Field hockey set for home-opening weekend

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- No. 6 Penn State returns to the Penn State Field Hockey Complex to open its home schedule against Temple and UConn after finishing its first weekend of play with a 1-1 record against two Top-10 teams on the road. The Nittany Lions host Temple at 6 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 6) and No. 4 Connecticut at noon on Sunday (Sept. 8).

There will be a number of festivities put on by the field hockey program for the opening home weekend. At Friday's match there will be a "Tweet Your Seat" and a halftime contest that will give fans a chance to win prizes. Every Friday home match this season will be "Dollar Dog Night" where all fans can purchase hotdogs for one dollar apiece.

On Sunday the Nittany Lion mascot will be in attendance to get the fans fired up for the clash against No. 4 UConn. There also will be a free 30-minute field hockey clinic put on by the team following the match. Participants in the clinic are encouraged to bring their own sticks.

All fans are reminded that Penn State has a new no bag policy that will be enforced at every Penn State home event throughout the year. One clear plastic one-gallon bag per person is the only bag permitted at all Penn State home events. Also, fans are encouraged to park in the East Deck parking lot for Friday's match against Temple.

The Nittany Lions came out of its tough opening weekend road trip with a 1-1 split. In the opener, Penn State used a second-half flurry of goals to defeat No. 8 Old Dominion by a score of 3-1. The Lions trailed 1-0 at the halftime break before Taylor Herold (Fredericksburg, Va.) notched the first Penn State goal of the season. Minutes later Brittany Grzywacz (Collegeville, Pa.) put the Nittany Lions on top with a goal off a penalty corner. Ashtin Klingler (Selinsgrove, Pa.) added a third goal to cement the Penn State win at 3-1. The Blue and White scored all three goals in a span of eight minutes in the second half.

After winning the opener, the team traveled to Charlottesville, Va. to play No. 7 UVA. The Nittany Lions trailed the hosts at the half and then leveled the score at 1-1 in the second for the second consecutive match. Despite the comeback attempt, the Cavaliers added three goals of their own in the final stanza to win by a final of 4-2. Grzywacz and Herold had the two PSU goals, while Laura Gebhart (Mount Joy, Pa.) picked up two assists, pushing the junior's season total to four through two matches. 

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Last Updated September 05, 2013