Five Penn State Men’s Lacrosse Players Named USA Lacrosse Magazine Preseason All-Americans
Five Penn State men’s lacrosse players were recognized as preseason All-Americans by USA Lacrosse Magazine on Wednesday afternoon. The Nittany Lions are tied for the sixth-most recognized player on the list, as TJ Malone, Matt Traynor, Grant Haus, and Jack Fracyon all earned second-team honors while Jack Posey was named a Third Team All-American.
Malone was recognized after his 73-point season, consisting of 39 goals and 34 assists. He finished the 2023 season as the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-Big Ten, and an Inside Lacrosse All-American. Throughout Malone’s 52-game career with the Nittany Lions, he’s notched 110 goals and 65 assists, along with 82 total ground balls.
Traynor, a junior, was named to the list after a 39-point season, which was made up of eight multi-goal games, including two five-goal games. Traynor’s career highs last season included records in goals, points assists, multi-goal games, ground balls, and caused turnovers for an impressive 2023 season where he started every game.
Haus is back for his fifth year with the Nittany Lions following his successful 2023 season. He has played in 48 career games, consisting of nine goals and two assists, forcing 22 turnovers alongside 72 ground balls.
In the cage, Fracyon started every game last season. He led in the Big Ten regular season in just 10.89 average goals against, as well as save percentage, stopping 13.88 shots per game. With 222 saves in one season, Fracyon has received recognition as a USA Lacrosse Magazine as well as Inside Lacrosse Magazine Second-Team All-American, Big Ten Specialist of the Year, and held a spot on the All-Big Ten First Team for the entirety of last season.
Posey received recognition after a year of career highs. Posey received All-American Honorable Mentions from USILA, Inside Lacrosse, and USA Lacrosse Magazine, in addition to being named to the All-Big Ten Second Team. He stands as head coach Jeff Tambroni’s top defenseman after finishing the 2023 season with career-highs of 11 caused turnovers and 25 ground balls. In his career at Penn State, Posey has played in 36 games where he has totaled four goals, 47 ground balls, and 21 caused turnovers.
Penn State’s season officially starts at noon on Saturday, February 3, at Panzer Stadium against Colgate. The Nittany Lions will have two scrimmages before that, against Bucknell on Saturday, January 20, and against Army on Saturday, January 27.
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