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Former Northwestern Midfielder Rowan Lapi Transfers To Penn State Women’s Soccer

Penn State women’s soccer head coach Erica Dambach has picked up her second transfer portal product of the month.

Former Northwestern midfielder Rowan Lapi committed to the Nittany Lions with one year of eligibility remaining, the team announced Tuesday.

Lapi, a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2022, spent four years at Northwestern as a two-year starter. The Reinholds, Pennsylvania, native registered six goals in her senior season, including four game-winners, which is tied for the second-best in the Big Ten. Meanwhile, she also contributed three assists for a total of 22 points.

Penn State defeated Northwestern 2-0 in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal to end the Wildcats’ conference run. Lapi and Co. were later upended by UCLA in the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen and concluded the 2022 season with a 16-5-2 record.

The midfielder started in all 17 games for the Wildcats as a junior and recorded one goal and one assist throughout the season. She totaled 58 appearances, 52 starts, and nine goals across her four-year career.

“Rowan Lapi has proven to be one of the top midfielders in the Big Ten Conference,” Dambach said. “We are incredibly fortunate that she has chosen to join us after a spectacular career at Northwestern. She is a physical specimen, as well as an incredible talent on and off the ball. She fits right in with our blue-collar mentality and matches up well with all the core values we look for in a Nittany Lion women’s soccer player. She will add to an already dangerous midfield group that we have in place here in Happy Valley.”

As a recruit, Lapi boasted four stars out of Cocalico High School, per TopDrawerSoccer.

Lapi will join fellow transfer Rebecca Cooke on the Nittany Lions’ roster among a slew of talented returning midfielders including captains Cori Dyke and Kate Wiesner.

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