Penn State Field Hockey Hosts Dual Conference Clash Against Indiana and Michigan
Sept. 23, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Coming off of a four-game win streak, the Penn State field hockey team returns home Friday for a weekend of Big Ten play. The Nittany Lion's 2010 conference schedule premiers Friday at 6 p.m. against Indiana, followed by a 1 p.m. Sunday match-up facing Michigan, broadcasted live on The Big Ten Network.
The No. 14 Nittany Lions head into the weekend following a five-day break of competitive play after defeating both Temple (4-0) and West Chester (3-1) on away turf. Goalkeeper, Ayla Halus (Hershey, Pa.) solidified her second conference honor of the season, being named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after tallying a perfect performance in a weeklong shutout in the team's three wins over Lafayette, Temple, and West Chester. Halus earner her first defensive laurels Sept. 6, following 12 saves vs. the Huskies.
Penn State has dominated the series against Indiana, 11-3, since its launch in 1978. The last time the teams met was during The 2009 Big Ten semifinals when the Hoosiers defeated the Lions in a 3-1 decision. Indiana enters Happy Valley, Friday, fresh off a 4-1 decision over Missouri State. Front-runners Morgan Fleetwood and Shareyna Chung of Indiana are the players to watch, both leading the Hoosiers with three goals apiece.
The Wolverines will take the field at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex on Sunday, in a rivalry, again, dominated by Penn State. The 22-12 record in the all-time series originated in 1992. The Lions came up short in last year's contest in Ann Arbor but they shutout the Wolverines last time they appeared in Happy Valley 3-0 in 2008.
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