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VIDEO: James Franklin Postgame Press Conference - vs. Michigan

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head coach James Franklin talks with the media following Penn State's 28-16 setback to No. 12 Michigan.

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VIDEO: Postgame Player Remarks - Michigan

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Hear from several Nittany Lions as they talk with the media following Saturday's 28-16 decision against Michigan on Senior Day.

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By Jack Milewski, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - There is, perhaps, no feat more exciting in hockey than a hat trick. It is, not incredibly rare, but certainly hard to come by. It is even more hard to come by in the world of collegiate hockey, simply due to the fact that teams don't play nearly as many games as NHL teams do. This past weekend, senior forward Micayla Catanzariti recorded just the third hat trick in Nittany Lions program history, to lead the team to their first conference win.

Catanzariti is one of the many Nittany Lions on the team this year that have been with the program for the four years of its existence. Catanzariti's style of play lends it more to a grinder's mentality, though she possesses a complete arsenal of tools. Her scoring touch was on display Saturday, as it has been all season long. She is second on the team, behind Laura Bowman, with four goals. Despite the fantastic individual effort, Catanzariti was quick to deflect the praise towards her line mates.

"Obviously it was nice to get the hat trick," said Catanzariti. "A lot of it was my line mates though and most of the plays I just found myself in the right spot at the right time."

Not only did Catanzariti record the hat trick, but as a player her scoring prowess has increased this season. She has already doubled her goal output from last season and tied her point total, with still more than half of the season to go. Catanzariti is also scoring at an impressive rate. She has put in one puck, for every three shots she has taken.

"I honestly didn't even know I was shooting at that number," said Catanzariti. "I guess I don't typically take a lot of shots in general but as far as continuing with that pace I'm focused on doing what I'm doing and what I can do."

Catanzariti was also quick to say, that although a hat trick is a cool accomplishment, the focus for her is still on winning games.

"I mean it's pretty cool, but the biggest thing is that we won the game and again, a lot of it was the people I was playing with," said Catanzariti. "It was a full team effort."

Coach Josh Brandwene, who was once again very pleased with the overall effort of the team, said he felt like it was a case of simply getting more bounces to go the way of the Nittany Lions. As far as Catanzariti's performance was concerned, Brandwene was quick to praise the totality of her game and not just the scoring aspect.

"In addition to the goal production from Micayla, her totality of her game on Saturday was outstanding," said Brandwene. "[She did] an outstanding job defensively without the puck in our end, a terrific job on the fore-check in their end and a tremendous job on the penalty kill. To me it's about celebrating the complete game and she had that on Saturday."

Catanzariti's increased play as a goal scorer this season, coupled with her well rounded abilities add yet another dimension to the Nittany Lions point producers and compliments the rest of the teams depth well. The team will head back on the road Monday where they will face St. Lawrence University. The first out of conference game will begin at 7:00 p.m., followed by a 4:00 p.m. puck drop the next day. 

2015 Gameday Live - Penn State vs. Michigan

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to live, interactive coverage of the 2015 Penn State football season. The Nittany Lions will meet Michigan inside Beaver Stadium on Senior Day. Follow along for live updates from gameday.

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2015 Photo Blog - Penn State vs. Michigan

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to live coverage of the 2015 Penn State football season. The Nittany Lions will meet Michigan inside Beaver Stadium on Senior Day. Follow along for photos from gameday.


Balanced Offensive Attack Powers Lions to NCAA Third Round

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11509072.jpegBy Jack Dougherty, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's soccer team defeated Boston U., 6-0, on Friday night to advance to the third round in the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament.

The victory was a total team effort, as all six goals were scored by different Nittany Lions.

Balance has been the staple for Penn State offensively so far in the postseason. In the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, the Blue and White have scored 11 goals. Eight Nittany Lions have recorded at least one of those scores. Megan Schafer, Charlotte Williams, and Emily Ogle each have scored twice in the tournament.

"This team has so many different attacking weapons," said head coach Erica Walsh. "BU was doing a good job shutting us down and then Frannie Crouse just decides it's her turn to score a goal and does what she does. That's what the NCAAs are all about, those special moments."

Crouse's goal in the 27th minute to open the scoring for PSU was something to behold. Using a burst of unparalleled speed, Crouse broke free of her defender down the sideline, made a strong run to the middle of the box, and finished near side for her ninth goal of the year.

The scores snowballed after that. Later in the first half, Nickolette Driesse tacked on her fourth goal of the year with a stunner from outside the box to the top left corner.

