Kaut, Penn State Sweep CAA Lacrosse Postseason Honors

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (May 2, 2013) – Penn State junior goalkeeper Austin Kaut was selected as the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Men's Lacrosse Player and Defensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league's seven head coaches.

Penn State completed the sweep of top honors as the Nittany Lions' head coach Jeff Tambroni was voted the league's Coach of the Year and freshman attacker TJ Sanders was selected as the Rookie of the Year in a unanimous vote. Kaut also earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in a unanimous vote by the conference head coaches.

Kaut, a three-time All-CAA honoree and 2011 CAA Rookie of the Year, helped Penn State post the best goal-against average (6.95) among all Division I men's lacrosse programs. The junior keeper owns a 62.9 save percentage, which is ranked second in the nation, and averaged 11.6 saves per game. Kaut helped the Nittany Lions achieve a No. 9 national ranking with wins over nationally-ranked teams, such as Denver, Bucknell, and Drexel. PSU also took nationally-ranked Notre-Dame and Ohio State into overtime before suffering one-goal losses. Kaut is the second player to earn CAA Player and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season, joining Hofstra's Nicky Polanco in 2002.

Tambroni led nationally-ranked Penn State to a perfect 6-0 mark in conference play and the Nittany Lions' third-straight appearance in the CAA championship. Top-seeded Penn State, now 12-3, advanced to the CAA Championship game with a 10-7 victory over fourth-seeded and defending champion Massachusetts on Wednesday. The victory was a first in CAA postseason play for PSU and Tambroni. Under the direction of Tambroni, the Nittany Lions led the nation in scoring defense, holding their opponents to just 7.21 goals per game. This is the second CAA Coach of the Year honor for Tambroni, after receiving Co-Coach of the Year accolades in 2011.

Sanders leads the league in goals per game with 2.6 per contest and ranks 12th in the nation in that category. The rookie attacker has scored 39 goals on the season to go along with five assists for 44 points. He has picked up 13 groundballs. Sanders earned five CAA Rookie of the Week awards, and received CAA Player of the Week accolades on April 15. Sanders is the program's second CAA Rookie of the Year honoree, just two years after Kaut received the award in 2011.

Top-seeded Penn State will host third-seeded Towson for the CAA championship at 3:00 p.m. on Friday at Penn State Lacrosse Field. The Tigers earned an 11-8 victory over second-seeded and nationally-ranked Drexel in Happy Valley in the second semifinal on Wednesday.

Kaut led a league-best six Nittany Lions on the All-CAA First Team. He was joined by senior attacker Jack Forster, junior long stick midfielder Steven Bogert, junior midfielder Tom LaCrosse, senior faceoff specialist Dan Henneghan and junior defenseman Tyler Travis. Drexel had three on the First Team, led by senior attacker Robert Church. Midfielders Ben McIntosh and Ryan Belka also were honored on the First Team from the Dragons. Towson senior attacker Thomas DeNapoli and junior defensemen John Fennessey joined Massachusetts senior Jake Smith and Hofstra’s Mark Mullen as defensemen honorees.

First Team
Robert Church, Drexel Sr. A Coquitlam, B.C./Charles Best
Thomas DeNapoli, Towson Jr. A East Rockaway, N.Y./Lynbrook
Jack Forster, Penn State Sr. A Jenkintown, Pa./La Salle College
Ryan Belka, Drexel So. M Crofton, Md./DeMatha
Tom LaCrosse, Penn State Jr. M Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua Academy
Ben McIntosh, Drexel Jr. M Coquitlam, B.C./Western Reserve
Steven Bogart, Penn State Jr. LSM Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon
Dan Henneghan, Penn State Sr. FO Beverly Hills, Mich./Brother Rice
John Fennessey, Towson Jr. D Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown
Mark Mullen, Hofstra Gr. D Harleysville, Pa./Germantown Academy
Jake Smith, Massachusetts Sr. D Medfield, Mass./Medfield
Tyler Travis, Penn State Jr. D Geneva, N.Y./Geneva
Austin Kaut, Penn State Jr. GK Morton, Pa./Springfield-Delco

Second Team
Will Manny, Massachusetts Sr. A Massapequa, N.Y./St. Anthony's
TJ Sanders, Penn State Fr. A Orillia, Ont./Middle Brook School (NY)
Kyle Smith, Massachusetts Sr. A Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow
Nick Diachenko, Delaware Sr. M Courtice, Ont., Canada/Holy Trinity
Andrew Hodgson, Towson Jr. M West Islip, N.Y./West Islip
Ryan Izzo, Massachusetts So. M Walpole, Mass./Walpole
Brett Tobin, Massachusetts Sr. LSM Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug Regional
Joe Calvello, Massachusetts Jr. FO Woodridge, Ill./Naperville North
James Connelly, Delaware Jr. D Royerford, Pa./Malvern Prep
Ryan Hollenbaugh, Massachusetts Sr. D Glastonbury, Mass./Glastonbury
JoJo Ostrander, Towson So. D Massapequa, N.Y./Farmingddale
Chris Selva, Hofstra So. GK Parkland, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas

All-Rookie Team
James Burke, Penn State Fr. LSM Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury
Pat Conroy, Towson Fr. LSM York, Pa./Dallastown Area
Frank Fusco, Drexel Fr. A Yorktown, N.Y./Yorktown
Sam Llinares, Hofstra Fr. A Hauppauge, N.Y./ Hauppauge
Zach Oliveri, Massachusetts Fr. GK Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Conetquot
Conor Peaks, Delaware Fr. GK Ponte Vedra, Fla./Ponte Vedra
Ian Robertson, Delaware Fr. A Salem, Va./St. Anne's Belfield
TJ Sanders, Penn State Fr. A Orillia, Ont./Middle Brook School (NY)
Pat Swanick, St. Joseph's Fr. A Haverford, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep
Brian von Bargen, Hofstra Fr. M Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh

Player of the Year: Austin Kaut, Penn State
Coach of the Year: Jeff Tambroni, Penn State
Rookie of the Year: TJ Sanders, Penn State
Defensive Player of the Year: Austin Kaut, Penn State


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