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VIDEO: Guy Gadowsky Press Conference
By Julie Bacanskas, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Reporters, photographers and video cameras
filled the media room of Pegula Ice Arena Tuesday afternoon for the annual Penn
State men's hockey media day.
Head coach Guy Gadowsky fielded questions for 30 minutes about the Big Ten
Conference, the overall excitement surrounding the upcoming season and the
development of the team over the past year.
Here are some sights and sounds of this year's men's hockey media day.
With an endless list of firsts now behind the team, the Lions know what to
expect of this season. They have played their first Division I game. They have
played their first game in Pegula Ice Arena. They have played their fist Big
Furthermore, the Nittany Lions have an almost identical roster to that of last
year's team. With the loss of only one, and the addition of three freshmen, the
Lions are mature and much more prepared for the season that lies ahead.
ready to pick up from where they left off last season.
"This is the first year we have that continuity," said Gadowsky. "We know where
we are. We know who we're starting with. Although there are three unknowns, the
basic core of the team is the same. We expect that we're going to be a lot
further ahead come October 10 than we were October 11 last year on our opening
night, and basically due to the fact that everybody is together. We've been
through it with our systems. We've been through it against an opponent. We were
able to play against the top teams in the nation, including conference games
where it's so important. As a team maturity, we're way ahead."
Big Ten Conference
Playing in the same conference as teams like Minnesota, Michigan and
Wisconsin allows the Lions to compete at a high level day in and day out. Teams
are getting stronger and more skilled each year, and this season is no
"Every other program in the Big Ten, that's what makes this so exciting,
has a tremendous history, has a lot of success, whether it was nationally in
the CCHA or the WCHA," said Gadowsky. "Their goal is to get better, just like
ours, so with Penn State getting better, I really hope to see a lot more
parity, but at the same time when you play in the Big Ten with these hockey
programs, you're going to be playing someone great every night."
Penn State will play a total 20 conference games this season, the first of
which will be at Michigan on Nov. 21.
During the off-season, the Nittany Lions announced a change in captaincy,
awarding defenseman Patrick Koudys the "C" for the 2014-'15 run.
Although many fans wondered about the impact of the switch on not only the
team, but also former captain Tommy Olczyk, Gadowsky reinforced this change
will ultimately assist the Lions in learning a very important lesson.
"It establishes the fact that you don't have to wear a letter to be a great
leader, and we do want to establish that," Gadowsky said. "This is one way we
can do it. At the same time, Patrick Koudys, he certainly has earned that, and
he's earned the respect of the team."
Koudys, who is a Washington Capitals draft pick, proved his dedication to Penn
State hockey, and was a unanimous decision for the position following a player
"He's just a man," Gadowsky said of Koudys. "He's a manimal. He's the
guy. Everybody can see it, so he's the guy."
Looking ahead, the Lions are scheduled to make the trek to Alaska for games
on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, which is a trip Gadowsky and the team are both looking
"Probably the main reason is I really enjoyed my time in Alaska,"
Gadowsky said of why he wanted his team to play these games. "They love hockey,
and I would like to share that experience with our guys. For the majority of
our team, they've never been to Alaska, so this is one great way to see it."
Unlike the majority of the team, forward Casey Bailey makes the trip to
Alaska regularly. These games will allow the Alaska-native to play in his home
state in front of family and friends.
"The guy who's most versed in it is Casey Bailey, so he's actually going
to present to the team the week that we go up there about the Do's and the
Don't's of traveling in Alaska," said Gadowsky.
"If things don't go well," he jokingly added, "it's not our fault. It's
James Franklin Transcript - Sept. 30
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lions are idle on Saturday for the
first time in 2014. Head coach James Franklin addressed the media on Tuesday
afternoon during the weekly Big Ten conference call to provide an update on the
team's bye week.
"We are in a bye week this week, so we are excited to get
out on the field today and make some corrections," Franklin said. "We will
practice Tuesday and Wednesday, and then go on the road recruiting Thursday,
Friday and Saturday. And then get back going again on Sunday with our next
opponent. We are looking forward to it. Probably, the bye week came at a great
time for us with our lack of depth at some positions. We are banged up, and
this is coming at a great time for us."
