Penn State 2019

Penn State 2019

New postby gymman1031 on Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:24 pm

Someone posted not long ago that the Nittany Lions would be loaded for 2019. And wow, after doing some research, they sure will be! Other than that middie, Keenan, isn't almost the whole team back?
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Re: Penn State 2019

New postby brokenshaft on Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:16 am

And a healthy #1 will make a huge difference for this program. Expect good things from State College this year!
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Re: Penn State 2019

New postby gymman1031 on Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:20 am

Sometimes, it takes even the best coaches several years to have that "breakout" season. See Andy Shay of Yale.
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Re: Penn State 2019

New postby Jst Lxn on Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:12 pm

https://www.uslaxmagazine.com/college/men/way-early-2019-rankings-no-15-no-11-division-i-men

2018 record: 8-6 (2-3 Big Ten)

Last seen: Getting eliminated from Big Ten tournament — and, effectively, NCAA tournament — contention with a loss at home to Michigan to close the regular season.

Senior starts lost: 14 of 140 (10 percent)

Senior scoring departing: 40 of 271 points (14.8 percent)

Initial forecast: Stop if you’ve heard this one before — Penn State could be the breakout team of 2019. It hasn’t always worked out that way; the Nittany Lions have two NCAA appearances (2013 and 2017) in eight seasons under Jeff Tambroni, and the Big Ten isn’t getting any easier to navigate. Yet the peripheral details suggest this could be a team due a surge in the wake of a disappointing 2018. Penn State only loses a pair of major pieces (short stick defensive midfielder Tripp Traynor and midfielder Ryan Keenan), and it should get attackman Grant Ament (30 goals, 30 assists in 2017) back from a foot injury. The Nittany Lions still scored in bunches without Ament, and four 30-point point scorers (led by Mac O’Keefe and Nick Spillane) will be back as well. Penn State took a major step forward at the defensive end, cutting its goals allowed by more than one per game. Credit the improvement to three areas: Sophomore goalie Colby Kneese settling into his starting role; progress at close defense; and the excellence of faceoff man Gerard Arceri (68.1 percent). There aren’t looming holes in any of those areas, and a team that beat Johns Hopkins and thumped Ohio State should be back in the postseason picture next spring.
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Re: Penn State 2019

New postby Cooter on Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:26 pm

When you look at PSU's 8-6 record closely, you notice that they won all their games by 2 or more goals, but lost 3 games by 1 goal (2 in OT). The lost the season opener to Villanova in ot and then the season closer to Michigan in ot. If they had won those 2 OT games, our perception of PSU would be much different. They would have made the Big Ten tmt and probably made the NCAA tmt.. Instead of finishing around #20, they would have finished around #10.
I know, if "ifs" and "buts" were candy and nuts, but if one looks at it in a subjective way, we would have been considering PSU pretty much like we consider UVa. Of course, in these premature polls, Virginia is being ranked top 5 and even #1 in one of them. Both teams return a lot. Virginia has its big stars, Aiken and Krauss, but Arceri and O'Keefe are pretty good for PSU. Virginia gets Conrad back, but PSU gets Ament back. As neither team, has shown themselves to be a top 5 team recently, I think I would start both out in the 5-9 range.
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Re: Penn State 2019

New postby Big Eyed Fish on Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:32 pm

If you look even closer, they led in the 4th quarter of all 6 losses. Not sure if that's a negative or a positive, just a fact.
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