Lacrosse’s TJ Sanders Named 2016 Scholar All-American
Penn State lacrosse’s senior standout TJ Sanders was named a 2016 Scholar All-American by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). He joins 43 other NCAA Division I athletes in the honor, but the Ontario native attacker is the sole Nittany Lion receiving it this year.
The USILA established the award to recognize student athletes who are distinguished academically, athletically, and in the community. Nominees must be selected by their coaches and must be seniors academically standing with GPAs above 3.0 on the 4.0 scale.
Sanders, a supply chain and information systems major, is a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. He finished his last season with 43 points four of those coming from the thrilling Denver upset. Through his career, from starting as a freshman, he’s collected 124 goals and 36 assists.
He’s the fourth player under Coach Jeff Tambroni to receive the award and ninth in program history. The last Nittany Lion to be named was goalkeeper Austin Kaut in 2014.
Sanders’ performance through his career has earned him a slew of accolades including CAA Rookie of the Year in 2013 and appearances in the Big Ten Tournament in 2015 and 2016.