The Nittany Lions watched film and practice on Sunday before the players had
their normal day off on Monday. The team resumed its practice week on Tuesday
with meetings and practice. The squad will do the same on Wednesday before
having a few days off. The coaching staff will hit the road recruiting while
the players finish the week academically. The team will then have the weekend
off and reconvene on Sunday to begin preparations for Michigan.
The bye week is a great chance to spend more time and reps on correcting the
issues the team is looking to fix after five weeks of football. Additionally,
it is an opportunity to get the young players on the roster more experience.
"We are going to try and get our young guys as much work as possible this week
to continue their development," Franklin said. "We will try to make our
corrections with the older guys while still taking some of the banging off of
their bodies so that we can get into our next game being as fresh as we
possibly can and be as healthy as possibly can. That's kind of our priority
this week. We have a lot of things to correct and a lot of things to work on.
You know, let's do those things and then move on."
Franklin often says that winning minimizes a team's issues and losing magnifies
the issues. However, regardless of the outcome, the issues are still there.
That being said, the team has approached the week with the mindset that it is a
great opportunity to get better.
"If you handle this the right way, it can turn into a positive," Franklin said.
"It forces you to deal with some of the issues that you have."
Senior linebacker Mike Hull said it best on a Tuesday morning conference call.
"You are going to face adversity. It's how you respond to it," Hull said.
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By Miranda Kulp, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With two big
wins over Northwestern and Illinois, the Penn State women's soccer team swept
its first Big Ten home weekend.
"Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday is the
longest and toughest stretch of our season and to end it with three wins is
massive," said head coach Erica Walsh.
The team is known for playing its
best at Jeffery Field. In the last three years, the Lions have only lost two
"It's the atmosphere here; it's
perfect, said midfielder Salina Williford. "We get so excited playing here
because of how much support that is in the community. We owe it to the people
who come watch us to put on a show."
The first game of the weekend was
against Northwester, and the Lions played strong and defeated the Wildcats,
"I think we came out with a fire
under our tail tonight," said senior Kori Chapic.
With goals scored by Raquel Rodriguez,
Chapic, Megan Schafer, and Williford, the entire team was on fire.
"The first 25 minutes was some of
the best soccer I've seen in a long time," Walsh said. "We talk about this
being the best place to play college soccer and in that first half, I
absolutely felt it."
Rolling off of the momentum of
Friday's game, the Lions faced their second Big Ten team of the weekend,
llinois, on Sunday afternoon.
Both teams came out extremely strong
displaying solid defense and the first half of the game remained scoreless.
The first goal of the game was made
by freshman Frannie Crouse in the second half. Emily Hurd passed it over from
the left side of the box to the middle, allowing the Lions to make the
Only 47 seconds after the team scored,
Illinois tied the game.
Motivated for a win, the team used
the Fighting Illini's goal to keep their aggression up.
"It's very hard when they come back
that quickly," Crouse said. "You just have to keep your composure and never
stop trying. We fought tonight and came out with a great win."
The team continued to take shots to
try to regain its lead.
Then with 83:11 on the clock, Selina
Williford saved the day with her goal to ensure the Lion's win.
"It's very humbling to score another
goal," Williford said. "I credit my entire team because they are always keeping
"I always want to keep improving. As
a team, we never want to feel like we're content. We always want to feel like
we're still moving and not taking our foot off the gas."
Last year, Williford primarily
played defense but has been making her way up the field this season.
Williford just recently had her
first career goal but proved this weekend she is a force to be reckon with on
"Salina Williford has been the best
surprise so far this season," Walsh said. "She played back for us last season,
but this is the best I've seen her play."
Alongside Williford, the 2014 women's
soccer team is packed with talented players who have been helping the team
continue its winning streak.
"I think one of the biggest strengths
about this team is that we're taking players off the bench and they're
delivering," said Walsh. "Every player on this team is playing their best and
it's such a great feeling as a coach knowing those players on the bench can
always help lift the team."
