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Penn State Men’s Lacrosse Earns Three Individual Big Ten Postseason Awards

Penn State men’s lacrosse earned three Big Ten postseason individual awards, while six players were named to All-Big Ten teams, the conference announced on Wednesday. Head coach Jeff Tambroni, Jack Fracyon, and TJ Malone won the individual honors.

Tambroni won his second career Big Ten Coach of the Year award, as he led Penn State to its second Big Ten regular season title in four years. He led the team to a 9-3 record, a 4-1 Big Ten record, and remained undefeated at home this season.

He secured his 100th career win as Penn State head coach this season and improved the Nittany Lions from last year to become a top-five team and reach their fifth Big Ten semifinals appearance in program history.

Goalkeeper Jack Fracyon was named Big Ten Specialist of the Year after a standout sophomore season. Fracyon led the conference with 13.83 saves per game, 10.03 goals allowed per game, and a .582 save percentage. He started every game this season, recording a career-high nine wins in net and recorded a career-high 18 saves against Lafayette.

TJ Malone won Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year following his career-high 54 points on the season leading the Big Ten. Malone recorded 26 goals and 28 assists in this regular season and is tied for first in game-winning goals for Penn State. The attacker has racked up honors this season as he also won a Big Ten weekly award this season and was named a 2023 Tewaartaon Award Top 25 nominee.

Malone and Fracyon both earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as well. Captain Jack Traynor, Jack Posey, and Grant Haus earned second-team All-Big Ten honors, while Brett Funk was named to the Big Ten Sportsmanship Team.

Traynor led the Nittany Lions with a career-high 27 goals and finished the regular season with 40 points, along with a Big Ten weekly award. He scored multiple points in 11 games and has eight multi-goal games including his six-goal game against Michigan.

Posey led Penn State’s defense this season with a career-high 24 ground balls and nine caused turnovers.

Haus controlled games in the midfield with eight turnovers and 27 ground balls along with one goal on the season. He had a single-game high of three forced turnovers against Ohio State and had three games with multiple turnovers.

Penn State men’s lacrosse is the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and has a first-round bye before taking on the winner of Ohio State and Michigan on May 4.

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