The 2021 Penn State defense has had quite the week.
A captain of the 2020 team, defensive leader Nick Cardile, as well as four-year starting goalie Colby Kneese, have both announced they’ll be using their fifth years of eligibility to return to Happy Valley for another season.
The Nittany Lions are also getting a fifth year out of 2019 third-team All-American face-off specialist Gerard Arceri.
All three decisions will bolster the Nittany Lions and help an offense that'll be going through some transition. Kneese, Arceri and Cardile join attackman Mac O'Keefe as players that have announced returns for a fifth-year in blue and white.
Moving forward, coach Jeff Tambroni and the Nittany Lions still have some pending decisions from seniors, notably Dylan Foulds and Kevin Hill.
Another player move that is going to shake up the college lacrosse landscape headed into 2021 is what Michael Sowers of Princeton decides to do. Sowers entered the transfer portal on Thursday afternoon after Princeton announced that they would not allow athletes to utilize a fifth-year of eligibility for the 2021 season. Sowers, who was leading the nation in point per game with 9.4, is a Pennsylvania native from near Philadelphia in Dresher.
While this is purely speculatory, many in the lacrosse community expect Penn State to be among the schools he decides between to spend his final year in college. If Tambroni is able to secure Sowers’ commitment it would no doubt make the Nittany Lions one of the title favorites headed into 2021.