Penn State Welcomes 13 Newcomers for 2012

Tambroni on Crane: "Travis is a fantastic athlete with breakaway speed. He comes to Penn State with Division I lacrosse experience that will be a welcome addition to a group of young, returning midfielders. He will also bring a level of maturity both on and off the field to help lead the way with his fellow classmates."

Jack Donnelly (Fr. D/M 6'0" Toronto, Ont. The Hill Academy)
Member of The Hill Academy boys' lacrosse team ... Served as team captain ... Played two seasons with the Toronto Beaches club team.

Tambroni on Donnelly: "Jack was coached by one of the premier defenders in the game during his high school years. He has tremendous potential and plays with a blue-collar edge. His athleticism will be a major asset in our defensive end as he has the potential to play close defense or long-stick midfield."

Bryan Gerrato (Fr. M 5'9" Rockville Centre, N.Y. South Side)
Member of the South Side High School boys' lacrosse team ... Twice named an all-county honoree ... Served as team captain as a senior ... Named South Side Athlete of the Year ... Earned MVP and Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior.

Tambroni on Gerrato: "Bryan brings a high level of speed and athleticism to our program. He has worked hard on his strength and quickness, which compliments a competitive drive."

Reed Kennedy (Fr. D/M 6'0" Marblehead, Mass. The Governor's Academy)
Played three years at The Governor's Academy ... Helped lead the team to the 2009 and 2011 ISL championship ... As a senior, earned US Lacrosse All-America, The Boston Globe All-Scholastic and ISL MVP honors ... Garnered league honorable mention recognition as a junior ... Was a member of the 2009 ISL Tri-Champions.

Tambroni on Kennedy: "Reed has premier stick skills and great hands for a defender. He can play both long-stick midfield or close defense and he will bring poise and intelligence to our defensive unit."

Riley Lasda (Fr. M 6'1" Ithaca, N.Y. Ithaca)
Four-year member of the Ithaca High School boys' lacrosse team (2008-11) ... Earned regional All-America honors and all-section recognition as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Helped lead the team to three sectional championships (2009-11) and three regional titles (2009-11) ... Was a state finalist as a senior.

Tambroni on Lasda: "Riley possesses great size and brings limitless potential to State College. He can face off and will provide a boost to our scoring punch this year as a dodge-and-shoot midfielder. Riley is a hard worker with a strong passion for the game."

Pat Manley (Fr. A 5'10" Arnold, Md. St. Mary's)
Four-year member of St. Mary's High School boys' lacrosse team (2008-11) ... As a senior, tallied 19 goals and 12 assists ... Helped lead team to an 11-6 record ... Played one season with the Baltimore Crabs club team.

Tambroni on Manley: "Pat is a very skilled left-handed attackman with a knack for the goal. His greatest asset will be his ability to score goals, but he sees and reads the game well enough to be a distributor and ball carrier."

Erik Myers (Fr. M 6'2" Del Mar, Calif. Salisbury)
Played four seasons at Torrey Pines High School ... Served as team captain as a senior and was named the school's varsity MVP ... Earned US Lacrosse All-America honors ... Played one season at the Salisbury School (Conn.)

Tambroni on Myers: "Erik has an enormous frame with a ton of potential. He is a hard-working young man who has a chance to improve considerably due to his work ethic. He is a two-way midfielder who is solid in transition."

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2011-08-30



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