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Freshman Class Looks to Make Impact Early On

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11681342.jpegBy Maria Canales, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Coming off a 20-7 win to open the season, the Penn State men's lacrosse team (1-0) looks to continue its success on Saturday against Hobart.

With 16 freshmen on the team, head coach Jeff Tambroni as well as returning veterans have embraced the large class and look forward to their continuing impact on and off the field.

The 16 young men who have joined the ranks this season hail from as far as California or as close at within the state of Pennsylvania. Many of them played at the same high school or on the same club team as fellow teammates, both within their class and above them.

Since their transition into college life last fall, the freshmen have taken advantage of playing a spring sport and have been able to take the time adjusting to academics before taking on a full season of lacrosse.

"They've been an extremely hardworking group and we've been very pleased, very impressed with this particular group," said Tambroni. "At this point in the year typically these guys have gone through the fall and in a lot of ways there's so much on their plate that they tend to kind of cap off whereas the veterans understand the scope of the entire year, but this particular group has a ton of energy."

Tambroni continued to explain how this freshman class put in extra work during their free time during the fall semester, including working in the weight room and spending time on the field improving their skills. He also noted how this freshman group has been able to fall in behind a dynamic senior class and contribute in any way they can.

"I think it was tough," said freshman defender Chris Sabia of the transition from high school to college lacrosse. "The seniors did a good job of bringing us into the Penn State family right away and that really helped a lot."

Prior to the start of the fall semester, the senior class reached out to the freshmen and took them under their wing. Senior defenseman James Chakey explained that since there are eight seniors, they each took two freshmen to reach out to and make sure they felt comfortable coming onto campus and into the college lacrosse lifestyle.

During the preseason the team somewhat separated the freshmen from the rest of the team, to let them make their mistakes and learn from them. Now that the spring semester is in full swing, and the season just started, team members see the freshmen less as a class and more as playmakers.

Their ability to transition into their freshman season and listen to upperclassmen from the start has made the class of 2019 an impactful team on the field quickly.

During last Saturday's game against Robert Morris, six freshmen scored their first collegiate goal to help the Nittany Lions take down the Colonials, 20-7.

Several freshmen have already stood out even with just one game under their belt, including attack man Grant Ament. Ament was named the program's first Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Feb. 10. Ament had two goals and five assists against Robert Morris.

"Coming in and playing strong, a lot of us getting playing time and being able to make a difference, that was definitely something really special to be a part of," said Ament.

As Penn State looks ahead to Hobart on Saturday, the freshmen class is eager to contribute wherever needed. Despite being able to separate by grade, the team prefers to treat the team as one unit. This unit, Chakey explained, if they work together and focus, can make a serious impact this season.

"At this point in the year, in fall you're a freshman, but come springtime you should know your role, know your role in the depth chart, and it's more of a whole team rather than classes," said Chakey. "These guys have really pushed us beyond our expectations and they've pushed us to not only play better, but to make the team better."

Penn State hosts Hobart on Saturday in Holuba Hall at 3 p.m. 

Nittany Lions Look to Continue Momentum at Michigan State

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By Maria Canales, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The No. 16 Penn State men's hockey team (17-8-3, 7-5-0 Big Ten) will travel to East Lansing this weekend to take on the Michigan State Spartans (7-19-2, 3-9-0 Big Ten). The Nittany Lions are looking to continue their momentum from last Saturday's 5-3 win at Minnesota.

Penn State first faced off against Michigan State on Jan. 25 and 26, 2013. The series, which Penn State split with Michigan State, was part of the Nittany Lions' inaugural Division I season.

Head coach Guy Gadowsky noted how memorable the matchup between the Nittany Lions and the Spartans has been over the years and is eager to get another notch in the win column at Munn Ice Arena.

"We know what we have to do regardless of our opponent to be successful and we know what they do," said Gadowsky. "They played a little bit of a different style last year as compared to this year but I think that once we look at their game where they beat Michigan on Friday night we'll probably see some similarities. So we know what to expect but it's really a matter of playing our best game."

