A losing effort in the Big Ten Tournament by the Women’s Lacrosse team didn’t keep the league from honoring Penn State’s Erika Spilker and Kayla Brisolari as members of the All-Tournament team. The senior defender and sophomore midfielder were unable to lead the Nittany Lions past Northwestern, and the team fell 12-11. As was revealed Sunday night, Penn State earned an at-large bid, as well as a first round bye as the #4 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament and will await the winner of James Madison and Louisville’s first-round match-up. The women’s team will be in action on Sunday at 1pm in State College, while the men’s team, which also received an at-large bid, will host Towson on Saturday at noon.
Tim King, Penn State men’s ice hockey color analyst, provided some insight into the team’s postseason run and the impressive fan-support felt in Detroit and Cincinnati during the Big Ten Championship and NCAA Regionals. A reminder that if you can’t make it to Pegula for a game next year, the team appreciates support just as much while on the road.
Despite all the success of last year, Joe Moorhead’s offense struggled to move the ball on 3rd downs, converting only 32.6% of their chances (#117 in the country). Lancaster Online’s Mike Gross explains why we should expect improvement from Moorhead and the experienced offensive unit as they work to become more consistent and less reliant on big plays.
James Franklin made an appearance as the commencement speaker at Penn State Harrisburg’s graduation ceremony this past weekend. He gave advice to the graduates about being successful through strong relationships, trusting the process, and understanding your strengths and weakness.
Franklin once again described his current position as a dream job, and encouraged the students to engage in long-term planning to reach their goals in life.
Nate Cobler of the Cetre Daily Times wrote an excellent story detailing the rise of Zain Retherford. From getting pinned as a pre-schooler to becoming one of the best collegiate wrestlers in the nation, Retherford’s story is one of determination, hard-work, and a passion for the sport of wrestling. If you’re not familiar with the rising-senior stud (as part of the BSD community, of course), get to know him before he’s gone.