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Swag levels are at 11 after streaking great start!

Scott Halleran

Well, this year couldn't start any better for all of the Nits. Let's see how long this streak keeps going! I'll put the over/under for how many straight wins Penn State starts out with at 17.5.

The meters have exceeded 11 around Happy Valley and those other blokes are stuck at 10. Here we go!

Cross Country

Here's where they say the plot thickens. If Penn State doesn't have a runner come in first or the team doesn't win the overall event, does that count as a loss and the streak is snapped?!?

Guys and gals, call up your neighborhood friend Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez an don't let us down.

This Week Ahead: The men's and women's teams will both travel to Lock Haven, Pa. for the Dolan Duals this Friday.

Field Hockey

The ladies contributed two wins to the hot start this weekend in Happy Valley.

Friday's 2-1 win against Old Dominion was led by two goals from senior Jenna Chrismer and Sunday's 3-0 win over Virginia was led by two more goals as well from senior Natalie Buttinger.

I figured the scores would be more on par with lacrosse than ice hockey, but it makes sense. "WE WANT OFFENSE," America says.

This Week Ahead: The Nits will take a weekend trip up to Connecticut to take on UConn Saturday and Quinnipiac on Sunday.

Soccer

I'm putting this out there right now, if you have an opportunity to get to Jeffrey FIeld for a game, then do it. I'm on board on Penn State soccer like I am with Penn State baseball. The atmospheres will be great and you'll get to see a good product.

With all the talk we've had recently about debating whether soccer can last the popularity drought between World Cup appearances, this will make you think positively about soccer lasting.

The men took care of business to start things in the positive direction for the No. 15 team in the country. A Friday/Sunday sweep of Oakland and St. John's respectively was led by sophomore forward Connor Maloney's three total goals over the weekend. This kid is the Aaron Craft of Penn State soccer. I'm sure teams hate matching up against him, but you'd want one on your team.

The women handled UConn 3-1 at Jeffrey Field on Friday as well. Freshman forward Megan Schafer led the Nittany Lions with two goals improving Penn State's record to 3-0-0 on the young season. I think she's earned herself a picture on her player profile instead of the PSU logo.

This Week Ahead: The men host Temple on Friday and travel to James Madison on Monday. The women will head south for the Duke Nike Classic and take on North Carolina and the Dukies Friday and Sunday respectively. Enjoy Tobacco Road, ladies!

Women's Volleyball

I thought it was a great idea when I heard of the "Penn State Classic" this weekend at Rec Hall. That was until I saw the dull buzzsaw of a schedule featuring TCU, Iona and William & Mary.

They should have just declared it the preseason like our NFL brethrens refer to it as. I thought this was going to be something similar to the year Florida, Texas and help me out people, but I think Stanford came here for an early round-robin tournament fairly recently.

Oh well, I guess that was just the easy way for Russ to get his group ready to go for this week.

This Week Ahead: The Nits will have their hands full in Palo Alto this weekend taking on Stanford and UCLA in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge.