By Jackson Thibodeau, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - A cohesive defensive effort composed of lights-out goaltending and clutch stands propelled the Penn State men's lacrosse team to an impressive 8-7 win at Notre Dame last weekend.
"We moved in the direction of playing the defense that we know we are capable of playing," said assistant coach and defensive guru Peter Toner. "A number of guys stepped in at different points of the game, which gave us the chance to win. We played as more of a unit."
The first two games of the season for the Nittany Lions (against Michigan and Loyola) were high scoring, double-digit goal affairs. The high-flying offense provided more than enough to down Michigan, but the defense wasn't able to stop Loyola's attack in a loss at home. Saturday's trip to South Bend, Ind., was a much different story, a defensively-oriented story.
"Loyola exposed a few of our weaknesses defensively and we addressed those things in last week's practices," Toner said. "At Notre Dame we were more consistent across the board."
The game started on a high note for Toner's defense, as the Blue and White didn't allow a single shot on goal for the first 11 minutes of the contest. The first Irish goal came with just under four minutes left in the opening quarter.
Jumping ahead, Penn State held a four-goal lead early in the third frame before Notre Dame began to chip away at it. As the advantage dwindled, the defense stepped up to exhibit their most clutch performance of the season to this point.
Senior goalie Austin Kaut and his frontline kept it a one-goal game and held the Irish attack from equalizing for the final seven minutes. Kaut came up huge, making save after save to deny the chance of overtime.
"Austin played extremely well so when we did make mistakes defensively--he was there to bail us out," Toner said. "He came through in the fourth and made multiple game-saving saves. That's why he's the backbone of our defense."
The reigning NCAA goaltender of the year denied 13 shots in a game that was evenly matched in nearly all facets of the sport. Penn State won nine faceoffs compared to Notre Dame's ten, both teams were 1-for-2 on the man-up, and the Nittany Lions scooped 26 groundballs to the Irish's 25.
This nail-biter went right down to the wire as the hosts had possession in the final minute with a chance to tie it. After a penalty sent junior defenseman JP Burnside to the box with 38 seconds left, the Irish got one more crack at it. A calculated, strategic zone defense forced Notre Dame to throw the ball away--giving Penn State possession and the win.
"After the penalty, we got our group in there and Mike Richards made a really nice play on mad down crashing in on the crease," Toner said. "He instinctively stepped in."
Complacency isn't an option for the squad, as last weekend's road test was just the first of three-straight against top-15 ranked opponents on the road. Trips to Ohio State on Sat., Mar. 1 and Denver on Mon., Mar. 10 remain on the slate for this away stand.
"It was good to see some of those older guys--like Steven Bogert, Tyler Travis and Mike Richards--take a challenge and run with it," Toner said. "There's no doubt we still have tough places to play, but it is good for our guy's confidence to work on things in practice and see it carry into the game and work."
Toner is pleased with the strides the unit made last week, but he knows even more must be done to get a win in Columbus, Ohio.
"Looking ahead to Ohio State, it's another great challenge on the road," he said. "We have to do all the things we did well against Notre Dame but do them even more consistently and do them for 60 minutes or however long the game lasts."
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By Chelsea Howard, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - For the men's swimming and diving team, the opportunity to showcase what the group has been training for all year is finally here.
The men's swimming and diving team will make its way to Michigan to compete in the Big Ten Championships beginning on Wednesday.
Even though the men and women train together each and every day, when it comes time for Big Tens, they compete one week a part at different locations. For the men, this gave them an opportunity to see how the women's team did and build off of their results.
"After we saw the girls swim, we know the training has worked for them so we're set-up to do great things," senior James Wilson said. "You know what girls were in your group and you know what they've been doing so that really boosts your confidence."
As head coach Tim Murphy just got back from his first championship meet with the women, he knows what challenges the men will face as they step into a similar setting.
"I think they're very proud of the ladies team, proud of Penn State Swimming and Diving, and now it's their turn," Murphy said. "They have the same challenge in terms of the backdrop and everything we do, the way that we handle ourselves, the way that we compete, a backdrop of being proud of who we are and the way we do things. It's their turn and they're excited about finally getting to go to the meet."
With excitement running through the team, the men are ready to watch all of their hard work throughout the season pay off as they take the blocks against some of the best competition in the country.
