Weekend Sports Recap: Nittany Lions Have Mixed Results on Halloweekend
While the football team’s disappointing loss stole the show as far as sports went this weekend, the past few days weren’t all bad for Penn State athletics, as many teams took home victories. While it wasn’t quite as dominant as the rest of the fall season has been, it was still a solid weekend for Nittany Lions in many sports.
Swimming: Both the men’s and women’s swimming took home wins against Villanova on Friday, improving the men’s team record to 4-1 and the women’s to a perfect 6-0. The wins were comfortable, as the men won by 49 and the women by 55. Both teams continue their homestands this weekend against Virginia and Big Ten rival Michigan.
Field Hockey: The No. 5 Lady Lions got a huge 2-1 win at home against a Northwestern team that came in ranked No. 8 overall. Senior Laura Gebhart scored the go-ahead goal for Penn State with just 6:26 left in the game. The win puts Penn State at 14-4 for the season, and the team will go into the Big Ten tournament this weekend as the No. 4 seed. The Lions will head to Ann Arbor this Thursday, where they will play Michigan State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
Men’s Hockey: The hockey team continued its strong start to the season this Friday, once again defeating Bentley 3-2 to sweep the Falcons and improve to 5-1-2 on the year.
The Nittany Lions scored three unanswered goals after falling in an early 2-0 hole in the first period. They scored two goals in just 16 seconds late in the third period to take the lead, one the team wouldn’t relinquish. Eric Scheid scored the game winner with just 2:43 left in the game, giving the redshirt junior his fifth goal of the year, tying him for the team lead.
Women’s Hockey: The women’s team didn’t have the same luck that the men’s team did this weekend. The Nittany Lions squeezed out a tie against division rival Syracuse on Saturday after falling 3-1 on Friday night. The team fell to 3-4-3 on the season. It returns to action next weekend, when the team returns to New York to take on Colgate in a two-game road series.
Women’s Volleyball: The women’s volleyball team swept the No. 17 Ohio State Buckeyes, extending their streak of sets without a loss to 17. Freshmen Ali Frantti and Haleigh Washington helped lead the Lady Lions to the victory, combining for 22 kills and 14 blocks.
The team improved to 22-3 overall, and 10-2 in Big Ten play with just under a month remaining in the regular season. The team returns home Friday to take on Big Ten newcomer Rutgers.
Football: The football team lost. It was bad. I would rather not talk about it.
Men’s Soccer: Men’s soccer continued its disappointing slide, losing 2-1 in double overtime to Northwestern. The loss is the fourth in five games for Penn State, as it falls to 11-4-1 on the year. The Nittany Lions had a chance to clinch its third straight Big Ten title with a win or tie, but the Wildcats scored the game winner with 100 seconds left in the second overtime period. While Penn State still has the chance to win the Big Ten, their future is now at the mercy of Maryland, who can clinch with a win at Rutgers.
The team will finish up the regular season at home against Akron on Wednesday, looking for their first win against the Zips since 2004. After that, it will head to the Big Ten tournament, which starts this coming Sunday.