Penn State baseball will host Pittsburgh tonight at 6:30 p.m. The team will also be playing a three-game series with Northwestern at home over the weekend, so come out and watch the guys. The games are at 6:30 p.m on Friday, 6 p.m. on Saturday following the Blue/White football game, and Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Ellen Perry Swim Across America Memorial Event will be held on Friday and the Penn State men’s and women’s swim teams are going to take part. Last year the effort took in $5000 for the Mount Nittany Health Foundation Cancer Treatment Fund.
The Penn State men’s golf team made the most of a solid Sunday effort to overcome a 12-stroke deficit, finishing as co-champions of the Rutherford Intercollegiate.
Juwan Johnson is getting a great deal of attention ahead of the Blue/White game. Here is a nice article that takes a look at his relationship with Chris Godwin and how it has helped him take the next step into the starting lineup.
Penn State LAX has experienced a two-game losing streak after coming out at a record 10-0 start. Two games which favor the Lions stand between the team and a chance at an NCAA tournament bid.
On the women’s side of things, WLAX defeated Northwestern 14-13 to set up a match with undefeated Maryland. The game will be played in University Park on Thursday at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network. The Lions, 14-1, need a win versus the Terps and then Michigan the following week to clinch the Big Ten regular season title.
Hockey Valley News
The hockey team welcomed four new players last week during the official signing period. Coach Gadowsky will bring in two other players that previously signed, and with Brett Murray, who joined the team midway through last season, that will take the total of new skaters to seven for next season.
North American hockey players that will be 18 years old on September 15 and no older than 20 by December 31st of the draft year are eligible to be selected. This leaves two Penn State players, Denis Smirnov and incoming freshman Evan Barratt, in the cross-hairs of NHL scouts. It is likely that each of the players will be drafted in June, but just as likely that the pair will remain at Penn State for at least a couple of seasons. Here is the NHL Central Scouting’s ranking of the top North American prospects for this season’s draft. Barratt comes in at 65, the highest ranking of any player ever associated with the Penn State program.
And so you know, the Penn State hockey team isn’t resting on its laurels this off-season. The guys are perfecting the post-game ritual, with the help of goalie Chris Funkey singing the Alma Mater.
The Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL finished its season this past weekend. Vince Pedrie, the former Penn State defender who left with two years of eligibility remaining, had a nice run with the Wolf Pack in the final nine games of the season. Pedrie had 5 assists in 9 games since he left the Lions following the NCAA tournament in Cincinnati three weeks ago.
Around the University
A Penn State student majoring in Economics with a minor in Mushroom Science Technology hopes to use her education to help raise people out of poverty in her native India. Her hope is to help two groups, unemployed women and malnourished children, with one mushroom business.
It’s also Penn State Startup Week where students are encouraged to be inventive. Former PSU Hockey Icers coach Joe Battista wrote a nice article breaking down the event.
Two very young and ambitious Penn State students have been honored with the NIST-SURF Fellowship in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Check out the big brains on this pair of academic superstars.