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By Tom Shively, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa - Senior defenseman Kelly Seward has long been a centerpiece of the Penn State program, playing in at least 35 games in every season she's had so far in Happy Valley. She has come a long way in her development since arriving on campus in 2013, but one thing that has remained constant is her commitment to the program.

"I wouldn't have rather been at any other school," Seward said. "It's been a great experience just being able to play with all the girls I've played with, play in these awesome facilities under  (head coach) Josh [Brandwene]. I'm really going to miss it."

As someone who prides herself in academic performance, Seward has been on the All-CHA academic team in all three seasons as well as being named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar each of the last two years.

"She has contributed so much in so many ways over her four years," Brandwene said. "It started from day one when she was a freshman. As great a hockey player and student as she is, she's even that much a better person. To me, that's what makes a great Penn Stater and she is a great Penn Stater." 

Junior Bella Sutton has been Seward's partner on defense for three years and says her off-ice time around Seward has produced many fun experiences.

"Probably a lot of things [come to mind]," Sutton said. "Kelly and I have been lucky enough to play D together and I feel like we just make the D-side of the bench a lot of fun. We like to sing songs together, keeping it fun on the bench."

"There was one time the song 'Bang Bang' by Jessie J was popular," Seward said. "We just like looked at each other and we just said 'bang.' But we just started singing at the same time. It was really weird. It was like telepathy or something."

"Before every game, when we go out for the first period, we always give a little fist bump, do a secret handshake, so that's something," she added.

On the ice, Brandwene has been eager to heap praise on Seward, lauding her improvement throughout her time at Penn State.

"Her play has gotten better and better every single year," Brandwene said. "She's been that much more well-rounded, that much more dominant and she is off to such a good start, and she is going to go on to do great things this year."

Seward has certainly been a leader this season, especially for the younger defensemen making the transition to college athletics.

"As the senior member of the D-corps, someone who is committed to her craft on both sides of the puck, being involved offensively and taking care of her defensive responsibilities, she's a great role model for the whole D-corps," Brandwene said. 

"The freshmen have done really great this year and we have eight of them," Seward said. "Just by looking at how we've been doing as a team, it definitely reflects how they're doing. I'm really excited."

 With the majority of her season left, Seward is beginning to reminisce about her time as a Nittany Lion, but she also keeps her eyes on her personal goals and goals for the team.

"I really want to, every practice, every period, every shift just not take for granted that this could be my last year playing hockey," Seward said. "Just love every moment of it. And I would like to get a CHA championship out of it."

Winning a CHA championship has been a goal from the first day of practice for this Penn State team as conference play is less than two weeks away.

Aside from a championship, Seward can see a diploma in her future as well. She is on pace to graduate in the spring with a degree in geography.

Seward will not be the first hockey player in her family to graduate from college, as her brother, David, laced up for Nazareth College before receiving his certificate.

Seward's squad hits the road this weekend for a series at UConn before traveling to RIT next week to open CHA play.


By Tom Shively, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa - Many teams view the non-conference portion of their schedule as a chance to test themselves to see how they stack up against tougher opposition before conference play. For Penn State, this statement holds especially true, as the Nittany Lions (1-4-1) have faced no shortage of tests in the early stretch of their schedule.

 After opening the season on the road in consecutive weeks, including a trip to No. 5 Clarkson, the Nittany Lions returned home to Pegula Ice Arena only to find perennial national powerhouse Boston University (3-1-1) waiting in the wings.

 On Friday night, the Nittany Lions and Terriers played to a 3-3 overtime tie as the teams traded goals throughout most of the game. Penn State struck first and led 1-0 after the end of the first period, but the Terriers struck twice early in the second period to take a 2-1 lead.

Penn State answered six minutes later with a goal from Laura Bowman to tie the game. 

"They responded beautifully," head coach Josh Brandwene said. "BU got those two goals to start the second period and credit to our leadership and credit to the whole team for really righting the ship and going back to being aggressive again."

Amy Petersen gave the Nittany Lions the lead in the third period on her fourth goal of the season, a breakaway opportunity in which she found the top left corner of the net. 

"I saw the net was open," Petersen said. "I was like 'I'll go for it' and it worked out well." 

