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Penn State Homecoming Weekend Sports Recap

In addition to the wackiness of Homecoming week, Penn State men’s hockey christened its $88 million palace known as Pegula Ice Arena with an electrifying 4-1 victory over Army on Friday night. Not to be outdone, the football team overcame a 10-point 4th quarter deficit to defeat the No. 19 Michigan Wolverines in four overtimes in one of the most exciting games in Beaver Stadium history.

Unless you’re a wizard like Hermione Granger and can be at two places at once using some sort of “magic,” there’s a chance you didn’t catch every Nittany Lions team in action this weekend. Here’s a recap of what you missed.

Men’s Soccer:

Penn State defeated the Michigan Wolverines, 3-1, on Friday night at Jeffrey Field, improving to 3-0-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 2005. Martin Seiler scored the first goal on a penalty kick in the first half, while Grant Warming and Owen Griffith each added a goal in the second half.

Warming, the son of head coach Bob Warming, notched his first career goal in the 79th minute to give the Lions a three-goal lead on the Wolverines. Andrew Wolverton made three saves on the night, as Penn State now holds an 8-3-1 record.

Women’s Volleyball:

No. 4 Penn State women’s volleyball swept the No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers in straight sets (25-22, 25-17, 25-21) on Saturday night at Rec Hall, notching the team’s fifth straight conference victory. Ariel Scott led the Lions with 13 kills, while Katie Slay added eight blocks and six kills. Deja McClendon recorded a team-high 17 digs, six kills, and four blocks.

The Lions are on the road next weekend, taking on Big Ten foes Illinois and Northwestern. Head coach Russ Rose is now just one win shy of former UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski for second on the all-time career wins list after notching his 1,105th career victory Saturday night.

Field Hockey:

No. 8 Penn State cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes at home on Friday, celebrating the team’s annual Power of Pink Day by wearing pink jerseys and socks. Brittany Grzywacz scored two goals, while Amanda Dinunzio, Jenna Chrismer, Taylor Herold, and Lauren Purvis each added a goal for the Lions. Goalie Kylie Licata only allowed one goal on six shots.

On Sunday, the Lions defeated Bucknell, 2-0, with goals from Purvis and Jenna Chrismer. Penn State took 15 shots on goal, while the Bison only attempted four. The shutout was Licata’s seventh of the season.

Penn State is now 10-3 on the season with a 3-0 mark in Big Ten play.

Women’s Ice Hockey:

The Nittany Lions lost a pair of games at Quinnipiac this weekend, dropping the team to 1-2-1 on the season. Shannon Yoxheimer scored her second goal of the year in Friday’s 5-1 loss, but the Lions failed to score on Saturday, losing 4-0. Goaltenders Nicole Paniccia and Celine Whitlinger combined to stop 103 shots on the weekend, with Whitlinger posting 55 saves on Saturday, four shy of her career high.

Penn State is set to play its first home game at Pegula Ice Arena on Friday at 7 p.m. against Union before opening up an eight game homestand.

Women’s Soccer:

No. 11 Nittany Lions women’s soccer team lost a close match to No. 19 Michigan at Jeffrey Field on Sunday, falling 1-0. Penn State outshot the Wolverines 21-7, but could not find the back of the net, as UM goaltender Taylor Bucklin stopped all seven shots on goal.

Penn State’s Kori Chapic nearly tied the game in the 75th minute after her attempt went over the head of two Michigan defenders, but the ball just skimmed over the top of the goal.

The loss marked the first time Penn State lost at home since falling to No. 1 Stanford on August 24 last season. The Lions now sit at 4-2-0 in the Big Ten and 10-3-1 overall. Next up for Penn State is another Big Ten matchup as the Lions host the Ohio State Buckeyes at 3:00 p.m. Thursday at Jeffrey Field.

Men’s Golf finished the three day Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Blackthorn Club in Jonesborough, TN in 13th place out of 14 teams. Sophomore JD Dornes finished with 4-over par to earn a tie for 40th overall in a field of 78 players.

Men’s Tennis played in the Wake Forest Fall Invite this weekend. The Nittany Lions won 11 singles matches and three doubles matches on Friday. Three Nittany Lions advanced to the semi-finals, and three doubles pairs moved onto their draw’s quarterfinal.

The team earned four singles wins and four doubles wins on day two. Matt Barry and Roman Trkulja advanced to their doubles draw final on Saturday, while freshman Marc Collado Castells reached the singles draw final before losing in three sets to Wake Forest’s Sam Bloom, 0-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Next up for the team is the ITA Atlantic Regional Tournament in Blacksburg, VA. from October 17-20.

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CJ Doon

CJ is a senior journalism major from Long Island and Onward State's Sports Editor. He is a third-generation Penn Stater, and his grandfather wrestled for the university back in the 1930s under coach Charlie “Doc” Speidel. Besides writing, one of his favorite activities is making sea puns. You can follow him on Twitter @CJDoon, and send your best puns to [email protected], just for the halibut.

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