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Comprehensive Penn State Sports Roundup: February 6 To February 20

While most Penn Staters have been focused on THON these past few weeks, various sports teams have been quite busy. From dominant starts to seasons to rough stretches ahead of championships, Nittany Lions have seen an action-packed couple of weeks.

Without further ado, here’s a brief summary of every sport that has played starting Monday, February 6, to Monday, February 20.

Men’s Basketball

Micah Shrewsberry’s team is reaching the end of its season and has had mixed results. The team hosted Wisconsin on February 8, when the game went into overtime and the Nittany Lions fell 79-74.

On Saturday, February 11, the team traveled to Maryland to challenge the Terrapins. Once again, the Nittany Lions came close but couldn’t finish out the win. Penn State lost 74-68.

The Nittany Lions returned home to face Illinois on February 14, and, to the relief of fans, secured a 93-81 win.

The team managed to snag another victory in a 76-69 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers on February 18. Now, the team has four more games left in its regular season schedule.

Lady Lions

After a bit of a break from conference play, the Lady Lions headed to East Lansing to face Michigan State on February 12. Penn State took the Spartans to overtime but ultimately dropped the game, losing 81-75.

Carolyn Kieger’s team returned to the Bryce Jordan Center to host Ohio State on February 16. It was a somewhat low-scoring game for both teams, but the Buckeyes still managed a 67-55 victory over the Lady Lions.

While THON 2023 was nearing the end on Sunday afternoon, the Lady Lions faced off with Illinois. A lackluster performance led to an 85-62 loss.

Wrestling

Is there really any doubt when it comes to Penn State wrestling?

The Nittany Lions traveled to New Jersey on February 10 and claimed a 33-8 victory over Rutgers. Two days later, Cael Sanderson’s team hosted Maryland and once again had no problems grabbing an impressive 44-3 win.

With the victory against Maryland, Penn State claimed the Big Ten regular-season championship. To finish out their regular season, the Nittany Lions held a dual in Rec Hall on Sunday, February 19, against Clarion, adding a 40-6 victory to its undefeated streak.

Men’s Hockey

After a bye week, the men’s hockey team faced No. 2 Minnesota on Friday, February 17, in Pegula Ice Arena. A rough game led to a 7-2 loss, however, the second game in the series was much closer. After finishing regulation with a 2-2 tie, the game went into overtime. Minnesota ultimately came away with the win, with the final score sitting at 3-2 in favor of the Gophers.

Women’s Hockey

This team is on fire.

Penn State traveled to RIT on February 17, taking down the Tigers 8-1. To finish up the series, the Nittany Lions held RIT to one point again, winning 3-1. The team will head to the CHA Tournament and face No. 4 Lindenwood.

Men’s Volleyball

After a strong performance against some top-ranked opponents, the men’s volleyball team struggled a bit against Saint Francis, dropping the first two sets in a match on February 11. However, the team pulled off a reverse sweep and came back home with a 3-2 win.

The Nittany Lions then hosted Princeton for back-to-back matches on February 17 and 18. Penn State dominated both matches 3-0, with game one serving as a revenge match after the Tigers took the Nittany Lions out of the EIVA Tournament last season. Game two was a dominant win to round out the sweep.

Men’s Gymnastics

Despite it being a relatively slow couple of weeks for men’s gymnastics, the team had an impressive win over Michigan on February 11 in Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions secured a six-point win, with a final score of 407.600-401.450.

Women’s Gymnastics

The women’s gymnastics team continued in Big Ten matchups, hosting Nebraska at Rec Hall on February 10. In a fantastic performance, the Nittany Lions emerged victorious over the Cornhuskers for the first time in regular season competition since 2006, winning 196.350-196.325.

The following week, Penn State hosted Ohio State at home. Despite a close match, the Buckeyes left Rec Hall victorious with a score of 196.725-196.125.

Swimming & Diving

The women’s swimming and diving team traveled to Michigan for the Big Ten championships this past week. The team sent members to the finals in every event and took home eighth place overall.

The men’s team will head to the Big Ten championships beginning Wednesday, February 22.

Indoor Track And Field

Track and field has had a busy past few weeks. On February 10 and 11, the team sent a group of athletes to the Music City Challenge in Nashville, Tennessee. Several Nittany Lions placed in the top 10 across multiple events. At the same time, the rest of the team participated in the Valentine Invite in Boston. Notably, junior Faith DeMars broke the Penn State record for the 3,000-meter run.

The following weekend, the team held its last home meet of the indoor season — the Penn State Tune-Up. The women’s distance medley relay ended up being Penn State’s second-best time in the event, while senior Callum Dodds recorded the school’s third-best time in the 600m.

Men’s Tennis

We said it a few weeks ago, and we’ll say it again: Men’s tennis is a sport to watch this spring.

With back-to-back wins over Princeton and William & Mary on February 10 and 12, respectively, the team is now 9-1 this season. However, all of Penn State’s matches have taken place at home thus far, so it will be interesting to see if anything changes once the Nittany Lions hit the road next week.

Women’s Tennis

In a doubleheader on February 11, the women’s tennis team hosted Kentucky and Saint Francis. It was a successful day for the Nittany Lions, as they walked away with a 4-1 victory over Kentucky and a 6-1 victory over Saint Francis.

Penn State traveled to Notre Dame on February 17, unfortunately enduring a 4-1 loss. After, the Nittany Lions headed to Illinois, falling 4-0 on February 19.

Men’s and Women’s Golf

These two teams have been taking a much-needed break over the past two weeks. The women will return to action on February 26 and the men soon after on March 6.

Men’s Lacrosse

Penn State’s men’s lacrosse season is officially in full swing. The team traveled to Villanova on February 12 and the teams played a close match. Despite their best efforts, the Nittany Lions lost to the Wildcats 14-12.

The following week, the team hosted Stony Brook University. Penn State locked down a 17-12 win to get back in the W column.

Women’s Lacrosse

Women’s lacrosse team opened its season against Bucknell on Saturday, February 11, at Panzer Stadium. The Nittany Lions secured a 16-6 win over the Bisons to start the season.

The following weekend, Penn State hosted Drexel for its second matchup of the season. The Nittany Lions won 15-6 and then took a trip to the Bryce Jordan Center to win the THON 2023 Pep Rally. Is there anything they can’t do?

Baseball

To open the season, the baseball team traveled to Florida for three consecutive games from February 17 to 19 against No. 22 Miami. The Nittany Lions started strong with a 9-5 win but lost both of the following games 10-2 and 3-2, respectively.

Softball

Penn State softball headed to Jacksonville, Florida, for the UNF-JU Tournament and played five games throughout the weekend of February 17. Through those five games, the team only allowed one run from opposing teams and began its season 5-0.

The team gathered wins over Cleveland State (6-1), North Florida (5-0), Bethune Cookman (3-0), Jacksonville (4-0), and Memphis (10-0).

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