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Penn State Sweeps 2013 CAA Men's Lacrosse Postseason Honors, Highlighted by Kaut

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 05/02/2013
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (May 2, 2013) – Penn State junior goalkeeper Austin Kaut was selected as the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Lacrosse Player and Defensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s seven head coaches.

Penn State completed the sweep of top honors as the Nittany Lions’ head coach Jeff Tambroni was voted the league’s Coach of the Year and freshman attacker TJ Sanders was selected as the Rookie of the Year in a unanimous vote.  Kaut also earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in a unanimous vote by the conference head coaches.

Kaut, a three-time All-CAA honoree and 2011 CAA Rookie of the Year, helped Penn State post the best goal-against average (6.95) among all Division I men’s lacrosse programs. The junior keeper owns a 62.9 save percentage, which is ranked second in the nation, and averaged 11.6 saves per game. Kaut helped the Nittany Lions achieve a No. 9 national ranking with wins over nationally-ranked teams, such as Denver, Bucknell, and Drexel. PSU also took nationally-ranked Notre-Dame and Ohio State into overtime before suffering one-goal losses. Kaut is the second player to earn CAA Player and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season, joining Hofstra’s Nicky Polanco in 2002.

Tambroni led nationally-ranked Penn State to a perfect 6-0 mark in conference play and the Nittany Lions’ third-straight appearance in the CAA championship. Top-seeded Penn State, now 12-3, advanced to the CAA Championship game with a 10-7 victory over fourth-seeded and defending champion Massachusetts on Wednesday. The victory was a first in CAA postseason play for PSU and Tambroni. Under the direction of Tambroni, the Nittany Lions led the nation in scoring defense, holding their opponents to just 7.21 goals per game. This is the second CAA Coach of the Year honor for Tambroni, after receiving Co-Coach of the Year accolades in 2011.

Sanders leads the league in goals per game with 2.6 per contest and ranks 12th in the nation in that category. The rookie attacker has scored 39 goals on the season to go along with five assists for 44 points. He has picked up 13 groundballs. Sanders earned five CAA Rookie of the Week awards, and received CAA Player of the Week accolades on April 15.  Sanders is the program’s second CAA Rookie of the Year honoree, just two years after Kaut received the award in 2011.

Top-seeded Penn State will host third-seeded Towson for the CAA championship at 3 p.m. on Friday at Penn State Lacrosse Field. The Tigers earned an 11-8 victory over second-seeded and nationally-ranked Drexel in Happy Valley in the second semifinal on Wednesday.

Kaut led a league-best six Nittany Lions on the All-CAA First Team. He was joined by senior attacker Jack Forster, junior long stick midfielder Steven Bogart, junior midfielder Tom LaCrosse, senior faceoff specialist Dan Henneghan and junior defenseman Tyler Travis. Drexel had three on the First Team, led by senior attacker Robert Church. Midfielders Ben McIntosh and Ryan Belka also were honored on the First Team from the Dragons. Towson senior attacker Thomas DeNapoli and junior defensemen John Fennessey  joined Massachusetts senior Jake Smith and Hofstra’s Mark Mullen as defensemen honorees.

2013 CAA MEN’S LACROSSE POSTSEASON AWARDS

ALL-CAA FIRST TEAM

Cl.

Pos.

Hometown/Previous School

Robert Church, Drexel

Sr.

A

Coquitlam, B.C., Canada/Charles Best

Thomas DeNapoli, Towson

Jr.

A

East Rockaway, N.Y./Lynbrook

Jack Forster, Penn State

Sr.

A

Jenkintown, Pa./La Salle College

Ryan Belka, Drexel

So.

M

Crofton, Md./DeMatha

Tom LaCrosse, Penn State

Jr.

M

Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua Academy

Ben McIntosh, Drexel

Jr.

M

Coquitlam, B.C., Canada/Western Reserve

Steven Bogart, Penn State

Jr.

LSM

Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon

Dan Henneghan, Penn State

Sr.

FO Spec.

Beverly Hills, Mich./Brother Rice

John Fennessey, Towson

Jr.

D

Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown

Mark Mullen, Hofstra

Gr.

D

Harleysville, Pa./Germantown Academy

Jake Smith, Massachusetts

Sr.

D

Medfield, Mass./Medfield

Tyler Travis, Penn State

Jr.

D

Geneva, N.Y./Geneva

Austin Kaut, Penn State

Jr.

GK

Morton, Pa./Springfield-Delco

       

ALL-CAA SECOND TEAM

Cl.

Pos.

Hometown/Previous School

Will Manny, Massachusetts

Sr.

A

Massapequa, N.Y./St. Anthony’s

TJ Sanders, Penn State

Fr.

A

Orillia, Ont., Canada/The Middle Brook School (NY)

Kyle Smith, Massachusetts

Sr.

A

Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow

Nick Diachenko, Delaware

Sr.

M

Courtice, Ont., Canada/Holy Trinity

Andrew Hodgson, Towson

Jr.

M

West Islip, N.Y./West Islip

Ryan Izzo, Massachusetts

So.

M

Walpole, Mass./Walpole

Brett Tobin, Massachusetts

Sr.

LSM

Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug Regional

Joe Calvello, Massachusetts

Jr.

FO Spec.

Woodridge, Ill./Naperville North

James Connelly, Delaware

Jr.

D

Royerford, Pa./Malvern Prep

Ryan Hollenbaugh, Massachusetts

Sr.

D

Glastonbury, Mass./Glastonbury

JoJo Ostrander, Towson

So.

D

Massapequa, N.Y./Farmingddale

Chris Selva, Hofstra

So.

GK

Parkland, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas

 

2013 CAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Austin Kaut, Penn State

2013 CAA COACH OF THE YEAR: Jeff Tambroni, Penn State

2013 CAA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: TJ Sanders, Penn State

2013 CAA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Austin Kaut, Penn State

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Cl.

Pos.

Hometown/Previous School

James Burke, Penn State

Fr.

LSM

Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury

Pat Conroy, Towson

Fr.

LSM

York, Pa./Dallastown Area

Frank Fusco, Drexel

Fr.

A

Yorktown, N.Y./Yorktown

Sam Llinares, Hofstra

Fr.

A

Hauppauge, N.Y./ Hauppauge

Zach Oliveri, Massachusetts

Fr.

GK

Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Conetquot

Conor Peaks, Delaware

Fr.

GK

Ponte Vedra, Fla./Ponte Vedra

Ian Robertson, Delaware

Fr.

A

Salem, Va./St. Anne’s Belfield

TJ Sanders, Penn State

Fr.

A

Orillia, Ont., Canada/The Middle Brook School (NY)

Pat Swanick, St. Joseph’s

Fr.

A

Haverford, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep

Brian von Bargen, Hofstra

Fr.

M

Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh

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