Weekend Sports Recap: Men’s Hockey Sweeps As Track Breaks Records
Spring sports are in full swing at Penn State with 13 total programs participating in events this weekend, one that was highlighted by a men’s hockey series sweep, a men’s basketball victory, and a broken collegiate record for track.
The No. 15 men’s hockey team played a two-game series with Big Ten rival Wisconsin at Pegula Ice Arena this weekend. The Nittany Lions took both games and claimed the series sweep over the Badgers as they did so. Penn State won the first game in an overtime thriller 4-3 on Friday, and took the second against Wisconsin with ease 4-1 on Saturday.
The Nittany Lions looked to break away from its disappointing season as they traveled to Rochester, New York for a meeting with RIT. Penn State split the two-game series with the Tigers. The Nittany Lions were swept 3-0 in Friday’s game, but rebounded on Saturday with a 3-2 overtime win.
After a disappointing 74-54 loss to Purdue on Wednesday, men’s basketball stayed on the road to take on Northwestern in Evanston on Saturday night. The Nittany Lions were victorious 71-62 over the Wildcats behind solid performances by seniors Brandon Taylor and Donovon Jack.
The Lady Lions had one game this weekend — their 20th annual Pink Zone game against Big Ten rival Michigan. Despite freshman guard Teniya Page’s career game with 31 points, the Lady Lions couldn’t hold on as they eventually fell to the Wolverines, 91-87.
No. 8 Fencing hosted the Penn State Invitational on Saturday, which consisted of Penn, Yale, Temple, North Carolina, Haverford, Duke, and Columbia. During the last home meet of the season, the men’s squad earned wins over UNC, Yale, Duke, and Haverford, while the women’s team defeated UNC, Yale, Penn, and Haverford.
No. 1 Penn State came up big this weekend to face two Big Ten opponents, Nebraska and Northwestern. The Nittany Lions finished off both opponents in traditional dominant fashion; first by defeating Nebraska 24-10 at home on Friday, and next by finishing up the weekend with a 46-4 rout over Northwestern.
No. 10 men’s volleyball played one game this weekend, traveling to Romeoville, Illinois, to take on No. 9 Lewis. Penn State took the upset victory 3-2 over the Flyers to bring its record to 2-2 on the season.
Penn State hosted the Nittany Lion Challenge on Saturday, capturing 13 events on the day. It was a record-breaking performance for the team. Five athletes broke records during the meet including Brannon Kidder, who broke the all-time collegiate record time for the 1,000m race with a time of 2:18.16.
The Nittany Lions headed to New York to participate in the West Point Open Team and Individual Finals this weekend. Penn State earned its second first place finish of the season and its third West Point Open title after scoring 424.850 points on Friday.
After conceding a heartbreaking .575-point margin to North Carolina State in the first meet of the season, the Nittany Lions ended its second meet of the season in similar fashion. Penn State lost to Big Ten rival Nebraska at home 196.150-194.575.
The women’s tennis team stayed in Happy Valley for a two-meet home stand this weekend against St. Bonaventure and William & Mary. Penn State easily got by St. Bonaventure with a 7-0 sweep, but couldn’t take the win over William & Mary on Sunday as it lost 4-3.
Men’s swimming headed to New Haven, Connecticut for a dual meet against Yale and Rutgers this weekend. Despite a strong showing by Penn State’s divers, Yale’s swimming got the edge over Penn State as the Nittany Lions fell to the Bulldogs.
No. 20 Women’s swimming joined the men’s squad in New Haven to take on Yale and Rutgers, but ended with a different result. Thanks to a great combined effort by the squad, the Nittany Lions took the meet over both Yale and Rutgers.
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