points ... Scored at least a point in every game, producing six multi-point contests ... Four-point performances at Villanova (2/21), Johns Hopkins (4/11) and Michigan (4/25) ... Netted four goals against the Wildcats and a hat trick against the Wolverines ... Three assists versus the Blue Jays and a pair of helpers in the season opener against Vermont (2/7) ... Picked up 22 ground balls, including a season-best seven against Penn (2/28) ...Four caused turnovers was tied for the most among attackmen, recorded at Villanova, against Rutgers (4/19), Michigan and the Big Ten Tournament game versus Johns Hopkins (4/30) ... Took 34 shots on the year, seven of which came at Villanova.
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, New York ... 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 ... Majoring in management.
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."
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