Penn State Weekend Preview

No football? No problem!  Beaver Stadium may be silent this weekend, but there is plenty of Penn State sports action to keep you occupied.  Here is a quick rundown of all the Penn State teams in action this weekend, including a couple in NCAA tournament action.

On Friday night in San Diego, the women’s soccer team faces national top seed Florida State in the semifinals of the College Cup, college soccer’s Final 4.  Penn State earned the trip to California by knocking off Duke 1-0 in last week’s regional final.  This is the first trip to soccer’s biggest stage for Penn State since 2005, and the program is looking to advance to the final for the first time in their history.  The game kicks off at 8:30, and can be seen live on ESPN3.com, with the winner facing the UNC-Stanford winner on Sunday at 4:00.

On the other side of the country, the Penn State women’s volleyball team starts their quest for a 5th national title in 6 years when they face Binghampton in Rec Hall tonight.  The Lions enter the NCAA tournament as the top seed nationally with a 29-2 record.  The match begins at 7:30, and the winner will face either Bowling Green or Yale in Rec Hall on Saturday at 7:30.  The Falcons and Bulldogs match starts at 5:00 tonight.

Penn State’s men’s basketball team looks to rebound from a tough loss to Boston College on Wednesday night in the Big 10/ACC Challenge when they face Penn on Saturday afternoon.  Pat Chambers’ squad struggled to score for much of the game vs. BC, until a late 18-1 run nearly brought them all the way back from a  20 point deficit.  DJ Newbill and Jermaine Marshall scored 22 and 25 points respectively, but with Brandon Taylor in foul trouble much of the night, PSU could not find a 3rd option on the offensive end.  Penn enters the game 2-5, coming off a win against Binghampton on Wednesday.  The game tips at 2:00 in the Jordan Center, and can be seen on ESPN3.com.

In hockey, the men’s team is at home in Greenberg Ice Pavillion this weekend for a 2 game exhibition series against Arizona State on Friday and Saturday.  The Sun Devils remain a club team in the ACHA.  Both of those games start at 7:30. The women’s team is on the road for a 2 game series against #4 Mercyhurst.  PSU enters with a 5-8-1 record, while the Lakers sit at 12-1-0.  Game 1 starts at 7:00 tonight, with the series finale at 2:00 on Saturday.  Mary Clarke will have a full recap of all of the action on the ice next week right here on VBR.

The Lady Lions return home to the Jordan Center on Sunday afternoon to face Farleigh Dickinson at 2:00, coming off their first defeat of the season.  Penn State fell 69-65 to Miami in the women’s Big 10/ACC Challenge on Thursday night in Florida.  The Lions rallied late to tie the game at 65 on a Maggie Lucas three, but the Hurriances scored the final 4 points to knock off 6th ranked PSU.  Penn State hits the road again next week for a huge matchup against #2 UConn on Thursday, December 6th.

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Topics: College Cup Soccer, Penn State Baskeball, Penn State Hockey, Penn State Soccer

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