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Field Hockey

  • Last Season (2010)

         o  Mallory Weisen was second on the team with 11 goals and led the Big Ten with eight game-winning goals,

             becoming  the second  straight Penn State player to lead the conference in game-winners

         o  Kiersten Wood was named a first team All-American for the second straight year and ended her career as a

             three-time All-American

         o  Britney Long, who led the team and finished third in the Big Ten in goals, set numerous personal career highs and

             scored the lone goal of the game in Penn State 1-0 upset over two-time defending champion Maryland to advance to

             the NCAA Final Four

  • In 1964, Pet Seni coached Penn State’s first varsity field hockey team  and the team went undefeated (Susquehanna

        2-0, Bucknell 4-0, and Juniata 11-0)

  • Consecutive national championships in 1980 and 1981 behind Coach Gillian Rattray

        o  Coach Gillian Rattray coached the Nittany Lions from 1974-1986 to a record of 176-49-1

        o  Rattray  took Penn State to 13 straight national postseason tournaments

        o  The team went 19-2-1 and ranked No.1 in the nation from start to finish

  • Char Morett played on seven U.S. national teams and won a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles after the

        U.S. boycott kept her out of the 1980 Games

  • Chris Larson-Mason played on seven U.S. national teams (1978-84)

         o  The U.S. boycott kept her from the 1980 Olympic Games, but she won a bronze medal at the Games in Los Angeles in 1984

  • Penn Staters in the Olympics

         o  Christine Larson, USA, in 1980-Moscow: Int.boycott: team tournament

                                              In 1984-Los Angeles: Team tournament (bronze)

         o  Charlene F. Morett, USA, in 1980-Moscow: Int. boycott; team tournament

                                                 In 1984-Los Angeles: Team tournament (bronze)

         o  Brenda L.Stauffer, USA, in 1984-Los Angeles: Team tournament (bronze)

  • Jeannie Fissinger received Broderick Award as the nation’s outstanding collegiate field hockey player in 1980

         o  Fissinger helped the 1980 U.S. national team finish undefeated, allowing just seven goals in 24 games

  • Candy Finn received Broderick Award as the nation’s outstanding collegiate field hockey player in 1981

         o  Finn scored two late goals in the 1981 national championship to give Penn State a 2-1 victory

         o  The two-time All-American graduated as the Lion scoring leader with 90 goals and 16 assists from 1978-81

  • Mary McCarthy earned All-American in 1985 and 1986 and she was nominated for the Broderick Award in 1986
  • Two-time All-American Eleanor Stone scored 63 goals and 16 assists from 1988-91and played for three U.S. national

        teams over a span of seven years

  • Kristen Winters twice earned first team All-American honors (1989-90) and she scored 62 goals and 22 assists

        from 1987 -90

  • All-American Lisa Bervinchack led the Lions in scoring in 1988 and she returned in 1994 to serve as Lion assistant

        coach after graduation

  • All-American goalkeeper Michele Brennan posted 15 shutouts in 1990 and 12 in 1991 as the Lions made two straight

        trips to the NCAA Final Four

  • The two-time All-American Christ McGinley notched 86 goals and 8 assists from 1990-93, finishing second all-time in

        scoring at Penn State

  • Coach Char Morrett’s Field Hockey team was the first sport at Penn State to win a Big Ten title in 1993 and won four more from 1995-98

        o  Morett’s teams reached the NCAA Final Four in 1990, 1991, and 1993, and 2002 when they finished second in the country

  • In 2005 the Lions went unbeaten in the Big Ten regular season to win another title
  • All-Americans Christine McKinley and Becca Main led Penn State to its first Big Ten title
  • From 1995-2005, five Lions-Jen Colletta, Heather Gorlaski, Tracey Larson, Traci Anselmo and Kiley Kulina- earned

        Big Ten Player of the Year honors

       o  Anselmo was also named Big Ten tournament MVP in 1998,as the Lions won their fifth title

       o  Two-time All-American Heather Gorlaski was named Tournament MVP in 1997 as the Lions nipped Michigan, 2-1, to win

           the Big Ten title

  • Becca Main, Jill Pearsall, and Jill Martz earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors by 2005
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