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Penn State lacrosse player killed in Boston crash

Penn State lacrosse goalie Connor Darcey makes a save during a game. Darcey died in a car crash Friday morning in Boston.
Penn State lacrosse goalie Connor Darcey makes a save during a game. Darcey died in a car crash Friday morning in Boston. Penn State photo

The Penn State sports community suffered a loss Friday when an early morning crash in Boston claimed the life of lacrosse player Connor Darcey.

Darcey, 21, was one of two men pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in the city’s North End.

Boston police responded to the incident at about 3 a.m., when they found the car rolled onto its hood. A third man was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Darcey, a Wellesley, Mass., native and a lacrosse standout from Wellesley High, defended the goal at Penn State, where he was majoring in communication arts and sciences.

He had just completed his sophomore year as a starter and won the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors in February after his first collegiate start, a 15-8 season opener against Vermont in which he made 15 stops. In May, he was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.

Lacrosse Magazine was one of the first to tie Darcey to the deadly crash, tweeting the information. Police have not confirmed the identities of the victims pending notification of family.

The goalie’s loss has, however, been noted by the university.

“Our hearts go out to Connor Darcey’s family, teammates, friends and everyone who knew him. It’s a very sad day. The Penn State family has suffered a tremendous loss and we are deeply saddened. Our thoughts and prayers are with Connor’s family, friends, fellow students and the men’s lacrosse family,” Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics said in a statement.

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