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posted 07.24.2012 at 12.08 p.m. by Clare Lochary

Penn State Sanctions Won't Affect Lacrosse Teams

Penn State women’s lacrosse “been assured that the monetary toll on the University will not affect our ability to compete, recruit or perform with the best teams in the country,” according to a July 23 statement by coach Missy Doherty, in reference to the sanctions the NCAA has imposed upon the school’s athletic department in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal surrounding former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The NCAA’s sanctions, which include a $60 million fine and a reduced number of football scholarships for the next four years, specify that no current sponsored athletic team may be reduced or eliminated in order to fund this fine.”

Doherty’s statement notes that while nothing compares to the suffering of Sandusky’s victims, “we are going to do our best to move forward and continue to be a positive force in the community.” The full text is available here.

In a phone interview, Doherty said that the athletic department asked each varsity coach to make a statement in relation to the announcement of the sanctions, although doing so was optional. About half of the coaches chose to make a statement. Penn State men’s lacrosse coach Jeff Tambroni was among the coaches who chose not to do so, but he spoke with Inside Lacrosse and said, “I still feel as strong about this university and our program as I did when I came on board.”

Doherty just completed her second year with the Nittany Lions, who finished 12-7, got their first NCAA tournament bid since 2005 and advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Florida.

“People needed to know how the sanctions affect us, and I wanted to get the word out that our program was awesome.” Doherty said. “I love Penn State. It’s a great place to be a coach and a great place to be a student-athlete. Top recruits are still interested, because they’ll recognize that Penn State is a fantastic institution.”