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PARK, Pa. - Last season, they were freshmen getting their feet set. This
season, they are dominating opponents and showcasing new talent they've taken
away from their first year of Division I lacrosse.
Mosketti, Madison Cyr, and Ally Heavens have only gotten better since they
first took the field for Penn State over a year ago. All now starters for head
coach Missy Doherty, these three have taken on a major role for the Nittany
Lions and look to be only improving game by game.
think [our play] definitely improved," Cyr said. "We all have a lot more confidence and our
leadership has definitely gone up. I think we just feel a lot more comfortable
with our second year, and [having] our first year under our belt."
has become one of the more dominant midfielders off the draw control. She
currently has 17 draw controls for the blue and white and she shows no signs of
slowing down. The closest Nittany Lion to her 17 is freshman Abby Smucker with
guess I'm taller," Mosketti said with a laugh. "But we worked a lot in the
fall, me and Tatum, did a lot of draw controls. We practice and you get good I
time the Fallstown, Md., native wins the draw you can hear the coaches and fans
yelling for her to take it to goal. Her quickness, speed, and intelligence have
allowed her to become a very strong midfielder, and a leader on the team.
the other hand, Madison Cyr has become a strong midfielder for different
reasons. You won't see her dominating the draw control, but she makes her
impact felt in different ways. The sophomore is currently tied for second on
the team with six goals, which surprises no one. When Cyr was first introduced
into Doherty's offensive scheme, she was the perfect fit. She makes tremendous
cuts and is very smart with the ball in and out of her stick.
think [I've become a shooter], because last year I would consider myself more
of a role player," Cyr said. "I just gained a lot of confidence, its just
also helps when her older sister, Mackenzie, knows exactly where she is going
to go and feeds her time and time again. Call it sister's intuition.
Mosketti and Cyr have combined for 12 points through the Nittany Lions' first
of course, we can't forget Ally Heavens.
season, Heavens originally emerged as a strong offensive-minded midfielder, but
has made the switch to defense. She has become a tremendous vocal leader for
the Nittany Lions and her aggression and tenacity make her the perfect fit as a
the four people down there, I loved the camaraderie about it," Heavens said. "But
I think with what we have coming down there it's going to make us a better
is consistently pursuing opposing attackers and creating turnovers to start
offensive rushes. Currently, she has five ground balls and two caused
turnovers. Heavens also brings a different aspect to her game: she knows
offense very well.
Garnet Valley, Pa., native can always be seen looking to hop into an offensive
rush and help out her teammates. She is quick with the ball and seems to be two
steps ahead of her opposition.
three have come up together on the field, and they show no signs of slowing
down. With the core of the team very young, these three are at the heart of
that core and have given Penn State a very bright future.
Mosketti, Heavens, and their fellow Nittany Lions are back in action on
Wednesday when they travel to Harrisonburg, Va., for a showdown against a solid
James Madison team. Game time is currently set for 4 p.m.
PARK, Pa. - The Penn State men's hockey team was on the ice for practice on Tuesday
(March 4) after dropping a pair of games at No. Minnesota over the weekend. The
Nittany Lions fell by scores of 5-1 and 2-1 and return home for the final two
weeks of the regular season with a 6-22-2 overall record.
On Tuesday, we caught up with head coach Guy Gadowsky and sophomore Mark Yanis to
talk about the series at Minnesota, returning home for the final two regular season
weekends and how the team is doing late in the season with the voice of Penn
State men's hockey, Brian Tripp.
Head coach Guy Gadowsky
Defenseman Mark Yanis
By Jackson Thibodeau, GoPSUsports.com
Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - "Making plays at crucial points--if there was a
statistic for that, it would've been the key factor in our win over Ohio
State," said Penn State men's lacrosse head coach Jeff Tambroni.
One year after surrendering the Creator's Trophy to their foes in scarlet
and gray, the Nittany Lions brought their prized possession back to Happy
Valley after an 11-8 victory in Columbus over the weekend.
The team's second-straight road victory against a ranked opponent this season
was earned via discipline and clutch playmaking.