To date, the Nittany Lions are 2-6-2 against the Spartans and on the road, have only taken down Michigan State once. However, this season Penn State has already matched its road wins from the 2014-15 campaign, and has surpassed its win total away from home, with five.

The Nittany Lions swept the Spartans in December in Pegula Ice Arena as part of their first Big Ten matchup of the season. With two wins against Michigan State already this season, the Nittany Lions are prepared for the battle that the Spartans will give them this weekend.

"I think it was a really encouraging win [against Minnesota]," said junior forward Zach Saar of the team's performance last weekend. "It's tougher on the road in the Big Ten but we want to get that win in Munn."

Saar also noted how he has seen the freshman class step up during this second half of the season. Saar pointed out how players like freshman forward Chase Berger have settled in nicely this season and have impacted the outcome of many games in favor of the Nittany Lions.

"I think everyone is pulling their weight, everyone is stepping up to do their part and contribute in the way that they specifically can as a player," said Saar.

The freshman class has come a long way since the first game of the season back in October, and most have developed a consistent style of play that has helped their class bring success to the team.

On the offensive end, two freshmen lead the pack in goals scored this season for the Nittany Lions. Forward Andrew Sturtz leads the team with 13 and fellow forward Chase Berger is in second place with 12.

Having been able to successfully win at both Ohio State and Minnesota this season, the Nittany Lions are looking forward to keeping the pattern strong this weekend at Michigan State and work hard toward another challenging but rewarding win.

"We're not expecting anything easy," said Saar.

Penn State faces off at Michigan State Friday at 7 p.m. and again Saturday at 7 p.m.

Senior Day to Honor Nittany Lion Wrestlers

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By Ryan Hickey, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With senior day Saturday against Michigan State (7 p.m.), this Nittany Lion wrestling senior class, including Nico Megaludis, Jordan Conaway and Morgan McIntosh, has been integral in a tremendous run of success.

While this class, especially Megaludis and McIntosh, has been a part of three national championship teams, head coach Cael Sanderson labeled that what they bring off the mat as their biggest contributions.

"This is a real strong class. Not only our superstar guys, but just a great class of kids, great students," said Sanderson. "Our team GPA, we've been in the top 10 pretty much every year in the nation and that's a reflection of them and they are just good kids that come from good families. It's tough to think they are seniors and we won't have them again."

The trio has combined for 292 career wins and seven All-American nods. Given all of the success, it is tough for the seniors to leave the place that has made them so successful. With a match as emotional as senior day, Conaway is still taking Saturday's match against Michigan State just as he would any other match.

"Excited as always. Can't believe it's already coming to a close here, but I'm going to treat it as any other match and just go out there and have fun," said Conaway.

For McIntosh, Saturday isn't a day he's been thinking about too much because the thought of leaving this team is a depressing thought for the senior.

"Honestly, I'm trying not to think about it a whole lot because I know it will make me kind of sad," said McIntosh. "I'm trying to look forward to it and just trying to enjoy every minute that I have left."

Senior day is more than just about celebrating the senior class and what they have accomplished during their time in a Penn State singlet, as it also has a big impact on the underclassmen as well. For redshirt freshman standout Jason Nolf, he's losing not just a great teammate, but a friend and mentor off the mat.

"[Morgan's] been a great role model for me and he's been there for me if I ever needed anything," said Nolf. "It's been awesome living with him."

While still looking for his first individual national title, leading his team to its sixth national championship is the ultimate goal for the Santa Ana, Calif. native.

"Ultimately I want to win a national title for our team and to win it this year in my last year going out with a bunch of young guys like this would be awesome," said McIntosh. "I just know that this is a really special team and there's not a lot of teams out there that can have guys like this, young guys come up and step right up and automatically be in the hunt for an individual national title, so it would be great."

While the senior is still working on soaking in every last moment of his time here, McIntosh still plans on sticking around after graduation and perfecting his craft.

"As of right now, that is my plan to stick around and wrestle freestyle," said McIntosh. "I don't think there's any other better place to do that than here. I'm pretty fortunate to be able to do that and looking forward to making the transition into freestyle. Right now, my plan is to go down to 186, but we will see."