In the second frame, Schafer, Williams, Elizabeth Ball, and Haleigh Echard all scored to pad PSU's lead and down the Terriers.

It's easy to praise the offense after consecutive dominating performances, but the defense has been just as dominant of late. Penn State has notched four straight shutouts and 11 total on the year. Britt Eckerstrom in goal, along with a deep, tough-minded backline, has been historically great this season.

The defensive juggernaut lowered its goals against average in 2015 to 0.61 following the win, which is tied for third all-time at Penn State with the 2007 squad.

"We're one right now," said Eckerstrom. "We're talking, we're moving together, and it's been a whole team defensive effort. It's awesome the way we're playing right now."

As a whole, Penn State seems to be peaking at the right time. Its last two victories mark the team's two largest winning margins in 2015. The Nittany Lions hadn't won a game by five goals all year. They've now done it in two straight contests.

Next Up: Ohio State

After facing two unacquainted opponents in the first two rounds of the tournament, Penn State finds itself up against an all-too-familiar foe in Big Ten rival Ohio State.

The Buckeyes upset No. 4 Virginia Tech 1-0 in the second round after defeating Butler 2-1 in their opening contest. In the regular season, Penn State beat OSU 2-1 in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes have won four of five matches since that loss.

Like Penn State, Ohio State possesses a balanced offensive attack that features four players who've scored at least five goals on the year. Nichelle Prince leads the way with 19 points in 2015. She's the clear focal point of the offense, as her 83 shots this year nearly double the second highest total on the team (47).

The Buckeyes feature two solid goalkeepers, Jillian McVicker and Devon Kerr. Both have produced lower than a 1.10 goals allowed average, and both have logged at least 850 minutes this season.

Ohio State is somewhat unpredictable on offense and defense. They can plug in multiple bodies off the bench and not lose a step on the field. Penn State does exactly the same, so the bench play could be the biggest factor in the decision of this surely entertaining matchup.

The Nittany Lions and Buckeyes will kick off their third round contest on 1 p.m. on Sunday at Jeffrey Field.


By Miranda Kulp, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The 2015 season was full of ups and downs for Penn State men's soccer team. Despite the dedication and handwork from all,the team fell in a heartbreaking overtime loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten Quarterfinals


However, this season was much more than a Cinderella story ended early. The men who created the 2015 Nittany Lions were family both on and off the field and played as such. Ending with an overall record of 7-8-2, the Blue and White have no regrets about how the team played this season.


"Despite any downs we had this season the team always kept our heads high," said veteran player Connor Maloney.


The Lions started the season strong and continued to battle throughout. They started the season with hosting opening weekend and clinching a win against San Francisco and tying with Navy. Throughout the season the team faced many tough components but always battled.


"Although the season didn't end the way we wanted it to I'm still extremely proud of the guys and we're going to miss a lot of the seniors next year," stated Maloney.


For the 2015 season, the team was led by nine seniors who will all greatly be missed next season. One thing that goes beyond the statistics is how close the members of this season's team were to one another.


"Both on and off the field these guys are some of my best friends-they're my family," said Maloney. "Being as close of a team we were, it makes everything easier. We get through the tough times together but on the same note we celebrate the big wins together as one family."


Throughout the season the Lions had their share of tough loses and ties, however they never lost hope. The team  was the definition of what it means to play as a family and they represented that throughout every match.


Moving on from the season, the Lions are taking what they learned from this year to grow.


"I think the guys now know what we're working with coming into the next year. We have the ability and the chemistry so I think we have potential to grow from this past season," stated Maloney.


Although the season didn't end exactly how the Nittany Lions wanted, this team will be remembered for never giving up and fighting together as one team.

McIntosh Excited to Return to California

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11502942.jpegBy Ryan Hickey, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Returning back to his or her home state to compete is always an exciting moment for any athlete. For the first time since high school, redshirt senior Morgan McIntosh is heading back to California for a competition as the No.1-ranked Nittany Lions take on CSU Bakersfield and Stanford this weekend.

McIntosh hails from Santa Ana and is looking forward to this trip to the West Coast. This trip has been in the works for years as when recruiting McIntosh to come to Penn State, head coach Cael Sanderson told the senior that they would hope to visit California and wrestle at some point in his career.

"It's awesome and I'm really grateful that the coaches were able to put it together," said McIntosh. "I'm happy that he was finally able to put it together and work together with the Bakersfield and Stanford coaches to put this together."

