Penn State Weekend Sports Roundup
The Penn State women’s hockey team fell twice on the road over the weekend to Syracuse. On Friday night, the Nittany Lions lost 3-2 in overtime. It was the third straight game in which the Lions found themselves in extra time. With three minutes to play in the second period, Laura Bowman found the net for Penn State to tie the game at two. The Lion’s Celine Whitlinger recorded 44 saves, but Syracuse’s Melissa Piacentini slid one past the sophomore goalie to secure the win.
On Saturday, the Nittany Lions were shut out by the Orange, 3-0. Syracuse scored a goal in each period, and outshot Penn State 38-16. Despite six power play opportunities, the Lions were unable to find the back of the net. The loss drops the struggling team to 4-19-2 on the year.
The Penn State men’s hockey team fell to Boston College Saturday night at Pegula, 3-2. The loss serves as the Nittany Lions sixth in a row, bringing its sinking record to 4-15-1. Penn State outshot Boston College 35-30, but were unable to score with any consistency. The Eagles boasted the number two ranking in the country coming in to Saturday’s matchup. The Lions have now played a ranked team in ten of its thirteen games, of which they have only won once. Forwards Taylor Holstrom and Eric Scheid both scored for the Nittany Lions.
The top ranked men’s wrestling team defeated #11 Illinois in front of a standing room only, sold out Rec Hall crowd on Friday. 6,500 fans witnessed Penn State’s 17th consecutive home sell out and a 31-3 crushing of the Illini. Junior star Nico Megaludis started Friday’s onslaught with a 5-4 decision. All-American David Taylor remained undefeated as he beat Jackson Morse, 11-3. Ed Ruth, ranked second at 184 pounds also dominated, defeating Nikko Reyes on a 14-3 major.
The thirteenth ranked Lady Lions blew out Minnesota at home Sunday afternoon, 83-53. Guard Dara Taylor paced Penn State with 15 points and 10 assists. This marks the fourth game in which an opponent has not scored over 55 on the Lady Lions, a remarkable feat of team defensive. Senior sharpshooter Maggie Lucas scored a game high 25 points, including 15 in the first half. Ariel Edwards also added 16 points for Penn State as the Lady Lions (15-4, 6-1) rolled to an easy victory over a strong Golden Gophers team. The Lady Lions travel to Purdue for a 6 p.m. matchup on Thursday.
Men’s tennis kicked off its season and picked up two wins this weekend, first against William and Mary on Friday (5-2) and again yesterday against St. John’s (7-0). Russell Bader, Matt Barry, Leonard Stakhovsky, and Roman Trkulja all earned singles wins for Penn State on Friday, while Bader, Trkulja, Marc Collado Castells, Michael Reilly, and Alex Fennell picked up wins Sunday.
Women’s Tennis: It was a rough Saturday night for women’s tennis, as it was shutout by 19th ranked Baylor 7-0. Penn State will look to bounce back next Saturday against Kentucky.
Women’s Swimming and Diving: No. 17 Penn State dominated Navy this weekend 193-99 in Annapolis. Gabi Shishkoff finished first in three individual events, and 200 medley relay squad of Mackenzie Powers, Haley Sinatro, Carolyn Fittin, and Alyson Ackman also performed well en route to the victory. Penn State returns to the pool next Saturday against St. Bonaventure and Towson.
Men’s Swimming and Diving: The men also took down Navy this weekend with a 171-127 win. Penn State took home first-place finishes in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. Like the women, they’ll return to the pool on Saturday for the final home meet of the season against St. Bonaventure and Towson.
Men’s Gymnastics: No. 6 Penn State took home first place at this weekend’s Navy Open tournament, notching 420.9 points. Sophomore Trevor Howard had three top-5 finishes, and sophomore Alexis Torres had a first-place finish in the floor exercise.
Women’s Gymnastics: Penn State topped Southeast Missouri State, Cornell, and University of Illinois at Chicago this weekend in a four-team tournament with a season-best 196.025 score to improve to 6-1. The Nittany Lions open up the Big Ten season at Michigan State on Saturday.