After three home games this week,
the Lions hit the road to face Minnesota.
The team is keeping its intensity up
for every game and is looking strong as the Big Ten season continues.
Said Walsh, "This team believes
By Julie Bacanskas, GoPSUsports.com
Student Staff WriterUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Following each on-ice session, freshmen Scott
Conway heads into the team locker room inside the beautiful Pegula Ice Arena.
The facility, which helped convince Conway to attend Penn State, is merely one
of the reasons he has found himself in State College this year. Now, the forward
is excited for the season to begin and more than ready to get his first real taste
of hockey as a Nittany Lion.
Although he grew up in England, Conway has been playing hockey in the states
for a few years now. He will once again find himself a long way from home and from
his family this season.
The freshman currently holds dual citizenship in Great Britain and in Canada,
the home countries of both his parents.
"My mom's English, and my dad's Canadian," Conway explained. "My dad played
hockey in the states and in Canada. At an older age, he moved over there to
play hockey in England. That's where he ended his career and met my mom, so
that's how it happened."
Despite being away from home, the forward knows with certainty that choosing
Penn State was the right decision for the advancement of both his hockey and
academic careers. Almost immediately following Conway's first tour of the arena
and of campus, he was hooked on the university and all that it had to offer.
"I had a tour around campus," said Conway. "It was actually my first visit, and
looking at the facilities, it was unbelievable. The weight room just got put in
the day before I came here, so I was pretty excited to see that with all the
weights and stuff in there.
"Coach [Keith] Fisher took me up to the student section, right at the top, and
it was an unbelievable view up there. He took me around campus too, and it was
so pretty. I couldn't say no."
Last season, the 6-foot forward found himself competing for the USHL's Indiana
Ice, a team he helped lead to the Clark Cup title during the 2013-'14 season.
Conway tallied 33 goals during the year and was tied for first in the league
with a plus-40 rating. Additionally, he recorded the first four-goal game in
the team's history, demonstrating his dominance on the ice.
"I think a lot of it is mental toughness, on and off the ice," Conway explained
of his personal success and the success of his previous team. "I think our
coach did a nice job last year of making us do the little things right, and I'm
hoping to bring that to this team this year."
Conway is also looking to help the Lions skill-wise this season. He is a
forward that likes to not only work the corners and take pucks to the net, but
he also keeps his eyes focused, looking for open teammates to make plays.
Even with his past experiences, Conway knows making the jump from junior hockey
to the collegiate level will be a process, and he has already begun to
experience some of the changes that go hand-in-hand with the transition.
"I feel like a lot of sticks go flying everywhere in college hockey compared to
junior hockey," Conway said. "The guys in college hockey are a lot stronger
than the guys in junior hockey and a lot more physical. The tempo is pretty
much the same, but I'm excited to play some games here."
Looking forward, Conway is anxiously awaiting the moment he gets to put on his
jersey, lace up his skates and take the ice at Pegula Ice Arena for his first
game as a Nittany Lion. He has a few dates circled on his calendar, but there
is not a single game the freshman is more excited for than the season opener.
"Definitely the home opener," Conway said. "My dad is coming to the first game,
and I have a couple friends that are too. I'm really excited to play in front
of them. The student section sold out in like three minutes, so I'm pretty
pumped about that too."
By Jennifer Hudson, GoPSUsports.com Student Athlete Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's fencing team participated in
multiple events during the 50th Anniversary of Women in Sport earlier this
The weekend kicked off with a Friday reception at the Nittany Lion Inn,
followed on Saturday by a breakfast at the All Sports Museum and a tailgate at
Medlar Field before the UMass football game. Sunday concluded with a brunch and
ceremony of the Women in Sports 50th Anniversary at the Bryce Jordan Center.
A few members on the current team volunteered for each event and were able to
meet and talk to the alums of the team.
There were five decades of women's fencers that were represented at the events,
the 1960s-2000s, so it was inspirational for everyone to learn about the
fencing team then and now.
