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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 5/3/2024, Last updated: 5/3/2024
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Men's Lacrosse Tournament Update: Michigan, Penn State Advance to Final

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Photo by Kirk Irwin

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Michigan and Penn State won semifinal games at the Big Ten Men's Lacrosse Tournament Thursday evening to advance to Saturday's Championship Final.

The No. 4 seed Wolverines (9-6) posted a 10-7 come-from-behind win over top seed Johns Hopkins (10-4) in the first semifinal at the Ohio State Lacrosse Stadium.

The Blue Jays opened a 6-1 lead early in the second period, but were held to one goal the rest of the way. By going on a 9-1 run, Michigan recorded the largest comeback in Big Ten Tournament history.

Michigan's Michael Boehm tallied a game-high five goals as part of a six-point night while Garrett Degnon registered a hat trick for Johns Hopkins. Michigan twice converted on the man-up and finished with a 23-15 advantage in shots on goal.

No. 3 seed Penn State jumped to an early lead and never trailed in registering a 19-9 victory over No. 2 seed Maryland. In the process, Penn State set a tournament record for most goals in a game.

The Nittany Lions (11-3) opened a 7-1 lead in the second period and took an 11-3 lead into halftime. Maryland (8-5) scored four goals within a span of 2 minutes, 47 seconds in the third quarter to narrow the gap to five goals, but couldn't draw any closer.

Penn State's Matt Traynor recorded a six-point night behind five goals while teammates TJ Malone and Mac Costin provided three goals. Maryland received two goals apiece from Eric Spanos and Daniel Maltz.

Michigan and Penn State meet at 8 p.m. ET Saturday in the Big Ten Championship Game. Both programs are looking for their second titles.