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Q&A with Mac O’Keefe

By Matt Kinnear from Inside Lacrosse

Penn State attackman Mac O’Keefe is on the brink of history.

He’s 20 goals shy of the NCAA DI career goals record of 212, currently held by Duke’s Justin Guterding. He had 28 goals in seven games during the COVID-shortened 2020 season.

But it’s not something he’s ready to talk about.

“That would be an extremely awesome accomplishment for me personally, but I came back to win a national championship and that’s what I’m set on right now,” says O’Keefe. “If that comes along during the process that’ll be awesome, and I can reflect on that afterwards. But my main mission is to win a national championship.”

O’Keefe, a second-team IL Media All-American in 2020, is part of a group that turned the Nittany Lions from a program with zero postseason success to a Championship Weekend team knocking on the door of a title. His running mate —and the man on the passing end of many of those goals— Grant Ament has graduated. But with one more shot as a fifth-year student, O’Keefe’s expectations have not wavered.

“For me, when I came in as a freshman, we never really had too much success. We didn’t win a playoff game until my junior year, in 100-something years as a program. Every year we’ve been able to build and be pretty consistent. My biggest goal is the championship. But it’s also to leave the program better than I’ve found it. Paving the way for the guys after me, mentoring the younger guys, leading them in the right direction is something I’ve focused on this year especially.”

Click here for the full Q&A with Mac O’Keefe and Inside Lacrosse.