Weekend Sports Recap: 5-2-1 Penn State Headlined By Men’s Hockey, Field Hockey
Another weekend has come and gone, but that means another successful weekend for Penn State athletics is also in the books. Penn State had a winning record over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, led by Guy Gadowsky and Russ Rose’s squads.
Friday was a quiet night for sports, with only two in action. Field hockey played its only game of the weekend on the Big Ten Network against conference foe Iowa. Fans tuning in were not left disappointed, as the game was an instant classic. Penn State led 2-0 at halftime thanks to two goals from Aurelia Meijer, a freshman from the Netherlands. Iowa scored twice in the second half to tie the game, then on an untimed penalty attempt, Meijer finished off her hat trick with zeroes on the clock to win the game 3-2. Men’s hockey was the other major sport to be found on Friday, and arguably the most fun team to watch on campus put up a characteristically electric show. The Nittany Lions scored eight goals, a program record at the Division I level. The next afternoon, AIC came out harder and took an early lead, but Penn State came back easily and ended the weekend with a sweep.
While men’s hockey was wrapping up its weekend, the football team was in Baltimore for a 31-30 win over the Maryland Terrapins. The men’s and women’s soccer teams also played Saturday, both on the road and for both teams it was their only action of the weekend. Two first-half goals propelled the women’s team past Ohio State in Columbus, while the men’s team tied Wisconsin 2-2 thanks to goals from Sam Bollinger and Onward State staff writer Drew Klingenberg.
Women’s volleyball had a rare one-match weekend, travelling to East Lansing for a meeting with the Spartans. Of course, the No. 5 team in the nation swept Michigan State, despite some close set scores. The team’s depth proved to be too much for Sparty, as five players put up five or more kills. Finally, on Saturday, women’s hockey opened its weekend up at home against UConn. A classic “goalie stealing a game” situation arose, as Penn State lost 1-0 dspite outshooting the Huskies 28-14. The women’s hockey team was the only one in action on Sunday, where UConn finished off the sweep. Penn State once again outshot its opponent, this time by a mere 34-32 margin though. The home team scored three of the game’s first four goals, but UConn stormed back and won the game in regulation, 4-3.
All in all, Penn State went 5-2-1 on the weekend. It has been another great year for fall sports, and as Big Ten schedules start winding down, stay tuned for potential postseason action.