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To the casual observer, Penn State has been an overnight sensation in men’s lacrosse. Though the Nittany Lions will be making their first championship weekend appearance in Philadelphia on Saturday, they look for all the world like the odds-on favorite to claim their initial title.

Penn State (16-1), the No. 1 overall seed, is riding a 13-game winning streak and features the nation’s top-rated offense totaling 18 goals a game. While the other three semifinalists all needed overtime to survive the quarterfinal round last weekend, the Nittany Lions fittingly won their tilt with Loyola (Md.) by a footballesque 21-14 margin.

“We’re extremely excited to be among such an elite group of lacrosse programs,” said

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