"Ohio State plays at a very frantic pace and they do it very well,"
Tambroni said. "We play at a bit more organized of a pace. When we played at
our pace things went our way and when we played at their pace things didn't go
This season's matchup with the Buckeyes and 2013's contest were very
similar in that both games were dictated by a team going on a scoring streak.
Last season, a seven-goal spree spanned over the third and fourth quarters gave
Ohio State the 10-9 OT victory. Last Saturday in Columbus, Penn State used a
six-goal run to earn their third win of the season.
"Our guys did enough coming down the stretch to earn a victory," Tambroni
said. "We talked a lot before the game about senior leadership getting us
through these kind of situations and I credit that more than any statistical
Seniors Austin Kaut, Shane Sturgis and Kyle VanThof had impressive showings
and were crucial in dictating a composed tone throughout the game. Sturgis, the
NCAA leader in goals per game (4.50), added five points (4g, 1a) to his already
impressive season. VanThof contributed three goals to the Lions' attack to earn
himself CAA Player of the Week honors.
"We kept attacking, playing our offense and executing our game plan,"
Defending the crease, Kaut was pleased to see the defense step up and slow
down the speedy Buckeye attack.
"I think the defense played really well," Kaut said. "We said earlier in
the week that we needed to make some plays out in the field and we did."
Statistically, the Blue and White dominated their opponents at the faceoff
X (16-22) and in securing groundballs (31-20).
Also largely contributing to the winning effort was the team's display of
discipline. For the first time this season, Penn State didn't send a man to the
penalty box all game.
"Knowing that it was a physical game and that our guys played their hearts
out, it was nice to see us stay out of the box," Tambroni said. " It's a fine
line. You want to play with physicality--especially on your defensive end--if you
want to impose a willingness to set a tone in and around the crease."
Tambroni said that maintaining a disciplined yet physical style of play
will be crucial to the team's success in the coming games at Denver and against
Since Tambroni's staff arrived in Happy Valley four years ago, the team has
taken on a "road warrior" identity. Last weekend's win marked the 14th-straight
true road victory, a streak that spans over three seasons.
"In order to be successful on the road you have to have great leadership
and the team needs to understand the mentality it takes of getting on the bus
or the plane," Tambroni said. "We approach those things in a more business-type
The Nittany Lions impressive road wins this season (at Notre Dame and at
Ohio State) have catapulted the team to its highest national ranking ever of
The road tests aren't over, however. This week the team will prepare for a
Monday night, mile-high showdown next week at No. 12 Denver.
"Our primary focus is rest," Tambroni said about this week of practice.
"We've been going pretty good since January and it gives the guys the chance to
hit the reset button academically and catch up on sleep."
With a few extra days to prepare, the team has a unique opportunity to get
some rest and still have a full week of practice.
"This will give us a chance to work more on Penn State and not just on our
opponent and game planning," Tambroni said.
Monday night's clash is set for 9 p.m. ET.
By Tyler Feldman, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
PARK, Pa. - The hardware still resides in Happy Valley.
an emotional senior day, No. 12/8 Penn State (22-6, 13-3) topped Michigan
(17-12, 8-8), 77-62, to earn at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season
championship for the third straight season.
"It's pretty unbelievable," said
senior guard Maggie Lucas. "I don't think many people believed in this. People
within the program just worked so hard for this. I give a lot of credit to our
entire team. The young players bought into what we had to accomplish and
trusted the coaches and the older players in what it takes to get here. I'm so
proud to be a Lady Lion today."
For Lucas and her other senior
counterparts - Talia East, Ariel Edwards and Dara Taylor - the Class of 2014
claimed its third straight Big Ten regular-season title, a feat that the Blue
and White have never accomplished before.
"It's the first time in program
history that we have won three Big Ten Championships in a row," said Penn State
head coach Coquese Washington. "For a program that has such a storied legacy,
to be able to do something that this program hasn't done before, it's pretty
this being the third year in a row that the Lady Lions have won at least a
share of the regular season title, winning has not gotten old for the players
or the coaching staff.
