For the first time since 1998, the Penn State field hockey team is Big Ten tournament champions. The Nittany Lions (16-5, 4-2) defeated Michigan, 3-2, in exciting fashion Sunday on their home field en route to claiming their fifth all-time tourney crown, the last also coming against Michigan. Redshirt senior Hannah Allison registered the game-winning goal. Read the full game recap from GoPSUSports.com.
Watch Steve Jones and Kara Lentz recap Michigan’s win over Iowa and Penn State’s win over Ohio state to advance to the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament Championship. Visit tournament host site GoPSUsports.com for complete updates on the tournament central page. Jump inside for interviews with Penn State coach Charlene Morett and Penn State goalie Ayla Halus.
The weekend saw several of the conference’s soccer and field hockey teams in action. Senior keeper Jeremy Clark tallied his fourth shutout of the year and red-shirt freshman Ryan Keener headed in the game’s only goal as Michigan State (6-7-4, 2-2-2) took back the Big Bear Trophy with a 1-0 victory over rival Michigan. Watch highlights of that game now. Moving to field hockey, Penn State (13-5, 4-2) earned a 4-1 victory over Michigan State on Sunday to close out the regular season and clinch a tie for second place in the Big Ten. Take a dive inside for video highlights from that game and updates on women’s soccer in the Big Ten Conference.
Michigan field hockey coach Marcia Pankratz can say something no other coach at the University of Michigan can: she recorded the first women’s national championship in school history. The year was 2001, and under Pankratz’s guidance, the Wolverines stormed their way to the national title. Pankratz left the Wolverines three seasons later, only to return in 2009. Don’t miss our video that takes you inside a Pankratz-led Michigan practice.