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May 25, 2016 — Inside the Division I Final Four, North Carolina vs. Penn State

Record: 18-2
Against the Final Four (2-1): Lost to Maryland 8-7, beat Syracuse 12-11, beat Syracuse 15-14 (OT).
Key players: Molly Hendrick (jr., A/M), Marie McCool (so., M), Sammy Jo Tracy (sr., A/M), Megan Ward (sr., G), Aly Messenger (sr., A), Caylee Waters (jr., G)
Intangibles: North Carolina had to put forth its greatest effort to beat Maryland two years ago in the national title match. The Heels have not only many of the players in that very game, but is also dealing with a goaltending situation. What else is new?
The skinny: Tracy is the team leader in draw controls. If the Heels can get past this game, she has a chance to alter her side’s chances in the final against either Taylor Cummings of Maryland or Kayla Traynor of Syracuse. Tracy is that good.

Record: 14-6
Against the Final Four (0-1): Lost to Maryland 10-9.
Key players: Madison Cyr (sr., M), Steph Lazo (jr., A), Madison Carter (fr., A/M), Katie O’Donnell (so, M), Jenna Mosketti (sr., A), Abby Smucker (jr., D/M), Emi Smith (sr., G)
Intangibles: Penn State is the surprise package of this national semifinal, having to beat Florida and Penn on the road to get to this moment. The Nittany Lions are trying to win their first national title since 1989. Missy Doherty’s long-term plans for success with this program are bearing fruit.
The skinny: A lot is going to be asked from Mosketti in the draw circle this weekend. If she can hold her own against Tracy, then either Cummings or Traynor, the Lions have a chance.


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