"The confetti came down and I looked
at [Kris Petersen] and I told her, 'This doesn't get old,'" said senior
guard Dara Taylor. "It's an amazing feeling every time.... This one is special
just because of how hard we worked for it. The freshmen came in and bought in.
Our journey over this year just culminated on the floor today. I thought
everyone stepped up well and I'm just super proud of my team."
In seven seasons at the helm of the
Blue and White, Washington has taken the women's basketball program to new
heights. By winning yesterday the Lady Lions joined Ohio State and Iowa as the
only Big Ten teams to ever win three or more consecutive conference titles.
Not only was it senior day, but it
was also alumni day inside the Bryce Jordan Center. The current Lady Lions
certainly put on a show on the hardwood for the past Lady Lions in attendance.
"It's amazing to be able to share this [Big Ten title] with them [the alumni],"
said senior forward Ariel Edwards. "It's very rare that these two things happen
at the same time - Alumni Day and a Big Ten Championship. When you look around
you see so much history and it's amazing to see where we've been and how far
After the final horn sounded an incredible
scene ensued. The four seniors embraced one another with Washington in between.
Then each player took turns cutting down the net, followed by the team meeting
at half court to hug each other and the trophy.
"It is like Christmas morning for
parents when their kids open presents," said Washington. "Trust me, we've had
some days when they are running their tails off and it's hard work to winning a
championship. The moment where the confetti comes down and they accomplish what
they set out to accomplish, I just like watching them enjoy that moment."
All four seniors managed to score in
double-figures yesterday to cap off outstanding careers donning the blue and white,
making it a perfect end for a special class.
"They played like seniors," said
Washington. "They played the way you want seniors to play on senior night. They
came together and all had really good nights and played well for us, which all
culminated with a Big Ten Championship. It's a great way to go out."
Photo Gallery - Bench Press Max Out
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - While the Nittany Lion
football team is just 13 days from returning to the practice field for the
start of spring drills, the group is not thinking about putting the pads back
on quite yet.
Led be Director of Performance Enhancement Dwight Galt, the football squad is
participating in a three-day physical testing period to measure the progress it
has made since winter conditioning began in January and to set a baseline leading
into the summer workout season.
The Nittany Lions kicked off the testing week on Monday by running the 40-yard
dash inside Holuba Hall and maxing out on the bench press in the weight
room. Tuesday's testing features
vertical testing, the shuttle run, broad jump and the power clean max out in
the weight room. The testing will
culminate on Wednesday with a squatting max out session in the weight room.
"You always want to do the 40s first. We
only do them once a year, and you want to get a really good time," Galt
said. "We always do that first. After that, we did the bench press. Then, we have all of our movement stuff. We have our pro shuttle, our vertical and our
broad jump. Then we have our power
clean. On Wednesday, we do our squat. Because once you do the squat you are kind of
done...The thing that I really believe in is that when they test, it is actually
a training day for us."
The testing period is evaluated by something Galt calls a "T-Score". The T-Score assigns values for each of the
events during the testing. The scale
ranges from 1-100, with 75 the number each athlete strives for on each
event. Galt said that 75 or better is a
good score, with a 90-100 score in the range of a higher draft pick in the
NFL. The score for each event is totaled
before taking the average. The final
average is the number Galt hopes to see at 75 or higher.
have very high expectations here of what that T-Score will be," Galt said.
Roughly eight weeks into the winter conditioning
program, Galt is confident in where the team is at during the final week of
strength and conditioning before the student-athletes are off for spring break
next week. The team has lifted three
days a week and conditioned during the early-morning hours the other two days.
"I feel good about where we are right now," Galt said. "One thing you are going to find out about me
is that we are an all-year around go (group).
We're going to lift on Friday after the winter workout. Then, we will take basically nine days off
(for spring break). Then they come
back. And the spring ball weight
training cycle is no different than the offseason. It is the same thing. We're going to crank all through spring
Where has Galt seen the most progress since he arrived on campus in mid-January?
"I think they've done a great job with strength and power," Galt said. "I had six really good speed workouts before
we started our winter workouts...We've made really good progress there, but we
have a ways to go (through the summer).