A late goal from the Terriers leveled the score, but the Nittany Lions overall were satisfied with the effort.

"I think it was really fun," junior Bella Sutton said. "It's really cool when you know that they in the past have been a ranked team and a really good team. So coming into the game it was definitely a lot of fun and we had a lot of fans."

"We executed our game plan how we wanted," Petersen added. "So I think we're really focusing on our game and the results will happen. We're really just going to stick to our game plan and get ready to come back." 

Saturday's game was not as kind to the Nittany Lions, as they suffered a 7-2 defeat.

"It was a day of skating uphill," Brandwene said. "When you get yourself down a little bit, you see what kind of hockey team you have and I was really pleased with the response, especially in the second period. We had great scoring chances; sometimes they fall and sometimes they don't." 

BU jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first four minutes of the game. Aly Hardy had the early goal for the Nittany Lions. 

"We just poked it out and Brooke [Madsen] was driving," Hardy said. "She cut across and that's what we worked on during practice. She drew the defense with her, passed it to me and I just shot far side."

Penn State was trailing 3-1 when Abby Welch netted her first career goal as a Nittany Lion from just inside the blue line.

"There was a power play and the goalie came out," Welch said. "I took a slap shot and I was so happy it went in. I think it changed a little bit of our momentum." 

Welch was the fifth Nittany Lion to score in the series, and she was excited to score her first career goal.   

"Every game I've had so many opportunities. Now that it's out of the way," Welch said. "I'm just so relieved." 

Penn State resumes play next weekend at Connecticut before opening conference play at RIT on Oct. 27.


By Tom Shively, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa - Games at Pegula Ice Arena are few and far between for the Penn State women's hockey team in the first few weeks of the season. Only one of the first six series is on home ice, so the Nittany Lions are looking to take full advantage of a pair of home games this weekend against Boston University.

"Between the fans and the atmosphere, it's very nice playing at home," junior Irene Kiroplis said. "You're in your own facilities, you're familiar with the place, you have your fans and your fanbase. You have your support staff here that you see on a daily basis."

"Pegula is a top-notch facility," senior Amy Petersen said. "It's a special opportunity every time we get to play here." 

 "The opportunity to play at home is something we want to take advantage of, head coach Josh Brandwene said. We're in our routine, we're home, we're having our pregame meal here at home. We want to take advantage of the wonderful facility we have here. The game day atmosphere in Pegula Arena is as good as it gets." 

Being at home also presents some time for players to settle into their routines more, not having to deal with the time spent traveling while on the road.

"Each person has their routine that they go through from game to game. It varies from person to person," Petersen said. "We try to keep the team stuff consistent while we're together, in our weight room, and then we break off. Some people tape their sticks in the stands, some people sit our here on the bench. Some just hang out in the lounge, maybe eat a snack. We play some soccer."

The home series this week also provided time for some of the players to get together earlier this week for a Canadian Thanksgiving celebration, something the team greatly cherished as a team-building opportunity. 

"It was a lot of fun," Kiroplis said. "Me and a couple of the freshmen girls just put a little homemade dinner together and we decided that, since the Canadians don't get to go home for Thanksgiving, we make it a little more special and a little homier. We had a little get-together to be thankful for all we have here at Penn State."

"They're a special group of people," Brandwene said. "It brings a smile to my face that they support each other in that way. It's really cool."

On the ice, the Nittany Lions were able to get their offense going stronger in an 8-1 road victory on Friday at Union College.

"Offense is something we're continuing to work on," Brandwene said. "Puck support, puck movement, especially in the offensive. "We're continuing to develop and get continued offensive support."

Boston University represents a new challenge for the Nittany Lions as the teams split their two meetings last year in Boston.

"We had a great series with them last year up there," Brandwene said. "It's going to be an exciting brand of hockey played by both teams and I think it's going to be very entertaining for the fans."

Puck drop is set for 6:00 p.m. Friday in the series opener. Game two will begin at 2:00 p.m. Saturday.



By Tom Shively, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa - There are few things more rewarding for a parent than seeing their child succeed after a lot of hard work. For the mother of freshman Kate Rydland, that opportunity came earlier this year when she visited Penn State for the Nittany Lions' exhibition match against Guelph as Kate began her Division I hockey career.

