Post by Millennium on Sept 4, 2016 21:19:57 GMT -5
On a more positive note.
PSU Women's Field Hockey (ranked #18) downed #9 Albany by a score of 3-1 today. Last week PSU defeated #5 Virginia and #20 Old Dominion. Penn State opens the season at 4-0 for the first time since 2003 and for the 13th time in program history.
Last Edit: Nov 2, 2016 0:12:03 GMT -5 by Millennium
PSU moves up to #5 spot in this week's rankings (up from #18) and received 8 first place votes. Pretty impressive considering last year they didn't make the tournament of 16 teams (actually 18; there was a pre-tourney play-off). PSU has been to the final twice, in 2002 and 2007 and lost both times. They have a very talented group this year and a great goalkeeper, keep an eye out for them, they could go far.
FYI - I started following field hockey a few years ago, by watching the US national team play in international tourneys. I realized that more than half the players on the team were from PA; I've been a fan since. This year at the Olympics they had their best group play record ever; 4 wins and 1 loss for 2nd place. They recently built a national team training center in PA; which is a huge, since they used to train in CA.
Last Edit: Sept 7, 2016 15:15:17 GMT -5 by Millennium
Head Coach: Craig Parnham Assistant coach: Janneke Schopman
But of all the changes to their program, it is their geographical move that has received the most attention. For years, the women's team trained at the U.S. Olympic training center in Chula Vista, California, an idyllic, culturally diverse San Diego suburb located close to the beach but far from home for most of the women, the majority of whom are from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. So Parnham relocated the program from Chula Vista to the field hockey hub [Spooky Nook Sports] of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where players could train year-round in a world-class indoor facility with fewer distractions than they had in Southern California.
Last Edit: Sept 7, 2016 21:00:04 GMT -5 by Millennium
PA has always had an enormous amount of field hockey talent. The national team is usually comprised of many PA players; sometimes, most are PA players. Unfortunately for Penn State, most of the best players did not stay home and went to ACC schools. If we could keep the talent at home, we'd be to field hockey what the U. of North Carolina is to women's soccer.
Post by Millennium on Sept 16, 2016 20:08:39 GMT -5
Sept. 16, 2016 --> #4 PSU rallies on the road for a 4-3 win over #16 IOWA. PSU started a comeback in the 1st half, after being down 0-3, to end the half 1-3. Then in the 2nd half, they scored 3 unanswered points to win the match 4-3. This team has some real grit.
The Lions have now equaled the second-best start to a season in program history at 7-0, equaling the start of the 2002 season.
Last Edit: Sept 17, 2016 6:05:42 GMT -5 by Millennium
Post by Millennium on Sept 18, 2016 8:22:37 GMT -5
From the PSU Website:
Sept. 17, 2016
Penn State took care of business against Ball State in a 7-0 rout of the Cardinals at Grant Field. Penn State (8-0, 1-0) continued to be an offensive power, scoring six or more goals for the fourth time this season. The Nittany Lions limited Ball State (4-3, 0-0) to two shots and one penalty corner for the game. The Lions erupted for a game-high 23 shots and nine penalty corners.
Penn State is 8-0 for the first time since 1993 when the Lions started 15-0. Penn State will return to action Friday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. CST in Evanston, Ill. when the Nittany Lions take on Big Ten foe Northwestern.
Last Edit: Sept 18, 2016 8:23:22 GMT -5 by Millennium
They're doing good, I'd say tied for top team in the B1G along with Minnesota (whom they tied 1-1 on Friday). They are missing 3 defensive players and 1 midfielder (all starters on last years team) to the U-20 Women's World Cup. All those players took a redshirt year. Lots of young players have stepped in this year trying to settle into their positions. Team is still solid, but it'll take a few more games to work out the kinks. We picked up 2 really good international players in August, so when our woso team gels, I think they can be dangerous in the tourney.
Last Edit: Sept 18, 2016 19:12:35 GMT -5 by Millennium