But from a strength and power standpoint, we're basically in our eighth
week. I think they've done a really good
job increasing that area of gain with a good lean mass. We've put some good size on the team. We've set some really good body weight
The winter workout period is often a time where the team leaders for the
upcoming season emerge. The players
battle through adversity in the weight room and during the conditioning tests,
setting up an opportunity for the players to establish themselves as leaders. While Galt mentioned a few names as guys who
have evolved as leaders for the 2014 season, he said that the thing that
impresses him most about the Nittany Lions is their workmanlike approach to
"We have great leadership," Galt said.
"The first week, we had no music (in the weight room). You've got to earn the music. Obviously, they've earned it because we are
cleaning our ears out (laughter). They
had to earn that, but by in large, these guys are typically just roll the
sleeves up, work and don't say much.
That's one thing that Coach Franklin and I'm working strongly is to get
them to be more vocal. But they work so
stinking hard that you don't need the motivation. They are very motivated."
The Nittany Lions are counting down the days before the start of spring
practice, but they have an eye on the bigger picture. The 2014 season is just around the corner,
and they have one thing in mind.
"We want to be the hardest working team in the country. No doubt.
We don't want anyone to be our peer in that area. That's what we always strive for," Galt said.
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By Samantha DelRosso, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - It took the Penn State men's gymnastics team only five minutes
to achieve a new season-high on the floor exercise on Saturday night. Each
routine, about a minute long each, showcased different skills to help the
Nittany Lions defeat No. 5 Minnesota with a season-high final score of 440.200.
The difference in the floor exercise from the team's previous meet
against Illinois to the meet against Minnesota was not the two-week long break
in between the meets, but the landings. Head coach Randy Jepson said the floor
is an event where the gymnasts must exhibit great landings. And sophomore
Alexis Torres did just that.
"Alexis only took one hop in his whole routine. It was outstanding.
That's what you look for," Jepson said. "We have been focusing a lot on those
landings. We started to see [sticking landings] tonight. Floor all around is
much better in terms of our landings."
Torres, who placed first in the floor exercise, hit his season-high on
the floor with a 15.650.
"I was just trying to stick everything. I wanted to do my best. Tonight,
I did my best score. I just go out there and do it and have fun," Torres said.
Torres said he feels comfortable with his current routine. For now, he
wants to work on being consistent with is routine; not changing anything and
continuing what he did in the meet against Minnesota.
"The routine that I have and the score that I'm scoring is pretty clean
and is pretty high, the highest I've been. In the future, I am going to work on
it, but now, where we are, it is about constant routines and nothing about
changing," Torres said.
As the fourth man in the five-man line up, Torres' has the opportunity
to watch his teammates before competing in the floor exercise. He chooses not
to. Instead, he tries to focus what he is going to do in his routine.
Junior Matt Felleman, however, does the opposite. As the third gymnast
in the lineup, he watches the teammates that compete before him.
"After they hit a good set I get pretty excited. If they mess up, I know
I have to set up and put a good performance on," Felleman said.
Felleman, who tied for second place on the floor routine, said he felt
his routine was the cleanest set he has hit all season. He recorded a
season-high score of 15.150, but noted that there is room for improvement.
"[I want to fix] the landings. I'm going to make sure I don't take any
silly hops here and there," Felleman said.
The meet was the final competition in Rec Hall for the seniors on the
team. Although it is an emotional moment for the four seniors, they know that
there is more work to be done.
"For me, [the fact that is what the last time competing in Rec Hall]
hasn't really sunk in. We still have a job to do," senior Wasef Burbar said.
"We still have a lot of meets left and most importantly, Big Tens and NCAAs, so
it definitely has not sunk in. I'm just
trying to stay focused on what's to come."
Jepson was pleased with the performance by the team and glad that it was
a great final home meet for the seniors. The team has faced two "solid" teams
back-to-back, Illinois and Minnesota, and Jepson said the team has stepped up and
responded well to adversity.
Good health helped the team beat Minnesota 440.200 to 431.500, as well. Many
of the gymnasts who have suffered from injuries this season made an appearance
"I like the heart I see and I was happy to see us get a little healthier
and get most of our line up to what it needed to be," Jepson said.