Rydland hails from Eden Prairie, Minnesota and had a very successful career in high school, so her parents Rick and Valerie had plenty of opportunity to witness her accomplishments. She was a team captain of her state championship squad last year and was named an all-state honorable mention that same year. She tallied 32 points in her senior season on five goals and 27 assists, capping a career that destined her for Division I hockey. 

Coming to Penn State was a family-oriented decision for Kate, as Valerie went to Penn State and was a member of the swim team from 1982-84.

"She influenced me a little bit," Kate said. "She wanted me to go wherever I was happy but she always kind of was like 'well you should look at Penn State, it's a really good school, you'd love it out there.' So there was definitely an influence, but not in a bad way at all. It was in a loving way because she knew me and she knew I'd like it."

"When Kate told me what she wanted out of a school, I'm like 'you need to look at Penn State,'" Valerie said. "She came from a large high school with a lot of school spirit, big football program, and she loved that and so she wanted that too."

Valerie stayed true to her word of not forcing Kate into anything, but in the end, both really feel that Kate made the right decision.

"I chose Penn State because of the wonderful academics, school spirit, the awesome facilities and coaching staff and also the great alumni association," Kate said. 

It's been several years since Valerie last walked around campus, and some things were a little different on her most recent trip.

"It was really weird looking at her [Kate] in white and blue," Valerie said with a laugh. "She's been in black and red [high school colors] her whole life. It's really thrilling, really different being back on campus. I talked to Kate about where things were. It's grown and it's really fun to see."

From a hockey perspective, Kate attributed much of her interest and development in the game to her late grandfather, Pat Quinn. Quinn played nine seasons in the NHL, including stints with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, and Atlanta Flames. Quinn also spent several years as an NHL coach, taking two different teams to the Stanley Cup Final as well as winning four gold medals at the helm of Team Canada.

Kate can play all over the ice as well at both forward and defense, earning high praise from head coach Josh Brandwene, who was as happy as any of Kate's family members that she chose the Nittany Lions. 

"Height, strength and versatility set Kate apart," Brandwene said. "She brings outstanding work ethic and hockey sense to our program,can contribute at both forward and defense, and brings an incredible amount of enthusiasm to the rink every day."

Kate has already had a chance to contribute to the team, as she saw ice time in the exhibition and both games of the season-opening series at Clarkson, before sustaining a minor upper body injury last week.  She looks to return to the lineup soon.

The Nittany Lions play their first regular season home games this weekend against Boston University. Game 1 puck drop is set for 6:00 p.m. Friday at Pegula Ice Arena.


By Tom Shively, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- After a hard fought series at then-No. 5 Clarkson last weekend, the Nittany Lions continue their season-opening road trip at Union this weekend.After a hard fought series at then-No. 5 Clarkson last weekend, the Nittany Lions continue their season-opening road trip at Union this weekend.

"Friday we competed hard," said head coach Josh Brandwene. "Saturday was even better so it's all about that foundation moving forward. Our focus is on us. It was the same last weekend and it's the same this weekend."

Freshman Brooke Madsen scored her first goal as a Nittany Lion in the loss on Saturday on assists by Kelley Seward and Bella Sutton.

"I was pretty pumped, showing that the hard work finally paid off," said Madsen. "There's still plenty more to do, but it was nice to get one in the first weekend."

Madsen also praised the team's growth and chemistry. 

"I think new lines and new D-pairs, we definitely worked well together," said Madsen. "We just have to build from there."

"Clarkson, they're ranked No. 4," said defenseman Kelsey Crow, who netted a goal in the first game of the series. "They made it to the Frozen Four last year, but we're a really competitive team. For us to come out there and be neck and neck with them and even with them, it kind of just shows that this is where we are and we can go be better this season."

Brandwene preached staying the course through the coming weeks, stressing the importance of focusing on playing Penn State's brand of hockey.

"Our job is to take care of our game plan, play our style of hockey," said Brandwene. "The results will take care of themselves." 

The Nittany Lions also emphasized the importance of grabbing control of games after falling behind early in both games at Clarkson.

"Establishing momentum is always an important thing," said Brandwene. "Certainly an early strike gives you that momentum, but there are many other ways to create momentum in addition to that. Solid possession, a big shot block, a good back check, all of the little things add up to momentum." 

