Fall Sports Weekend Recap
It’s an easy choice to start for the week that was in Penn State fall sports action, and that is at the Greenberg Ice Arena, where the Penn State Icers got off to a fast and convincing start in their final season in the building and in the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Bryce Johnson scored the first of 12 goals on the night 2:01 in to the contest, and Penn State outshot an incredibly outmatched Lebanon Valley side by a final tally of 64-7. 18 different Icers recorded marks in the point column, including Justin Kirchhevel who recorded four assists and Tommy Olczyk and Taylor Holstrom who each recorded a goal in the romp.
5,200 crammed in to Rec Hall to watch arguably one of the most exciting matchups we’ll see this year, as No. 8 Penn State fell in a fifth and final set to No. 1 Illinois to drop to 11-5 on the season and 4-2 in the Big Ten. Freshmen Ariel Scott and Micha Hancock continued their growth, recording 27 kills and seven aces, respectively. This is a team to be reckoned with, folks. Those of you who traveled to Rec Hall for a game earlier this season may have wondered if this team was mature enough, and talented enough, to continue the legacy Penn State women’s volleyball has set over the last five years, but if losing the final set to the number one team in the country by three points is any indication, this team is only going up, and still in line for October 29’s pivotal match with Nebraska to make a big difference in conference play.
There aren’t many words that justify the current winning streak the women’s team is on, but winning… duh seems to work just fine. At the end of this week, they sit at No. 18 in the country with a record of 12-3 and 5-1 in the Big Ten. Maya Hayes played a big part in win number 12 yesterday, scoring twice in Penn State’s 3-0 win over Indiana. The Lady Lions are out of the meat of their conference schedule, as their remaining five games will come against teams in the middle to bottom of the Big 10. Note: Friday’s game with Nebraska has been moved to 8 p.m. to accommodate for the Homecoming Parade.
The biggest bane for the men’s squad has been a lack of scoring, and it struck again this week with a 1-0 conference loss to Michigan State yesterday, marking their third straight loss in three tries in conference play. It’s noted that Julian Cardona’s absence as he played with the Puerto Rican National team may have had an effect, the men were outshot 11-4 and had just one scoring chance in the first half. The only other game of the week was a 2-0 win against Penn, and another tough test is in store for the Nitts on Wednesday, when they travel to No. 3 Akron looking for their first victory on the road.
The win streak reached eight for the Nittany Lions field hockey team, including back to back tatooings of Villanova and Indiana by a score of 7-2 and 6-2, respectively. Kelsey Amy retained her nation best in goals per game and points per game. Penn State remains in first place in the Big 10, with next weekends match-up with second place Michigan the only real obstacle between Penn State and a conference title.