Before the festivities of senior day begin at Rec Hall on Saturday night, the No. 1 ranked Nittany Lions will travel to Bethlehem, Pa. to grapple with the 14th-ranked Lehigh Mountain Hawks Friday night. With the back-to-back matches, Sanderson believes that his team shouldn't be tired because of the intensity they bring to practice everyday.

"You hope they come back out there with that fire and a lot of that is going to come down to the individuals and the consistency that they choose to bring to practice everyday and to every match," said Sanderson. "We have a team that just likes to compete, but we certainly want to make sure that they are excited and fired up because your next match is always your most important match of your career. This Lehigh match is a big match for us and we want to go in there and wrestle well."


By Shannon Rostick, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- Head coach Missy Doherty and her players, Emi Smith and Madison Cyr, had a lot to talk about as they took part in the 2016 Spring Sports Media Day on Monday at the Bryce Jordan Center. The sixth-ranked Nittany Lions have big plans entering the upcoming season coming off of their 2015 Big Ten Tournament win.

Doherty put emphasis on how being a part of the Big Ten has helped the team to grow and to establish themselves as a standout program in women's lacrosse.

"Being in the Big Ten is the best. It's an exciting conference to be a part of. We're one of the fastest growing sports in the country, so to be able to do that within one of the biggest conferences in the country does a lot for our program, Penn State, and our players and coaches," said Doherty. "To be a part of not only a great conference, but to be among some great teams in the country is a great way for us to continue to get better as a program and spread our word across nationally."

There was also talk about how the team is coming in looking like a threat this season, so while their big win last season is exciting, they need to keep their heads in the game moving forward.

"We won the championship for the first time ever and since we did win I think we have a target on our back, but we are going into this season ready to compete," said Cyr.

Even with their success in the past season, the Nittany Lions still have to come with their A-game because with new a season, come new talent to rival teams.

"Teams can be totally different when a whole year passes," said Smith. Who added she tries to go into each game the same way mentally no matter who they're playing, and if she makes a mistake to just go in and learn from it.

The new season also brings new players to the Nittany Lions as well, and with a number of talented players graduating last season, there are some pretty big shoes to fill. Fortunately, Doherty thinks that they are up to the task.

"We have some good freshman coming in. Madison Carter is hopefully one of our good scoring threats this year. We also have a couple of middle fielders, Kayla Brisolari and Kelly Dagget, who have come in and contributed really well at the mid-field," said Doherty.

"The freshman boost has been a huge help to the players that we lost last year. Them coming in and being able to assert themselves quickly has really helped us stay on the same level and compete against some good team."

Doherty also added that the leadership of the upperclassmen players has really helped the freshman players to adjust to the team and thrive on the field.

"We have a great family atmosphere on our team. Our girls want to win and be successful and seeing what the freshmen can bring, they've really embraced them as teammates and players," said Doherty.

"To have upperclassmen players on the team that can really nurture the players and encourage them to do well and encourage them to succeed has really made their transition to become competitors seamless."

With lots of young and talented players joining the team, the upcoming season looks hopeful for Penn State. After a successful exhibition game last week against Towson, the team has already gotten a small taste of the upcoming season.

The Nittany Lions were set to open their season this Saturday at Lehigh University, but the game has since been moved up to Friday at 3:30 p.m. due to expected inclement weather conditions.

By ANNA PITINGOLO, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - As the end of the season gets closer and closer, the Lady Lions are entering the part of the season where they will be facing opponents for the second time around.

The Lady Lions travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State tonight at 6:30 p.m. and will try to avenge the 71-55 loss they suffered at the beginning of January. After that, three of their five remaining games will be against opponents they've already faced this year.

Head coach Coquese Washington and her staff have been evaluating the teams' performance in the first matchup to determine what went wrong and what went right.

"You look at what went well the first time, what areas of improvement we need to see from the first time, and then also looking at what they have been doing since we've played them," Washington said. "Are they doing some different things, have they added some stuff, doing some things maybe a little less than they did the first time?" 