"I think that's going to be our theme this year, generating offense," said Crow. "What we need to work on is for every single person to get in on that goal, including defense with where we step up and how we get shots near the net for our forwards."

The Nittany Lions have notched a power play goal in every game this year and there is still room for improvement. 

"I still think the power play still needs some work," said Madsen. "Definitely getting pucks in like I said before, but it'll get there. This weekend will be a really good test for us."

Puck drop at Union is set for 6:00 p.m. Friday and 3:00 p.m. Saturday as the Nittany Lions look to get into the win column.


By Tom Shively, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- Three years have come and gone and one final season remains for a senior class that has contributed so much to the development of the Penn State women's hockey program. Four seniors are hoping to leave their mark on a team that has grown so much since their arrival in 2013.

"To be honest, it went by so fast," said forward Laura Bowman. "I'm so excited for this year. We're going to do some amazing things and impress a lot of people."

Bowman led the team with 17 goals last season, adding eight assists as well. That is the highest goal total for a single player in Penn State history. Bowman also tied the program record with six power play goals.

Bowman has been selected as team captain for the 2016-17 season after serving as an alternate captain for the past two years.

Forward Amy Petersen has been selected as an alternate captain for the upcoming season along with sophomore Kelsey Crow. Petersen led the team in points last season with 29 (8 goals, 21 assists), including 18 points over the last 16 games.

"It's gone by so fast and I can't believe we're seniors," said Petersen.

 Five Nittany Lions including Petersen and Bowman hail from Minnetonka, Minnesota. However, it's the Penn State community that makes this team so special.

 "We loved Minnetonka High School and we love Penn State too," said Bowman. "I think now we're all just from Penn State. We get along with the Minnetonka girls just as well as any of the other girls on the team. We're all just here to play for Penn State."

 As with any senior year in college, the focus shifts from classes to careers as the Penn State seniors are looking forward to the next chapter of their lives.

"I'm planning on going to med school," said Bowman. "I'm taking a gap year hopefully to play a little more hockey but after that I'll start med school. I still have to figure out how to apply to that and do all that stuff." 

"I already have a job," said Petersen. "I'm working for Millman Consulting in Seattle, it's like an actuarial consulting firm."

Speaking on Petersen's math ability, Bowman added, "She's a math genius."

Looking ahead to 2016-17, Petersen and Bowman are very optimistic about their final season and the ceiling for this team.

 "We want to go out with a bang," said Petersen. "Prove that Penn State's program has a bright future moving forward. We want to end it on a high note and impress people."

 Defenseman Kelly Seward and forward Sarah Nielsen round out the Penn State senior class. The duo combined for nine points last season.

 The Nittany Lions handled Guelph 4-1 in an exhibition game last weekend to start the season on a high note. The regular season opens up this weekend as the team travels to Clarkson for a pair of games. The home opener is Oct. 14 against Boston University.


By Tom Shively, Student Staff Writer    
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Halfway through their college careers, five Penn State juniors are starting to reflect on their careers. Two seasons remain and this class continues to leave their mark on the program.

"It's crazy that it has gone by this fast," said defenseman Bella Sutton. "It's both exciting and it puts into perspective how fast college goes. Starting this junior (year) is going to be a good one."

Sutton led all Penn State defensemen last season with four goals, eight assists and 12 points. She also excels in the classroom, being selected to the All-CHA Academic Team in each of her first two years as a Nittany Lion. With such a busy schedule as a Division I athlete, Sutton's accomplishments seem even more remarkable.

 "It's basically you wake up, you're doing your lift, you're going to class, you're studying or eating lunch whenever you have a break, and then back to the rink for practice, class, or dinner after and then studying," Sutton said. 

The Nittany Lions finally got a chance to go up against an opponent last Saturday as they defeated Guelph 4-1 at Pegula in an exhibition. 

"It was a lot of fun," said Sutton. "I didn't know exactly what to expect with 12 seniors gone from last year and eight new freshmen, but I honestly couldn't have asked for anything better. It was really fun to get on the ice and get competing again after the long season off. In the summer, it's fun because you're scrimmaging and training, but it's really fun for the games and I'm really excited for this weekend."

Sutton's classmate, goaltender Hannah Ehresmann, has been hard at work with new goalie coach Lisa Marshall.

