DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 02: A Penn State Nittany Lions cheerleader performs during the TicketCity Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium on January 2, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
While most Penn State teams have finished their seasons, a few are still going strong. Hence, here's this week's abbreviated Smaller Side of Sports.
Women's Lacrosse (12-6)
The chicks with sticks made a triumphant return to the NCAA Tournament on Saturday by defeating #8 Towson in dominating fashion, 15-8. The win was especially sweet for Penn State coach Missy Doherty who previously held the top job at Towson before coming to State College. Molly Fernandez led the Nittany Lion attack with a four-goal game. With their first win in the NCAAs since 1999, the team will now travel to Gainesville to take on the top-seeded Florida Gators this Saturday.
Baseball (27-24, 13-8)
Illinois came to State College this weekend and left without a victory as the Nittany Lion baseball team swept the Illini by scores of 3-2, 8-6 and another 3-2 victory. They have now one seven of their last eight and have climbed to second place in the Big Ten standings. They also made history by winning their fifth straight Big Ten series, a first for the program. Senior Jordan Steranka led the way for Penn State, going 6-11 with three doubles and two home runs over the weekend. The team plays four games this week, one against Villanova on Tuesday and then a pivotal three-game series with Michigan State over the weekend.
Softball (18-32, 9-15)
Ohio State took two of three at Beard Field this weekend, including Saturday's Senior Day matchup by a score of 4-1, but there was some good news to come out of the weekend as junior Cassidy Bell broke the 24-year old batting average record. Bell hit .423 on the season. The team ends their season with an 18-32 mark.
Track and field went to the Big Ten Championships this weekend and brought home many individual honors. The women brought back fourth-place honors and the men ended up right in the middle of the pack, placing sixth. You can read the recap and find results here.
Also if you didn't see yesterday, you can read about the women's club rugby team's national championship and the men's less than stellar semifinal performance in psuwxman's Fanpost.