It's been over a month since the Lady Lions and Spartans first met, so both teams have had a substantial amount of time to get better and get more experience for younger players. So while Penn State has been improving their game in that time, Michigan State has been, too.

"It's been a while since we played them so it's almost like scouting them for the first time," Washington said. "It's been so long in between games that they've had quite a bit of time to adjust things and change some things. But there's some familiarity, especially for some of the younger kids, Teniya, Ashanti, they've seen the team, they've played them so they kind of have a little bit of familiarity with the personnel and what they're like."

Junior Peyton Whitted remembers the first Michigan State game well, and knows that the team has a lot to improve on before tip at the Breslin Center. A big focus in practice has been working on boxing out and grabbing rebounds. When Michigan State traveled to Happy Valley in January, the Spartans outrebounded Penn State 50-35.

"They're a really good rebounding team, we got outrebounded so we just really have to pound them on the boards," Whitted said. "Their posts are very strong and big, they run the floor very well and they have really good guard play. So we just really have to be aggressive with them and be aggressive with their post players and box them out."

While playing a team a second time may seem like it has its positives, it comes with its challenges as well. Teams don't want to go into the game expecting one thing and seeing something completely different, so focusing on the team itself and not previous games is a must.

"I think it's harder facing the team the second time, whether you beat them or you lost to them." junior Kaliyah Mitchell said. "You played them one time so you kind of know each other's strengths and weaknesses so going into playing them another time, we just have to key in on some of the things that we've been doing great and try to make those things better and try to pull out some wins this second half." 

Both Whitted and Mitchell agree that, despite the challenges, it's a plus being able to face the same team twice.

"It helps that we have played them, we know what to expect," Whitted said. "Right now we just have to look at if they've added anything new to what they've been doing, but the preparation's the same and it helps as far as personnel because we know who we're playing against and what they do, and it's better to see it a second time around."

Morgan Academic Center for Student-Athletes Construction on Schedule

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11679340.jpegMorgan Academic Center Photo Gallery (2/10/16)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Construction of the new home for Penn State's Morgan Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes is well underway and on schedule for a late-spring completion.

The estimated $7.2 million project, which is converting Greenberg Indoor Sports Complex into the new Morgan Academic Center, began in October. The more than 30,000-square-foot home of academic services and support will consolidate Morgan Academic Center's services and staff into one physical location for 800 Penn State student-athletes for the first time.

The Morgan Academic Center is a vital component in keeping Penn State's academic services and the academic performance of its approximately 800 student-athletes at the forefront among the nation's premier Division I institutions. Tutoring, advising, computer labs, group study areas and meeting rooms are currently located in four separate locations on the University Park campus: East Area Locker Room, Lasch Football Building, Rec Hall and the Bank of America Career Services Building.

Designed by Hoffman Leakey Architects of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, the construction crew from PJ Dick of Pittsburgh gutted the features inside Greenberg to make room for the two-story academic services center located near the corner of Hastings Road and McKean Road on the University Park campus.

A small group of Penn State Athletics representatives recently toured the new center for an update on the construction progress. The most striking new addition is the first-floor reading and study area featuring an open floor plan with high ceilings and window fixtures stretching two stories on the McKean Road side of building. The ground floor of the new academic center will rest where the former ice surface existed in Greenberg for the Penn State Icers, and the Nittany Lion men's and women's varsity programs in 2012-13, before moving into the Pegula Ice Arena.

Among the numerous new features being constructed in the new Morgan Academic Center are: Staff offices for the student-athlete development and welfare unit, academic counselors, learning specialists and a sports psychologist; 15 collaborative learning rooms; small conference room; large conference room; classroom space; three large study rooms; two open reading rooms; traditional computer lab; student lounge; fueling station and displays of student-athlete academic recognition through the years.

The targeted construction completion of the new Morgan Academic Center is in late May, with a turnover targeted for mid-June. The academic center will be in full service for the student-athletes' return to campus for the fall semester in August.


