By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/12/10
Penn State attackman Jack Forster (La Salle) has dealt with injuries enough times before, but it doesn’t make it any easier as he tries to come back from yet setback to his knee.
Forster will not play Fall Ball this season at State College as he recovers from
surgery in the spring to the meniscus in his right knee. Due to three prior knee surgeries for torn anterior cruciate ligaments in both knees, the former two-time scholastic All-American has missed two full seasons and the end of the one year (2009) he did play.
Forster had surgery on his right meniscus in May. The surgery was needed to repair the knee after Forster was unable to run and cut without pain early in the spring.
Forster was hoping to return to his 2009 form (team-high 22 goals, 12 assists, team-high 34 points) in 2010 after recovering from ACL surgery to his left knee. The left knee was fully recovered, he said. But the meniscus in his right knee had never healed correctly following the two surgeries to the ACL in 2007 and 2008.
Forster is expected to begin running in two months and hopes to be fully recovered for the spring season, when he would be a junior eligibility-wise. He said in an interview today he is hopeful, but wary.
Still, he remains optimistic for his recovery, and anxious to return as Penn State embarks on a future with new coach Jeff Tambroni.
“Hopefully it will work out, but I can’t really tell right now,” said Forster. “I can only tell when I start to run. That’s when I started having problems last year.
“I absolutely want to be healthy, especially with the new coach. We’re all excited, and my teammates are looking good at Fall Ball practices. We’re all excited to get back.”
Forster, an All-American for the Explorers in 2006 and 2007, missed his freshman year after tearing the right ACL in a Fall Ball scrimmage. He had to have surgery on the knee again the next April.
He came back strong in 2009, earning ECAC?Rookie of the Week twice. But against St. John’s, he injured his knee when he planted on his left foot and twisted it awkwardly. Forster later re-entered the game in overtime, but was clearly favoring the injured knee.
Forster is one of three in his family to play at Penn State. Older brother Rob is a 2009 Penn State grad and now an assistant coach at La Salle. Younger brother Randy is a sophomore attackman at Penn State.
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