Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/20/10
Penn State senior defenseman Tim Bernier and fellow Malvern Prep graduate Matt Mackrides (junior attackman) were interviewed along with first-year coach Jeff Tambroni in a special Fall Ball preview video released by GoPSUsports through the school’s sports information office.
The Nittany Lions feature 20 Philly players, including six freshmen, on the roster. One of the freshmen is goalie Austin Kaut, a Springfield-Delco grad who was last year’s Phillylacrosse.com Co-Player of the Year for the Central League champion Cougars.
The video addressed the opening of practice for the Fall Ball season and opens with Tambroni’s assessment of the squad, which is hoping to rebound after a 2-11 season in 2010 under veteran coach Glenn Thiel.
The Penn State attack will be led by Mackrides, a First Team Colonial Athletic Association pick last year who had 36 goals and 8 assists. Bernier, an anchor on defense, is one of only eight seniors on the squad.
Other key returnees from Philly include senior midfielders Colton Vosburgh (eight goals), Billy Lloyd (Unionville) and Greg Brown (Central Bucks West) and junior defenders Billy Davis (Conestoga), Alex Gannett (Downingtown East) and Ryan McGarvey (Penn Charter) as well as sophomore goalie Dave Baker (116 saves in 13 starts).
Kaut, listed as the No. 31 recruit in the nation by Inside Lacrosse, figures to compete with Baker as the starting goalie.
Two players coming back from injuries include junior attackman Jack Forster (La Salle) and senior midfielder Alex Garrity (Strath Haven). Forster was the team’s top scorer two years ago, but has endured multiple knee surgeries and will miss Fall Ball due to a recent operation on his meniscus. Garrity missed all of last year with a knee injury.
Other Philly returnees include sophomore midfielder Eric Davidheiser (Hill School) and sophomore attackman Randy Forster (La Salle).
Other Philly freshmen include attackmen Stephen Aitken (Haverford School), Tim Golder (Avon Grove) and Shane Sturgis (Downingtown East) and defensemen Brendan Nave (Springfield-Delco) and Ryan Mullen (Hatboro-Horsham). Aitken helped Haverford School claim a share of the Inter-Ac League crown, Golder led the Devils to their first playoff win ever, Sturgis was an All-Phillylacrosse.com pick as a junior, Nave helped the Cougars to the Central League title and Mullen helped the Hatters reach the state playoffs.
“It seems like a great group of guys, the coaching staff is really impressed,” said Tambroni in the video preview. “It’s going to be an evaluation process straight through in all facets of the game.
“We’re trying to implement a brand new system, most of which they haven’t done in the past – not for good or for bad. It’s just a little bit different.”
Bernier said in the video that the team is anxious for a new beginning. “I’m excited about the fact he (Tambroni) is about changing the culture. That is huge in order for us to get to the goals we want to get. He’s done a really good job of inspiring people. He’s been a really great leader for us.
“We want to leave a legacy that we’re proud of. We want to walk off the field on the last game – whenever that game is – and be proud of what we did, and help Penn State turn the corner.”
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