Weekend Sports Recap: Two Teams Crowned B1G Champions
There was plenty of success throughout the weekend for Penn State Athletics, as both the men’s soccer team and the field hockey team earned Big Ten regular season crowns. Here’s a recap of all the teams in action this weekend.
The #13 Nittany Lions sent the seniors off in style on Sunday, as it won its final home game over Northwestern 2-1 in double overtime. The win gave Penn State its second-straight Big Ten regular season championship.
After Northwestern took a 1-0 lead at 60′, Jordan Tyler tied the game with a header at the 89′ mark. Tyler scored his 5th goal of the season at 108′ to win the game.
The win gives the Nittany Lions the #1 seed going into the Big Ten Tournament, which begins on Nov. 15 in Columbus. Penn State starts a 3-game road trip to end the season on Tuesday, when they travel to Philadelphia to take on the University of Penn.
The Penn State field hockey team won its second-straight Big Ten title on Friday, and clinched the #1 seed in the Big Ten tournament after a 2-1 victory over Iowa. Brittany Grzywacz and Jenna Chrismer each scored a goal in the second half to outlast the Hawkeyes. The win keeps Penn State’s perfect Big Ten record (5-0) intact. The team also defeated UC Davis on Sunday, 5-0.
The #2 women’s volleyball team continued its winning ways on Saturday night, sweeping Iowa 3-0 (25-8, 25-8, 25-11). The win extended its unbeaten streak to nine straight matches.
Ariel Scott led the way with 11 kills while hitting .435 on the night. Micha Hancock added a season-high 8 aces, and Katie Slay led the match with 6 blocks. Senior Deja McClendon tallied 8 kills and 10 digs, giving her 1431 kills and 1004 digs. McClendon is just the fifth Nittany Lion to reach more than 1000 kills and digs.
The team heads to the state of Michigan next weekend, where they will take on Michigan on Friday, and #14 Michigan State on Saturday.
It was a rough weekend for both the men’s and women’s teams, as neither team won a game. The men’s team tied RIT on Friday night, 3-3, before falling to Vermont on Saturday in front of 17,632 fans at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia by a score of 5-2.
The women’s team showed balance on Friday night, as 5 different players tallied goals, but ultimately couldn’t overcome a late surge by New Hampshire, as the Wildcats scored 5 in the final period to outlast the Nittany Lions 8-5. The game set a team-record and Pegula Ice Arena-record for total goals, with 13 combined. Freshman Sarah Nielson scored her first collegiate goal in the second period.
The team couldn’t replicate their offensive success on Saturday night, unfortunately, as it again to New Hampshire, 3-1. Taylor Gross scored the only goal for the Nittany Lions, her 3rd on the year.
The #16 Nittany Lions dropped a pair of heartbreaking matches over the weekend, falling at Iowa 3-2 on Friday night, and coming up short against #21 Nebraska, 3-2 in double-overtime on Sunday.
Senior Tani Costa led the way against Iowa, scoring both of the team’s goals, but couldn’t overcome the strong attack of the Hawkeyes. Penn State was outshot for only the second time this season, 16-11.
Sunday’s battle between two of the best teams in the Big Ten was one for the ages, with Nebraska ultimately coming out on top 3-2 in double-overtime. Whitney Church and Maya Hayes scored for the Nittany Lions, but a golden goal at 103′ by Nebraska’s Jaycie Johnson sealed the Nittany Lions’ fate.
The team plays again on Friday at Michigan State in its regular season finale.