Penn State Lacrosse Welcomes 11 Newcomers for 2014 Season

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Penn State lacrosse head coach Jeff Tambroni has assembled the ninth ranked freshman class according to Inside Lacrosse along with two transfers for the 2013-14 academic year. The 11-newcomer class bolsters Penn State's already powerful lineup.

"Our staff is extremely excited about the recent additions into the Penn State lacrosse program," Tambroni said. "We believe that this group will have an immediate and significant impact on our program's overall vision and success."

The most experienced of the group is Cole Yeager (Wayne, Pa.), a graduate student transfer from Yale who will feature at the faceoff X. Yeager missed 2013 due to injury, but as a sophomore in 2011, ranked fourth in the country with a 64.8 faceoff winning percentage.

Five freshmen were ranked by Inside Lacrosse in the top 100 including 29th-ranked Nick Aponte (West Islip, N.Y.), 36th-ranked Mike Sutton (Sewell, N.J.), 44th-ranked Nick Mazza (Davidsonville, Md.), 83rd-ranked Lucas Maloney (Niskayuna, N.Y.) and 100th-ranked Peter Triolo (Smithtown, N.Y.).

Rounding out the class are freshmen Billy Lombardi (West Islip, N.Y.), Dan Craig (Sherburne, Ont.), Tyler Chambers (Media, Pa.), Cole Rainier (Pasadena, Md.) and sophomore transfer Anthony Santo (West Islip, N.Y.).

Nick Aponte
5 Fr. M 6-0/175 West Islip, N.Y./West Islip

Before Penn State: Named Under Armour All-American as a senior, scoring 24 goals, 25 assists and picking up 81 ground balls while serving as team captain ... Ranked 22nd by Inside Lacrosse junior year and 29th entering freshman year of college ... Earned three All-County and All-League honors ... Led team to state title junior year, while earning most valuable player championship game honor as West Islip recorded a 22-1 record, earning a No. 3 national ranking ... Lettered three times in lacrosse and twice in football ... Named All-County twice in football, leading West Islip to league title senior year.

Personal: Nicholas Wayne Aponte was born June 20, 1995 in Manhasset, N.Y. to Mary and Armando Aponte ... Has an older sister, Lindsay, who competes for Sacred Heart University's track & field team as a thrower ... Aunt, Diana Cimino, is a 1983 graduate of Penn State ... Anticipates majoring in business.

Aponte on Penn State: "The reason I chose Penn State was because of the coaching staff, the campus and the chance to win a national championship."

Tyler Chambers
42 Fr. M 5-9/170 Media, Pa./Episcopal Academy

Before Penn State: Earned U.S. Lacrosse All-American, All-Inter Ac, All-DelCo, All-Eastern Pennsylvania and All-State honors as a senior by scoring 29 times and assisting on 32 goals ... Featured as the starting short-stick defensive midfielder junior year, pitching in with a goal and five assists to help Episcopal Academy to the Inter-Ac Invitational title ... Lettered four years at EA ... Played three years of club lacrosse for Duke's Lacrosse Club and Rebel Elite Lacrosse.

Personal: Tyler Christian Chambers was born April 20, 1994 in Los Angeles, Calif. to Tim and Kathleen Chambers ... Has a younger sister, Quinn, and a younger brother, Gavin ... Nephew of current Penn State men's basketball head coach Patrick Chambers ... Uncles Chris ('81) and Joseph Chambers ('83) are graduates of PSU ... Intends to major in business or communications.

Chambers on Penn State: "I chose Penn State because it gives me the best education while being able to play and compete for a national championship."

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