Weekend Sports Recap: Hockey And Wrestling Succeed While Basketball Struggles
It was a mixed bag of results for Penn State athletics this weekend. A number teams in mid-season action continued to succeed, while a couple of sports began their seasons.
The busy weekend in sports kicked off on Friday with the softball team opening its season in Florida with a pair of losses to Wright State and SIUE by scores of 2-0 and 4-3, respectively. The no. 6 women’s lacrosse team began its season a day early, preceding inclement weather on Saturday. It was no issue for the squad as it rolled past Lehigh 13-6. The no. 6 men’s volleyball team cruised to a straight sets victory over Harvard. Both hockey teams picked up wins with the No. 16 men’s team taking down Michigan State 6-1, while the women recorded a shutout against Lindenwood in a 3-0 victory. The top-ranked wrestling team is still unscathed after a 28-9 win over Lehigh.
Softball picked up its first win of the season over SIUE 2-1 in extra-innings only to fall to Tulsa a couple of hours later, 11-4. Men’s tennis remained undefeated with wins over Bucknell and James Madison. Women’s hockey failed to continue its winning streak, falling to Lindenwood 1-0 in the second game of the weekend set. Men’s lacrosse came from behind in the fourth quarter to take down Hobart College 17-12. Men’s and women’s gymnastics traveled to Columbus to take on Ohio State. The women edged past the Buckeyes 195.925-195.675, while the men fell 444.500-433.250. Men’s volleyball grabbed its seventh straight win after defeating Sacred Heart 3-1.
Saturday night continued with men’s basketball, which couldn’t continue the momentum gained from upsetting then-No. 22 Indiana last weekend as it lost to Nebraska 70-54. Wrestling grabbed a share of the Big Ten regular season title with its 41-3 win over Michigan State. Hockey’s shootout win over the Spartans gave it five-of-six possible points on the weekend and gave us an exciting first road trip to enemy territory.
.@PennStateMHKY WINS THE SHOOTOUT, earning two points against Michigan State. This is Penn State's first shootout win in program history.
— Onward State (@OnwardState) February 14, 2016
Women’s tennis opened the Sunday slate with a win over VCU 4-3. The other results of the day were not as fortunate with softball finishing its time in Florida with a 4-2 loss to FAU, while the Lady Lions fell to Ohio State 77-63.
Some good results and some tough losses characterized the weekend for the Nittany Lions. The highlights of the upcoming week include baseball opening its season, wrestling hosting the Dual Championship Series, and men’s basketball looking for another stunner as it takes on No. 4 Iowa.