This weekend, the Nittany Lions will travel to Puerto Rico to compete in
the home country of Torres, Néstor Rodriguez and Ismael Sanabria.
PARK, Pa. - The 2014 Penn State wrestling team preps for
the Big Ten Championships at Wisconsin (March 8-9). Head coach Cael Sanderson, senior David Taylor and Ed Ruth as well as freshman Zain Retherford share their thoughts
heading into the tournament.
By Michael Renahan, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - For the first time this season, PJ Musico led
the Nittany Lions out of the tunnel and onto the ice. He was making his first
start of the season, and he was doing so against the No. 2 team in the nation.
It was bright lights for the goal and Musico answered the call time
and time again throughout the game.
Penn State was coming off a 5-1 loss the night before and was
anxious to find some momentum early. Luckily for head coach Guy Gadowsky and
his squad, Musico was up for the challenge and led the Nittany Lions well.
He stopped 35 of 37 shots, including several key saves to keep the
Nittany Lions within striking distance during the third period. Unfortunately,
the team fell to the Gophers, 2-1.
Musico, however, had one of the best games of his Penn State
career. The junior goaltender has only appeared in five games this season, but
is always ready for the challenge. Gadowsky is constantly praising how prepared
the netminder is and he showcased his talent on Saturday.
"He's a battler," Gadowsky said of Musico. "The guys play hard for
him. He is an absolute battler. I thought he looked great and he made some huge
saves and kept us in the game. Then we scored, and I actually thought we sort
of tilted the ice a little bit. Minnesota is an excellent hockey team and I am
not saying they didn't deserve to win...but I thought we could have won, as well."
The Orange, Calif., native came out strong, making 12 saves in the
first period. Every time the Gophers appeared to have an open look on net,
Musico would change direction to make the save.
His solid play continued well into the second and third periods
before Minnesota took the lead just over six minutes into the final stanza.
"I thought PJ really gave us a chance to win tonight," said
Gadowsky. "I'm really proud of how he came in here [Mariucci Arena] in his
first start this year, against the second ranked team in the nation and handled
himself. I thought he was excellent for us tonight."
The Gophers were the first team to strike Saturday night when they
scored just over 13 minutes into the first period. That lead didn't last long,
as the Nittany Lions responded quickly when Curtis Loik registered his fifth
goal of the season.
Defensemen Connor Varley hit Loik with a long pass and the sophomore
snatched the puck and was able to maneuver his way around the Gopher defense to
get a good look on net. His wrist shot found the back of the net past Michael
Shibrowski to tie the game, 1-1.
After the Loik goal, Musico was outstanding the rest of the way.
The second period went scoreless, thanks in large part to the athleticism of
Musico and the tenacity of the Nittany Lions' defense.
As a team, the Nittany Lions backed up their goalie well. They
registered 20 blocked shots and continued to keep up the solid pressure on the offensive
half of the ice, launching 27 shots. The opportunities were there for Penn
State, but the pucks just did not find the back of the net.
This is the second series this season that the NIitany Lions have
battled well against the highly ranked Gophers. The last time these two teams
met in Pegula Ice Arena, Penn State lost the first game by just one goal.
Playing hard against the No. 2 team in the nation is an ode to how much this
team has grown over the season.
The Nittany Lions are back at home for the final two regular season
series of 2013-14. First, No. 6 Wisconsin comes to town on March 7-8 and this
team knows that they count on a solid effort in net from whoever leads them out
of the tunnel.
"I was really happy tonight," Gadowsky said. "We didn't play our
game at times and we were dictated upon a little bit in both games, but we had
a tremendous effort tonight. We didn't sit back and we generated more good
chances and, at the same time, we limited their chances. I thought we played an
excellent hockey game."
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
The postseason push for Penn State teams in March is on.
The first weekend of
the month kicked off in fine fashion with two teams tallying Big Ten championships
to go along with an individual being named the top performer at the Big Ten Men's
Swimming & Diving Championships.
