Penn State Sports Weekly Overview

Story posted November 4, 2013 in Sports, CommRadio by Aaron Carr

The following is the Penn State sports overview for the week of October 28th to November 3rd, and features results from every active Penn State athletic team.

Football:

The football team beat Illinois 24-17 in overtime on Saturday to claim its fifth victory of the season. Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg threw for 240 yards and a touchdown, while receiver Allen Robinson added 11 catches for 165 yards. Penn State travels to Minnesota on November 9th, for its next contest.

Player of the Week: Junior, RB, Bill Belton. The junior ball carrier had the best individual game of his career for the Nittany Lions, in the win over Illinois.

Stat of the Week: Belton became the first player to rush for 200 yards in a game since Larry Johnson in 2002.

Women’s Volleyball:

The women’s volleyball team won both of its matches this week, beating Michigan 3-1 on November 1st and Michigan State 3-0 on the 2nd. With the victories, the Nittany Lions push their conference record to 10-1. Penn State hosts Purdue on the 8th, for its next contest.

Player of the Week: Sophomore, Megan Courtney. The Dayton, Ohio, native had 17 kills in the victory over Michigan.

Stat of the Week: With the victory over Michigan State, Penn State has now won 11 consecutive matches.

Men’s Soccer:

The men’s soccer team split a pair of games this week, beating Penn 2-1 on the 29th and losing to Ohio State 1-0 in double overtime, on November 2nd. The loss to Ohio State was the first conference loss of the season for Penn State. The Nittany Lions conclude regular season play on November 6th against Akron.

Player of the Week: Sophomore, Shane Campbell. The Penn State defender scored the game- winning goal in the victory over Penn.

Stat of the Week: Penn State had a season-high 27 shots in the loss to Ohio State.

Women’s Soccer:

The women’s soccer team beat Michigan State 3-0 on November 1st in its season finale. The Nittany Lions finished the season with a (13-5-1, 7-4 Big Ten) record. Penn State is now off until the 6th, when the Big Ten Tournament kicks off.

Player of the Week: Senior, Maya Hayes. The senior striker had a pair of goals in the win over Michigan State.

Stat of the Week: Hayes recorded her fourth multi-goal game of the season, in the win over Michigan State.

Men’s Ice Hockey:

The men’s ice hockey team won its game against Robert Morris 5-4 on November 1st. The victory is Penn State’s first since opening day. The Nittany Lions notched three power play goals. Penn State is off until the 8th, when it hosts Sacred Heart.

Player of the Week: Sophomore, goaltender, Matthew Skoff. The McKees Rocks, Pa., native stopped a career-high 48 shots in the win over Robert Morris.

Stat of the Week: Eleven Lions recorded at least one point in the win over Robert Morris.

Women’s Ice Hockey:

The women’s ice hockey team lost both of its games against Robert Morris this past week, losing 4-0 on the 31st, and 6-0 on November 1st. The Nittany Lions are now 1-5 at home this season. Penn State hosts Syracuse for its next contest on the 9th.

Player of the Week: Sophomore, goaltender, Celine Whitlinger. The Garden Grove, Calif., native had 43 saves in the loss to Robert Morris on the 1st.

Stat of the Week: Penn State has been outscored 24-9 at home this season.

Field Hockey:

The field hockey team lost to Michigan 2-1 in overtime on November 1st. Despite the loss, Penn State remains the number one seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. The post season tournament kicks off on the 8th.

Player of the Week: Senior, Lauren Purvis. The Maple Glen, Pa., native had the lone goal for the Nittany Lions in the loss to Michigan.

Stat of the Week: The loss to Michigan was Penn State’s only Big Ten defeat of the season.

Cross Country:

The cross country team competed in the Big Ten Championships on November 3rd. The men’s team finished in ninth place. Junior Matt Fischer led the way for Penn State, with a third place time of 24:19. The women’s team finished in fourth place overall, with senior Marta Klebe leading the way with a 16th place finish. Penn State is now off until the 15th, when it competes in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional.

Men’s Swimming:

The men’s swimming team defeated Buffalo 155-137 on the 2nd. Junior Nate Savoy set two Penn State swimming records in the victory. Penn State is off until the 8th, when it competes in a meet against Virginia, West Virginia and Texas.

Aaron Carr is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email adc5230@psu.edu.