Weekend Sports Recap: Nittany Lions Succeed In B1G Matchups
Penn State had an up and down weekend that featured almost all of its currently active sports in action, with most of the major ones playing in their Big Ten schedules. It was another decent weekend for the Nittany Lions, highlighted by two 3-0 wins for both women’s volleyball and women’s hockey.
Women’s cross country started the weekend off with a tenth-place finish in Wisconsin, competing against a field of 20 nationally ranked teams. The ladies and the men’s team were back in University Park the next morning for the Penn State Open. The women won with a score of 37, and the men got second place, thanks in part to John Dugan’s second-place finish in the open meet.
Meanwhile, the men’s and women’s swim teams hosted Virginia Tech on Friday, with the Nittany Lion women coming away victorious and the men losing in their home opener. Elsewhere Friday night, the field hockey team was in lovely Piscataway for a 3-2 win over Rutgers. The 6-8 Lions more than doubled the Scarlet Knights’ shot total, and finally took the game when Stephanie Hussey put away the game-winner in overtime.
One of the two biggest shows in Happy Valley on Friday night was the women’s volleyball team getting back to its winning ways with a sweep over Big Ten foe, 12-7 Indiana. The next night, the Nittany Lions hosted No. 18 Purdue, and came away with another statement sweep, trying to climb back up the national rankings as Russ Rose’s team is down to an uncharacteristic No. 5.
Down Curtin Road was the other big event in town, the men’s hockey team’s home opener against Notre Dame. Unfortunately, the Fighting Irish had history on their side and took advantage of at-times shaky netminder Matt Skoff. Skoff allowed seven goals, and his team dropped back to .500. The next night, Eamon McAdam got the nod in net and shone with the spotlight on him. A 30-save performance gave McAdam and his team the cozy 5-3 win.
On the ice in Pegula at a different time of day was the women’s hockey team. The ladies played on Saturday and Sunday, winning both games against Union College 3-0. Goalie Celine Whitlinger played the first game and Hannah Ehresmann the second, and both shut out their opponents.
The main event on Saturday has already been broken down by every Penn State sports fan over and over again. The football team traveled to Columbus for a date with the No. 1 Buckeyes, and came home with a 38-10 loss looming over its head. On the bright side, Saquon Barkley was given the stage to show off his abilities and did exactly that.
Fencing, one of the quietest dynasties in all of sports, hosted the Nittany Lion Cup. Saturday’s action included three events (epee, sabre, and foil), with awards being given to the top three performers in each category. The top three in epee and sabre were all Penn Staters, and Nittany Lions came in second and third in foil. Sunday featured the same three events for the women’s team, with similar results. Penn State swept foil and epee, and came in second and third in sabre.
Sunday saw the field hockey team’s second match of the weekend, a 1-0 loss to Indiana. Men’s and women’s soccer were also in action for their only showings of the weekend. The men’s team was in East Lansing for a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the Spartans, and the women lost 1-0 to Rutgers on the road.