In dramatic fashion, the Nittany Lion women's track & field team notched
its third conference crown at the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Saturday
afternoon. It all came down to the
4x400-meter relay with the Lions leading Michigan by just half a point heading
into the final event. The Lions stormed
to a victory in the relay to seal the title.
"The women were outstanding today," said Director of Track &
Field and Head Coach Beth Alford-Sullivan. "Michigan pressed us hard
throughout the weekend, but we kept our composure and competed great. This is a
championship win to remember."
Roughly 45 minutes after the women's track & field team was crowned champion,
the Lady Lion basketball team finished off a 77-62 triumph over Michigan to
clinch a share of its third-straight Big Ten regular season title. The Lady Lions join Ohio State and Iowa as
the only programs to win three or more consecutive Big Ten titles.
"It's the first time in program history that we have won three Big Ten
Championships in a row," head coach Coquese Washington said. "When this program
has such a storied legacy, to be able to do something that this program hasn't
done before, it's pretty hard. The program has accomplished so much and for
this class and team to do something that sets them apart, that's really cool."
In the pool, sophomore Shane Ryan capped off a strong outing for the Nittany
Lion men's swimming team by becoming the first Penn State men's swimmer to be
named Swimmer of the Big Ten Championships on Saturday. Ryan broke the Big Ten record in the 100m
freestyle, topping a mark set by former Northwestern Wildcat and 2012 London
Olympics medalist Matt Grevers. Ryan is the
first Nittany Lion to win two individual gold medals at the Big Ten
Championships. His efforts powered the
men's team to fifth in the team standings.
The men's team's performance came one week after the Nittany Lion
women's swimming & diving team took third at the Big Ten Women's
With a standout weekend in the books, the Nittany Lions are full steam ahead in
postseason mode beginning on Friday when the Lady Lions kick off play as the
No. 1 seed at the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis. Penn State will meet either Northwestern or
Ohio State at noon (BTN) on Friday. The
semifinals take place on Saturday, with the tournament final on Sunday in
Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
On Saturday, the three-time defending NCAA champion Penn State wrestling team
will begin its Big Ten title defense at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. Head coach Cael Sanderson and the Nittany
Lions will look for their fourth-straight Big Ten title over the weekend. Additionally, seniors Ed Ruth and David
Taylor have an opportunity to become Penn State's first four-time Big Ten
individual champions. Junior Matt Brown
is the third Nittany Lion in the lineup with a Big Ten individual title. The Big Ten finals will air live on BTN
Sunday at 2 p.m.
There are several marquee events on the horizon following the action this
weekend. The 2014 Big Ten Men's
Basketball Tournament is slated to begin on March 13 in Indianapolis. The Nittany Lion men's hoops team will finish
off its regular season this week with games at Northwestern and Minnesota. The Lions will learn their seed for the
tournament on Sunday.
The track and field squads will also be in action during the third weekend in
March. Penn State will travel to
Albaquerque for the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 14-15.
Head coach James Franklin and the Nittany Lion football team will wrap up
winter conditioning this week in preparation for the start of spring practice
on March 17. The Nittany Lions will
practice 15 times before the Blue-White Game on April 12 (1:30 p.m.).
The fourth weekend of March will feature no fewer than six postseason events
for Penn State teams. The No. 1
wrestling team will begin its NCAA title defense on March 20 in Oklahoma City
at the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships.
The finals will take place on March 22.
The ESPN family of networks will televise all six of the NCAA Wrestling
In Happy Valley, the women's gymnastics team plays host to the Big Ten Championships
in Rec Hall on March 22. Across campus,
the Bryce Jordan Center is slated to host the first and second rounds of the
NCAA Women's Basketball Championship.
Games are slated for 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on March 23 and 7 p.m. on
Out of town, the first Big Ten Hockey Tournament will take place in Saint Paul,
Minn., beginning on March 20. The NCAA
Women's Swimming & Diving Championships begin on March 20 in Minneapolis,
as well. The Penn State fencing teams
also kick of NCAA Championships competition in Columbus on March 20.
The month will wrap up with a weekend featuring the NCAA Men's Swimming &
Diving Championships, which begin on March 27 in Austin, Texas. The Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Championships
begin on March 28 in Lincoln, Neb.
