PHILADELPHIA - Penn will not have to wait long to try and erase the sting from an 89th minute loss to Cornell on Saturday as the Red and Blue are set to make a mid-week trip to Happy Valley on Tuesday to take on Penn State (7 p.m.)
The Quakers are now 5-3-1 overall this season, and 3-0-0 against Keystone State schools. All-time, the Quakers have had trouble with the Nittany Lions, with a 6-21-3 record in 30 meetings. Last year, the two teams met in late October at Rhodes Field, with Penn State scoring a 2-1 win on an own goal by Penn in the 77th minute. Corey Hertzog made the play for the Nittany Lions which led to the own goal by the Quakers, dribbling around a defender and shooting towards goal. The original shot was stopped, but an attempted clear by the Quakers was inadvertently sent into their goal. Thomas Brandt had Penn's lone goal of the match in the 69th minute to tie the game, heading in a ball sent his way by Christian Barreiro.
Barreiro, Brandt and the rest of Penn's juniors and seniors will be looking to exact a measure of revenge for their 2009 trip to Happy Valley which saw the Nittany Lions put up a 5-0 win over the Quakers. What was a close match after the first 45 minutes of play was blow open by Penn State in the second half as PSU netted four goals in the final 30 minutes of the game.
The Nittany Lions are coming off a down week of their own as the then-No. 19 Nits went 0-1-1 in two matches last week. After a scoreless tie with No. 17 Georgetown - a team Penn also played to a draw earlier this season - Penn State was knocked off at home in a Big Ten match with Michigan, 2-1. All the scoring came in the final 15 minutes, including an 18-second run of play which saw the Nittany Lions tie the match only for the Wolverines to retake the lead with 1:03 to play.
Overall, the Nittany Lions are 5-3-2 and they have posted a 4-1-1 mark at home. Goals have been at a premium for Penn State this year, with 11 goals in 10 matches. Four players have two goals for PSU; Minh Vu, Jordan Tyler, Julian Cardona and Hasani Sinclair. Vu has added three assists for a team-high seven points in his first season for Penn State after transferring from Pima Community College where he was a two-time NJCAA All-American. In 2010, he was a first-team All-American after scoring 44 points on 15 goals and 14 assists.
Freshman Andrew Wolverton has played every minute between the pipes for Penn State, making 27 saves and posting a 0.57 goals-against average. He will be matched up in goal with fellow United States Under-18 National Team keeper Max Kurtzman who has started all nine of Penn's matches and has a 0.87 GAA.