"I'm excited just to see how we come together as a whole," Wilson said. "I feel like in the past we haven't really had that one meet where everybody comes together and I think this year we are in a good place for everybody to have good swims."
In an atmosphere that brings together 10 different Big Ten teams all trying to compete at the highest level, the men use that energy to push them closer to their goals.
"It's probably the most exciting meet that we go to all year," junior Nate Savoy said. "It has a championship atmosphere that doesn't get matched at dual meets throughout the year. For all of us, it's really exciting to perform there. For some of the guys it's a little intimidating but the quicker they get used to it the better they're going to do."
As one of the more experienced swimmers on the team, Savoy has competed at NCAA Championships and Olympic trials and knows how to channel any nerves he may face. The junior has given some of the freshman advice on how to handle the intense atmosphere.
"I've talked to several of them just about what to expect when they get there and how it's going to work and talk through some of their goal times with them one-on-one to try and get them settled down," Savoy said. "I know there's a lot of guys in our freshman group that if they swim the way that they should, they're going to score points for us and be really helpful in the team race."
Wilson has given the younger swimmers the same advice. Knowing what they are going through headed into a championship meet far different than any high school meet, the captains told them to be prepared for anything.
"They're going to see guys that are the best in the country, but they were recruited as some of the best guys coming out of high school so they have to know that they're already on their level," Wilson said. "They should be as good or if not better as some of the seniors at Big Tens."
Even though championship season can bring extra pressure for the swimmers and divers, remembering that it's just another meet and that the athlete's have been doing this for most of their lives is key to keeping their nerves down.
"You have to think of Big Tens as another dual meet," Wilson said. "You're just trying to win, you're trying to get your hand on the wall first, you can't put it on a pedestal and freak out before. You just have to go with what you've been doing your whole life."
By Tyler Feldman, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Maintaining a perfect road record in the Big Ten is no easy feat. Penn State found out just how hard it is last night inside a raucous Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb.
The No. 11/8 Penn State Lady Lions (21-6, 12-3 Big Ten) registered its first conference road loss, 94-74, against the No. 17/16 Nebraska Cornhuskers (21-5, 11-3) and now sit in a three-way tie atop the Big Ten standings.
Ariel Edwards led Penn State by tying a career-high with 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting. She also tied a career-high by converting four three-pointers.
At the half the Lady Lions found themselves trailing, 52-30, but head coach Coquese Washington remained determined when she talked to her team inside the locker room.
"The halftime message was to play better," said Washington. "We needed to do a better job of contesting shots. I thought in the first half they got way to many open looks and uncontested shots. We had a few miscues defensively, and if we can sure those up it would have been a little bit of a different story."
Despite Penn State's efforts, the Cornhuskers were just too hot from the field, especially from beyond the arc. Led by Tear'a Laudermill, who scored 27 points on 7-of-10 shooting from three-point range, Nebraska as a team combined to shot 72.7 percent (16-for-22) from behind the 3-point line.
"I think [this game] is one you have to flush out," said Washington. "It's easily our worst defensive performance of the year. I thought Nebraska played extremely well. I thought they capitalized on opportunities that they had and when they had open shots they made them. They were just clicking on all cylinders tonight."
Maggie Lucas was held scoreless in the first half, but she connected on three three-pointers in the second half to finish with 17 points and move within two made three-point shots of Kelly Mazzante's Big Ten and Penn State's career three-pointers record.
Nebraska was just too quick in transition and too strong shooting from the floor for Penn State to mount a comeback on the road. Even the energy inside Pinnacle Bank Arena made it easy for the Cornhuskers to score and difficult for Penn State to get anything going offensively.
After the game Washington was asked if this is a loss that her team can overcome.
"Absolutely," said Washington. "I just think it's one of those things where you go on the road and you play in a tough environment. We have some really good venues in the Big Ten where people come out to support their teams. Nebraska is one of those venues.
"We've been on the road and we've competed and we've handled our own business on the road. Tonight was a night where Nebraska played an outstanding game. As a coach, when you're on the other side, you're feeling pretty good about all your kids coming through and being focused and executing. You know, it's fun to be on that side."