"Getting to know the alumni is always a great experience," said Clarisse
Luminet, captain of the women's team. "Because of my position within the
fencing team and my role as a captain, it was great to get feedback from their
own experiences as leaders, and understand how that role has changed in 50
Johanna Hall, a current assistant coach and Penn State fencing alumna (Class of
'88), played a big role in organizing the event for everyone to enjoy.
"It allowed us to connect with former fencers as well as meet others on the
team who paved the way for the program," said Hall. "Being recognized during
the football game and being able to share that with hundreds of other women
athletes from Penn State was very special."
Another alum, Beth Alphin, former head coach (1968-'85), was flattered she had
the opportunity to speak at the Sunday brunch about coaching at Penn State
Like Alphin, the fencing alumni enjoyed themselves and even had the chance to
meet up for a fencing dinner on Saturday evening.
"It was a true joy to see so many of the fencers and hear how their lives have
progressed since Penn State," said Alphin. "I enjoyed watching them reconnect
with each other. It should come as no surprise that upon meeting them it was as
if no time had passed. We were family then and still today. I think my very
favorite thing was watching the smiles and hearing the familiar laughs of people
who were so much a part of my life for a few years."
The next time the current Penn State Fencing team will reconnect with the
former fencers is April 18, 2015 in the annual alumni meet and team banquet.
Here are a list of accomplishments our Penn State women's fencing team has
achieved over the years:
- 2 AIAW Team
- 1 AIAW Individual
- 1 NCAA Women's Team
- 13 NCAA Men's and
Women's Combined Team Championships
- 9 Individual NCAA Champions (14 titles)
- 54 All-Americans
- 11 World
Championships participants (to 26 championships)
- 12 World University
Games participants (to 15 championships)
- 3 Olympians (to 5
- 8 Pan Am Games
participants (to 11 Games)
The Penn State Women's Fencing team would like to recognize
all of the alums who participated this weekend. It was great to meet you all
and we hope to see you visit again soon!
Alyson Van Alstyne
Jennifer Hudson is a senior on the women's fencing team.
By Matt Allibone, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- The Penn State men's soccer team set a school record
on Sunday against Michigan.
technically, the record belongs to Andrew Wolverton. The senior goalkeeper
notched his team record 29th career shutout as the Nittany Lions
defeated Michigan 1-0.
At the same
time, it goes a bit deeper than that. While Wolverton has been a lynchpin for
the Nittany Lions for four years, shutouts are the ultimate mark of team play.
It takes solid defense, enough offense and great goalkeeping to pull one off.
the Nittany Lions received all of that. Connor Maloney scored his
conference-leading seventh goal, the backline allowed just four shots on net,
and the goalkeeper known as "Wolvie" made a terrific diving save to preserve
"I told the
whole team after the game, I'm going to make sure in the record books and in
the media guide, that all of their names are next to Andrew's for playing in
front of him for this shutout," head coach Bob Warming said. "Our team is a
team and it takes a whole team to get a shutout and Andrew understands that."
Wolverines, Penn State's defense certainly earned that right, but it wasn't as
if Wolverton didn't also earn the mark for himself.
remaining and the Lions holding on to a one-goal lead, Michigan forward Tyler
Arnone took a pass from James Murphy and fired a shot from 18-yards out to the
right corner of the net.
moment, it seemed as if the ball was headed in. Then came the hand of the
sprawling 6-foot-6 goaltender, knocking the ball away and keeping the shutout
give him a whole lot to do so it was great to see him make a play when he had
to," Warming said jokingly. "It was a great save, and that's what he trains
for. Eventually, when you're playing against great talent they're going to
break through and you're going to need to make a save."
would take over in the final minutes, as the Wolverines would bring their
entire team up in a final last-ditch attempt to tie the game.
and Kyle MacDonald would both make big stops to prevent Michigan from getting a
shot on goal before the clock finally hit zero.
given up two goals and ten shots on goal during Wednesday's 6-2 win over Penn,
the Nittany Lions and their backline of Eli Dennis, Mike Robinson and Mason
Klerks were extra motivated to get back to the play that had led to just one
allowed goal in the team's first seven games.
proud of the team for playing great team defense," Warming said. "We always
have a game plan but I didn't need to say anything special to them. There were
plenty of things we wanted to get done today because playing in the Big Ten is
Penn State fashion, the game would go into halftime tied 0-0, until the Nittany
Lions finally got on the board in the second half thanks to none other than
sophomore entered the game with six goals in the first eight games of the
season, and he produced once again, taking a beautiful cross from senior Mikey
Minutillo and putting it past Adam Grinwis from six yards out to get the Lions
on the board 11 minutes into the second half.