With two titles already in hand, it will be a busy month ahead for Penn State
teams competing in postseason competition.
Stay tuned for complete coverage of the postseason push on
Key Dates Ahead in March
March 7 - Noon (BTN) - Lady
Lions vs. Ohio State/Northwestern (Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals -
March 8 - 11 a.m./6 p.m. - Big Ten
Wrestling Championships (Madison, Wis.)
March 9 - 12/2 p.m. (BTN) - Big Ten Wrestling Championships (Madison, Wis.)
March 13-16 - Big Ten Men's
Basketball Tournament (Indianapolis)
March 14-15 - NCAA Indoor Track
& Field Championships (Albuquerque, N.M.)
March 17 - First Day of Spring
March 20-22 - NCAA Wrestling
Championships (Oklahoma City, Okla.); NCAA Fencing Championships (Columbus,
Ohio); NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships (Minneapolis, Minn.);
Big Ten Men's Hockey Tournament (Saint Paul, Minn.)
March 22 - 12/5 p.m. - Big Ten
Women's Gymnastics Championships (University Park, Pa.)
March 23 - 12:30/3 p.m. - NCAA
Women's Basketball First Round (University Park, Pa.)
March 25 - 7 p.m. - NCAA Women's
Basketball Second Round (University Park, Pa.)
March 27-29 - NCAA Men's Swimming
& Diving Championships (Austin, Texas)
March 28-29 - Big Ten Men's
Gymnastics Championships (Lincoln, Neb.)
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By Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
PARK, Pa. - To put it simply, Senior Day couldn't have gone any better for Penn
State's four seniors.
Maggie Lucas, Talia East, Dara Taylor and Ariel Edwards all were double figure
scorers on a day where they were honored with friends and family in attendance
as the team claimed at least a share its third consecutive Big Ten title with a
77-62 win Sunday over Michigan.
Head coach Coquese Washington said she didn't have any worries coming into the
game about her players being emotional and that affecting their play. She said
her seniors were ready to play and enjoy the moment.
"They weren't worried about getting emotional," Washington said. "The seniors
were ready to go, they were prepared to not be emotional and enjoy the moment."
Edwards led the Lady Lions with 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the field
while Lucas, East and Taylor added 17, 16 and 11 points respectively.
Talia East's description of the afternoon? One word: awesome.
"It was awesome," East said after her career high point total on
Senior Day. "I was just so proud the entire game, just watching everyone play
their game and play it well. You can't ask for anything more. I was just so
Penn State had control of the game from start to finish as they shot 53.8
percent from the field, missed just one free throw on 19 attempts and collected
seven blocks and 11 steals.
The group of seniors combined for 65 of the team's 77 points; epitomizing their
leadership during their time at Penn State in their last regular season home
"They played like seniors," said Washington. "They played the way you want
seniors to play on senior night. They came together and all had
really good nights and played well for us, which all culminated with a Big Ten
Championship. It's a great way to go out."
That was expected of Washington's four leaders that made sure a team of seven
freshmen didn't miss a beat coming off of two straight conference titles
heading into the season.
"They had a very tough task this year, probably the hardest one of the three
championships because of the change in the team," Washington said. "It was such
a new team with seven freshmen, so they had a really hard job. The way that
they came together, collectively, to lead this team was really good to see."
That's what they have been doing for four years. Edwards, Lucas and East will
leave Penn State as one of the top three winningest classes in Penn State history.
They currently have 99 wins, one win shy of tying for second place all time.
Taylor has been at Penn State for 73 of the 99 wins after transferring from
So with all of the championships, accolades and wins it was a perfect way to complete
their Penn State careers at home as they will leave perhaps one of the most
influential classes in Lady Lion history.
"I'm really proud of everyone, but I'm so happy for the four of
us," Edwards said. "We came in together and we're leaving together with another
championship. We just have a bond over this championship and the ones
previously. It's great to win another one."
Penn State will now head to Indianapolis as the top seed in this weekend's Big
Ten Tournament. The Lady Lions are in search of their first tournament championship
over this success filled three year span.