By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/6/13
Armed with a squad that features last year’s Goalie of the Year in Springfield-Delco grad Austin Kaut along with senior attackman Shane Sturgis (Downingtown East) and Yale transfer Cole Yeager (Radnor, face-off specialist), defending regular season champion Penn State will be considered a major threat again in the Colonial Athletic Association.
But this summer the Nittany Lions were informed that CAA officials had voted them ineligible for the league championships in 2014 and thus cannot earn the CAA’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA tourney.
Penn State is moving in 2014-15 to the Big Ten in men’s lacrosse after playing in the CAA as an affiliate member. The CAA leaders voted to continue their policy of banning teams from competing in the league tournament that have decided to leave for another league.
Penn State can still qualify for the NCAA tourney through an at-large berth.
Penn State spokesperson Jeremy Fallis, the school’s men’s lacrosse Sports Information Director, said the league’s decision was not a surprise.
“It’s in the league bylaws that whenever a team is going to a different conference the administration reserves the right to vote on eligibility,” he said. “We are going home to the Big 10; it’s not like we are leaving for greener pastures like other institutions have.
“But we are very appreciative of the CAA for having us. It’s great competition. The biggest disappointment is that the seniors don’t have chance to compete even though we were the defending regular season champs.”
Last year the Lions went 12-5 overall, falling to Towson, 11-10, in the CAA championship game and then to Yale, 10-7, at home, in the first round of the NCAA tourney after earning an at-large bid.
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