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Big Wins and Broken Records: Weekend Sports Recap

Penn State had a strong sports weekend as the men’s relay team set an NCAA track and field record and the men’s hockey team picked up a huge win at Michigan State, along with nice performances by men’s volleyball, wrestling, and the Lady Lions basketball team. Here’s more on how each team fared:

Women’s Basketball:

The #8 Lady Lions basketball team defeated Ohio State on Sunday afternoon, 71-56. They overcame an 11-point second-half deficit with 18 points from Maggie Lucas, and a double-double from Nikki Greene. This was their fourteenth straight Big Ten win, a school record, as they improved to 17-2 overall and 7-0 in the Big Ten.

Men’s Hockey:

The men’s hockey team split a weekend series with future Big Ten foe Michigan State, 1-1. The series leaves the Lions with a 10-13-0 record with eight games left in the season.

Friday’s game saw Penn State fall behind 2-0 and 3-2, but the resilient Lions battled back each time. A goal by the Spartans’ Tanner Sorenson in the third period put the Spartans up for good, as the Nittany Lions fell 5-3. Nine different Penn State players scored in the game.

Saturday’s game started similar to Friday’s, as Michigan State got out to another early 2-0 lead. Goals by Mark Yanis in the second and Casey Bailey in the third tied up the game, before junior Taylor Holstrom scored the game winner with 4:01 left to defeat the stunned Spartans 3-2. Penn State outshot Michigan State 50-33, and freshman goaltender Matthew Skoff had 31 saves on 33 shots.

Penn State starts a six-game homestand on Friday vs. Ohio University in Hershey, Pa. and will return to Greenberg Ice Pavilion on Saturday to take on Ohio at 7:30 p.m.


The top-ranked, undefeated Penn State wrestling team defeated #12 Nebraska on Sunday afternoon. A season-high 6,618 fans packed Rec Hall to see a match highlighted by tech falls from two-time All-Americans David Taylor and Ed Ruth. #6 Dylan Alton also notched a huge win, defeating #4 James Green 3-1. See the full recap here.


The Penn State men’s and women’s track teams competed in the Penn State Nationals over the weekend. The meet was highlighted by the Penn State men’s 4×200 team setting an NCAA record with a time of 1:24.70. Emunael Mpanduki, Matt Gilmore, Brandon Bennett-Green, and Aaron Nadolsky beat the time of 1:25.05 previously set by Rutgers in 2007.

Men’s Volleyball:

The #6 men’s volleyball team won their first two EIVA games over the weekend, defeating Sacred Heart 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-23) on Friday, and Harvard 3-2 (25-23, 20-25, 25-14, 16-25, 15-6) on Saturday. The team was led by the Russell brothers, as sophomore Aaron led the team with seven kills on Friday, and junior Peter led with 12 kills on Saturday.

Friday, 12 different Nittany Lions saw the floor in the win, with 10 different players recording offensive stats. The Lions hit .313 against an overmatched Pioneers squad, who hit just .060.

Saturday was a different story, however, as both Penn State and Harvard struggled offensively. The teams traded sets through the first four, and ultimately saw Penn State come away with the win. Penn State hit .047, while Harvard hit .062.

The team’s next match is on Friday at 7 p.m. against Pfeiffer in Rec Hall.

Men’s Basketball:

The Nittany Lions lost their 8th straight Big Ten game on Saturday, this time to #14 Ohio State. A 3-18 shooting stretch in the first half led to the 65-51 loss. Jermaine Marshall led the team with 16 points, but it was not enough as the offense had several cold spells. The Nittany Lions will go for their first conference win Thursday night in Iowa.

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