Penn State Weekend Sports Recap
Penn State had another full sports weekend, as many fall sports are starting to reach the end of their seasons and compete in conference tournaments. Here’s a recap of all your Nittany Lions sports action.
Women’s Soccer: (@PennStateWSOC) In the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament on Friday, the third-ranked women’s soccer team shockingly lost to Illinois 1-0. Illinois scored in the 40th minute off a flip throw from the sideline into the box in to the back post. Keeper Erin McNutly had 7 saves during the whole game. Penn State only had 1 shot on goal, which came in the first half. The first round of the NCAA Tournament will be held on Saturday, with their opponent to be named later today.
Field Hockey: (@PennStateFH) In the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament on Friday, the fourth-ranked field hockey team defeated Iowa 3-2. Taylor Herold scored her 8th goal of the season in the 11th minute, with her second goal of the game coming in the 45th minute. Iowa tied it up at 1 in the 24th minute, and tied it up at 2 in the 48th minute. Kelsey Amy scored her 22nd goal of the season in the 53rd minute to give Penn State the win. On Sunday, Penn State headed to the championship game against Michigan. Amy scored both goals, one in the 32nd minute — off a penalty corner — and the other unassisted in the 47th minute. Penn State heads to the NCAA Tournament, which begins Saturday. This is the second consecutive Big Ten Tournament Championship.
Women’s Volleyball: (@PennStateVBALL) On Friday night, the third-ranked Penn State faced 10th ranked Minnesota. Penn State won the first two sets 25-21 and 25-19 respectively. Minnesota won the third set 25-23. Penn State would comeback in the fourth set 25-21 though to win the match. Micha Hancock had a career high of 7 aces in addition to 46 assists and 15 digs. Ariel Scott had 20 kills. Deja McClendon had 17 digs and 3 blocks. On Sunday, Penn State defeated Wisconsin in 3 straight sets, 25-20, 25-15 and 25-22 respectively. Megan Courtney had 9 kills and 4 blocks. Hancock had 40 assists and 11 digs. Penn State faces Illinois this Thursday in Rec Hall at 8 p.m., which will also be aired live on the Big Ten Network. Penn State improves to 23-2 overall and 13-1 in the Big Ten.
Women’s Hockey: (@PennStateWHKY) Penn State faced Sacred Heart on Friday, defeating them 6-0. Hannah Hoenshell had a hat trick in the game, scoring 7 minutes into the first period, 2 minutes into the second period, and 6 minutes into the 3rd period. Shannon Yoxheimer also added to goals for the team, 6 minutes into the 2nd period, and 10 seconds into the 3rd period. Penn State had 46 shots on goal compared to Sacred Heart’s 16. Penn State faced Robert Morris for a two-game series at home this weekend.
Men’s Tennis: (@PennStateMTEN) At Big Ten Indoors, Matt Barry won the consolation finals. Barry had four wins in the tournament. Thomas Hanzlik won a consolation match as well. Guanhua Chen and Chris Young lost in the finals of the doubles consolation match.
Fencing: (@PennStateFEN) Penn State held its annual Garrett Open this weekend. In the foil event, Penn State’s own David Willette came in first, followed by Penn Stater and Olympian Daniel Gomez-Tanamachi. In third was Penn Stater and younger brother of Daniel Gomez-Tanamachi, David Gomez-Tanamachi. In epee, Jeffrey Miller came in second after losing to Harvard fencer Mike Raynis. In the saber, Shaul Gordon came in third. In women’s epee, Margherita Guzzi Vincenti came in first place. In women’s saber, Nicole Glon came in first as well.
Wrestling: (@PennStateWREST) Four of Penn State’s best wrestlers went to American University to participate in the NWCA All-Star Classic. Nico Megaludis and Dylan Alton won their matches, while David Taylor and Quentin Wright lost. Second-ranked Megaludis did not lead third-ranked Jesse Delgado of Iowa throughout the entire match until Megaludis came back from 3-2 to win 4-3 in the final 6 seconds. Second-ranked Dylan Alton faced third-ranked Jason Welch of Northwestern. The first round ended 0-0 but Alton would win 3-2. Second-ranked Dylan Taylor lost again to first-ranked Kyle Dake of Cornell. Taylor lost to Dake in the Olympic Trials, and is predicted to be his biggest rival of the season. Taylor and Dake’s match went into tie breakers, after a 1-1 match, but Dake won 3-1. Second-ranked Quentin Wright competed in his first match at his new weight class and faced third-ranked Matt Wilps of Pittsburgh. The bout was high scoring with Wilps winning 11-9. The team has their first dual of the season on Friday the 16th against Lehigh in Rec Hall.