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The Penn Stater Daily — Oct. 28, 2013

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

O-H, oh no: Let’s get it out of the way: Saturday night was ugly. The Nittany Lions’ 63-14 loss in Columbus was the worst-case scenario for a team operating under NCAA sanctions. On the road against a top-five opponent, and with just 57 scholarship players suited up, Penn State had to play a near-perfect game to beat Ohio State. Instead, the Lions committed early turnovers, struggled to cope with the Buckeyes’ talent, (and, no, didn’t get any help from the refs) and took a historic beating. The fact that OSU fielded a couple of players who were expected to come to Penn State before the sanctions hit made it that much more frustrating to watch.

The challenge now for Penn State fans? Perspective. It’s probably a good time to remember that the Buckeyes weren’t hindered by scholarship reductions when the Lions beat them by the same score back in 1994, and that program has done pretty well for itself since. The sanctions made it inevitable that there would be days like this for Penn State. But with those scholarships coming back sooner than expected, and with Bill O’Brien and his staff making great progress in recruiting, the program is already making its way back to equal footing. In the meantime: patience.

B1G wins: A blustery Sunday afternoon at Jeffrey Field proved a perfect palate cleanser for the fans who stuck around to see the men’s soccer team clinch the Big Ten regular-season title with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Northwestern. The Lions trailed the Wildcats 1-0 in the final two minutes before Jordan Tyler’s header was deflected in to tie the game, and Tyler scored again with 1:30 left in the second overtime period to win it. The Lions moved to 5-0 in conference play, earning the Big Ten championship outright. Enjoy the highlights below.

The field hockey team went on the road to clinch at least a share of the league title with a 2-1 victory at Iowa. (more…)

October 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Oct. 21, 2013

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. (more…)

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


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