Senior Matt Donnelly and redshirt senior Michael Aronow were selected as the captains for the 2019 season by coach Jeff Tambroni and his team.
Aronow showed his ability to lead last season in his first year as a captain. The veteran defenseman earned the honor after returning from an injury that cost him his entire 2017 season.
In his return to the field in 2018, Aronow was a key piece of the defensive unit, starting all 14 games. He made an impact by forcing 11 turnovers and picking up 24 ground balls over the course of the season.
This isn’t the first time Donnelly has been recognized for his efforts since arriving at Penn State either.
As a freshman, he was given the honor of wearing No. 11, a symbolic jersey for the Nittany Lions. The jersey represents the perseverance and determination of the player who dons it.
This became a team tradition after a tragic plane crash took the lives of Michael Jacober’s family. Jacober, who wore the number from 2002-05, became a rallying point for the 2005 Penn State team, and the jersey has since taken on its symbolic meaning.
Donnelly saw action in each game last season, starting four of them at the attack position. The upcoming year will be his first as a captain.