UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY - Penn State Men's Lacrosse has earned its first NCAA bid since 2005. In the first round, the team will go up against Yale on Saturday. The fact that the Nittany Lions narrowly missed the cut last year, motivated them a lot this season."Last year was just an extremely gut-wrenching experience for all of us when we sat in that room and waited for the selection committee and didn't hear our name called," says Coach Jeff Tambroni. "So I think you could tell from the reaction of our guys that we were just elated."
This marks the first time in the program's 100-year history that it will host a NCAA tournament game.
"This year actually getting into the tournament and being able to host it's pretty incredible," says midfilder Steven Bogert.
But the Penn State men aren't the only ones into the NCAA tournament, the Penn State women's lacrosse team is into nationals as a #7 seed.
"It's just a huge accomplishment," says attacker Maggie McCormick. "I mean it shows how this program has changed for the better. We've had a ton of great games this year, a ton of upsets against the top teams in the country. And we definitely deserve to be where we are and we're definitely looking forward to it."
It's the Nittany Lions' second straight bid to the tournament, but they will also host in the first round, which they haven't done since 2005. That's a big deal, because for the first time in over 20 years (1991), the Penn State women are undefeated at home this season.
"It's really exciting for our program to have a host seed," says Coach Missy Doherty. "There's been a lot of really good teams out there this year and we were just excited to have the opportunity to play at home."
The Nittany Lion ladies will take on Canisius in the first round on Friday.