Penn State defeats Loyola to reach first-ever Final Four

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The Penn State men’s lacrosse team is headed to the Final Four for the first time in program history.

The top-seeded Nittany Lions defeated eighth-seeded Loyola (MD) and Corning grad Aidan Olmstead 21-14 in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Sunday in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Olmstead scored a goal in the first quarter to put the Greyhounds up 6-3.

The Nittany Lions went on a 9-1 run in the second quarter to take a 14-7 lead at halftime.

Pat Spencer scored one of his six goals in the third quarter to cut the lead to 16-14.

Penn State answered back by ending the game on a 5-0 run.

Mac O’Keefe tied the single-game NCAA Tournament record with 9 goals for the Nittany Lions.

The Nittany Lions will play fifth-seeded and defending national champs Yale in the NCAA Semifinals on Saturday in Philadelphia.

Olmstead had two goals in the game and finished his sophomore season at Loyola as the team’s fourth leading scorer with 25 goals and 21 assists.

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