On Saturday October 6, the Penn State Nittany Lions participated in their first NCAA Division I contest and emerged with a win. The squad bested the Vermont Catamounts by a 5-3 tally to win their first contest at the Division I level. In addition, the squad became the first Nittany Lions varsity hockey team to win a game since February 17, 1943, when the men’s team defeated Drexel Tech by a 3-1 score.
All five goals came courtesy of freshmen, Shannon Yoxheimer, Micayla Catanzariti and Birdie Shaw. Yoxheimer and Catanzariti each scored two goals. Catanzariti scored her two goals first, marking the first player to score two goals in the program’s nascent history. Overall, she accumulated three points in the school’s first win. The three points led all skaters in the contest.
Yoxheimer made more history for the club as she scored the first goal and first game-winning goal in program history. During the weekend series with Vermont, she led all Nittany Lions with 10 shots. Connecticut transfer Nicole Paniccia became the first women’s goaltender to win a contest for the Penn State women’s squad.
The following day, the NIttany Lions played Vermont in a rematch and were bested by a 3-1 score. Celine Whitlinger stood between the pipes in the loss, stopping 40 Catamounts shots.
Despite the loss, Penn State still made history. Birdie Shaw scored in both games to become the first Nittany Lions player to score in back to back games.