Field Hockey Seeded No. 3 for Big Ten Tournament, Will Play No. 6 Northwestern
Carey Maser and the Nittany Lions are the No. 3 seed at next weekend's Big Ten Tournament and will play No. 6 seed Northwestern at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 3.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; October 29, 2006 - The Penn State field hockey team has drawn the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament and will the sixth seed Northwestern in the first round of the tournament on Friday, November 3 at 3:00 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Penn State-Northwestern game will be the third game of the day and will be preceded by No. 2 Indiana vs. No. 7 Michigan State at 10:00 a.m. and host and No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 5 Iowa at 12:30 p.m.
Penn State ended the regular season tied with Indiana and Michigan for second place in the Big Ten with 4-2 conference records. In the head-to-head tiebreaker, all three teams had 1-1 records against each other, therefore the second tiebreaker was brought into play, which is record against the other conference teams beginning at the top. Since Indiana defeated first place Ohio State and the Nittany Lions and Wolverines both lost to the Buckeyes, Indiana drew the No. 2 seed. After continuing that part of the tiebreaker, Michigan and Penn State remained tied since both teams had defeated Iowa, Northwestern and Michigan State.
The Nittany Lions were awarded the No. 3 seed based on the third tiebreaker, which is goal differential. Penn State had a goal differential of plus seven in Big Ten play while Michigan¡¯s was zero, having given up and scored the same amount of goals in conference play.
Northwestern finished tied for sixth placed with Michigan State with identical 1-5 conference records but got the No. 6 seed based on its win over Michigan State. Penn State defeated the Wildcats 3-1 last weekend on October 20th at Evanston. Allison Scola (Hummelstown, Pa.) scored all three goals in that win.
If Penn State should advance past the first round on Friday, then the Nittany Lions will play the winner of the Indiana-Michigan State game on Saturday, November 4 at 1:30 p.m. in the second semifinal of the day. The first semifinal between No. 1 seed Ohio State and the winner of the Michigan-Iowa game will be played at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. The Big Ten Tournament championship game will be on Sunday, November 5 at 1:00 p.m. and will be televised on tape delay by CSTV.