With the loss the Lady Lions fall into a three-way tie for first place in the Big Ten standings, but with a win in their final home game against Michigan on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the BJC, the Blue and White can earn a share of their third straight Big Ten regular season championship.
By Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff
LINCOLN, Neb. - In the only matchup of the season, No. 11/8 Penn State and No. 17/16 Nebraska will clash Monday night in Lincoln with Big Ten regular season title implications on the line.
The Lady Lions currently sit atop the conference standings at 12-2 in conference with the Huskers right behind them at 10-3. Both teams are coming off wins their last time out; Penn State topped Northwestern on Feb. 20, 82-73, and Nebraska dispatched Ohio State in Columbus, 67-59, on Feb. 20.
What To Watch For - Penn State
Success Vs. Huskers: Penn State has won its last three contests against Nebraska and is 5-1 all-time against the Huskers. The Lady Lions are also 2-0 in games played in Lincoln. Senior guard Maggie Lucas has followed team success with personal success, averaging 23.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.8 steals in four career matchups with the Huskers.
B1G Road Success: Penn State has won a school best eight straight conference road games dating back to Mar. 3, 2013. Its last Big Ten road loss was at Minnesota on Feb. 28, 2013. The eight-straight road winning streak broke a record of seven that dated back to Jan. 31, 1999 - Jan. 16 2000.
Paint Job: On the stat sheet the Lady Lions most glaring advantage over the Huskers comes in the offensive rebound category. Penn State has 376 offensive rebounds this season, averaging over 14 per game. Nebraska's numbers are much lower at 263 on the season and 10.5 per game. Additionally, Penn State has seen consistent contributions from Talia East and Tori Waldner. Against Northwestern on Feb. 20 Waldner notched a career high 14 points in the win.
What To Watch For - Nebraska
Hooper Can Hoop: Husker senior forward Jordan Hooper will counter Maggie Lucas' scoring prowess on Monday night. Hooper comes into the contest averaging 20.2 points per game on 43.3 percent shooting from the field. Hooper has 13 20-plus point games this season and two 30-plus point games. In her last three outings she has tallied 23, 31 and 24 points and hasn't been lower than 10 points in a game since Jan. 19 vs. Purdue.
Hot Streak: Behind the strong play of Hooper, Nebraska has won its last seven games dating back to Jan. 29. Four of those sevens wins have come in double-digit fashion. In the month of February, the Huskers are on an overall 14-game winning streak. Nebraska has two more February games remaining both at home against Penn State and Illinois.
Recent Home Success: Put Penn State's road success with Nebraska's recent home success and we could be in for a good one Monday night. The Huskers have won their last three home contests by an average of 22.7 points per game and are 14-2 on the season at the new Pinnacle Bank Arena. Their only two home losses came by a combined six points against Purdue and Washington State.
By Michael Renahan, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Penn State men's hockey team split their weekend series at No. 10 Michigan over the weekend and it was some familiar faces that led Guy Gadowsky's squad as the Nittany Lions recorded their second conference win of the season.
The five goals the Nittany Lions scored in Friday night's win mark the most scored by a visitor inside Yost Ice Arena this season, which allowed Penn State to become just the third team to walk out of the historic building with a win in 2013-14.
David Goodwin, Casey Bailey and Matthew Skoff all played exceptionally well for the men in blue and white. Goodwin was the star of Friday night's overtime win, scoring two goals, including the game-winner to earn the victory.
"Their defense fumbled it at the blue line and I just tried to be as quick as I could in transition," Goodwin told the Big Ten Network. "I know I would have been kicking myself all night if I passed it to [Zach] Saar and he didn't bury it, so I just shot it and was able to beat the goaltender.
"To be honest, I was thinking shot the whole time," Goodwin said. "Saar is my best friend on the team, and I am confident that he could have scored it, too, but I just took my opportunity."
The goals were the freshman's sixth and seventh of the season, putting him second on the team in points behind only Eric Scheid. Goodwin, as Gadowsky always says, is a very cerebral player who is always looking to make a play for himself or his teammates.
"Give a lot of credit to David [Goodwin], that was a great play on a two-on-one against a good goaltender," Gadowsky told the Big Ten Network. "Give our guys a lot of credit, too. They battling back twice from two goals down. The first time we took the lead was when [Goodwin] put it in the back of the net to end the game."
