Penn State’s Newest Turf

March 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm Leave a comment

I was at Irving’s on Wednesday grabbing lunch when two dozen or so green-and-black clad young women came into the restaurant. Turns out it was not a small invading army but the Loyola women’s lacrosse team, in town to play Penn State that afternoon. That’s when it occurred to me that a) it was unseasonably beautiful out, and b) the game would be played at the just-completed Penn State Lacrosse Field. Just that quick, I had a plan for the afternoon.

It ended up being a pretty compelling game: The No. 12 Nittany Lions led early, trailed late, and tied it to force overtime before No. 17 Loyola escaped with a 12-10 win. Still, I’m glad I went, if for no other reason than to check out Penn State’s newest athletic facility. Open for just a week or two, it’s a no-frills set up in a very cool setting, nestled against the Ashenfelter Multi-Sport Facility, just below University Drive and in the shadow of the Bryce Jordan Center and Beaver Stadium. You can click on the image above to enlarge.

I’m still very much an amateur when it comes to photographing sports, but I did get one half-decent action shot:

That’s senior midfielder Theresa Zichelli defending. Love the intensity.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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