March 13, 2012

Tuesday Extras: From Writers

by staff

Each week, staff and writers at games across the country bring you extra opinion, analysis and news that goes beyond what's written in the game stories.

Tambroni Has Tierney's Vote

Game Story: 'Denver Gets Back on Track, Blitzes Flat Penn State'

Jeff Tambroni said Saturday of Penn State: "We got a long way to go ... I know that. I think our guys have an idea." 
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Bill Tierney still remembers the telephone conversation.

Penn State had a decision to make when its longtime coach, Glenn Thiel, retired in May 2010. It had plans in the works for a new field and wanted to make a hire that could put Penn State lacrosse on the map.

So, it called up Tierney, the well-respected coach at Denver, who had made his own move from Princeton a year earlier. An athletic administrator told him Penn State thought it had a shot at Jeff Tambroni, who spent 10 seasons at Cornell and won eight Ivy League championships and made three final four appearances.

"There's none better," Tierney recalled Saturday afternoon following his team's 14-6 victory against Tambroni's Penn State squad.

The deal was done, and it's paid huge dividends in just the second year of the Tambroni regime.

No. 10 Penn State (3-2) in its best position after five games since the 2002 season and heads into CAA play at noon Saturday against No. 5 Massachusetts as a favorite to win the league. The signature win thus far has been a 4-3 overtime victory against No. 2 Notre Dame on Feb. 26.

But . . .

"We got a long way to go," Tambroni said when asked to assess his team's splash on the national scene, uncharted territory for the program in recent years. "I know that. I think our coaching staff knows that. I think our guys have an idea. This [loss] puts it into perspective a little. This is a long process. It's gonna be a marathon, not a sprint." – NATE MINK

Notre Dame Just Getting By

Game Story: 'OT Goal Caps Wild Finish, Gets Irish Past Hofstra'

Notre Dame got a win Saturday, but certainly needs to make some adjustments before Sunday's game against Denver. The Irish need to find scoring outside of Sean Rogers and Jim Marlatt, who each have five of the team's 22 goals on the season. And though the defense is strong — it's allowed 17 goals in four games — its lapses had to be concerning for coach Kevin Corrigan. Allowing the tying goal with 3.9 seconds left, plus letting Lance Yapor score on the same move three times, isn't going to get it done as the competition stiffens.

For Hofstra, it was its second overtime loss at home already this season. Though the Pride is under .500, it's still one of the better teams in the CAA. – CHRIS MASCARO

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