After losing a spirited contest 5-2 to No. 7 Mercyhurst on Friday, the Lions once again faltered in an equally physical 4-1 loss on Saturday afternoon.
Despite team improvements, Penn State still did not have an answer for Mercyhurst captain Christine Bestland. Bestland, who had a hat trick on Friday, added two more goals and an assist on Saturday.
It was an impressive night for the Nittany Lion penalty kill, however, who withstood a barrage of point shots and stymied all five Mercyhurst powerplay opportunities.
After a scoreless first frame, Mercyhurst potted two goals in each of the game's final two periods, building an insurmountable lead. Penn State's lone goal of the matinee contest came off of Jill Holdcroft's stick with just three seconds remaining.
Once again, the scoreboard was not favorable for the young Nittany Lions but Nicole Pannicia and the other 250 fans in attendance witnessed an improved team in white.
"Anyone who was here watching knows we gave them a good run," Paniccia said.