Weekend Sports Roundup: Penn State Teams Go 6-2

It was a busy week for Penn State sports as eight teams competed against eight different schools. All but two were victorious, while women’s soccer and field hockey ended their regular seasons and men’s basketball began its own. We all know about the football game, in which Penn State topped Illinois 24-17 in overtime, so here’s a recap of how our other Penn State teams fared.

Men’s Soccer:

The No. 9 Nittany Lions fell to Ohio State 1-0 in double overtime Saturday night in Columbus.

Despite a season-high 27 shots and a 14-3 shots advantage in the first half, the Nittany Lions were unable to put any in the net.

Following a scoreless first overtime, Penn State’s Randy Falk hit the post early in the proceeding period, nearly giving the Nittany Lions the win. Instead, Ohio State’s Danny Jensen netted the winner a few moments after.

Penn State concludes its regular season this Wednesday at Akron. Look for this team to make moves in the Big Ten tournament and, ultimately, the NCAA tournament.

Men’s Basketball:

The Nittany Lions opened their season with a 98-61 exhibition victory over the Northwood Seahawks.

Junior forward Ross Travis led the Nittany Lions with 17 points and eight rebounds. Senior point guard Tim Frazier played in his first game since rupturing his Achilles tendon nearly a year ago. Frazier scored 11 points in 26 minutes and seemed to be back at full speed, running past and eluding his defenders on countless occasions.

Down 11-2 early, the Nittany Lions went on a 28-3 run to grasp a firm 30-14 advantage that would never be threatened.

Multiple newcomers for the Nittany Lions made favorable first impressions. Freshman Graham Woodward recorded eleven points on 4-of-5 shooting. Transfer guard Allen Roberts added 11 and freshman Geno Thorpe scored seven points.

The team begins its regular season Saturday at home against Wagner.

Field Hockey:

The women’s field hockey team lost its first Big Ten match of the season Friday, falling 2-1 to Michigan in overtime in Ann Arbor.

The Nittany Lions were behind 1-0 for most of the match before Lauren Purvis scored with three minutes left to force overtime. Eight minutes into overtime, however, the Wolverines slipped one past Penn State’s goalie to clinch the victory.

Despite the loss, the Nittany Lions remain the top seed in the Big Ten tournament. They will have a first round bye and a week of rest before playing the winner of a first round matchup this Friday.

Women’s Soccer:

Senior Maya Hayes continued her hot streak as she netted two goals in a 3-0 rout over Michigan State Friday in East Lansing.

Raquel Rodriquez fired a penalty kick into the back of the net ten minutes in and the Nittany Lions never looked back. Hayes added her two goals in the 54th and then 68th minutes, while Penn State outshot the Spartan’s 24-5.

Penn State improved to 13-5-1 after the victory and will begin Big Ten tournament play next week.

Women’s Volleyball:

The second ranked women’s volleyball team traveled to both Michigan and Michigan State this weekend. It won both matches, outscoring its opponents seven sets to one.

On Friday against Michigan, the Wolverines won the first set before the Lions stormed back and won the next three. Senior Deja McClendon recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 14 kills and 12 digs. Megan Courtney had a career-high 17 kills and nine digs.

In East Lansing on Saturday, Penn State took on No. 14 Michigan State and dominated in straight sets (25-14, 25-18, 25-20).

McClendon paced the Lions with 14 kills, eight digs, and one block. Fellow senior Ariel Scott added 13 kills, six digs, and four blocks.

After winning the first two sets with relative ease, the Lions found themselves tied 13-13 in the third set before going on a 4-1 run and ultimately closing out the match.

Penn State returns to State College with two games this week against Purdue on Friday night and Indiana on Saturday.

Men’s Hockey:

The Nittany Lions netted five goals in a victory against Robert Morris on Friday to win its first match in five games.

Robert Morris scored early in the first period, but Penn State followed with three consecutive goals in the ensuing period, before the Colonials put in one more before intermission.

After Robert Morris tied the game early in the third, then Casey Bailey and Mike Williamson each scored to put the Lions firmly ahead. A meaningless late goal by the Colonials made the final score 5-4. Five different players scored for the Nittany Lions (2-3-1), and eleven recorded at least one point.

The Nittany Lions return to Pegula this Friday against Scared Heart.

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