Along with Goodwin, Bailey made his presence felt over the weekend scoring two goals, as well. The forward has been coming on as of late for the Nittany Lions, registering five points over his last five games.
This is the type of production he and his coaches have been expecting all season after he exploded for 13 goals and 14 assists last season. Bailey expects his recent success on the ice to only be a sign of things to come.
The most impressive Nittany Lion of the weekend, though, might have been the sophomore netminder Skoff. The McKees Rocks, Pa., native has been on a tear as of late, racking up 136 saves over his last five outings, including a 4-0 shutout over Michigan on Feb.8.
Skoff has emerged as the Nittany Lions' leading goaltender over the last few series and he looks to be playing the best hockey of his young career. In Saturday night's game, the sophomore made key save after key save and kept the game much closer than the score appeared.
His ability to recover after the initial shot and slide to make a secondary save has been terrific over the past three weeks. Time and time again, the netminder was asked to make big save after big save and he came through for his teammates more often than not.
His workload has also increased as the Nittany Lions wait for the return of defensemen Nate Jensen and Luke Juha.
The weekend came and went and the Nittany Lions once again earned a victory and the steps the program has taken over the last few series have been crucial to building the foundation.
Penn State now looks forward to a showdown at No. 2 Minnesota.
By Michael Renahan, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State Nittany Lions scored four goals in the second half of their game against the Maryland Terrapins, but it wasn't enough as they fell to the No. 3 team in the nation, 14-7.
Throughout the entire game, the fans in attendance could feel the Nittany Lions getting closer and closer. Maryland got rolling early, scoring the game's first five goals, but the Nittany Lions never once looked like they were out of it.
The Blue and White battled and battled and ended the first half trailing 8-3. The three goals came courtesy of Jenna Mosketti, Abby Smucker and Mackenzie Cyr.
Mosketti put the Nittany Lions on the board with 18:51 to play. The Nittany Lions struck again just over a minute later when Cyr found Smucker cutting towards the goal and fed her beautifully, allowing Smucker to finish the play and score. The goal marks Smucker's first as a Nittany Lion.
At the end of the first the Nittany Lions were outshooting the Terps, 21-12, and only had given up one turnover. The team looked strong and composed and ready to make a big second half push.
Right before her team took the field, head coach Missy Doherty reminded them that all it takes is one play to get back in a game.
As the second half got started, the intensity from the women in blue and white was tremendous. They were swarming ground balls and keeping the Maryland attackers at bay. The Nittany Lions decided to make a switch at goalie and went with sophomore Emi Smith.
Smith was the one of the major story lines of the second half. The Denver, Colo., native made 10 saves in her 30 minutes in net, including several key stops on free position opportunities. As a whole, the Nittany Lion defense looked to be much more aggressive and tenacious.
"[Smith] did awesome," Doherty said. "She had a great second half. It's been a tight race for our goalkeepers and Emi Proved a lot in the second half. She came in with a lot of fire. It was great to see her come out and come out huge for us in the second half."
The second half also brought excellent offensive opportunities for Doherty's squad. The attackers were feeding the midfielders perfectly as they cut, but the Maryland goaltender, Abbey Clipp, was playing lights-out and keeping the Nittany Lions off the scoreboard.
The Nittany Lions took 15 more shots in the second half and converted on four of them. The goals came from the sticks of Kelly Lechner, Madison Cyr and Smucker scored her second.
"I gave credit to our offense because they were creating some awesome opportunities," Doherty said. "It's not like we were taking bad shots, or off-angled shots, or not working the ball enough and just shooting. They were doing some great ball movement, opening each other up and getting some great shots, but we just didn't put them away, which is a huge difference in the game."
Doherty and her team will head back on the field this week as they prepare for a showdown with Duquesne on Tuesday night. This game showed the Nittany Lions where they need to improve, but also showed them they are capable of playing with a top-ranked team like Maryland.
"I think going into next week we are going to work on our shooting, close range and outside the eight, as well," Smucker said. "We created great opportunities for each other and I think that was awesome to see against the No. 2 team, but I think we just need to finish the shots when we have them."
