Penn State’s Big Ten Lacrosse Tournament run has ended.
The fourth-seeded Nittany Lions fell to top-ranked Maryland 16-9 on Thursday night in the semifinal round of the conference tournament.
“I tip my cap to Maryland first and foremost,” head coach Jeff Tambroni said, via Penn State Athletics. “I thought they came out with a pretty good plan in the first quarter – going down six to nothing set the tone for the game, they could play a style and a pace that was much more conducive to a Maryland lacrosse team and Penn State really had to climb and push with a lot more urgency than we would have liked from the opening minutes.”
Six Penn State players scored in the effort, led by junior Nick Aponte’s four goals — his fourth consecutive four-goal game.
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Maryland scored first and fast, racking up six goals in the first period until the Nittany Lions were able to tack on two to end the first frame 6-2.
Penn State came within three goals early in the second quarter, but the Terps ended the half up 10-5.
Maryland stretched the lead behind a 4-0 run in the third quarter, and two fourth-quarter goals by the Nittany Lions weren’t enough to swing momentum in their favor.
The Terrapins will meet Rutgers in the final.