Maloney has clearly been Penn State's most effective goal-scorer this season,
Warming again maintained that his team doesn't have to become dependent on any
the Nittany Lions win as a team, and Maloney's ability to score depends on his
teammates putting him in the right position to get the ball in the net.
we like about our team is that everyone can score goals and we can score in a
variety of ways," Warming said. "Mikey [Minutillo] can score, Mark [Wadid] can
score, Kyle [MacDonald] can score, Owen [Griffith] can score. We just kept
fighting and fighting and eventually we were going to get one in."
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
The Nittany Lions went back to work with a normal schedule on Sunday afternoon
with meetings and practice at the Lasch Football Complex.
Penn State reviewed the Northwestern game before turning the page onto the
first of two bye weeks during the 2014 season. The Lions take a 4-1 overall
record (1-1 Big Ten) into the week following Saturday's game against
"The bye week couldn't come at a better time," said head coach James Franklin. "We
have to spend some more time cleaning some things up there. Special teams, I
did not think we were consistent. We had a chance to flip the field on punt
team a couple times and weren't able to do that. On defense, I thought overall,
we played solid, but we did not tackle as well as we have in previous weeks. We
were throwing shoulders, not wrapping up, things like that. Again, I take full
responsibility and we will get it fixed."
The Nittany Lion defense remains among the nation's elite in the NCAA stat
rankings. Through five weeks, Penn State sits No. 2 nationally in rushing
defense. The Lions have allowed just 60.2 rushing yards per game. Penn State
leads the Big Ten in rushing defense.
Additionally, the Nittany Lions sit 10th in total defense (288.8 ypg), 12th in
scoring defense (14.6 ppg) and eighth in red zone defense (0.647).
Penn State will focus on corrections and improvements during the bye week
before shifting gears into preparations for Michigan. The Nittany Lions collide
with the Wolverines inside Michigan Stadium on Oct. 11 in Ann Arbor (7 p.m. on ESPN2).
Lions in the Stat Rankings
In addition to the defensive stat rankings, several Nittany Lions are among
the leaders in national and conference statistical categories. Here is a weekly
breakdown of Penn State players in the stat rankings:
QB Christian Hackenberg - Hackenberg is sixth in the nation in passing yards
(1,477) and 19th in the nation in passing yards per game (295.4 ypg). He leads
the Big Ten in passing yards.
WR DaeSean Hamilton - Hamilton is 11th nationally (first in the Big Ten) in
receiving yards with 502. He ranks 17th in the nation and first in the Big Ten
with 7.2 receptions per game.
WR Geno Lewis - Lewis ranks 12th in the nation in receiving yards and second in
the Big Ten with 495 on the season. He is third in the Big Ten with 5.8
receptions per game.
DT Anthony Zettel - Zettel ranks second in the Big Ten 1.4 tackles for loss per
LB Mike Hull - Hull leads the Big Ten in solo tackles per game at 6.4. He ranks
second in the Big Ten in tackles at 10.6 per contest.
K Sam Ficken - Ficken is seventh in the nation and first in the Big Ten in
field goals made per game at 2.00.
Take a look through some standout numbers from the Northwestern game.
Saturday's attendance (102,910) was the largest figure for a non-primetime game
in Beaver Stadium since Nov. 12, 2011.
4,398 - With 221 yards of total
offense, Christian Hackenberg now has 4,398 yards of total offense, which is
the 10th highest mark in Penn State history.
213 - Kicker Sam Ficken now has 213
career points. He sits eighth on the all-time Penn State list.
