Weekend Sports Roundup: Football Wins, Volleyball Loses

The football team’s 21-3 win over Akron dominated the headlines, but seven Penn State teams played at least one game this weekend. Here’s how your Nittany Lion teams fared:

Cross Country: Robby Creese and Abbie Benson won the men’s and women’s individual titles at the Dolan Duels in Lock Haven on Friday. Penn State won the team title in both events, as the men’s team placed six of the top seven runners and the women’s team placed each of the top four.

Football: Christian Hackenberg’s 319 passing yards and 3 touchdowns led the team to a 21-3 win over Akron in the home opener for James Franklin on Saturday. It took a while to put the Zips away thanks to a couple red zone interceptions from Hackenberg, but two touchdown passes to Jesse James put the game on ice. Bill Belton also caught a touchdown pass and had 85 total yards, while Geno Lewis caught 6 passes for 98 yards. The Nittany Lions are now 2-0 and will face Rutgers on Saturday night at 8 p.m. in Piscataway.

Field Hockey: The 8th-ranked field hockey team split its games this weekend, falling 1-0 to No. 3 UConn in Storrs on Saturday but rebounding to beat Quinnipiac 4-0 behind two goals from Taylor Herold. The team is now 3-1 on the season.

Golf: The golf team finished second in its season opener at the Wolverine Intercollegiate in Ann Arbor on Sunday with a score of +3. The team was led by junior JD Dornes, who finished in third place overall at 5-under.

Men’s Soccer: The 16th-ranked men’s soccer team beat Temple 1-0 on Friday at Jeffrey Field on a goal from senior captain Owen Griffith, assisted on a corner kick by Mark Wadid. The team honored its 1954 and 1955 national championship teams at halftime of the game, which drew a season-high 4,052 fans.

Women’s Soccer: The women’s soccer team split its games at the Duke Nike Classic over the weekend. Friday evening saw a 1-0 loss in 2OT to UNC despite a career-high 10 saves from goalie Britt Eckerstrom. They rebounded to beat Duke 4-3 on Sunday, with right back Raquel Rodriguez scoring the game-winner in the 83rd minute. Emily Hurd added a goal and 2 assists, and was named to the all-tournament team along with Salina Williford and Frannie Crouse.

Volleyball: The top-ranked women’s volleyball team lost a tough 5-set match to No. 2 Stanford (25-18, 23-25, 22-25, 25-16, 10-15) on Friday night before recovering to beat UCLA in straight sets (25-19, 27-25, 25-17) on Saturday in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge. These were the final games of the Big 10/Pac-12 challenge held at Stanford and Penn State now sits at 4-1 on the season.

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