They’re in, No problem. They had a decent chance of hosting the first round of the NCAA tournament had they won the B10 tournament. As it stands now, they’ll be in for sure. Also, 18 teams go to the NCAAs not 16,
As expected PSU is in the tournament. They also have a favorable draw. They meet #6 Harvard, a team that they have never faced before, in the opening round at Princeton on Friday. Harvard was the Ivy League champion but wound up being seeded behind the third overall seed fellow Ivy League foe Princeton.
If the Lions get past Harvard, they will meet the winner of Virginia/Princeton , two teams PSU is quite familiar with. The Nits beat Virginia 1-0 in their opening game of the season back in August. A week later, they lost to Princeton 1-2 in double OT.
Coming into this weekend, Princeton was 5th in the Coaches Poll while Harvard was 6th. PSU was 9th and Virginia was 16th.
Five B10 schools made the 18 team tournament to lead all conferences (the ACC got four bids). Maryland was the #2 overall seed, while Rutgers, Michigan, PSU, and Iowa also got bids.
The PSU Field Hockey team meets Harvard at 2:30 this afternoon in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Coverage is on ESPN3.
They were royally embarrassed by Harvard. I thought this team had the potential to make the Final Four, but they played their worst game of the season. Harvard had never won a game in the NCAA tournament. Penn State, on the other hand, had something like 28 tournament wins. But, in this game, Harvard looked like the veteran team while PSU had the deer in headlights look. Very disappointing game for the Nits.
Also, one of the best, if not the best, female athletes to play here - three time All-American in field hockey (PSU’s only 3 time FH AA), two time national champion in lacrosse, two time Olympian in field hockey winning bronze once (the only time the USA has medaled), All-American and prolific scorer in lacrosse (125 goals in just 36 games).