Spring Sports Continue Domination
Nittany Lion spring sports teams continue to advance and find success late in their seasons as the Women’s Track and Field Team won its seventh Big Ten title and Women’s Lacrosse advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. No. 13 Penn State Men’s Lacrosse ended its season and fell to No. 11 Yale Lacrosse in a 10-7 battle.
The Women’s Track and Field team scored a total of 133 points throughout the weekend, grabbing points in 17 of the 21 track and field events. Illinois finished second with 120 points. Women’s track and field has now won four of the last six Big Ten Outdoor Championships.
The Nittany Lion women had three individual event champions: redshirt-juniors Mahagony Jones in the 100 meters and Evonne Britton in the 100-meter hurdles, and sophomore Lauren Kenney in the javelin.
Jones sprinted to her victory in a lifetime-best time of 11.32 seconds, while Britton stole her title in a season-best time of 13.13.
Kenney finished her event with a whopping throw of 173 feet, 10 inches, her second-best throw this season.
“I think we had 20 different women score, and we scored in 17 of the 21 events, which really shows the strength and balance of our program, and that’s what we’re all about,” said head coach Beth Alfred-Sullivan.
Penn State’s Track and Field teams will continue on to the first-rounds of the NCAA tournament held at North Carolina A&T starting on Thursday, May 23.
No. 7 Penn State Women’s Lacrosse also had a rewarding weekend as they advanced to the elite eight after a 12-9 win over No. 8/15 University of Massachusetts. Standout junior attacker Mackenzie Cyr scored six goals for the Nittany Lions, while sophomore Maggie McCormick totaled four points for the win.
Penn State will play No. 2 Northwestern in the NCAA quarterfinals on Saturday, May 18.
Despite the success on the Women’s side, unfortunately Penn State’s Men’s Lacrosse was knocked out in the NCAA first round after a loss to Yale on Saturday. While Penn State lead by four goals at the half, Yale capitalized in the second half with a 9-1 run. Freshman star TJ Sanders lead in points with 2 goals; Austin Kaut finished the game with 14 saved goals, his fifth game of the season with at least 14 saves.
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