IOWA CITY, Iowa – No. 5 Penn State field hockey team claimed its second consecutive Big Ten Tournament championship Sunday with a 2-0 win over No. 11 Michigan.
It is the sixth conference championship for the Nittany Lions (17-3, 5-1 Big Ten), more than any other school in the history of the Big Ten. Michigan has won the league title five times.
The Lions, the top seed during the conference tournament, claimed the Big Ten's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, which begins Saturday.
Senior Kelsey Amy, a Lake-Lehman graduate, scored both goals for the Nittany Lions. She converted a penalty corner for the first goal, then made a diving play to punch home a rebound for Penn State's second goal -- her 24th of the season. She also had seven of Penn State's 11 shots. Amy was named the Big Ten Tournament MVP for a second consecutive season.
Crestwood graduate Jenna Chrismer did not record a shot in 33 minutes of play for Penn State. She filled key minutes in the second half when Amy was out of the game with a potential leg scrape after her second goal.
Tournament most valuable player Brittany Moyer scored one goal and dished outfive assists to power second-seeded Eastern University to a 7-2 victory over top-seeded King's College in the Freedom Conference championship game Sunday at King's McCarthy Stadium.
With the win, Eastern improved to 15-5 and received the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III national tournament.