Penn State Welcomes 13 Newcomers for 2012

Michael Richards (Fr. M 6'0" Skaneateles, N.Y. Skaneateles)
Four-year member of the Skaneateles High School boys' lacrosse team ... As a senior, Named an ESPN RISE Honorable Mention All-American and earned first-team all-league honors ... Garnered second-team all-league recognition and helped lead team to a sectional championship as a junior.

Tambroni on Richards: "Mike is a gifted athlete who can play in both ends of the field. He runs well with the ball from defense to offense, and he is great off the ground. He possesses great intangibles and competes at a very high level."

David Spadacene (Jr. D 5'11" Bethel Park, Pa. Bethel Park/Presbyterian)
Member of Presbyterian College's men's lacrosse team for two seasons (2010-11) ... Started all 10 games as a freshman ... Collected 21 ground balls and a team-high 16 caused turnovers ... Three-year letter-winner at Bethel Park High School ... Earned all-county accolades as a junior.

Tambroni on Spadacene: "Dave is a big, strong athlete with great upside. He brings two years of college experience where he led the defense and was matched up against the opponent's best attackman. His strength will be utilized as an asset at the close defense and his maturity is a welcome addition."

Taylor Stothoff (Fr. M 5'10" Sparks, Md. Boys' Latin)
Played five years at Boys' Latin High School ... As a senior, served as team captain and named an ESPN RISE Honorable Mention All-American.

Tambroni on Stothoff: "Taylor can do it all from the defensive end as a short-stick defensive midfielder. He has very good size and speed with wonderful knowledge of the game. He is a tremendous competitor who comes from one of the nation's premier high school programs."

Kyle Zittel (Fr. M 6'0" Eden, N.Y. Eden)
Four-year member of Eden High School's boys' lacrosse team (2008-11) ... Earned US Lacrosse All-America status as a senior ... Named All-ECIC and All-WNY ... Served as team captain ... Led team to the section finals ... Helped guide team to the 2010 division championship.

Tambroni on Zittel: "Kyle is a raw talent with very good size and athleticism. A three-sport athlete in high school, he will benefit greatly now that he is concentrating on the sport of lacrosse full time. He is a blue-collar competitor with a very high athletic IQ. He can play at both ends of the field and is tenacious off the ground."

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