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The Smaller Side of Penn State Sports - 3/4/12

The wrestling team took home their second straight Big Ten title this weekend, but how did some of the other teams at Penn State fare?

Overall Record: 2-6
Last Week: 1-1

Penn State started the weekend off right with a 7-4 win against Samford on Saturday. Unfortunately, they could not build off that game as they fell to Samford 4-1 on Sunday. Sophomore OF Steve Snyder extended his hitting streak to 6 and then 7 games over the weekend. The Lions got a pair of quality starts from pitchers Cody Lewis and John Walter, unfortunately they could only make one of them stand up. The rubber match is scheduled for 7 pm tonight, before Penn State travels to Starkville for two games against Miss. St.

Mens Gymnastics:
Overall Record: 4-1 (ranked #2)
Last Week: DNP

The gymnastics team was off this past week. They don't play until Friday night when they take on Puerto Rico's national team. However, a few members of the team earned some personal honors this week. Senior Miguel Pineda was awarded the 2012 Wayne Duke Award which

is an annual scholarship recognizing one male and one female Big Ten senior student-athlete pursuing a postgraduate degree for achievements in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities and leadership.

Junior Scott Rosenthal and Freshman Tristan Duverglas won Big Ten Gymnast of the Week and Freshman of the Week awards respectively.

Womens Gymnastics:
Overall Record: 5-1 (ranked #11)
Last Week: 1-0

Penn State hosted #23 Michigan and North Carolina in a tri-meet on Friday night. The Lions trailed in the contest until the fourth rotation, where they were able to eek out a win by a 196.000 to 195.900 to 195.750 score. Junior Sharaya Musser won the Ann Carr Award for being the most inspirational Penn State gymnast in the meet. Penn State travels to Pitt on Sunday to take on the Panthers at 6 pm.

Mens Ice Hockey:
Overall Record: 29-3-1
Last Week: 2-0

The Icers took on #17 West Virginia on Saturday evening in the first round of the ACHA tournament. IcersGuy wrote up a really nice recap here, but to recap the recap: the Icers broke a 1-1 tie with three goals in the 3rd period to take a 4-1 victory. The Icers moved on to face #9 Oklahoma in the quarterfinals. The Icers spotted the Sooners a 2-0 lead, but fought back to tie the game at 3-3 at the end of 2 periods. The 3rd period started out 4 on 4 after a strange sequence of events at the end of the 2nd period. The Icers quickly scored two goals, separated by just 12 seconds to grab a 5-3 lead and they didn't look back. They play #13 Oakland on Tuesday night.

Womens Ice Hockey:

The women's season ended last Sunday.

Mens Lacrosse:
Overall Record: 3-1 (ranked #13)
Last Week: 1-0

Penn State traveled to #16/17 OSU on Saturday with a chance to win the inaugural Creator's Trophy. Penn State took the lead 37 seconds into the game as Sophomore Tom LaCrosse (fitting no?) fired a shot past the OSU goalie. The teams traded goals in the 2nd quarter, but Penn State pulled away with two goals in the 3rd quarter and cruised to a 5-2 win. Penn State returns home to host Denver on Saturday.

Womens Lacrosse:
Overall Record: 4-1 (ranked #19)
Last Week: 1-0

Not to be outdone by the men's team's upset of #2 Notre Dame, the women's lacrosse team registered their own upset this week. The Lions hosted #6 Virginia on Thursday and ran away with the game. Sophomore Kelly Lechner opened the scoring for Penn State 3:25 into the game. Penn State would pile on the goals, grabbing a 6-0 lead before Virginia finally tallied. The Lions took a 9-2 lead into the half and each team added 5 goals in the second half and Penn State walked away with a 14-7 win. Penn State hosts Loyola on Wednesday before traveling to Delaware on Saturday. Freshman Tatum Coffey was named American Lacrosse Conference Rookie of the Week last Monday as she tallied six goals in two Nittany Lion wins.

Overall Record: 6-8
Last Week: 4-2

It was an up and down weekend for the Nittany Lions. The weekend couldn't have gotten off to a worse start, as the Lions dropped a 13-1, five inning decision to Virginia. Penn State responded well and won their next four games over LIU Brooklyn, NC State, Lipscomb and Auburn. The game against Auburn was a thriller. Auburn was ranked 19th and it took nine innings for Penn State to squeak by with a 2-1 victory. Unfortunately, the Lions followed up that win with a 1-0 loss to Illinois State. Penn State faces Miami (OH) on Wednesday before participating in the USF Under Armour Showcase over the weekend.

Mens Volleyball:
Overall Record: 13-1 (ranked #6)
Last Week: 1-0

Penn State hosted the 9th ranked Buckeyes on Saturday. After jumping out to a 2-0 set lead, the Lions allowed Ohio State to force a 5th set after dropping the 3rd and 4th sets 27-29 and 22-25. Penn State rallied to take the 5th set 15-13 and extended their winning streak to 11 matches. Penn State travels to Malibu, Ca on Thursday to play Pepperdine, then they go to Los Angeles on Friday to take on USC.

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