No. 9 Denver, No. 15 PSU Meet at Moe's Southwest Grill Classic

Penn State received key contributions from Jack Forster (2 goals, 1 assist) and Tommy O'Neill (two assists) as well. Penn State out-shot Michigan 57-30 for the game, the most shots attempted since March 6, 2009 vs. Ohio State (55).

Sanders Named CAA's Top Rookie
Freshman attackman TJ Sanders earned CAA Rookie of the Week for his five-point showing at Michigan on Saturday. Sanders led all rookies in goals (4) and points (5) and was just one point shy of the league lead, which two UMass players had last weekend.

Celebrating the 100th Season
The Penn State men's lacrosse program is celebrating its 100th season in 2013, one of just a handful of teams to reach the milestone. The team started its program on May 24, 1913 with a 4-3 win over Penn under Walter Farley. Since then, the Nittany Lions have won 476 games in program history. Penn State will hold its 100th season celebration on April 6 vs. Drexel, where alumni of all teams are welcomed back to Happy Valley to honor the proud history of Penn State lacrosse.

Running the Gauntlet
Over the next five games, Penn State faces off against five straight ranked foes including two in the top 10 in No. 3 Notre Dame (Feb. 24) and No. 9 Denver (Feb. 17). Two other teams, No. 11 Lehigh (March 9) and No. 12 Massachusetts (March 16) are ranked just outside the top 10, while No. 19 Ohio State visits Happy Valley on March 2.

Two other Penn State opponents, No. 18 Bucknell (March 28) and No. 20 Hofstra (April 27) are also ranked. Drexel (April 6) and Villanova (March 31) are the next two teams out of the poll.

Road Warriors
Of the 14 regular-season contests, Penn State will be home for just five of them, making the Nittany Lions one of the most road tested teams in the country. In total, seven games are true road contests along with two neutral site games. So far this season, Penn State is 1-0 away from Happy Valley.

Florida Frame of Mind
Penn State visits the State of Florida for the third time in program history. The previous two times saw the Nittany Lions play Yale in Boca Raton, Fla. PSU defeated the Bulldogs 11-6 in 1997 before falling to Yale, 17-15, in 2003.

Jacksonville's EverBank Field will be the largest venue Penn State has ever played in. Seating 67,164, the stadium is home to the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, the Gator Bowl and the annual Florida-Georgia college football game.

Moe's Southwest Grill Classic
Penn State and Denver play as a part of a doubleheader in the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic. After PSU and Denver, Jacksonville plays host to Ohio State at 3:15 p.m.

Nittany Lions on TV
Penn State is slated to play two games on television this season: Feb. 17 against Denver at Jacksonville, Fla. on NBC Sports Network and March 9 vs. Lehigh in Chester, Pa. on Comcast SportsNet. The Lehigh game is also scheduled to be broadcast live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

Penn State's appearance on NBC Sports Network is believed to be the first nationally televised men's lacrosse game in program history. The last time Penn State was on television was in 2010 vs. Towson on WMAR in Baltimore.

Creator's Trophy
Penn State won the inaugural Creator's Trophy, a men's lacrosse competition started in 2012 by the Big Ten schools Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. The Nittany Lions went 2-0 in the round-robin format, while the Buckeyes went 1-1 and the Wolverines went 0-2.

This season, Penn State is 1-0 and can clinch the trophy on March 2 when it meets Ohio State in Happy Valley.

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