Field Hockey Seeded No. 4 In NCAA Tournament

Coming off its Big Ten Championship win on Sunday, Penn State was given the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Penn State Field Hockey Complex will host both the first and second round for Penn State, should it advance.

The Nittany Lions will open the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against Princeton. They defeated the Tigers 4-2 on October 2.

If Penn State advances to Sunday’s second round, it will face either Virginia or Michigan for a trip to the Final Four at the L.R. Hill Complex in Norfolk, Virginia. The Nittany Lions shutout Virginia in a 3-0 win on August 28. They also defeated Michigan twice this season, including a 1-0 win Friday in the Big Ten semifinals.

Char Morett-Curtiss, who just won her 500th game as a head coach, will be making her 25th trip to the NCAA Tournament in 30 seasons with the Nittany Lions.

Coming in as the top seed in its region of the bracket, Penn State will try to reach the Final Four for the first time since 2007.

The Nittany Lions have made the Final Four seven times since field hockey became an NCAA sport in 1982. In those seven appearances, they have reached the final twice — both under Morett-Curtiss — but have never won an NCAA Championship.

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