By Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - It was only fitting for a match that had four Penn State goals, to have all of them come off the foot of a Nittany Lion senior in what was their last game together on Jeffery Field.
"They'll always remember it without a doubt," said Warming after the match. "Today will be bittersweet for a lot of reasons for them. To be able to remember that they scored today will be special."
Daniel Burnham, Marvin Ledgister, Julian Cardona and Daniel Parr scored for Penn State, while seniors John Gallagher and Hasani Sinclair recorded two of the assists. Parr's goal in the 72nd minute was the first of his Nittany Lion career.
"That was awesome, I didn't even think about that," said Cardona. "We got Dan Parr on the board. Nobody has ever hugged me so hard on a celebration. It was suffocating."
Warming acknowledged the play of his seniors and how big of a day it was for them to have, but not without a little humor.
"This means that we are going to have to get some good recruits in that's for sure," Warming laughed. "I am just happy for the seniors and I just told them that we are not done, the second season starts pretty soon."
Nittany Lion players made it clear that the tie against Ohio State does not define their season, not only because of the fact that there is still one more regular season game on Wednesday against Penn as well as the Big Ten conference tournament, but also because of the improvements they have made from one year ago.
"We have to look at our overall performance this year, especially in Big Ten play," said senior defensemen Brian Forgue. "I think we can be pretty happy with our overall record, especially as an improvement from last year."
Warming made it clear, as he has all year that they will take the positives from the match, instead of dwelling on the negatives.
"This team has made a lot of improvement," said Warming. "Scoring four goals against Ohio State and it looked like a day we could have had nine, it was crazy."
A player that has emerged for Warming in the second half of the regular season, Hasani Sinclair, continued to improve his play as he recorded an assist against the Buckeyes and came close to having back-to-back games with a goal as a shot in the second half went wide off the left goal post.
"Hasani came in and that was the best he maybe played all year," said Cardona. "He got super unlucky and took one off the post, but he brought in a lot of energy and we were clicking for a while."
The combination of Sinclair and Cardona up top is something that Warming will continue to build upon as they head into conference tournament play.
"They were good today, weren't they?," Warming asked the media with a smile on his face. "They were good. I mean they were really good. They were very focused and very determined and I am excited about them in the second season coming up."
After the regular season finale against Penn, Penn State will head to Evanston, Ill. for the Big Ten conference tournament, which runs from Nov. 7 through Nov. 11. The Nittany Lions are guaranteed a top three seed and a tie from the Northwestern and Indiana match on Tuesday would clinch a share of the regular season title.