Penn State student-athletes have an NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 88 percent, five points higher than the NCAA Division I average, and have earned 191 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America selections, the fourth-highest total among Division I programs. In 2014-15, Penn State student-athletes achieved the two highest semesters all-time for the number of students with at least a 3.0 grade-point average, with 500 during the fall semester and 474 in the spring. Additionally, a school record 241 student-athletes earned Dean's List recognition for posting a 3.5 grade-point average or higher (with a minimum 12 credits) during the fall semester.


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Clemens Growing and Thriving in Freshman Campaign

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By Jack Milewski, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - One of the more overlooked positions in volleyball is the libero. They rarely put points on the board, their contacts are usually with their forearms as lofting passes to their teammates and they almost never get kills.

However, they almost always touch the ball on every point and the libero position is possibly the most crucial on the court.

For the Penn State Nittany Lions, last year Connor Curry, a fifth-year senior, manned the position and was one of the most notable libero's in the nation. This year they have a new face in the off-colored jersey, Royce Clemens.

Clemens is a redshirt freshman who is just eight games into his collegiate career and already making a name for himself in Happy Valley. Not only does the lanky freshman have superb athletic talents that translate well to the game of volleyball, but according to head coach Mark Pavlik, he also has the necessary mentality to succeed at this level.

"Royce never gets down on himself," said Pavlik. "There was this one sequence when we were playing Lewis where it was three overpasses in a row in the fifth set. But Royce never got discouraged. He had a look on his face that was like 'I can't believe that happened again,' he never has his head down."

Being thick-skinned is especially important at the libero position as they are tasked with receiving the serves on most rallies. For those who know the game of volleyball, some serves are incredibly hard to receive. Clemens laughed when asked about the Lewis match and says that his upbeat attitude on the court is a full credit to his parents.

"I think it's from growing up from my parents," said Clemens. "My parents have always preached thinking about the next point. I played multiple sports so it was always about what is about to happen and what I can do to influence the next play."

Clemens has had a few growing pains this season, as is customary to any player at this level, but he has also excelled in many facets of the game. For every mistake he has made, he seems to do something good right after Pavlik explained. Clemens says it is a credit to his teammates for helping him grow and learn from his mistakes on the court.

"My team, all the guys around me have been through what I'm going through now," said Clemens. "They have all been younger players and they have been in my shoes and they are very understanding about that."

Clemens is a fairly local boy, hailing from York, Pa. Being a three-sport varsity athlete in high school, Clemens was coveted by the Nittany Lion's for his athletic ability. According to Clemens, he knew he wanted to be a Nittany Lion since 2008.

"Well I came and watched when [Penn State] hosted the national championship in 2008," said Clemens. "I think after that is when I really started knowing that I wanted to play for this program."

Because of his superior athleticism as a local player, the Nittany Lions had Clemens on their radar well before he graduated. But Pavlik says that it wasn't really until this season that he really got what he was expecting when it came to Clemens as a player.

"When he came into the gym after the offseason, he was a new player," said Pavlik. "He has continued that growth and it has been fun to watch this year."

Last season Clemens redshirted under Curry and had a full season to learn from one of the premier libero's in the country. According to Clemens, the experience was invaluable and critical to his success this season.

"Connor was one of the best liberos I have ever seen play," said Clemens. "He was sort of the unsung hero last year I think. He was really consistent with his passing and defense and we would work out together just the two of us so I could get extra reps and I think that really paid off in the long run."

Consistency, like that which Curry displayed last year and throughout his time at Penn State, is incredibly important at the libero position. If the passes are consistent, it puts the team in a great position to succeed every point. For Clemens, Pavlik says that the consistency he has shown this season has been what he is most pleased about.

"I really just liked his consistency so far," said Pavlik. "Anytime you look at that position, they are tasked with making as many first contacts as possible and you're coming off a fifth year senior who has done everything and you're looking at [Clemens] to see where his learning curve is at. For Royce his learning curve has been off the charts and he is not only building off of what he knows, but he has the confidence to go out and do what he needs to do now."

Clemens has already made a big splash with his teammates as well. He explained that they all mentor him, but Pavlik says that he now has the confidence to be vocal on the court and take a leadership role himself.

