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VIDEO: THON 2015 Pep Rally Dance - Field Hockey

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Check out the Nittany Lions dancing on stage during the THON 2015 Pep Rally on Saturday night.




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VIDEO: THON 2015 Pep Rally Dance - Women's Volleyball

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Check out the Nittany Lions dancing on stage during the THON 2015 Pep Rally on Saturday night.




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VIDEO: THON 2015 Pep Rally Dance - Men's Soccer

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Check out the Nittany Lions dancing on stage during the THON 2015 Pep Rally on Saturday night.




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VIDEO: THON 2015 Pep Rally Dance - Men's Gymnastics

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Check out the Nittany Lions dancing on stage during the THON 2015 Pep Rally on Saturday night.




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VIDEO: THON 2015 Pep Rally Dance - Football

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Check out the Nittany Lions dancing on stage during the THON 2015 Pep Rally on Saturday night.




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VIDEO: THON 2015 Pep Rally Dance - Men's Hockey

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Just hours after knocking off No. 15 Minnesota in Pegula Ice Arena, the Nittany Lion men's hockey team won the annual THON Pep Rally dance competition. Take a look at the winning dance.




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VIDEO: Nittany Lions Host THON Explorers Event

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Nearly 50 members of the Nittany Lion football team welcomed approximately 30 THON Four Diamonds children and their families to a special tour of the Lasch Football Building on Saturday afternoon as part of the THON Explorers program.

The THON event in Lasch is circled on the calendar for the Nittany Lions every year.  The THON families gathered inside the home of Penn State football to take photos, get autographs, tour the facility with the Nittany Lions, eat ice cream from the Penn State Creamery and take a group photo.

"This is a huge event, for not only the current Penn Staters, but for those coming in the future," sophomore Christian Hackenberg said. "It's great for us to give our hand. This is the kind of stuff we look forward to. Saturdays are fun, but this is what is important and this is what we look forward to. It feels good to be able to give back on a day like today."

"It's great to give back to kids whose wish it was to come here," junior Akeel Lynch said. "It's really great to spend time with the families and just see the impact we have on these lives."

The Nittany Lions formed a high-five tunnel for the families upon entry into the building before the student-athletes took the families around the football facility.  Take a look at the THON Explorers event at the Lasch Football Complex on Saturday.

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Men's Hockey Blog - Penn State vs. Minnesota

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to GoPSUsports.com's live coverage of Penn State men's hockey. Tonight, the Nittany Lions will close their series against the University of Minnesota. The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

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Men's Hockey Blog - Penn State vs. Minnesota

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to GoPSUsports.com's live coverage of Penn State men's hockey. Tonight, the Nittany Lions will open their series against the University of Minnesota. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

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Explosive Offense Key to Nittany Lions' Success

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By Julie Bacanskas, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With 32 goals scored by 12 different student-athletes in the first two games of the season, the No. 10 Penn State women's lacrosse team is clearly an impressive, offense-oriented squad. The Nittany Lions know this dominance up front is something they have to use to their advantage in order to succeed this season.

"I think most of our experienced players are either midfielders or attackers," said head coach Missy Doherty following the team's 17-2 victory over Bucknell Wednesday evening. "We have a lot of people that like to score, and they're aggressive scorers. So, I think that's a strength of our team right now is we can score from a bunch of different spots."

Against the Bison, Penn State opened up the scoring with a six-goal run. The team netted another six following the first Bucknell tally, securing a commanding 12-1 lead at the end of the first half.

Over the course of the game, Kelly Lechner scored three times, bringing her total to five goals on the season. Nevertheless, she credits her teammates and the positive team atmosphere for this early, personal success.

"I think we just really have a great offensive camaraderie, and we're really working on our communication to work better together," said Lechner. "We have really strong players individually, and putting us together as a unit is really awesome. We just work really well together, and we get along on and off the field. So, it's just really fun to make those connections."

Another positive for the Blue and White is the fact that freshmen are already contributing. Katie O'Donnell not only notched her first collegiate point with an assist, but she also scored her first goal as a Nittany Lion to continue the scoring for Penn State in the second half of Wednesday's game.

The freshman's tally brought the score to 13-2 in Penn State's favor.

"Katie is coming off of an injured ankle, so she probably didn't get in as much in our scrimmage or the Lehigh game," Doherty said. "She played a little bit more, actually, than we thought. So, it was good to see her back at the midfield, starting to get her stride back. It was good to get her first goal under her belt for sure."

Adjusting from high school lacrosse to DI has been a process for O'Donnell, but she is excited to be here at Penn State, experiencing this time in her career with her teammates.

"It's so fast, but honestly the girls and the upper classmen have been so great at bringing not only me but every other freshman in and really helping us along the way," O'Donnell said. "That's been really helpful for me especially. I always look to them with anything, whether it's on the field or off the field.

"As a sense in the game, just having them there and we all have each other's back, that just helps knowing that we're really supportive of each other. It just makes the transition so much smoother."

The team notched four more goals in the half, nabbing the victory against the Bison. If this start is any indication of what the season will be like, the Nittany Lions have a bright year ahead of the them.

"I really think we're starting to find a rhythm with each other and really see everyone better," said O'Donnell. "We worked really hard in fall ball and then in preseason, and I think now it's really just coming together as it normally does when the season starts. So, it's nice to see. It's fun out there. You can feel the energy."