Penn State already solidified its place in the Big Ten tournament and is likely a lock for the NCAA tournament, but coach Char Morrett-Curtiss put a lot of stock in her team’s final regular season matchup against Bucknell.
Going into Tuesday night’s matchup against the Bison, the Nittany Lions had a mindset that to led to a dominant effort in what would be the seniors last regular season game at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex.
The Nittany Lions used that attitude on Tuesday as they soundly defeated the Bison 5-0 in the 2018 regular season finale.
“Even though this may be our last regular season game, we have to play like this is a championship,” coach Char Morett-Curtiss said.
Penn State was able to establish the connection between Moira Putsch and Abby Meyers early as Putsch was able to find Meyers twice in the early stages of the game to give the Nittany Lions a 2-0 lead.
“[Putsch] is just such a great player to work with” Meyers said “She uses her speed and it really makes an impact for us”.
The defense and goalie Jenny Rizzo would take it from there, as once again there was no getting past the goaltender from Hershey.
Rizzo calmly denied Bucknell of any rebound chances and frustrated the Bison attack throughout the game.
Then off a penalty corner, Penn State struck once more as Katie Dembrowski put the Nittany Lions up three going into the half.
In the second, Penn State remained dominant as Moira Putsch once again made her mark as she got one for herself three minutes into the half.
“She had a really good week at practice and for the past couple games we can tell that she has really turned it on” said coach Char Morett-Curtiss
The senior All American finished the evening with five points as she contributed on four of the five Nittany Lion goals.
She even tried to make an unselfish play at the end of the blowout as she attempted to get her fellow teammates involved in the scoring by passing up on a prime scoring chance.
But even her coach thought that she should’ve been a bit more selfish in that particular moment.
If the talented Putsch can find a rhythm in the Big Ten tournament the same way she has done the last few games, then the Big Ten is going to have a tough time dealing with this Penn State attack.
The Nittany Lions will be ready for conference tournament play on Sunday as they have revenge on their mind against Iowa.
The game will be on BTN and will start at noon on Sunday from the Field Hockey Complex.