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May 22, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Arguably the most successful Nittany Lion in the 101-year history of Penn State men's lacrosse, goalkeeper Austin Kaut (Morton, Pa.) was named to a record third straight All-America team on Thursday. Fellow senior Shane Sturgis (Downingtown, Pa.) garnered Honorable Mention All-America.
Kaut is the first Penn State student-athlete to earn three All-America honors by being named to the third team following his first-team accolade in 2013 and third-team recognition in 2012. Kaut received Honorable Mention All-America as a freshman in 2011 as well.
A starter in all 59 games for the Blue and White, Kaut was named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America Third Team following his USILA Scholar All-America honor on Tuesday. Just the eighth Nittany Lion to achieve that feat, Kaut became the first Nittany Lion to be named to both lists.
His record-breaking career included a fourth-straight All-CAA First Team award earlier this month, becoming the first player in Colonial Athletic Association men's lacrosse history to achieve that feat. Additionally, Kaut was named Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, only the second time in conference history a player won any individual award in back-to-back seasons.
This season, Kaut had a slight drop in his numbers from a year ago where he won the Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award for college's top goalkeeper. Nevertheless, Kaut finished his senior campaign 13th nationally in goals-against average (8.65) and 16th in save percentage (.547), while facing the eighth toughest schedule in the country, which included four of the top 11 scoring offenses in Division I.
Now with the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse following his selection as the 19th overall draft pick, and the first goalie taken, Kaut left Penn State second all-time in saves (686) only behind fellow Springfield High School product Drew Adams (694). Adams is a two-time MLL Goalie of the Year and a leading candidate to earn a spot on the U.S. National Team for this summer's upcoming World Championships.
Kaut's total numbers for his career included a 35-24 record, 3,485 minutes played, a 7.99 goals-against average and .597 save percentage. He leaves Happy Valley as the most decorated men's lacrosse student-athlete in team history and only one of two players ever to earn a first-team All-America nod (George Ritter, 1940). Kaut's third honor is Penn State's 32nd in program history.
Sturgis paces the Nittany Lion offense by leading all three scoring categories, while leading the CAA in points per game (3.85) and game-winning goals (3). Sturgis departs Penn State fourth in all-time points (158), while owning a tie for seventh in career goals (97).
The Nittany Lions finished 2014 with their third straight winning season at 7-6, which included a marquee win against national semifinalist Notre Dame. Next season, Penn State participates in the newly formed Big Ten Conference featuring national semifinalist Maryland, national quarterfinalist Johns Hopkins, 2013 quarterfinalist Ohio State, Michigan and Rutgers.