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NCAA men’s playoffs: Penn State hosts Yale in first round

Saturday, 11th May 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, NCAA Philly Final Four, Posted 5/11/13
From Press Release

The eighth-seeded and 13th-ranked Nittany Lion men’s lacrosse team will look to do today what no previous Penn State team has done before: win an NCAA Tournament game.

The Nittany Lions host No. 11 Yale in the NCAA First Round at Penn State Lacrosse Field on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU with a live stream on and WatchESPN for mobile devices.

The winner of today’s Penn State-Yale contest will travel to Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. to face the winner of the Syracuse-Bryant game. SU owns the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament. Yale qualified for the NCAA Tournament by winning the Ivy League Tournament for the second straight year, while Penn State earned one of eight at-large bids and its first ever seed.


Tickets for all three days can be purchased in advance at the Bryce Jordan Center Ticket Office from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. all this week up until 1:00 p.m. on Fri., May 10. Ticket operations will open at the Penn state Lacrosse Field one hour prior to game time.

Tickets for the event are: $8 for adult, $5 for youth and students with a valid college or university ID and $4 for groups of 20 or more, any age. The first 50 Penn State students will receive free entry.

Parking for the event will be free in Lot 44. Fans can access Lot 44 by using Dauer Drive off University Drive or Porter Road. Media requests can be made to Jeremy Fallis (

Penn State is continuing the enforcement of its “No Bag Policy” for all spectator events. Except for authorized personnel, no one entering the stadium will be permitted to bring in any bags, backpacks, umbrellas, footballs, strollers, purses or diaper bags.

Anyone with a medical need to carry a bag should place their medical supplies in a clear, one gallon, zip-close style plastic bag. Parents with a need to carry diapers and wipes also may place their supplies in a clear, one-gallon zip-close style plastic bag so the contents are visible.

Game 17: May 11, 2013 // 2:30 p.m. // Penn State Lacrosse Field // University Park, Pa.


VENUE: Penn State Lacrosse Field (turf; 1,000)
TELEVISION TALENT: Joe Beninati (pxp), Stephen McElduff (analysis)
LAST MEETING: March 11, 2003: Yale 17-15 (at Boca Raton, Fla.)
NEXT GAME: If win, May 18 vs. Syracuse or Bryant in College Park, Md.

• Penn State hosts first NCAA Tournament game when Yale visits on Saturday
• The Nittany Lions are making their first NCAA appearance since 2005
• Last time out, Penn State fell 11-10 in CAA Final to Towson
• Shane Sturgis, Steven Bogert & Danny Henneghan were named to All-Tourney team
• Yale is back-to-back Ivy League champ, beating Princeton in the Ivy Final
• The Bulldogs & Lions are 1-1 in series history, both games taking place in Florida
• Nittany Lions swept the season-end CAA awards on Thursday, May 4
• Austin Kaut named Player & Defensive Player of the Year; Jeff Tambroni earned Coach of the Year; TJ Sanders named Rookie of the Year
• PSU placed six on All-CAA First Team, one on Second Team, two on All-Rookie Team
• Penn State is a perfect 11-0 when allowing less than 10 goals this season
• TJ Sanders leads the team with nine hat tricks this season
• Jack Forster can move into second all-time at Penn State in goals scored
• Forster is riding a 28-game point streak dating back to Mar. 3, 2012

PENN STATE (No. 8 seed)

12-4 (At-large bid)

NCAA Tournament Appearance: 3rd
NCAA Tournament Overall Record: 0-2
NCAA Tournament First Round Record: 0-2
NCAA Semifinals Appearances: 0
NCAA Championships: 0

Penn State’s NCAA Tournament History
5/10/2003: at [8] Towson – L, 6-11
5/14/2005: at [3] Maryland – L, 10-14

11-4 (Ivy League Champs)

NCAA Tournament Appearance: 5th
NCAA Tournament Overall Record: 2-4
NCAA Tournament First Round Record: 1-2
NCAA Semifinals Appearances: 1
NCAA Championships: 0

Yale’s NCAA Tournament History
5/18/1988 [8]: vs. Virginia – L (OT), 9-10
5/20/1990 [2]: vs. Princeton – W, 17-8
5/26/1990 [2]: vs. [3] Loyola (at Rutgers) – L, (2OT) 13-14
5/10/1992: at [8] Navy – W, 9-3
5/16/1992: at [1] Syracuse – L, 8-17
5/13/2012: at [4] Notre Dame – L, 7-13
Brackets indicate seed line


The Penn State men’s lacrosse program is heading back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in eight seasons as announced on the selection show televised by ESPNU on Sunday night. The Nittany Lions earned an at-large bid and a subsequent eight seed from the selection committee. PSU will host the Ivy League champion Yale Bulldogs.

The Nittany Lions were ranked in the top 10 all season in the Ratings Percentage Index, the main criteria by which the NCAA selection committee determines the 16-team field. The Nittany Lions are making their third NCAA appearance following showings in the 2003 and 2005 tournaments but the 2013 appearance will be the first time PSU has hosted an NCAA Tournament game. In 2003, Penn State fell at Towson, while in 2005 PSU lost a 14-10 contest at Maryland.

The winner of the Penn State-Yale matchup will move on to a quarterfinal at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. against the Syracuse-Bryant winner. The Orange are the overall No. 1 seed.


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