Under Armour game puts PSU in spotlight

FOX Sports NEXT was at the Under Armour All-America Classic this past weekend and caught up with three members of the 2013 Penn State lacrosse class. Find out who, and what they're saying about head coach Jeff Tambroni, inside.

TOWSON, Md. -- In just three short years, Penn State head coach, Jeff Tambroni, has built the lacrosse program into a formidable contender. His squad will look to add elite talent at the midfield position with the addition of three Under Armour All-Americans: Nick Aponte (West Islip, N.Y.), Nick Mazza (Davidsonville, Md.) and Michael Sutton (Sewell, NJ).

The Penn State recruits combined for eight goals last Saturday: Nick Mazza, a lefty, tallied three; Aponte, three goals; and Sutton, two goals.

All three players were unanimous, stating that Tambroni was one of the main reasons they chose Penn State over schools like North Carolina, Maryland, Johns Hopkins, Ohio State, Loyola and Virginia.

"He was the deal breaker," Mazza said, "The way he recruited me was different than any other coach. He is a family guy. He brought in my whole family, took us out, the whole nine yards."

Adds Sutton, "I've always thought he was a great coach. He has turned the [Penn State] program around and they have only been getting better and better. Good things are in the future."

Sutton had 22 goals and four assists this season for St. Augustine (N.J.).

"One of the reasons I went to Penn State is it's an upcoming program," Aponte said, "Tambroni and the rest of the coaching staff are all great guys. I wanted to be a part of something that's coming up. A lot of guys here have said that Penn State was on their list."

Aponte, who hails from West Islip High School, found the back of the net 24 times, dished out 25 assists and scooped up 81 groundballs during his senior season.

The Nittany Lions incoming midfielders bring a little bit of everything to the field, whether it's outside shooting, dodging, or lingering around the crease, one thing is for sure, Penn State made a name for itself on Saturday night.

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