"It's a lot of getting back to the basics," said Ehresmann. "Making sure that I have all those done and fixing any tweaks that I need to fix. But overall, I have the same playing style. Lisa's been really good at knowing what I like to do and not changing that, so it's been fun to work with her in that aspect."

Ehresmann was on the ice for the first 30 minutes of Penn State's exhibition victory, stopping 14 shots without allowing a goal.

"It's been a while so it was definitely nerve-wracking at first to be back out there," said Ehresmann. "Once we got into it, our team was really moving and we were definitely getting a lot of shots on their goalie. We were playing good defense, they left a lot of shots to the outside for me to handle."

Penn State also prides itself in being a family-oriented institution, and it's no different for the girls on the ice.

"We hang out a lot, we've had a few family-style dinners," said Ehresmann. "Irene [Kiroplis] for example, she's offered her place for freshmen to go if they ever want a home-cooked meal."

Christi Vetter, Irene Kiroplis and Aly Hardy round out the Penn State junior class in addition to Sutton and Ehresmann.

Penn State opens up the regular season Friday at Clarkson. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m. The regular season home opener is Oct. 14 against Boston University.


By Tom Shively, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa - Suiting up for the first time this season, the Nittany Lions looked clean and prepared in their 4-1 exhibition victory over the Guelph Gryphons. This is the second straight year Penn State matched up with Guelph in an exhibition setting.

Coming off some strong early practice sessions, head coach Josh Brandwene was pleased with the effort from the Nittany Lions in this game.

"When you get all of those players those kind of reps and those kind of minutes during a hockey game, that is an invaluable experience for us moving forward," said Brandwene. "We saw a lot of things today that were really good, and a number of things that we kind of knew we were going to have to build off of given the fact that our preseason was pretty short."

Hannah Ehresmann picked up the win and stopping all 14 shots she faced. Daniela Paniccia came in for Ehresmann midway through the second period and made nine saves on 10 shots. 

"It was planned from the start that they were going to split the game," said Brandwene. "It was a great opportunity to get everyone reps. This was planned for us to take a timeout right in the middle and for them to split the game."

On the offensive side, Amy Petersen led the barrage on the Guelph goaltender all game long. Petersen led the team with four shots including a beautiful one-timer into the top left corner of the net in the second period. Petersen also dished out two assists to go along with the goal.

"Our team is just playing well as a whole and our chemistry is forming really well this early in the season," said Petersen. "Our teammates put me in good spots. They were working hard to get open and it all worked out."

Petersen highlighted the freshmen as well and how they have seamlessly become a part of this Penn State culture.

"Adding eight freshmen is a ton but they've done really well so far," said Petersen. "Everything from off the ice and on the ice, they're really fitting the team well. I think we're headed in the right direction this early in the season."

Petersen and Laura Bowman both found the net on man advantages. The Nittany Lions converted both of their power play opportunites while effectively killing off all four Guelph power plays.

"We didn't really practice the power play last week," said Bowman. "I think that's a really good sign for what to expect for the season."

Brandwene additionally highlighted neutral zone play as something the Nittany Lions can build from heading into the regular season.

"I thought we were really patient in the neutral zone, and that's something we had spent the week working on," said Brandwene. "It really started to click in the last couple of days and it was great to see them carry it over in terms of puck possession, support, filling lanes and making head man opportunities."

Meike Meilleur and Kelly Seward also netted goals as the Nittany Lions put a solid first effort out on the ice to start the 2016-17 campaign.

The regular season begins with a pair of games at Clarkson next weekend. The home opener is set for Oct. 14 vs Boston University.



By: Tom Shively, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- A year older and a year wiser, the Penn State sophomores look to improve on the team's success from last year. The foursome of second-years can expect an increased leadership role on the team now that they have a year's worth of experience from which to build. 

Defenseman Kelsey Crow tallied a pair of goals and assists in her initial campaign as a Nittany Lion, but she acknowledged the improvements she made in the offseason to help prepare her for the 2016-17 season. 

"Over the summer, one thing I think I realized I struggled with was being an offensive threat," said Crow. "As a defenseman, I want to be able to shoot the puck through traffic and be able to create really good rebound opportunities or maybe join the rush more.

