It was over before it really began.
The NCAA lacrosse tournament semifinal saw the Lions go out with something of a whimper - they ran into a face off meat grinder in Yale, and saw themselves go down a deep hole in the first quarter. A hole they just couldn’t pull themselves out of, and before you knew it, the Lions season was over, just two wins short of the program’s first national championship.
But let’s not dwell on the what-could-have-beens.
Let’s celebrate the history we all just got to witness.
For the first time in program history, the Nittany Lions won a Big Ten tournament game.
For the first time in program history, Penn State won the Big Ten tournament.
For the first time in program history, PSU won not one but two NCAA tournament games.
And they came within just two wins of their first ever national championship.
It may not have been the ending we all wanted, but nonetheless, we just watched history in the making.
The Lions will sit on the sidelines this afternoon, rather than playing for that coveted national championship. They’ll lick their wounds. And then they’ll get back to work.
Unlike some other teams, Penn State actually returns a ton of production from this year’s final four team.
Here’s to hoping we can watch even more history in 2020.