Writeup courtesy of George Perez
Men’s Hockey (No. 12):
The No. 12 Penn State Men’s Hockey team split their weekend series against AIC. The first game was a 3-2 win on Friday night, moving the team to 4-0-0 for the year. This is the second straight year that the team has accomplished this task, and just the third time in the 12 years since the team joined the NCAA. A goal scored by Ryan Kirwan allowed him to push his goal scoring streak to 4 games, and he continues to show promise that the streak will get longer. The team was led to victory after Tanner Paloscik scored the tie-breaking goal with under 5 minutes left in the game. However, the team would go on to lose on Saturday night, making their record 4-1-0 for the week to come against Alaska Anchorage.
Penn State Men’s Soccer played two games this week against conference opponents Rutgers and Michigan. The first game of the week was a 2-1 loss to Rutgers, however, the boys had an incredible 4-0 win against Michigan to celebrate their senior night. Four Nittany Lions were able to score goals in the win, including Senior captains, Femi Awodesu and Peter Mangione. The goal-scoring also included 2 freshmen, Caden Grabfelder and Morgan Marshall. The win over Michigan makes it the team’s fifth consecutive win over the Wolverines, 4 out of those 5 wins coming at home games. The team is hosting Detroit Mercy in their final home game of the regular season, and is looking to close out the regular season at Jeffrey Field with a win.
Women’s Soccer (No. 4):
This week the No. 4 Women’s Soccer team took on the No. 19 Hoosiers of Indiana and the No. 21 Badgers of Wisconsin. The team was able to pull out a 2-1 win against Indiana this week, with goal scorers Kate Wiesner and Julia Raich leading the team to victory. The win allowed for Penn State to remain undefeated posting a 12-0-4 record to this point in the season. Unfortunately, the streak would come to an end after a 1-0 loss to Wisconsin. After an incredible regular season, the ladies are preparing to take on Indiana for their first game in the B1G tournament this upcoming week.
Women’s Volleyball (No. 14):
The No. 4 Women’s Volleyball team played two matches this week in Rec Hall. The first was a 3-set to-none win over the Iowa Hawkeyes. Camryn Hannah led the team with 12 kills and a career-high 7 blocks against the Hawkeyes. Mac Podraza, another standout on the team, recorded a double-double with 33 assists and 10 digs in the match. The win took the team’s record to 14-4 overall and 8-1 in the B1G. Unfortunately, the second match of the week resulted in a 3-1 loss to Purdue. The team is taking on Michigan and Michigan State this week and is looking to bounce back from a tough loss.
Field Hockey (No. 16):
The No. 16 Field Hockey team had two games against Northwestern and Iowa this week. The first game of the week was a 2-0 loss to Northwestern, however, the team bounced back from the loss to upset the No. 5 Iowa Hawkeyes with a score of 2-1. The win came after Sophia Gladieux was able to score twice, leading the team to the upset. The game was the second to last of the regular season for the team, and they look to close out their regular season against Indiana.