"One thing I still want to work on is one-timers, I want to be able to put myself in a position where I can take those shots. The beauty of that shot is that I can catch the goalie off guard a little. It's quick and it's more likely to create rebounds so I want to be able to use that shot to create more scoring opportunities." 

Crow also senses a renewed energy in the locker room with the arrival of the new freshman class. 

"We've had four or five years to get this program going," said Crow. "People that have been here and even the new girls understand there is a very family-type aspect of this team and every single girl is clicking with each other. I'm looking forward to seeing that chemistry develop further on the ice and helping us to win games."

Forward Victoria Samuelsson takes a slightly different perspective, excited for an increased role on the team as a second-year player.

"It feels good [not being a freshman anymore], I feel like I'm getting more of a place on the team," said Samuelsson. "That always builds confidence. Our team is doing really well and bringing a lot of energy every day."

Samuelsson finished 2015-16 with a goal and 12 assists, ranking second all-time in assists by a freshman in Penn State history. Her father, Ulf Samuelsson, played 15 years in the NHL and was an instrumental part of her development as a player.

"He helped me become the hockey player I am today," said Samuelsson. "It motivated me and it brought our family closer too."

Meike Meilleur and Hannah England also return for round two to complete the sophomore class. Those two players combined for two goals and seven assists last year. 

You can see the team on the ice this weekend as there is an exhibition Saturday at 4 p.m. against Guelph at Pegula Ice Arena. The regular season begins Sept. 30 at Clarkson.


By: Tom Shively, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Adjusting to the normal college life presents a challenge all its own. Trying to balance that with preparing to play Division I hockey is a huge commitment for Penn State's incoming freshman class. 

Eight new Nittany Lions will be joining the roster this upcoming season, and each one understands the hard work and dedication needed to succeed both on and off the ice.

"Being able to become a family right away with my teammates was huge," said forward Abby Welch on how she was able to adjust to college. "Right when I got on campus in the summer, all the upperclassmen were so welcoming and we felt part of a team."

Welch comes from a hockey family, with her three older sisters all playing in college. Two of her sisters played in Penn State's conference, the CHA, at Mercyhurst and Syracuse, and all three had a large impact on Welch's development.

"I've always grown up playing hockey. As soon as I could walk I was on skates," said Welch. "My three older sisters are probably the most influential to me.  Every time I skated with them, I would always have to prove myself to them. Having them around definitely got me to where I am today."

Welch already has connections with the Nittany Lions, as she played with senior Kelly Seward for the Nichols Vikings during the 2012-13 season.

For defenseman Caileah Forrest, the transition from Canada to the United States has been as smooth as she could have expected.

"The people are so nice and so welcoming," said Forrest. "Even though I'm away from home, it still feels like a home away from home." 

Forrest is one of four Canadians on the roster including fellow freshmen Daniela Paniccia and Amanda McLeod.

Katie McMillan, Brooke Madsen and Kate Rydland all made the trek from Minnesota to Happy Valley this summer, bumping the total number of players from the North Star State to 10. McMillan is one of five players from the same school in Minnetonka, a school that has won three state championships in the last six years. 

Pittsburgh's Olivia Villani is the lone freshman from Pennsylvania, citing the outstanding alumni network and women's hockey program as a whole as reason to commit to Penn State. Villani spent four years with the Pittsburgh Pens Elite program and a year with the East Coast Wizards of the NEWHJL before joining the Nittany Lions.

In the classroom, the freshmen are just getting started with the bulk of their coursework about a month into the semester.  They understand that there are big shoes to fill, as the team posted a 3.40 GPA and 17 Dean's List members in 2015-16.

"The new Morgan Academic Center has definitely helped a lot," said Welch. "We have so many opportunities to succeed here, and there's no reason we shouldn't. "Our coaches want us to succeed and our teammates will help us with anything. I know Caileah [Forrest] helped some girls with French since it's her second language." 

"It's been a little hard with the 6 a.m. conditioning, practice every day, lifting and everything, but our teachers are mostly all understanding," said Forrest. "Our coaches are really good with that and getting those study hours in really helped a lot."

Penn State has a scrimmage against Guelph on Saturday at 4 p.m. before opening up the regular season at Clarkson on Sept. 30.