Penn State attacker Grant Ament added another first to his already-impressive resume Wednesday as the Archers Lacrosse Club selected him with the No. 1 overall selection in the Premier Lacrosse League draft.
Ament leaves the Nittany Lions as the Big Ten all-time leader in points (284) and assists (191).
“Our staff is extremely proud of Grant for being selected first overall during (Wednesday’s) PLL Draft,” Penn State coach Jeff Tambroni said in a statement. “He has worked tirelessly through his collegiate career and it’s rewarding to see him realize a lifelong dream. We look forward to supporting him in his new role as a member of the Archers.”
Ament posted 284 points behind 191 assists and 93 goals during his four-year Penn State career. The 2019 season was a breakout one for Aument, who is from Doylestown, as he shattered Penn State and NCAA records. He dealt out a record 96 assists (5.65 assists per game) and record 126 points (7 points per game) during the Nittany Lions’ program-best 16-2 season that saw Penn State win the Big Ten title and reach the NCAA semifinals.
The Archers went 7-6 during their inaugural 2019 season.
“(Ament) gives the league’s most unselfish offense a passing presence from behind the cage,” Premier Lacrosse League’s Joe Keegan wrote when analyzing the league’s 2020 draft.
The move gives the Archers two former Nittany Lions, as former Penn State standout Drew Adams is the club’s goalie.
Earlier in the week, Nittany Lions’ long-stick midfielder Tommy Wright went 13th overall in the third round to the New York Lizards in the Major League Lacrosse draft.
Wright garnered accolades as an honorable mention All-American in 2019 following a season in which he recovered 44 ground balls and forced 10 turnovers. He accumulated 18 groundballs to go with three caused turnovers in six games in 2020 before the season was prematurely cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He leaves Penn State with a career 92 groundballs and 22 caused turnovers.
Wright joins former Penn State players Nick Spillane (midfielder), Austin Kaut (goalie) and Nick Aponte (attacker) on New York’s roster.
The Lizards went 5-11 last season and topped the Atlanta Blaze, 21-15, in the season finale.