Penn State was swept by the University of New Hampshire over the weekend, with game one on Saturday being a high scoring match where the Nittany Lions lost 8-5 to the Wildcats and Sunday’s matchup had a relatively normal score where the team lost 3-1.
Saturday’s game went back and forth between the two teams for the majority of the game, and though Penn State scored the first goal of the game and had another short lived lead in the third period, the Nittany Lions could not come back late in the third when UNH scored three goals in the last four minutes of the game to break the tie and give themselves a comfortable lead. Five different Penn Staters had goals for the team in the matchup, with tallys from Laura Bowman, Sarah Nielsen, Jess Desorcie, Kelly Seward, and Taylor Gross. Nielsen and Descorcie scored their firsts of the year in the game, while Gross had her second, Seward her third, and Bowman her fourth. Nicole Paniccia took the start in net on Saturday for the team, saving 28 of 36 Wildcat shots. The loss drops her to 0-3-1 this season as she remains win-less so far at the start of the year. However, Penn State gave up 3 power play goals on 5 UNH attempts to UNH giving up 2 power play goals on 7 Penn State attempts.
On Sunday, Taylor Gross scored the only goal for the team as Celine Whitlinger got the start in between the pipes for Penn State. UHN was able to control the game from start to finish, scoring two of their three goals on the power play and almost doubling their shots over Penn State 35-18 through three periods, with the Nittany Lions having only 3 shots in the second period. Whitlinger stopped 32 shots and Shannon Yoxheimer led the team with 6 shots, followed closely by Jill Holdcroft with 4. The two losses dropped the team’s record to 2-5-1 through the first eight games of the season.
Penn State will continue their home stand this week, hosting Robert Morris Thursday night and Friday afternoon in their first two conference games of the season. The Coloniels are 6-2 to start the year, and last year the Nittany Lions were swept in their four games they played against the team, with losses ranging from 7-1 in their first meeting to a close 4-2 in their last. Thursday night’s game on Halloween night starts at 7 p.m. and Friday afternoon’s is 4 p.m in Pegula.