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The Penn State Nittany Lions now have four seniors returning for the 2021 season, as goalie Colby Kneese and faceoff man Gerard Arceri both announced that they would be utilizing the extra year of eligibility that the NCAA has granted spring sport athletes.
Kneese and Arceri are the third and fourth Penn State seniors to announce their return in 2021. Attackman Mac O’Keefe and defenseman Nick Cardile have also announced their returns to Happy Valley, Pa. for an extra season.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Kneese made 72 saves and had a .518 save percentage in the Nittany Lions’ six games this past season. Having started almost every game since he stepped foot on campus, Kneese sits fourth all-time in career saves at Penn State with 569.
“The Opportunity to represent Penn State and compete with my teammates for a final round is something for which I will forever be grateful,” Kneese said in a statement posted on social media.
Arceri, a St. James, N.Y. native, went 89-for-162 at the faceoff dot this past season. He has an overall career win percentage of .619 and ranks number one all-time in career faceoff wins at Penn State with 762. Arceri is also first all-time in career ground balls at Penn State with 490.
“Having the opportunity to play alongside my brothers and dedicated coaches is an opportunity and privilege I am grateful to have,” said Arceri in a statement posted on social media.