"You can just notice him getting more comfortable every match," said Pavlik. "And now he is at a point where he is confident in taking charge and wanting to go get that first ball instead of maybe waiting for it to come to him."

Clemens' growth was on full display in the Nittany Lions' most recent match against Mount Olive. Multiple times during the match Clemens sold out for balls and saved the vast majority of them, keeping rallies alive for his team. A few of the balls seemed unreachable, but Clemens motored to get them. This is probably why his teammates have started to call him 'Wheels'.

"Royce is a fantastic athlete," said Pavlik. "He's quick, the guys nickname for him is wheels. He can go from point A to point B pretty quickly and I think he is just figuring out now how to use that strength and make it a strength for the team."

Clemens has used his athleticism to lead the team with a team high 62 digs and he is receiving almost 95 percent of the serves he sees cleanly. However, despite his early season success and the praise he has received from both his coach and teammates, Clemens still believes he has a long way to go.

"I think I have a lot more to grow," said Clemens. "I know I'm not nearly where I can be at this point. I know I have a lot of room to improve still so hopefully in the next couple months I learn to make the right reads and use my athletic ability to get the balls up that could help change the game."

Even with all that being said, Clemens has certainly been a spark plug for the Nittany Lions this season. The redshirt freshman has used his athleticism and his quick learning curve to take charge in the middle of the back row and based on his growth thus far and his attitude towards improvement, Clemens could become a household name with the Penn State men's volleyball team in no time.

VIDEO: This Week In Penn State Wrestling - Jason Nolf (2/9/16)

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The No. 1-ranked Nittany Lion wrestling team (13-0, 8-0 Big Ten) returns to action on Friday for a sold out dual against No. 14 Lehigh. Penn State hosts Senior Day on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall.

GoPSUsports.com caught up with freshman Jason Nolf this week to talk about his season to date. Nolf is 23-0 on the season and ranked No. 1 at 157 pounds.

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By Jack Milewski, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Winning is always the goal in any level of sport, however there is something to be said for playing a complete game, regardless of the result.

For Penn State, going up against the second ranked team in the CHA conference in Syracuse, the Nittany Lions compiled two nights of solid hockey, falling just short on both occasions. Despite a 3-2 loss in overtime and a 2-1 regulation loss the following day, Penn State showed why they may be peaking at the right time.

"I think with four games left, every single one is important," said Amy Petersen after Saturday's game. "We played well this weekend but I think the goal is to obviously still get better and peak during the playoffs. We are going to use these next four games to get better each and every game."

The 2016 calendar year has been particularly kind to the Nittany Lions. The team has certainly stepped up their level of play and have remedied their biggest issue of capitalizing on scoring chances.

"I think things have really started falling in to place more," said Petersen. "We have been sticking to our game plan and we have really been working on finishing pucks because in the first half of the season we couldn't get a puck to fall, now we have started to get those bounces."

For every team, the goal is to obviously play your best hockey come playoff time. However, this is a lot easier said than done for most teams. It is hard to plan exactly when you are going to start playing your best, you just have to hope that it comes at the right time to kick-start a long playoff run. For Penn State, with four games left, the emphasis is on getting better every game so that come the CHA playoffs, they will be ready to go.

"I don't think we feel any added pressure to get better just because the playoffs are close," said Laura Bowman. "We are going to use each of these next games to try and get better."

In the playoffs the compete level of each team is ratcheted up that much more due to the increased importance placed on each game. It is extremely hard to recreate this level of intensity in anything other than a game-like setting, however the Nittany Lions have said they have increased the intensity at practices so that they are more ready come playoff time.

"We have started to work really hard," said Bowman. "Every practice has been really intense, we've certainly competed very hard and I think that has helped our play on the ice." 

The effort in game one against Syracuse was good, but according to head coach Josh Brandwene, game two was that much better, again showing that the Nittany Lions are certainly starting to figure things out and while they may not have hit their peak yet, they certainly are heading in the right direction.

