Men's lacrosse voted fourth in Big Ten preseason poll

February 01, 2016

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Penn State men's lacrosse has been voted fourth in the 2016 Big Ten Preseason Coaches' Poll, as released by the conference this afternoon. Nittany Lions Matt Florence, Drake Kreinz and TJ Sanders were also named Penn State's Players to Watch.

The preseason nod is the second straight for Kreinz and Sanders, who both earned 2015 Player to Watch honors prior to the inaugural season of Big Ten lacrosse.

Florence earns his first career Big Ten preseason honor, having capped off the season with Big Ten All-Tournament team honors. Making 10 starts for the Nittany Lions a year ago, he scored 16 goals and dished out assists for 24 points. In the Big Ten Tournament semifinal matchup against then-No. 17 Johns Hopkins, he recorded two goals and a pair of assists, while also taking a season-best nine shots.

A 2015 Academic All-Big Ten selection, Kreinz served once again as Penn State's top faceoff specialist, playing in 13 of 14 games last season. He finished 129-237 at the "X," concluding the season with a .544 winning percentage. He highlighted the year with a pair of goals at then-No. 13 Harvard, while also winning 14-of-20 faceoffs in a 9-8 win against Marist.

A USILA All-America honorable mention, Sanders returns as one of the Nittany Lions' top offensive contributors in 2016. Having earned both All-Big Ten honorable mention distinction and Academic All-Big Ten awards last year, he also led the team with 29 goals and 13 assists, totaling 42 points. Starting every game for the Nittany Lions, he logged at least two goals in nine outings, including each of the last three games last year. Sanders highlighted the season with a career-high five goals in a win against Marist last year.

Last Updated February 01, 2016