It was another eventful weekend for Penn State sports as thirteen teams were in action, with seven picking up victories at one point or another. Here’s what went down this weekend in the wide world of Penn State sports:
Women’s Ice Hockey
The women’s hockey team lost both games in a CHA tournament series against RIT this weekend, ultimately ending its season. Two goals from Shannon Yoxheimer weren’t enough for the Nittany Lions in the first game, as RIT topped Penn State in OT, 3-2. Goaltender Nicole Paniccia made 44 saves in the loss. The Nittany Lion offense failed to get going in the second game and dropped their second straight to RIT, 3-0, despite putting 31 shots on net. The Nittany Lions finished the season with a 4-29-3 record.
The No. 18 women’s gymnastics team was victorious in its final home meet of the year on Friday. The meet featured Penn State, Bridgeport, Western Michigan, and Yale, but Penn State dominated all four categories — uneven bars, vault, balance beam, and floor exercise — totaling a score of 196.600 to give the squad its final home victory of the year.
Despite being upset by Princeton in a Friday matchup 3-2, the No. 10 men’s volleyball team rallied on Saturday against George Mason, 3-1, to improve its record to 13-3 (6-1) on the year. The Nittany Lions fell behind 1-2 just three sets into the match against Princeton, and could never gain the lead after that despite Nick Goodell’s career-high 25 kills. Penn State had a much easier time against George Mason on Saturday, as it won the first two sets and never looked back to pull out the 3-1 victory. Both Goodell and Aaron Russell had double-doubles in the win.
Men’s Ice Hockey
The men’s hockey team had a two game series against No. 2 Minnesota this weekend and dropped both games. In game one, Kenny Brooks scored first to give the Nittany Lions an early 1-0 lead, but it was all the offense Penn State could muster in a 5-1 loss. The second game was much closer, thanks to a Curtis Loik goal that tied the game at one going into the third period. However, Minnesota was able to get the go-ahead goal with seven minutes left in the third, and Penn State lost the second game of the series, 2-1. Goaltender P.J. Musico made 35 saves in the loss.
The No. 24 men’s swimming team participated in the Big Ten Championships this weekend, finishing fifth. Penn State’s Shane Ryan was named Swimmer of the Big Ten Championships, the first Penn State swimmer to claim that title. The sophomore swimmer won the 100 freestyle event with a time of 42.08 seconds, which is a Penn State, Big Ten Championship, and overall Big Ten record.
The softball team (5-11) lost both of its games as a part of the James Madison Invitational on Saturday. In game one against Kent State, the Nittany Lions were able keep it close early but ultimately fell apart in a six-run fifth inning for the Golden Flashes. Penn State could never recover and fell to Kent State 9-1 in game one.
In game two against Dartmouth, the Nittany Lions kept the Big Green off the board for the first four innings. However, three errors doomed Penn State as it dropped game two of the JMU Invitational, 6-3. Penn State pitcher Christy Von Pusch recorded her first career complete game in the loss. Games against Fairfield and James Madison on Sunday were cancelled due to weather.
The No. 8 woman’s lacrosse team (2-2) lost a heartbreaker to No. 9 Virginia 12-11 on Saturday. The game was tied at 5-5 going into the half, but the Cavaliers were able to build a four-goal cushion during the second half. A late comeback attempt from the Nittany Lions almost tied the game, but Virginia was able to hold on to pick up the 12-11 win. Jess Loizeaux had a goal and three assists in the loss.
After dropping the first two of a weekend series against Hofstra, the baseball team (3-6) was able to pick up a win on Sunday to prevent the weekend sweep. In game one, the Penn State offense couldn’t get anything going in a 5-0 loss. It was the first game this season where the Nittany Lions have not scored a run. Penn State was able to get on the board in the second game, but the offense still struggled in a 5-2 loss. The Nittany Lion bats came alive on Sunday, however, as they poured 10 runs on Hofstra to win the game, 10-4. Every Penn State positional player reached base safely at least once in the win.
It was a special day for the No. 12 women’s basketball team on Saturday, as all four seniors reached double figures in a 77-62 win over Michigan in the last game of the regular season. With the win, the Lady Lions picked up their third straight Big Ten regular-season championship. Ariel Edwards recorded 21 points, and Talia East notched 16 points in the win. Maggie Lucas (17 points) and Dara Taylor (11 points) were the other two seniors to reach double figures.
The No. 9 men’s lacrosse team played No. 19 Ohio State on Saturday and pulled out an 11-8 win to improve its record to 3-1 on the year. Despite going into the second down 1-0, Penn State was able to rally and used a six-goal run to ultimately close out the Buckeyes. Penn State’s Shane Sturgis, the NCAA Division I’s leading scorer, notched four goals and one assist in the victory.
The No. 7 men’s gymnastics team upended No. 6 Minnesota on Saturday 440.200-431.500 to give the Nittany Lions a victory on senior night. Penn State’s Trevor Howard took home two individual titles on the evening, thanks to a score of 15.750 on the rings and a score of 15.200 on the parallel bars.
After an impressive win against No. 22 Ohio State last Thursday on senior night, the Nittany Lions (14-15, 5-11) were unable to recreate that magic against No. 14 Wisconsin on Sunday and lost 71-66. D.J. Newbill had 23 points in the loss, and became the 31st Nittany Lion to score 1,000 points in his career. Senior Tim Frazier scored 10 points and added three rebounds in his final game at the BJC, barring an appearance in the NIT or CBI.
Track & Field
Both the men and women’s track & field teams had strong showings at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, as the men’s team took third place and the women’s team finished first. Brannon Kidder was the only individual winner for the men’s team, winning in the 800 meters with a time of 1:49.52. The women’s team was able to capture first place thanks to a win by the 4×400 relay team in the final event.
Going into the event, Penn State was leading Michigan by only half a point. Penn State’s relay team of Dynasty McGee, Mahagony Jones, Tichina Rhodes, and Kiah Seymour finished with a time of 3:34.55, beating Michigan’s time by 12 seconds. This is the third Big Ten title for the women’s program.