Penn State played in their first ever National Tournament, where they also played their first ever games. They showed tremendous growth from game one to four as well.
PSU was placed in a group with Kentucky, Michigan State, and Bowling Green. The Nittany Lions opened play on Friday night against Kentucky. Needless to say, they were a little shell shocked at home hard UK threw, but after the first few points they adjusted to the speed of the game. PSU also received some coaching, and despite falling 9-0, their level of play in point nine was significantly better than in point one. On Saturday, PSU opened with Bowling Green, and showing major improvement they forced overtime on the Falcons. They would lose 3-2 in OT, but still played much better than previously. After that the Nittany Lions faced the Spartans in a Land Grant Rivalry game, and despite losing 6-0 to the future National Runner Ups, they were extremely competitive and forced MSU on the 10 clock multiple times. On Sunday PSU was given the #16 seed, and faced #1 Kent State. They would be over matched by Kent’s speed and strength, losing 6-0.
Overall Penn State may not have had the results they wanted in their first tournament, but they did play well. These Nittany Lions are young, and should start making noise next season.