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[Live Blog] 2016 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Final Four

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. 

Second Half

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.

First Half

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.

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.

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