By Gabrielle Richards, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- Five years ago, two redshirt freshmen were wrapping up their first season in the blue and white singlet. Neither the Penn State coaching staff, the fans, nor the collegiate wrestling community could predict the contribution that the young Nittany Lions would make to the sport. With 253 wins and 92 pins between them, saying that Rec Hall will feel a bit empty without Ed Ruth and David Taylor would be an understatement.
To set the stage, Rec Hall's sold out crowd was on its feet for a majority of Sunday's match against Clarion. From the pre-match senior day festivities to the sound of the final buzzer, standing ovations were a dime a dozen. Junior Nico Megaludis set the tone at 125 pounds by putting up 21 points in just five minutes, earning a 21-5 tech fall. Freshman Jimmy Gulibon followed Megaludis at 133, wrestling for only one period after tallying 16 points en route to earning the Nittany Lions a second tech fall. Freshman Zain Retherford, senior James English, and junior Dylan Alton followed with victories, putting the Nittany Lions at 19-0 at the break.
Then it was Taylor's turn to walk onto Rec Hall's mat one last time.
"I haven't been that excited to wrestle in a long time," Taylor said. "I have been wrestling since I was five years old. I have wrestled a lot of big matches. Sometimes you don't always get super excited for every match, but this is the time of the year I love more than anything. I had so many emotions."
If you blinked, you missed it. In just 11 seconds, Taylor's last home match was over. His pin is the second fastest pin in Penn State history, a perfect ending to a stellar home dual record.
"Sometimes when you wrestle you have no idea what is going on until the match is over," Taylor said. "In that eleven second flurry, in an instant it was over. I was just like, 'Wow, that was my last match in Rec Hall.'"
Junior Matt Brown followed suit by earning a pin just 2:51 into the first period. He was the fourth Nittany Lion of the day who beat their opponent in five minutes or less.
Ruth was no exception. As he placed the green band around his ankle and shuck his opponent's hand, Rec Hall chanted "Ruuuuuth" for one last time. But, just 1:05 into the first period, the crowd witnessed a storied Rec Hall career come to a close; Ruth closed out his home career with a pin.
"I couldn't have asked for this day to go any other way," Ruth said. "The guys who went out there completely dominated."
Ruth and Taylor have been feeding off of each other's competitive energy for four years, and the friendship that the two share was especially visible on Sunday. At the pre-match senior introductions, Ruth and Taylor were the last in the line up. As soon as they announced Ruth's name, you could see the tears welling up in Taylor's eyes. That is how the friendship has always been; Ruth is reserved and relaxed, the perfect compliment to Taylor, who wears his heart on his sleeves.
"When I saw him pin that kid I was like, 'Wow that is going to be hard to beat,'" Ruth said with a laugh. "I looked up and both guys' heels were pointing towards the ceiling and I had just gotten done taping my shoes. Dave was pounding him and pounding him and I was just like 'Wow.'"
As if three straight pins weren't enough, sophomore Morgan McIntosh answered with another pin just 10 seconds into the second period during his bout at 197. Heading into the heavy weight matchup, the Nittany Lions were up 43-0. Jimmy Lawson, who is back from a major knee injury, made his way out onto the mat with a heavily wrapped knee. The match was back and fourth through the first two periods, but Lawson struggled for most of the third period. After a takedown comeback in the last few seconds, he ultimately fell to his Clarion foe, 7-6, because of riding time.
It was bittersweet, especially for coach Cael Sanderson. Coach Sanderson, Taylor and Ruth started wearing blue and white together just five short years ago. As a coach, it is always difficult to say goodbye to seniors, but it is even harder to say goodbye when you consider your seniors family.
"I am just like the people in the stands, I am going to miss watching those two wrestle," Sanderson said. "There are a lot of great wrestlers, but there aren't many wrestlers who are as fun to watch as those two."
The Nittany Lions head to the Big Ten Championships on March 8 in Madison, Wis., followed by a trip to Oklahoma City, Okla., for the NCAA Championships. For coach Sanderson and his team, wrestling strong to finish off the regular season is paramount in boosting the confidence heading into the final stretch.
"Matches like today really help with our mindset," Ruth said. "It's great seeing where our potential is at. Heading into the Big Tens it is a really good feeling, a collective feeling that everyone is happy. That is the biggest thing in wrestling; if you aren't happy you aren't going to perform well."