These two matches also give McIntosh's family and friends a rare chance to watch him wrestle, some of whom haven't seen him wrestle in years. While the trip is a nice homecoming for the Santa Ana native, it is also a chance to show everyone back home what he's learned during his years as a Nittany Lion.

"I've had a great experience here and I would never take anything back. I love it here, but I also love California too so it's nice to be able to take what I've learned here and bring it to California," said McIntosh.

This also is a great opportunity for other members of the team to go out west, as many of the wrestlers have never been to California. McIntosh cited how everyone is excited to get out there and see what California is like.

"I know everyone is excited to get out to California," said McIntosh. "I know a lot of the guys have never been to California, so that will be a little bit of a different experience for them."

One concern about the trip is the long distance travel. Traveling across the country can pose challenges for wrestlers trying to keep with their routine, but McIntosh explains how this trip is no different than any other one.

"They have all been wrestling for a long time and they know what it's like to travel long distance and have to wrestle the next day, so they are prepared for it; but also everyone on the team is excited to see what California has got," said McIntosh.

Aside from seeing his friends and family, the senior is also excited to reunite with a lot of his friends that wrestle at Bakersfield. The No. 1-ranked 197-pounder has a lot of close friends that he's known his entire wrestling career and can't wait to catch up with them.

"The Hammond's are a close family friend that I've known for a long time, so that will be cool to see them and wrestle against my friends team," said McIntosh. "They are really pumped for this match too."

The Nittany Lions will take on CSU Bakersfield Friday night and compete against Stanford on Sunday before returning back to State College.  

2015 Gameday - Nittany Lions Host Michigan on Senior Day

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Following a bye week, Penn State returns home to Beaver Stadium for a Senior Day and Penn State White Out clash against No. 12 Michigan on Saturday.

11378288.jpegThe Nittany Lions (7-3, 4-2) are slated to battle the Wolverines (8-2, 5-1) in a 12 p.m. (ABC) kick in the penultimate game of the season. Having won seven of its last nine games, Penn State enters the final home game of 2015 with a 6-0 mark in Beaver Stadium.

We're undefeated at home. We feed off of our fans," said head coach James Franklin. "It's a huge advantage for our defense, playing at home in front of our crowd. And excited about the opportunity to walk into that stadium and be able to play one last time in Beaver Stadium with these seniors and work really hard to send them out the right way."

Always a fan favorite, Beaver Stadium will play host to a complete stadium Penn State White Out on Saturday afternoon. A tradition stretching back to a student section white out in 2004, the Penn State White Outs have created an unrivaled atmosphere inside the 107,000-seat home of Penn State football.

Fans are encouraged to arrive earlier than normal on Saturday morning due to increased security screening measures in place at the gates. All Beaver Stadium gates will open at 10 a.m.

Led by Penn State's season sack record holder, Carl Nassib, the Nittany Lion defense enters the final two weeks of the season as the nation's leader in sacks. Penn State has averaged 4.2 sacks per game throughout 2015. Additionally, the Lions are No. 2 in the nation in tackles for loss at 9.3 per game. Nassib leads the country individually in sacks with 15.5.

Led by first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh, Michigan (8-2, 4-1 Big Ten) heads into the week having won its last three contests. The Wolverines topped Indiana in dramatic fashion on Saturday afternoon in Bloomington. Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock connected with wide receiver Jehu Chesson on a fourth-down touchdown in the final seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime. Michigan outlasted the Hoosiers in double OT by a score of 48-41. Michigan's two losses on the season came at No. 18 Utah (24-17) and in a dramatic finish against No. 9 Michigan State (27-23).

The Nittany Lions and Wolverines rank among the Big Ten's best defenses. Michigan is ranked No. 1 in total defense (268.7 ypg) and the Nittany Lions are ranked No. 4 (311.2 ypg). In scoring defense, Michigan is No. 3 in the Big Ten (14.8 ppg) and Penn State is No. 5 (17.7 ppg).

In a series that dates back to 1993, Penn State and Michigan will meet for the 19th time on Saturday. The Nittany Lions are 7-11 all-time against the Wolverines and 4-5 in games held at Beaver Stadium. Penn State has won the last three against Michigan in Beaver Stadium, including the thrilling 43-40 four-overtime win in 2013.

Penn State will close out its regular season next week with a trip to East Lansing. The Nittany Lions will battle Michigan State in Spartan Stadium during a 3:30 p.m. kick. From there, Penn State will await its bowl destination with the announcement coming on Dec. 6.

