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Today in Penn State sports: Oct. 20, 2017

Penn State’s Heidi Thelen blocks a hit during a previous game last season. The Nittany Lions defeated Purdue on Friday night, 3-1.
Penn State’s Heidi Thelen blocks a hit during a previous game last season. The Nittany Lions defeated Purdue on Friday night, 3-1. Centre Daily Times, file

Everything you missed in Penn State sports — and isn’t listed elsewhere in the CDT — from Friday:

Women’s volleyball

No. 1 PSU beats No. 17 Purdue in 4

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. The top-ranked Penn State women’s volleyball team made relatively quick work of Purdue on Friday, with a 3-1 victory — 25-22, 25-14, 21-25, 25-10.

The Nittany Lions’ Heidi Thelen registered 14 kills while hitting .542. Ali Frantti led the team with 15 kills.

As for other team leaders, Abby Detering finished with 34 assists, Haleigh Washington had six blocks, and Kendall White boasted 19 digs.

Penn State will next take on Indiana at 7 p.m. Saturday. Bloomington is just a two-hour drive away.

Field hockey

Nittany Lions rally for lopsided win

UNIVERSITY PARK Rutgers took the early lead, but it was all No. 6 Penn State afterward in the Nittany Lions’ 4-1 victory.

Moira Putsch recorded a hat trick by scoring three straight goals in a span of 13 minutes — in the 41st, 43rd and 54th minutes.

Nikki Santore scored first for the Scarlet Knights but, 25 minutes later, Penn State tied it up on a Bes Bovelander goal. And Putsch then put the game away.

“Mo (Moira Putsch) had an amazing game,” PSU coach Charlene Morett-Curtiss said in a news release. “I thought she was just outstanding.”

Penn State will next take on Indiana at noon Sunday to close out the regular season. Michigan clinched the regular season title Friday with a 1-0 win over Northwestern and will be the top seed in the conference tournament.

Women’s soccer

Lions tie Purdue

UNIVERSITY PARK The No. 9 Penn State women’s soccer team nearly lost to an overmatched Purdue — but settled for a 2-2 double-overtime tie after a last-minute goal in regulation.

With 3:56 left in the second half, Penn State’s Laura Freigang found the back of the net. Neither team then scored in the two 10-minute overtime periods.

Penn State goalkeeper Rose Chandler did not make a single save Friday. Purdue’s Erika Yohn made nine.

The Nittany Lions will finish up the regular season at 8 p.m. Wednesday against Wisconsin. The Big Ten tournament starts Oct. 29.

Men’s tennis

Strong start for PSU at regionals

LYNCHBURG, Va. The Penn State men’s tennis team couldn’t have asked for much more on the opening day of the ITA Regionals at Liberty University.

One of the Nittany Lions’ double teams received a bye, while three of the other four won their respective matches. In singles, four players received first-round byes and four won their matches. Another, Chris Kuhnle, went 2-1 after the qualifying round.

“I was really pleased with today,” Penn State coach Jeff Zinn said.

Regionals continue Saturday.

Women’s hockey

Lions fall in OT

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. Merrimack’s Paige Sorensen ended the game on an overtime power play to give her team the 2-1 win over Penn State.

Nittany Lions goalie Daniela Paniccia made 18 saves and allowed two goals, while Merrimack goalie Lea-Kristine Demers collected 20 saves and allowed one goal.

Penn State’s Natalie Heising scored on a power play in the third period.

PSU will face Merrimack in a rematch at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Women’s lacrosse

Former coach to be honored as ‘Trailblazer’

SPARKS, Md. Former Penn State coach Gillian Rattray will be honored Saturday at the U.S. Lacrosse Headquarters for demonstrating “exceptional work in advancing women’s lacrosse and the coaching profession during the Title IX era.”

She is one of 11 former college coaches to be honored as trailblazers of the game.

Rattray spent 12 years as Penn State head coach, from 1974-85, and compiled a 143-19-2 record with three straight national championships.

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