Happiness was felt by all who had the opportunity to witness the history that was made Sunday in Rec Hall. Seeing Ruth and Taylor's hands being raised in victory one last time was an image that even coach Sanderson won't forget.
"I appreciate the way that they compete," Sanderson said. "They use every second of the match to score points, with very few, rare exceptions to that throughout their careers. That is what makes them great; that is why people will be talking about those two forever."
By Chelsea Howard, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - After a busy weekend for the men's volleyball team, the Nittany Lions now move into the sole possession of first place position in the EIVA conference after winning two matches in sweeps against Sacred Heart and Harvard.
Against Sacred Heart, Aaron Russell proved to be an integral part of the offense as he played to one of his best matches, hitting .696 overall. Russell helped lead the team to defeat Sacred Heart 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-15) while registering 16 kills, two aces and four blocks.
For the outside hitter, when he let his competitive edge take over everything fell into place on the court as he was named the Mike Anderson Penn State Player of the Match for the third time this season.
"Things were just flowing and once I get in my competitive zone, I just let everything go and focus on the game. I thought I did that well tonight," Russell said. "I was just comfortable with the attack and the type of offense we were running and Taylor (Hammond) was putting the balls where I needed them so I was happy with that."
Along with Aaron Russell, Connor Curry and Peter Russell helped the offense with their passing game. They were able to work together as a team to set-up Matt Seifert to make powerful kills.
"I'm not going to get set unless they're passing the ball really well so I thought Aaron, Connor, and Pete all did really well with that. From then, it was just me putting myself in a good position to take a swing, keep myself off the net so that I have space to take a swing. If I do that, I'm usually pretty successful," said Seifert.
With another strong win behind them; the Nittany Lions turned their focus to Harvard and looked to continue their winning streak and secure their 12th-consecutive win. Penn State finished the match 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-22), accomplishing what they set out to do.
The victory against Harvard had more meaning for the Nittany Lions compared to some of the other matches since this moved them into the top position of the EIVA conference. In addition, this helps put Penn State in a better position to host the EIVA Championships.
"We're 1-0 after this match against a very good EIVA team that puts us a step closer to securing home court advantage in the EIVA tournament. It's a good EIVA home court win for us that now puts some pressure on if everybody wins out the rest of the way the match against Harvard at their place really puts us in a position where we only have to win one game out of the three," head coach Mark Pavlik said.
Heading into their last home match before a month of matches on the road, the coaching staff worked hard to prepare the players using film and scouting reports for the tougher competition they would be facing against Harvard.
"Pav told us from the beginning that it was going to be a really good one so I think we planned ahead and anticipated a highly competitive match against Harvard," Curry said. "Our preparation is what allowed us to jump ahead in these games and take control."
Curry fulfilled his role as libero and led the team registering 14 digs. His performance gave him his first Mike Anderson Penn State Player of the Match honor for this season.
"I can really attribute my number of digs to our blocking," Curry said. "If they're setting up nice blocks, then I can play defense around that allowing me to get the digs that I need to."
While Curry helped set up the offense, Seifert capitalized on a strong weekend as he reached a season-best .600 hitting clip, registered seven kills, and added two digs, one ace, and one block.
As Seifert continues to develop all his technique and how he plays during matches, taking a look at film with the coaches and focusing on the fundamentals proved to pay off on the court when it mattered most.
"Earlier this week, Colin (McMillan), Jay (Hosack), and I watched a lot of film," Siefert said. "They said to make sure we're keeping good space and getting back to the fundamentals of taking that type of approach and those types of swings. Once I concentrated on those, I realized I really have to make a point to do that correctly because it makes everything else so much easier."
Looking ahead to the rest of their schedule, the Nittany Lions will use this win to build their confidence as they face more EIVA teams outside of Rec Hall.
"For our confidence, it helps us to know we got a good sweep in because if we go to their place and happen to lose, all we have to do is win one game and we'd still be able to host the EIVA Championships so that does something for us and then it sends a message to our conference saying it's another year for Penn State and I don't think anyone can stop us again," Curry said.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State Athletics was heavily involved with the 42nd IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) held at the Bryce Jordan Center this weekend.
A record 711 dancers began standing at 6 p.m. on Friday and did not sit down or sleep until Sunday at 4 p.m. to raise awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer in the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.
