Friday could not have gone significantly better for Penn State senior lacrosse star Mac O’Keefe.
The attacker broke the NCAA’s all-time objectives document within the second interval of the Nittany Lions’ 14-13 additional time win over the Michigan Wolverines, a part of a six-goal day, and scored the game-winning purpose with three seconds left within the further interval.
O’Keefe entered the sport with 211 profession objectives, one behind the document. He tied former Duke star Justin Guterding rapidly, scoring simply 2 minutes, 10 seconds into the primary interval.
He broke the document on the 7:33 mark of the second interval.
“I type of blacked out within the second, to be sincere,” O’Keefe stated. “However, it was very particular. It was very particular. There was quite a lot of build-up. I have not tried to let it have an effect on me an excessive amount of however to do it now and after the sport to replicate a bit of bit, and watch these movies from all these individuals congratulating me. It is actually superior and I prefer to share this second with my household and all my teammates and transfer on from there, and hopefully win some video games after this.”
O’Keefe, who graduated in 2020, was granted an additional yr of eligibility by the NCAA as a result of his senior season was minimize brief due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He set the document in his sixty fourth profession recreation, 11 video games quicker than Guterding, who held the document since 2018.
O’Keefe’s six objectives gave him 217 for his profession, with Penn State’s season finale in opposition to Ohio State nonetheless to return and at the very least one recreation within the Large Ten event.
Penn State coach Jeff Tambroni lauded O’Keefe’s potential to have a “killer intuition” and “nice humility” concurrently, which the coach described as a “uncommon mixture.”
“It was a storybook type of ending at present for each us and him,” Tambroni stated. “To have the ability to do that at dwelling, to have the ability to do that on Senior Day, to have the ability to rating a recreation winner. I believe these sorts of moments favor the hardworking younger males or girls of the world.
“It is no shock that that younger man has put himself within the place to be right here at present after which took benefit of it. Quite a lot of us is likely to be on this place and be overwhelmed by the second. So, I do not assume it might have gone any higher, however I additionally do not assume it could not have been any extra acceptable for the younger man.”