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Penn State field hockey: Nittany Lions beat defending champs

The Penn State field hockey team knocked off defending national champion Princeton 4-3 Sunday afternoon, ending the Tigers’ 17-match win streak.

Taylor Herold scored twice while Brittany Grzywacz and Ashtin Klingler added one goal each for the Nittany Lions (3-3), who have rebounded from opening the season 1-3.

Herold and Klingler scored 30 seconds apart early in the second half for a 4-1 lead before Princeton rallied with goals from Maddie Copeland and Allison Evans, but the Tigers were shut out by Kylie Licata over the final 13 minutes in preserving the win.

“We played an awesome first half and had some great moments to begin the first and second halves,” head coach Char Morett said. “After we took the lead I thought we dug in and showed a lot of grit and determination in the second half to close out the game. I am really proud of this team.”

Licata, who saw her streak of shutout time end after 101 minutes, finished with seven saves. Whitney Reddig had a pair of assists while Laura Gebhart and Lauren Purvis each had one for Penn State.

Julia Reinprecht had the other Tiger goal.

Penn State hosts Delaware on Friday.