Welcome to the gameday preview for week 11 - Penn State vs. Michigan.

Pregame Reading:
What to Watch For - Penn State
11500062.jpeg1. It will be a special day for 19 senior members of the Penn State Football family on Saturday. The senior day festivities will begin approximately 30 minutes prior to kickoff in Beaver Stadium with each member of the class being recognized in front of the fans. For the fourth and fifth-year seniors, Saturday marks the end of a remarkable ride in Beaver Stadium. The group faced tall odds throughout its journey in Happy Valley, but the senior class will forever be remembered for its loyalty and commitment to the betterment of the University and football program. Give a tip of the cap to the 2015 senior class: Matt Baney, Tarow Barney, Kyle Carter, Jordan Dudas, Jack Haffner, Albert Hall, Colin Harrop, Charles Idemudia, Brandon Johnson, Ben Kline, Jordan Lucas, Angelo Mangiro, Carl Nassib, Kevin Reihner, Dom Salomone, Anthony Smith, Trevor Williams, Anthony Zettel and Matt Zanellato.

2. It has been home sweet home for the Nittany Lion defense in 2015. Through six games, the Lions have allowed a total of 59 points inside Beaver Stadium. In Big Ten play, Penn State has yielded just 10 total points in three home games. The Nittany Lions are No. 3 in the nation in fewest points allowed in home games at 9.8 per game. Penn State's opponents have averaged just 250.7 yards per game. Penn State's defensive line has been a huge piece to the team's unblemished mark at home. Senior defensive end Carl Nassib has tallied 10.0 of his nation-leading 15.5 sacks in games played at Beaver Stadium this season. Additionally, the Lions are plus-7 in turnover margin in home games this season.

3. The Nittany Lion offense has made a living of creating big plays at timely moments in 2015. Junior quarterback Christian Hackenberg and the passing attack have accounted for 31 plays of 20 or more yards this season. The running game has tallied 18 plays of 20 or more yards, as well. Against one of the nation's top defensive units, the Nittany Lions will be looking for a way to manufacture some plays down the field. Hackenberg has been superb in games at Beaver Stadium this season, tossing nine touchdown passes and just one interception.

What to Watch For - Michigan
1. Graduate senior quarterback Jake Rudock has been terrific down the stretch for the Wolverines. A starter in all 10 games, Rudock has completed 64 percent of his passes and 2,220 yards. Rudock became the first Big Ten quarterback to pass for 400 yards and six touchdowns in a game last week. The wide receiver tandem of Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson and tight end Jake Butt are the top targets for Rudock. Darboh (45), Butt (38) and Chesson (33) have each eclipsed 450 yards on the season and account for 13 of Michigan's 15 touchdown receptions.

2. The theme around the Michigan defense is consistency. The Wolverines have been among the nation's top statistical units since the opening week of the season. In addition to being ranked in the top five in total defense (No. 2), scoring defense (No. 6), rushing defense (No. 8), pass defense (No. 6) and third down defense (No. 3), Michigan has limited its opponents to just 4.18 yards per play this season. The Wolverines are physical in the trenches and athletic in the secondary. Inside linebacker Joe Bolden leads the defense in tackling with 64 stops. Cornerback Jourdan Lewis is leading the nation with 2.0 pass breakups per game. Michigan's defense has been outstanding on third down in 2015, as well, limiting its opponents to a 23 percent conversion rate.

3. Redshirt freshman safety Jabrill Peppers is one of the most dynamic athletes in the Big Ten. Peppers will play on offense, defense and special teams for the Wolverines on Saturday. Peppers is fifth on the team in tackles (37), has scored two rushing touchdowns, caught six passes and is the team's top returner. He is ranked No. 13 in the nation in punt returns. As a team, Michigan is No. 2 nationally in kickoff returns.

The Final Word:
Saturday's game will mark the eighth time the Nittany Lions will host a full stadium Penn State White Out. The history of the event began on Oct. 9, 2004 when the first student white out was held when the Nittany Lions hosted Purdue. Since then, there has been either a student section white out or full stadium white out in each of the past 11 seasons.

The first full stadium Penn State White Out took place on Sept. 8, 2007 when the Lions defeated Notre Dame, 31-10. Saturday will mark the second time Penn State has played Michigan in a full stadium Penn State White Out. The Lions outlasted the Wolverines in a thrilling four-overtime game (43-40) during Michigan's last visit to Beaver Stadium on Oct. 12, 2013.

