Phillylacrosse.com, posted 3/22/20
Grant Ament, the Haverford School grad who helped lead Penn State to the Final Four last year as a Tewaaraton finalist and had emerged as one of the most feared offensive weapon in years, announced today he will forego the extra year of eligibility offered by the NCAA due to the Coronavirus cancellations.
Ament made his announcement on Instagram, saying, “The NCAA has been extremely gracious and has granted all spring athletes an extra year of eligibility in lieu of the cancellation. But after talking to me family, I have decided that my time in a Penn State uniform has run its course and I will not be taking the year of eligibility.”
Ament will leave Penn State as the all-time leader in Big Ten and program history in both assists (191) and points (284). He shattered the NCAA record last year for assists in a season with 96.
Ament was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, A First-Team All-American and the Col. J.I. (Jack) Turnbull Award for Outstanding Attackman. He also was a Tewaaraton finalist.
When the 2020 season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ament was fourth in the nation in scoring (44 points on 13 goals, 31 assists) and had recently been named a Senior CLASS nominee.
Last year Ament also broke NCAA Tournament record with 25 points and tied the NCAA Tournament record with 18 assists.
“I do not know what is next for me, but I know with what I have learned in Happy Valley, I am ready to attack it and give it my very best,” Ament wrote.
Ament sat out the 2018 season due to injury and gained a medial red-shirt year. He would have been at Penn State 6 years if he had returned in 2021.
“As I reflect back on my time wearing Blue and White for these past five years, I could not be more thankful,” he wrote “This team has taught me things far greater than how to win on a lacrosse field. My teammates have provided love and friendship to me that I know will last for a lifetime. From the toughest of workouts to playing in the Final Four, we have shared smiles, wears and everything in between. We are truly teammates for life.”