41 - Jesse Della Valle notched the
longest punt return of his career on Saturday. His 41-yard burst topped his
previous career-high of 31 yards against Syracuse in 2013.
16 - Senior linebacker Mike Hull set
a new career-high with 16 tackles against Northwestern. It marked the highest
total by a Penn State player since Gerald Hodges had 19 against Illinois in
8 - Linebacker Jason Cabinda became
the eighth true freshman to play for the Nittany Lions on Saturday.
6 - Defensive end Deion Barnes equaled his career high with six tackles
against Northwestern on Saturday.
1 - Walk-on Von Walker made his
first career start for the Nittany Lions at linebacker on Saturday. He had
three tackles against Northwestern.
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By Tyler Feldman, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
Recording an assist on the team's first goal of the season and
scoring two unassisted goals at first glance may seem like an offensive upperclassmen's
opening to the 2014-15 season.
However, it was freshman defenseman Bella Sutton who
produced the previously described 'dazzling performance' in her Penn State
debut to lead the Nittany Lions to a 5-2 victory over Western in Friday's
exhibition at Pegula Ice Arena.
"My teammates definitely rallied around me and gave me the
confidence that I could step into the role of being that offensive defenseman
when I could be," said Sutton. "It's really good to have their support. It's
always been in my blood wanting to join the rush and take it when the
opportunity presents itself."
The Shoreview native took advantage of a first period 5-on-4
power play to set up Laura Bowman with a beautiful pass en route to the very
first Blue and White goal of the game.
It only makes sense that Bowman scored the first goal of the
season. The sophomore assistant captain was named to the 2013-14 All-CHA Rookie
Team after leading the Nittany Lions with ten goals last season.
Just three minutes after Bowman buried the biscuit, Sutton
joined the offensive rush following an odd ricochet off the boards behind
the Western net to notch an unassisted goal on a slick wraparound to push the
Nittany Lions ahead, 2-0.
Sutton wasn't done after just one period of play.
Rather she used a blistering snap shot from the slot to tally her second
unassisted goal of the game to give Penn State a 3-1 lead with 12:13 remaining
in the second period.
"I'm really, really proud of her," said junior captain
Shannon Yoxheimer. "She played awesome. Her performance says a lot about her
character because she is so hard working. She's a stay-home 'D' when she needs
to be and then when she can join the play she doesn't hesitate and good results
Sutton chose Penn State due to its rich balance of academics
and athletics, but it was her vision and footwork that led to head coach Josh
Brandwene recruiting her to the Blue and White.
"She's a tremendous athlete and an even better
teammate...She's a terrific two-way defender with great footwork," said head
coach Josh Brandwene.
The Nittany Lions pulled away 3:25 into the third period
when junior Hannah Hoenshell scored on a pass from freshman Irene Kiroplis to give
Penn State a 4-2 advantage.
Penn State refused to slow down as Emily Laurenzi shot a
crisp pass to junior line mate Micayla Catanzariti for a top-shelf beauty past the
glove of Western's goalie to give the Blue and White a commanding 5-2 lead
nearly nine minutes into the final period.
The Mustangs managed to muster two goals past Penn State junior
goalie Celine Whitlinger in the second period, but it wasn't enough to skate by
the well-orchestrated Nittany Lions.
Although Friday's game was an exhibition, a three-goal win
to start this season shows just how progressive this program is under Brandwene.
"The mindset is to build and get better," said Brandwene.
"This is an incredibly coachable group that is hungry to learn and get better."
Next up for the Nittany Lions will be a competitive weekend
series October 3-4 in Minneapolis, Minn., where Penn State will faceoff against
Minnesota on Friday and St. Cloud State on Saturday.
"When we get our opportunities on the power play we are
going to have to get the puck to the net and take those chances because
Minnesota is a very good team, and we know that when we get those opportunities
we are going to have to capitalize," said Yoxheimer.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head coach James Franklin addresses the media
following Saturday's game against Northwestern.
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.
- Several Nittany Lions addresses the media following Saturday's game against