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PSU’s Kaut Headlines CAA MLAX All-American Selections

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          Release: 05/31/2013
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RICHMOND, Va. – Penn State junior goalkeeper Austin Kaut was named to The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-American First Team in a vote by the organization. The Colonial Athletic Association also had seven student-athletes pick up All-American Honorable Mention accolades following the 2013 season.

Kaut became the first Nittany Lion to earn first-team honors in 73 years. By virtue of his first-team honor, the junior earned the Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top goalie in college lacrosse.

Kaut, the 2013 CAA Player and Defensive Player of the Year, recorded a career year with a 7.37 goal against average, ranking third in the nation, while making a career-high 194 saves this season. The PSU goalkeeper also stopped 61 percent of shots faced on goal (2nd in the nation) and registered a 12-5 record in goal for the Nittany Lions. The Morton, Pa., native saved 10 or more shots in 12 of his 17 appearances, including three 16-save performances.

For Kaut, he has steadily risen to become the nation's top goalie, earning honorable mention in 2011 as a freshman, a third-team honor last season before this year's first-team accolade. In 2014, Kaut will have a chance to become the first repeat Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award winner since 2000. Additionally, Kaut is the first goalie from the CAA to earn a first-team All-America honor.

In addition to Kaut, two other Nittany Lion’s earned All-American honors. Senior attacker Jack Forster and junior midfielder Tom LaCrosse both received All-American Honorable Mention for the first time in their careers.

Forster posted a career year in his final season with the Nittany Lions. The redshirt-senior tied for second all-time in goals scored with 104 tallies at PSU behind his 41 goals this year. He notched a career-high 16 assists for a grand total of 57 points, while ranking 27th nationally in goals per game (2.41) and 35th in points per game (3.35). Forster ended his career on a 29-game point streak dating back to March 3, 2012.

LaCrosse recorded career highs with 23 goals, five assists for 28 points. The junior midfielder also collected 17 ground balls and caused three turnovers.. The Canandaigua, N.Y., native tallied three hat tricks this season and was vital to Penn State's offense during a 10-game winning streak, scoring in the final nine victories of the season.

Towson, the 2013 CAA champions, had a pair of All-American Honorable Mention selections in senior goalie Andrew Wascavage and junior attacker Thomas DeNapoli.

Wascavage, a captain and one of only four seniors, finished the year with a 9.33 goal against average and a .592 save percentage. The Drayden, Md., native started all 18 games this season, playing 1067:32 minutes and facing 665 shots. Wascavage’s .570 career save percentage is the best in Towson history and his 9.55 career GAA places him fifth all-time in program history. He earned Most Outstanding Performer honors at the CAA Tournament after posting 26 saves, a .591 save percentage and a GAA of 9.00 in two outings. 

DeNapoli was selected first-team All-CAA by the league’s head coaches and led the Tigers in goals (41), assists (19) and points (60) on the season. The junior tallied the game-winning goal in the CAA championship to assure the Tigers their first league crown since 2005. He became just the sixth Tiger since 1971 to score 40 or more goals in a season and the first to do so since 2001. A starter in all 18 games, DeNapoli posted eight multi-goal games, including a career-high seven goals at UMBC and six at No. 17 Drexel.

Drexel also had a pair of All-American Honorable Mention selections in senior attacker Robert Church and junior midfielder Ben McIntosh. The All-American honors were the first in both players’ careers.

Church led the CAA with 3.8 points per game. The senior attackman scored 33 goals, handed out 24 assists and had 57 points in his final season as a Dragon. He completed his career with 121 career goals, which tied him for third on the all-time list at Drexel. The Coquitlam, British Columbia native was also a First Team All-CAA selection.

McIntosh scored 38 goals and was second in the CAA in goals per game (2.53). He also had 18 assists and 56 points, placing him second in the CAA in points per game (3.73), following Church. McIntosh, who also hails from British Columbia, led the CAA with six game-winning goals and had eight goals on man-up situations.

Rounding out the CAA’s All-American selections was Massachusetts senior defensemen Jake Smith, who became a two-time All-American with his second consecutive honorable mention selection.

Smith closed his career as the UMass defensive unit's active leader in groundballs (79) and caused turnovers (54) following three years as a starter. In 2013, Smith was a critical component in the Minutemen holding foes to 9.07 goals per game, while the man-down unit ranked first in the CAA with a .761 penalty kill percentage. The honor marks the 134th all-America award issued to a Minuteman by the USILA while Smith becomes the 31st UMass men's lacrosse student-athlete to be named a two-time all-American.