The Penn Stater Daily — Oct. 21, 2013

October 21, 2013 at 9:24 am Leave a comment

From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.

Winning weekend: Another football bye week put the focus on the rest of Penn State’s fall teams, and they sure seemed to enjoy the attention. Where to start? The fourth-ranked women’s volleyball team posted weekend road wins at Illinois and Northwestern, the second of which gave coach Russ Rose his 1,107th career victory. That total is second-best all-time in college women’s volleyball, second only to current Hawaii coach Dave Shoji.

The field hockey team went the dramatic route for its weekend win. Trailing Michigan State 3-1 in the second half on Saturday, the Lions rallied to force overtime and then pull out a 4-3 victory over the Spartans. It was the 10th straight win for Penn State, which improved to a flawless 4-0 in Big Ten play. Oh, and the drama we mentioned:

That was senior defender Brittany Grzywacz with the game-saving dive. Grzywacz is the defending Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and she’s won the league’s weekly defensive award three times this season. At this point, they should probably just name those awards after her and be done with it.

The men’s soccer team chose a similar script—late drama against Michigan State with its Big Ten lead on the line—in its 2-1 OT win Sunday in East Lansing. Junior forward Jordan Tyler scored the game-winner and junior goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton made a career-high nine saves for the Lions, who improved to 4-0 in the league and need just a draw in one of their final two games to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title.

For the women’s soccer team, the weekend theme was dominance, not drama. It started with a 4-2 win Thursday over Ohio State and ended Sunday, on senior day, with a 5-0 thumping of Illinois. After the team’s final home game of the season, Coach Erica Walsh called her graduating class, which played a huge role in getting Penn State to the national title game last fall, “program changing.”

Larry Foster remembered: The Star-Ledger of New Jersey has an obituary of Garden State native Larry Foster ’48, the former Penn State trustee, Alumni Association president, and public relations industry giant who died last week. Foster spent most of his career with New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson, and began his career with the old Newark Evening News.

Everyone is accounted for: Penn State is the recipient of a 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The magazine’s publisher noted the university’s “unprecedented number of programs and initiatives … that provide substantial opportunities for students, faculty and staff from all groups.”

“The last thing we want to do”: The Collegian takes a look at the challenges facing State College bouncers, the guys responsible for keeping peace at downtown bars. It’s encouraging to see the emphasis on using their brains to diffuse potential problems before their brawn becomes necessary.

Grant for growth: The University Park Regional Campus of the Penn State College of Medicine received a $2.5 million state grant to help attract more medical students to pursue careers in the Centre region. We’re happy to have them.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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