PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Women’s Lacrosse Falls To North Carolina In The NCAA Quarterfinals

Unseeded Penn State Women’s Lacrosse met up with No. 2 North Carolina Saturday afternoon in the NCAA quarterfinals, and despite an outstanding first half, ultimately fell to the Tar Heels 11-8. Penn State knocked Johns Hopkins and No. 7 Virginia out of the tournament already, but North Carolina’s seven unanswered goals in the second half ended the Lions’ momentum and season.

How It Happened

North Carolina carried a 16-3 record that featured only one regulation loss into this game, and came out showing how it earned that record. The Tar Heels scored the game’s first two goals and held the Nittany Lions off of the scoreboard for the game’s first seven minutes. When the Lions finally broke through though, it was significant. Katie O’Donnell scored the Lions’ first before North Carolina’s Sydney Holman widened her team’s lead to two. The Tar Heels looked in control of the game at that point, so Penn State did what Penn State does best — score five goals in eight minutes to take a 6-3 lead. North Carolina scored to end the run and make the score 6-4, but Madison Cyr answered with her second goal of the game to give Penn State a 7-4 lead at halftime.

The Tar Heels made a goaltending change to start the second half, but the move didn’t pay off early as Tatum Coffey scored a minute into the half to double up her opponents and take an 8-4 lead. North Carolina’s offense began to click after that goal, as Marie McCool scored two straight to complete her hat trick, then her team followed that up with a five-goal run to take an 11-8 lead. Penn State couldn’t muster any offense in the second half, nor could it stop North Carolina’s elite offense. The game, and Penn State’s season, came to a disappointing end as the Tar Heels moved on the to the NCAA semifinals with an 11-8 win.

Player Of The Game

North Carolina’s backup goaltender Megan Ward stepped into the crease at the beginning of the second half and completely turned the game on its head. A seven-goal first half from the Nittany Lions put lots of pressure on Ward, and after allowing a goal in the first minute of the half, she played almost 29 shutout minutes to earn the win.

Game Notes

  • Penn State was one of only two teams to score at least ten goals in every game this season.
  • North Carolina was 9-3 all-time against Penn State, including an overtime win over Penn State in their only previous NCAA Tournament meeting.
  • Penn State was 15-0 when leading at halftime, while all of North Carolina’s losses have come with a halftime deficit.

What’s Next?

Penn State’s season comes to an end with this loss, while North Carolina will take on the winner of the Duke/Princeton matchup in the Final Four at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia on May 22.

About the Author

Doug Leeson

Doug is a sophomore and Onward State's Assistant Managing Editor. Dislikes: popcorn, Rutgers, and a low #TimberCount. Likes: "Frozen," Rec Hall, and you. Contact him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @DougLeeson.


More by Doug

Freshman 101: How To Buy Football Tickets

Tickets go on sale for graduate students on Monday, June 18, followed by seniors on Tuesday, juniors on Wednesday, sophomores on Thursday, and freshmen on Friday.

Pork State: Meet Sir Remington, State College’s Most Interesting Pet

Report: James Franklin Is Only Mildly Excited For This Opportunity


Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

The incident surrounding Marche’s death is “under investigation,” according to the Philadelphia police department.

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Ally McHugh Wins 400 Medley National Championship

Student Life

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

This year’s sneaker is available to purchase online for $109.99.

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

Girirajan Lab Seeks To Bridge The Gap Between Fly And Human Genomes

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Fall Move-In Traffic & Construction Changes

When 40,000 students need to move back to State College over the course of four days or so, things are bound to get crazy.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend