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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; May 11, 2007 ?C The Penn State Nittany Lion lacrosse team handed out its annual post-season awards recently and the 2007 Team Picnic on May 3. Five different players garnered team honors and two more Lions were named team captains for the 2008 season.
The George Pittenger Award to the most outstanding senior was given to midfielder Pat Heim (Wayne, Pa.). Heim had 18 points this year off 14 goals and four assists. He was recently named a first team All-ECAC selection as well and leaves Penn State with 85 points off 58 goals and 27 assists.
The Andrew Lockhart Award given to the top defender went to senior Dan Saltsman (Concord, N.H.). Saltsman again anchored the Penn State defense this year and collected 25 ground balls. He was recently named to the All-ECAC first team for the second straight year.
The Nick Thiel Award for the most improved player went to senior defender Devin Kennedy (Germantown, Md.). Kennedy had 12 ground balls this year and emerged as a starter on defense for Penn State, starting seven of the Lions?? 13 games. Kennedy played in 38 games during his four years as a letterman at Penn State.
The ??Friends of Penn State Lacrosse?? Top Scorer Award went to sophomore Rob Forster (Jenkintown, Pa.). Forster led Penn State with 18 goals and was second on the team in points with 20. Forster has 32 points in two seasons as a starter at Penn State after having 12 last year.
The ??Friends of Penn State Lacrosse?? Team MVP was given to sophomore goalie Drew Adams (Springfield, Pa.). Adams earned his second straight ECAC Goalie of the Year honor recently and is already a two-time first team All-ECAC pick. He had a superb 7.78 goals against average this year with 153 saves.
In addition, the team selected its co-captains for the 2008 season. Current juniors (and soon to be seniors) Andrew Mackrides (Newtown Square, Pa.) and Tommy Zichelli (Severna Park, Md.) will serve as co-captains next year. Mackrides had five points this year off three goals and two assists and was second on the team with 33 ground balls. Zichelli played in all 13 games on defense for Penn State and had 25 ground balls.
Penn State, under the guidance of veteran head coach Glenn Thiel, went 5-8 in 2007 and was 3-4 in the ECAC Lacrosse League.