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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…)

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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

The Penn Stater Daily — Oct. 7, 2013

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

A big win in Bloomington: Okay, so the less said about Saturday’s game the better. But at least one Penn State “football” team enjoyed a successful trip to Indiana this weekend. Jordan Tyler and Owen Griffith each scored first-half goals and goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton saved a second-half penalty to give the Nittany Lion soccer team a 2-0 win over Indiana. How big was this one? The Hoosiers are the defending national champions. It was Penn State’s first win at IU since 2005, and first-ever shutout at Armstrong Stadium. Most important, it puts the Lions at 2-0 in Big Ten play and atop the league standings. Next up for Penn State: a Friday night Homecoming game against Michigan.

Happy Homecoming: And yes, it’s Homecoming Week. We’ve got our interns, Sarah Olah and Maggie McGlinchy, heading out around town and campus this week to bring your more coverage—keep an eye out for that as the week goes on. In the meantime: The official 2013 Homecoming Cookbook, featuring 60 recipes from Penn Staters, is on sale now at the HUB. The cookbook will also be available Friday at the Hintz Family Alumni Center, and at Homecoming store locations along the parade route. The Homecoming Committee plans to make it available for online purchase starting next week.

And while you’re making Homecoming plans: Don’t miss the official Alumni Zone Tailgate this Saturday at the Multi-Sport Facility. (more…)

October 7, 2013 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

Penn State Sports: The Monday Blahs

The busiest Penn State sports weekend of the semester was a bit of a letdown. There was some good news: the Nittany and Lady Lion basketball teams and sixth-ranked wrestling team opened their seasons with wins, and the No. 8 women’s volleyball team extended its Rec Hall unbeaten streak to 88 matches with sweeps of Wisconsin and No. 9 Illinois.

That was the good news.

There was disappointment but no shame as the field hockey and women’s soccer teams both fell to higher-ranked opponents in NCAA tournament play. The men’s soccer team, meanwhile, hosted the Big Ten tournament at Jeffrey Field, beating Northwestern in the opener and upsetting top-seeded Indiana in the semis to set up a meeting with Michigan in the final. We were blessed with unbelievable weather this weekend, so I took in both Friday’s semifinal and Sunday’s final.

I also took our camera; credit for whatever half-decent shots I got goes largely to our Nikon D40. Here’s one from Friday afternoon’s semifinal against IU. That’s Penn State midfielder Drew Cost (8) lining up a long-range shot. (Click to enlarge)

Jeffrey Field is one of my favorite places on campus to be in the fall. The sunsets up there can be gorgeous, and they made for some great shadows and color on the field. It’s also a nice backdrop for a fan looking contemplative over his vuvuzela.

Penn State lost the title game to Michigan, 4-1, a score that didn’t reflect how well Penn State played — the Nittany Lions actually outshot the Wolverines 23-16 on the day. Here’s one of those shots, a first-half attempt by freshman forward Jordan Tyler.

The Nittany Lions’ only goal came late in the first half, when Cost received a pass on the edge of the Michigan box, made a quick move to his right and shot low toward the far corner…

The keeper never had a chance.

The final score was a bummer, but at least the kids had a good time: That’s my son and my buddy Dave’s two boys clowning around at halftime.

Figured I’d end it with some cuteness.

The soccer team awaits confirmation of an NCAA at-large bid, to be announced Monday afternoon.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm Leave a comment


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