This past Saturday the Lady Lions took on Division 1 Womens team the Pittsburgh Angels and came away with a 29-14 victory. They followed Saturdays performance with a 60-12 victory over previously undefeated Big 10 opponent Indiana University on Sunday morning.
The team again relied heavily on its depth starting only 2 of the same players from Saturday to Sunday. Sophomore Rachel Ehrecke had her first full game at flyhalf against Pittsburgh. Head Coach Kate Daley commented that “Rachel improved consistently through the game and started to find her voice as a leader on the field, we are very proud of how she stepped up in a difficult role against a challenging opponent”. Following Ehrecke’s performance freshmen Prop Kira Garnett was impressive in set pieces and showed phenomenal ball handling skills all day Sunday vs Indiana University.
Senior Flanker Taylah Pipkin was first on the board for Penn State against the Pitt Angels. She was followed by 5th year prop Hope Rogers with Sophomore Fullback Tess Feury adding 1 Conversion and 1 Penalty kick. Penn State ended the first half only up by 1, 15-14. The 2nd half kicked off with a pushover try to make any scrum coach proud and was followed by one more Hope Rogers try to end the game. Feury was able to connect on 4 out of 5 kicks.
After a long day of playing and travel the Penn State Women faced a rested IU side Sunday morning. The game showcased some phenomenal attacking organization, handling and physical defense on both sides of the ball. Penn State was consistently tested at the scrum but were able to hold their own and came away with the first score and the eventual win. Tries were scored by Hope Rogers, Scout Cheeks, Elaine Santiago, Gabe Cortana, Courtney Williams and Katie Mueller.
The women have a much deserved bye weekend after two long travel weekends. They will play Navy 9am @ home on October 31 as their final warm up game before wrapping up their season with the Big 10 Championships November 7th and 8th.