PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Last Season’s Struggles Set Men’s Lacrosse Up For 2016 Success

2015’s inaugural season of Big Ten lacrosse was an uncharted endeavor for coach Jeff Tambroni and his Nittany Lions. 

Penn State’s final 5-9 record might seem like a failure on the surface, but it’s a reflection of a schedule packed with powerhouses and a young, eager-to-learn team.

“It was the first year for Big Ten lacrosse and we were certainly excited to enter that level of competition…but we felt like maybe we just left a lot of opportunities on the table. I think it was important for our coaching staff and team to realize the mistakes we made…but also the potential we still had. We were so young,” Tambroni reflected at Monday afternoon’s spring media day.

With nationally-touted programs like Cornell, Harvard, Maryland, and Johns Hopkins all slated for 2016’s season, it’s not going to be much easier. But that doesn’t matter — Penn State is stronger.

Tambroni affirmed this notion. “We had an extremely productive offseason and preseason. We were motivated coming back this fall because of a disappointing year in a lot of regards. We have a young group eager to represent Penn State with heavy hearts and high expectations,” he said. “It’s not going to be perfect, but that’s not what we signed up for.”

The team lived up to those high expectations in its season-opening 20-7 victory over Robert Morris. Senior defenseman James Chakey credited the win to “emotion and energy,” and the freshman class stepping up. 

Tambroni, Chakey, and senior attacker TJ Sanders praised the overall rookie performance in Saturday’s win and their preseason hustle in general. “It’s always good seeing younger guys really compete, work hard, score goals, and run the whole field…Kevin Fox has been pushing, guys like that really push the older guys and make everybody better,” Chakey said.

Although Penn State learned from last season’s struggles, it isn’t looking back in a negative light. The team hopes to use tough memories as fuel for a more consistent season this year.

“We’ve talked a great deal about the importance of the process. In any great success there’s always going to be a moment or several moments of struggle that make that triumph important or real,” Tambroni said.

About the Author

Sara Civian

Sara Civian is one of Onward State's three ridiculously good looking managing editors, a hockey writer at heart, and an Oxford comma Stan. She's a senior majoring in journalism, minoring in history, and living at Bill Pickle's Tap Room. Her favorite pastimes are telling people she's from Boston, watching the Bruins, and meticulously dissecting the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. She's seen Third Eye Blind live 14 times. If you really hate yourself, you can follow her at @SaraCivian or email her at [email protected]


More by Sara

Penn State Hockey Defenseman Vince Pedrie Signs With New York Rangers

Penn State hockey sophomore defenseman Vince Pedrie will forgo his last two years of college eligibility to sign with the New York Rangers. Pedrie announced his decision via Instagram (what a time to be alive, right?) Monday night.

[Column] Penn State Hockey Became Elite This Season And It’s Just The Beginning

Penn State Ruined College Hockey And It Could Hardly Care


North Dakota Interested In Playing Against Penn State Hockey In Nashville

North Dakota is working towards an agreement that will see its hockey team play against Penn State in Nashville during the 2020-21 season.

Former Cal Swimmer Says She Emailed Sandy Barbour About Sexual Harassment Claims

Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Student Life

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

State Theatre Recognized As A State College Historic Site

As it approaches the 80th anniversary of its opening, the State Theatre has been recognized as a State College historic site.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend