The Penn State women’s soccer team filled the nets in the second half to earn a 5-1 win over Michigan State, all but clinching another Big Ten title.
The No. 4 Nittany Lions (15-2, 9-0), who led Division I by averaging 3.25 goals per game entering the weekend, posted their eight contest of the season with at least four goals.
Also, coupled with Michigan’s first conference loss of the season Thursday night at Ohio State, Penn State needs a win or a tie in its last two games to clinch a 15th consecutive conference crown. The Nittany Lions host the Wolverines at 1 p.m. Sunday on Senior Day.
Mallory Peterson scored twice in the final 12 minutes, Mallory Weber and Maya Hayes also found the net in the second half and Christine Nairn scored in the first half in the decisive win. Hayes and Nairn each have 12 goals on the season to lead the team while Weber now has 10.
Nairn, Bri Garcia, Tani Costa and Jenna Kalwa all picked up assists.
Paige Wester netted the Spartans’ goal.
Erin McNulty made four saves, with Britt Eckerstrom providing relief in the final minutes, as Penn State outshot Michigan State 21-11.
Men’s ice hockey
Buffalo State blanks PSU
Nick Melligan, Mike Zanella and Trevor McKinney each scored for the Division III Bengals, who were playing their season opener. Anthony Orange assisted on two goals while one each came from McKinney, Melligan and Jason Cleaver.
The Nittany Lions (1-2) outshot Buffalo State 35-26, including 19-7 in the opening period, in a game riddled with penalties. The teams combined to commit 29 infractions, with Penn State 0-for-9 on the power play and Buffalo State scoring all three goals out of 11 man-advantage situations.
Matthew Skoff made 23 saves in the loss while Kevin Carr stopped all 35 shots for the shutout.
Penn State heads to Rochester tonight to meet RIT at Blue Cross Arena, where a sold-out crowd of better than 10,000 is expected.
Zuhse advances at tourney
Zuhse defeated Mimi Hamling of George Washington, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 and Navy’s Erin Snook 7-5, 6-1 to advance into the tournament’s main draw, which begins today.
Temple’s Jordan Batey dropped Penn State’s Sarah Henderson 6-1, 6-2 in another qualifying match.
Henderson and Carmen Sandor then fell to Pittsburgh’s Amanda and Molly Wickman 8-5.
Penn State blanks Ohio State
The Nittany Lions (13-3, 4-1) entered the weekend tied with Northwestern and Iowa atop the conference standings.
Kelsey Amy notched the game winner 6:28 into the game and added the final score to give her 21 goals on the season, and Brittany Grzywacz provided the other tally. Whitney Reddig assisted on all three goals and State College’s Ally Lauth also picked up an assist on the Grzywacz score.
“It worked out well,” said head coach Charlene Morett. “I thought that we had a much better second half. I know that we had two goals in the first half, but I think the team stepped up and played much better defensively in the second half. I thought that Taylor Herold had a really good, strong game today ... and it was great to get to get a shutout on the road against a strong Ohio State team.”
Ayla Halus made two saves for her 13th career shutout as the Nittany Lions outshot the Buckeyes 21-8.
Penn State returns to campus for its final home game of the season, hosting Bucknell on Tuesday evening.
Trio of Lions advance
Chris Young defeated George Washington’s Viktor Svensson 7-5, 6-3, C.J. Griffin dropped William and Mary’s Ben Hoogland 7-5, 7-5 and Roman Trkulja defeated Andreas Urrea of St. Joseph’s 6-3, 6-2. Also, Matt Barry fell to Liberty’s Egon Samaai 6-3, 7-5.
In doubles, Guanhua Chen and Young defeated Georgetown’s Charlie Caris and Casey Distaso 8-6 while Tomas Hanzlik and Bryan Welnetz handled Max Montague and Andreas Urrea of St. Joseph’s 8-1.
Women’s ice hockey
Pioneers ice Lions
Shannon Yoxheimer found the net for the Penn State (1-4) goal, her third of the season. It was the only score against Alexius Schutt, who made 41 saves. Birdie Shaw and Taylor Gross picked up assists.
Alanna Woodford and Sara Hanna scored for the Pioneers (1-2), while Nicole Paniccia made 26 stops in the Nittany Lion net.
PSU earns two wins
Nick Goodell collected 12 kils while 11 were posted by Peter Russell, Taylor Hammond contributed 33 assists to go with 19 from Zack Parik, Goodell also had three aces, Connor Curry had 13 digs and Matt Seifert recorded eight blocks.
The Nittany Lions hit .267 and held a 62-47 kills advantage on the Canadian program.
Penn State opened the weekend with a 3-1 exhibition win over Ohio State on Thursday night.
Nick Goodell led the Nittany Lions with 15 kills, while nine each came from Aaron Russell and Kyle Mars. Tyler Hammond gave out 43 assists, Goodell also had four aces and Connor Curry picked up seven digs as Penn State hit .410 and held a 63-32 edge on the Buckeyes in kills.
Tambroni to go into NY Hall
Penn State head coach Jeff Tambroni will join the Upstate New York Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Sunday as one of eight members. The ceremony will be held at the Links in Erie Village in East Syracuse, N.Y.
The native of West Genessee, N.Y., is heading into his third season as the Nittany Lions’ leader. Tambroni was a three-time All American and helped Hobart College to three NCAA Division III titles, and later coached at Cornell for 10 seasons, earning three national semifinal appearances and one trip to the national championship game.
The Nittany Lions were 7-7 during Tambroni’s first season in 2011 and 9-6 this past spring.