"We played better today," said Brandwene. "We played much better in all periods than we did yesterday so there is just so much to build on moving forward."

For the Nittany Lions, moving forward they have only four games left in the regular season. Two are at home against Lindenwood and their final regular season series is on the road against Mercyhurst. The team's final home series and will be this weekend against Lindenwood, puck drop will be 7 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. 

Nittany Lions with Super Bowl Rings (2/7/16)

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Former Penn State standout Jordan Norwood capped off a playoff run with the Denver Broncos by winning Super Bowl 50 in Levi's Stadium on Sunday.

Norwood tallied a Super Bowl-record 61-yard punt return to set up a Denver field goal in the 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers.

Former Penn State players have been a part of Super Bowl winning teams in 35 of the 50 NFL Championship games.  In all, 38 different former Nittany Lions account for 55 rings.  Take a look at the complete list.

Former Penn State Players with Super Bowl Rings
11673996.jpegJack Ham (4)
Franco Harris (4)
Matt Millen (4)
Pete Kugler (3)
Chris Bahr (2)
Matt Bahr (2)
Bruce Bannon (2)
Dave Robinson (2)
Kareem McKenzie (2)
Rich Milot (2)
Jay Alford
Ralph Baker
Brad Benson
Andre Collins
Sam Gash
Jeff Hartings
Mike Hartenstine
Kim Herring
Jordan Hill
Tim Johnson
Joe Jurevicious
Jimmy Kennedy
Larry Kubin
Justin Kurpeikis
Ted Kwalick
Shawn Mayer
Sean McHugh
Bob Mrosko
Jordan Norwood
Scott Paxson
Andrew Quarless
Tom Rafferty
Glenn Ressler
Marco Rivera
Michael Robinson
Jim Romano
Dave Rowe
Matt Suhey

55 rings among 38 players

Former Penn State Players on Super Bowl Winning Teams (By Year)
- Dave Robinson (Green Bay)
1968 - Dave Robinson (Green Bay)
1969 - Ralph Baker (New York Jets)
1971 - Glenn Ressler (Baltimore Colts)
1973 - Bruce Bannon (Miami Dolphins)
1974 - Bruce Bannon (Miami Dolphins)
1975 - Jack Ham & Franco Harris (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1976 - Jack Ham & Franco Harris (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1977 - Dave Rowe & Ted Kwalick (Oakland Raiders)
1978 - Tom Rafferty (Dallas Cowboys)
1979 - Jack Ham & Franco Harris (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1980 - Matt Bahr, Jack Ham & Franco Harris (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1981 - Chris Bahr & Matt Millen (Oakland Raiders)
1982 - Pete Kugler (San Francisco 49ers)
1983 - Larry Kubin & Rich Milot (Washington Redskins)
1984 - Chris Bahr, Matt Millen & Jim Romano (Los Angeles Raiders)
1986 - Mike Hartstine & Matt Suhey (Chicago Bears)
1987 - Brad Benson (New York Giants)
1988 - Rich Milot (Washington Redskins)
1989 - Pete Kugler (San Francisco 49ers)
1990 - Pete Kugler & Matt Millen (San Francisco 49ers)
1991 - Matt Bahr & Bob Mrosko (New York Giants)
1992 - Andre Collins, Tim Johnson & Matt Millen (Washington Redskins)
1997 - Marco Rivera (Green Bay Packers)
2001 - Sam Gash & Kim Herring (Baltimore Ravens)
2003 - Joe Jurevicious (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
2004 - Shawn Mayer (New England Patriots)
2005 - Justin Kurpeikis (New England Patriots)
2006 - Jeff Hartings (Pittsburgh Steelers)
2008 - Jay Alford & Kareem McKenzie (New York Giants)
2009 - Sean McHugh & Scott Paxson (Pittsburgh Steelers)
2011 - Andrew Quarless (Green Bay Packers)
2012 - Jimmy Kennedy & Kareem McKenzie (New York Giants)
2014 - Jordan Hill & Michael Robinson (Seattle Seahawks)
2016 - Jordan Norwood (Denver Broncos)

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