Penn State will be looking to finish off its first unbeaten season at home since 2008. Additionally, the Lions are 20-5 on Senior Day since 1990. ABC's live coverage of the Michigan game begins at 12 p.m. ET with kickoff slated for 12:01 p.m. Bob Wischusen (Play-by-Play), Brock Huard (Analyst) and Shannon Spake (Sideline) will call the game.

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NCAA Tournament: Lions Focused on One Match at a Time

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11502547.jpegBy Jack Dougherty, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - For Penn State, this year hasn't been one season comprised of 22 matches. It's been 22 separate seasons: each of the same importance, each presenting a new learning experience.

Coaches and players never look ahead to the next season while playing the current one. The simplest way to keep the focus off the future is to instill this principle from game to game, which is exactly what head coach Erica Walsh has achieved in 2015.

The mindset of "one game at a time" has been engrained inside the brains, hearts, and souls of every player, personnel member, and individual involved in the program. From top to bottom, there's no one who isn't on board.

"We have to take it one game at a time," said sophomore forward Frannie Crouse. "Any opponent can come out and beat us, like in the Big Ten when we didn't play our greatest and we lost. We approach every game as a new one and we're not going to take anything for granted."

In the NCAA Tournament, this is especially difficult. With 63 possible matchups in the postseason, it's often arduous to stay focused on the one matchup that matters, the next one.

It's a complicated approach considering this team's clear goal is a national championship. It isn't a crime to look forward to such an event, but there are still four more teams to go through to get there. Patience is the key factor.

"It's win and advance," Walsh said. "Everything about the way that we're training right now is focused on putting all of our energy into Friday. The veterans are a big part of that. They've been knocked out enough times in their career that they understand the one game mentality."

Penn State has proven throughout the year that this mindset has been incredibly successful. To illustrate, consider Penn State's tough schedule in and out of conference. The Nittany Lions played 11 games against tournament teams before the NCAA Tournament kicked off. With so much tough competition all year, it's easy to overlook teams in between playing the powerhouses like Stanford and West Virginia.

Penn State went 7-3-1 against opponents that made the tournament this year. In the games directly before Penn State's contests against these tournament teams, the Blue and White went 9-2-0. The Nittany Lions outscored their opposition in these games 24-9.

This demonstrates the strong belief in refusing to take teams likely, especially when there's a stout opponent coming up on the schedule in a few days. In this team's mind, effort and execution must be perfect in every single game, no matter the team on the opposite bench.

"We just have to go play every minute like we're preparing for the next game," said Crouse. "Any minute we aren't playing hard is like a minute you lose preparing. If we come in thinking we're going to win, we won't get any better. We have to make sure we're constantly getting better."

Another aspect of this club's mentality is an emphasis on Penn State and no one else. Instead of focusing on how upcoming opponents are playing or who is making a difference for them, Coach Walsh has the squad focused on improving as a team and individually every day.

Many of the foes the Nittany Lions face in the NCAA Tournament are unfamiliar. This somewhat makes it easier to focus on themselves because they've never seen their opponent play before.

"Part of the fun of the NCAA Tournament is playing against some different teams," said Walsh. "That would be my preference, but this team is so focused on our details and what we're doing that it doesn't concern me whether we've seen them or we haven't. Everything that we talk about right now is Penn State and that's been going on these last few weeks."

Next Up: Boston University

Boston U. defeated St. John's in overtime, 2-1, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Terriers own a 13-5-3 mark on the season, but they've been incredibly hot of late, winning 13 of their last 15 contests. BU has only surrendered eight goals in those 15 games.

The glaring strengths of this group are its defense and execution off set pieces. Goalkeeper Alyssa Parisi has allowed 14 goals in between the posts this season, an average of 0.70 goals allowed per game.

The Terriers execute very well in timely situations on offense, especially when they're presented with corner kicks or close free kicks. Many of their game winning goals this season have come off of free kick plays.

Boston's offensive attack doesn't present one specific indivudal challenge like St. John's Rachel Daly would have for the Nittany Lions defense, but it possesses a very balanced attack. Out of the 24 players who have seen the field for BU, 14 have notched at least one goal.

"They are extremely well-organized," Walsh said. "They have an outstanding coaching staff and they've got some seniors that have been leading them and a great center back. They've got a big belief in them right now in winning games on set pieces, so that's what we've been working on in practice."

Penn State and Boston are set to kick off on Friday at 6:30 p.m. on Jeffrey Field in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.