Good afternoon, Penn State fans! Missy Doherty’s Nittany Lions advanced to Chester, PA, for the 2016 NCAA Final Four semifinal against the University of North Carolina in a rematch of last year’s Elite Eight. Keep it locked here for live updates throughout the game.
7:13 — Madison Carter makes it a 12-11 game, her 48th of the season.
9:52 — Madison Cyr get her first yellow card of the game. North Carolina is man-up for two minutes. “Where’s the shot clock” cheers over from the Penn State side.
10:11 — Abby Smucker gets the Nittany Lions in double digits after finding the top corner on a free position shot. Penn State trails 12-10.
10:57 — North Carolina finds the net but it’s taken back as Molly Hendrick’s stick fails the post goal stick check.
11:20 — Madison Cyr hits her 59th goal of the season on a free position. Penn State is still behind 12-9. Natalie Schmitt shows a huge hustle and wins the draw before it’s turned over by the Tar Heels.
13:43 — Abby Smucker puts an end to Penn State’s scoring drought finding the open space in the net. Nittany Lions trail 12-8.
14:47 — North Carolina notches its fourth unanswered and leads 12-7.
18:44 — North Carolina hits its 11th of the game. Penn State trails 11-7.
20:59 — Tar Heels hit double digits and lead 10-7 off of a quick stick goal. Penn State timeout. Despite the defensive efforts, Penn State is struggling to not rush and to capitalize in the offensive zone.
24:28 — North Carolina responds with a goal raising the score 9-7.
24:42 — Katie O’Donnell makes it a 8-7 game with a sidearm shot into the top corner.
26:45 — Tar Heels raise its lead 8-6 sending one zooming past Emi Smith’s head.
0:46 — North Carolina pulls ahead 7-6 with less than a minute left to play in the half.
2:10 — Jenna Mosketti ties it up 6-6 off of a free position goal earning herself a hat-trick.
6:56 — Emi Smith comes up big with a huge save for the Nittany Lions.
8:27 — North Carolina finds the back of the net with a bounce shot, pulling ahead 6-5.
10:16 — Tar Heels tie it up 5-5 with a quick stick goal past Emi Smith.
14:52 — North Carolina’s Sammy Jo Tracey. Penn State has the man-advantage. Tar Heels cause a turnover and are now waiting for the yellow card to be killed off and to be even in the offensive zone.
17:17 — North Carolina regains possession after a free position by Madison Carter goes high and out. Penn State defense holds strong around the crease.
19:20 — Tar Heels respond to the five unanswered and powers one behind Emi Smith.
21:47 — Freshman Kelly Daggett brings Penn State’s lead to 5-3 with a goal from a ground ball. North Carolina wins the next draw but can’t keep it in bounds. Tar Heels also made a goalie substitution during the timeout.
22:10 — Jenna Mosketti puts Penn State in the lead with a left-handed goal making the score 4-3 with Penn State on top.
22:39 — Steph Lazo gets her first goal of the game, sneaking it by the non-dominant side of the North Carolina goalie for her 34th goal of the season. Mosketti snags another draw for Penn State.
24:13 — GOAL! Madison Cyr scores for her 58th of the season joining her older sister, Mackenzie Cyr (2014) in the 200 career points club. She’s the twelfth to join.
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24:45 — GOAL!! Jenna Mosketti finds the back of the net. Katie O’Donnell wins the next draw control.
25:26 — Penn State caused turnover sends the ball down to Penn State’s offensive zone for one of the first times of the game.
27:08 — Holly Hendrick for North Carolina makes it a 2-0 lead for the Tarheels. North Carolina is dominating the draw control game and appears to be more aggressive in sending it down to its offensive zone.
28:49 — North Carolina is the first to get on the board making it a 1-0 game less than two minutes in.
29:55 — Tarheels win the first faceoff of the game.