Since 1977, THON has partnered with The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital with one goal in mind: conquering childhood cancer. THON raised a record of more than $13.3 million in 2014. To date, more than $110 million has been raised by THON.
Several Penn State student-athletes danced in the annual dance marathon. Representing the Student Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) will be Maggie Harding from women's volleyball, Natalie Buttinger from field hockey, Erin Kehoe from women's soccer and Christian Kaschak from men's soccer.
Additionally, Nicole Williams and Elise Potter from the Lionettes squad and Eugene Bodden, Kali Fleckenstein, Carrie Tedesco and Ally Zimmerman from Penn State cheerleading danced in THON.
Several teams and coaches played an active role in THON events throughout the weekend, in addition to squads participating in Saturday's annual pep rally and team dance competition.
We would also like to congratulate Penn State Athletic Communications student assistant Rachel Steinberg, as she danced over the weekend, in addition to the several student assistants actively involved with THON.
Take a look through our THON weekend updates on the involvement Penn State Athletics. To donate to THON, please visit THON.org.
3:30 p.m. - Feature: Student-Athletes Set to Dance for Pediatric Cancer
Click here to read a feature on the student-athletes participating in THON 2014 - Feature Story
6 p.m. - THON 2014 Begins
The 711 dancers took their feet at 6 p.m. before an energetic crowd inside the Bryce Jordan Center to begin 46-straight hours on their feet.
11 p.m. - Interview on the Floor
GoPSUsports.com talked with women's volleyball senior Maggie Harding on the floor about her experience during THON.
3 p.m. - Student-Athletes Host Make-A-Wish Families
Several teams hosted THON Make-A-Wish families on Saturday afternoon as part of the THON 2014 festivities.
More than 50 members of the Nittany Lion football team welcomed nearly 40 THON Make-A-Wish children and their families to a special tour of the Lasch Football Building on Saturday afternoon.
The Make-A-Wish event 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.
Head coach James Franklin greeted the group when it arrived at the facility tour before senior Miles Dieffenbach and sophomore Akeel Lynch led families on tours. Take a look at the Make-A-Wish event at the Lasch Football Complex on Saturday.
Photo Gallery - THON Make-A-Wish Football Event
5 p.m. - Student-Athletes Participate in Athlete Hour
Athletes from several teams on campus spent times with the THON Four Diamonds children inside the Bryce Jordan Center during athlete hour on Saturday. Take a look.
9:45 p.m. - VIDEO: Pep Rally Dance Competition Highlights
One of the THON highlights every year comes on Saturday night when the teams of Penn State Athletics hop on stage and compete in a dancing competition during the annual pep rally. In all, 12 different teams competed in the 2014 version of the dance-off.
With resounding approval from a packed house in the Bryce Jordan Center, the Nittany Lion men's swimming team was named champion of the team dancing competition for the second-straight year. We have highlights of every team dancing on Saturday night at THON.
Photo Gallery - THON 2014 Pep Rally
Men's Swimming (Champions) - Full Dance
Football - Full Dance
Men's Basketball - Full Dance
Women's Volleyball - Full Dance
Men's Gymnastics - Full Dance
Women's Tennis - Full Dance
Field Hockey - Full Dance
Fencing - Full Dance
Men's Soccer - Full Dance
Women's Lacrosse - Full Dance
Women's Soccer - Full Dance
Women's Golf - Full Dance
11:05 p.m. - Student-Athlete Dancer Interviews: Hour 30
GoPSUsports.com talks with THON 2014 dancers Natalie Buttinger (field hockey) and Erin Kehoe (women's soccer) during the 30th hour of their 46-hour quest at THON.
12:55 p.m. - VIDEO: Coach Franklin Addresses THON 2014
Head coach James Franklin took the stage at THON on Sunday afternoon, urging the dancers to continuing working hard in their final push at the 46-hour marathon. Franklin spoke before a capacity crowd inside the Bryce Jordan Center. Take a look.
4:11 p.m. - THON 2014 Raises Record $13.3 Million
THON 2014 reached new heights on Sunday afternoon when it was revealed that this year's efforts raised $13,343,517.33 for fight against pediatric cancer. Congratulations to everyone involved in THON 2014. Here is a look at the reveal on the Rec Hall video board following Sunday's Penn State wrestling victory over Clarion.
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