Penn State Sports Weekend Recap
The football team wasn’t the only team that played on the road this weekend. Aside from one field hockey match and a cross country meet, several Penn State teams traveled away from Happy Valley.
Below is a look at how each team performed:
Women’s Volleyball: Penn State participated in the Chicago Classic this past weekend. They faced DePaul on Saturday afternoon and beat them in straight sets. The second ranked Nittany Lions faced Oregon State later that night, but lost their first match of the season 3-2. Penn State recovered with their final match of the classic Sunday afternoon against The University of Illinois-Chicago, which they swept 3-0. Juniors Ariel Scott and Deja McClendon performed well in the tournament with 38 kills and 33 kills respectively. Sophomore Micha Hancock had 114 assists. Russ Rose’s squad is now 7-1 on the season, and their next match is against Portland on Friday at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall.
Women’s Soccer: No. 7 Penn State played Brigham Young on Friday night in Utah. Freshman Mallory Webber tied the score at one with an assist by senior Christine Nairn at the end of the first half, but BYU came back in the second half and scored two goals within the first fourteen minutes. BYU had 13 shots and 9 shots on goal. Redshirt senior Erin McNutly had 6 saves. Penn State had 13 shots and 6 shots on goal. The final score was 3-1, which caused the team to fall to 5-2 on the season. Their next game is slated against Wisconsin at home on September 16th against for Alumni Day.
Women’s Field Hockey: No. 8 Penn State headed to Philadelphia on Saturday to play Temple. Penn State scored twice in the first 7 minutes of play. Temple scored late in the first half on a penalty corner. Penn State scored 3 more goals in the second half. Penn State recorded 28 shots — 15 coming from senior Kelsey Amy and sophomore Laura Gebhart — and 14 penalty corners. Penn State traveled back to State College to play Cornell on Sunday in front of 400 fans. Junior Brittany Grzywacz scored both goals for Penn State on penalty shots in the first eight minutes of the game. Penn State had 32 shots, 16 shots on goal, and 7 penalty corners. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Ayla Hayus had 3 saves and helped the Nittany Lions to their first shutout of the season. Women’s field hockey faces Lock Haven University at home on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Cross Country: The Varsity Women’s team came in first in the 6k at the Spiked Shoe Invitational Saturday morning, which took place on the Penn State Golf Courses. Penn State’s top 5 runners came in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 10th, with an average time of 21:34, just over 20 seconds ahead of Princeton. The Varsity Men’s team ran 5.2 miles and came in 3rd behind Princeton and Georgetown. Sophomore Matt Fischer was Penn State’s first runner in with a time of 26:07, which gave him a second place finish. This is cross country’s only home race, but they will hold the NCAA Mid-Regional Championships on November 9th. Later this month, the team will head to Louisville for the Greater Louisville Classic.