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Penn State leads all Big Ten institutions in Fall honorees
Brittany Grzywacz scores on two penalty strokes
Academic All-Big Ten (2011)
NFHCA National Academic Squad (2010, 2011)
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2011: Appeared in seven contests, battling a concussion for a good portion of the season ... Made her season debut at Lock Haven (9/2), seeing 11 minutes of action ... Saw significant time in a 6-1 victory over Quinnipiac (9/11) ... Played 21 minutes vs. Virginia Commonwealth (9/18) ... Additionally saw action against Temple (9/22), at Lafayette for a season-high of 30 minutes (10/11), at Bucknell (10/25) and vs. MSU (10/30) ... Was recognized by Gladiatior and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association for sporting a team GPA above 3.0 for a second consecutive year ... Additionally named Academic All-Big Ten in her first year eligible for the honor.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2010: Appeared in three contests during her first season in Happy Valley ... Made her collegiate debut during a 4-0 victory over Temple on September 18 ... Saw significant second-half action during Penn State's 7-2 win over Monmouth on October 3 ... Wrapped up her first season with an appearance in the squad's 4-1 victory against Bucknell on October 19 ... Garnered a spot on the 2010 NFHCA National Academic Squad for her outstanding work in the classroom.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year varsity starter for Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pa. ... As a senior in 2009, was named Second Team All-League and All-State and an All-Academic honoree ... Also received Captain Award, Team Offensive MVP and cracked the Courier Times Golden Bear Second Team ... Named Honorable Mention All-State and Courier Times Golden Honorable Mention while winning the Hustling Midfield Team Award ... Garnered Newcomer Award as a sophomore in `07 ... Team enjoyed tremendous success, including winning the District One Championship in `08 and SOL Championship in `07 and `08 ... Neshaminy's best season was in 2008, going undefeated through districts ... Also a senior captain and freshman team captain (2006) ... Competed in the `09 Philadelphia All-Star Senior Classic ... A member of Mystx Field Hockey Club, the Mystx Stealth and Futures (2008 and 2009) ... Played soccer at Neshaminy High School as well on the 2009 SOL Championship and District One Runner Up squad ... Impressive academically, finishing in the top five percent of her class throughout high school ... Distinguished Honor Roll all four years ... Also a Scholar Athlete, Class Officer and member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society ... Active in the community outside of academics and athletes ... Also served as reality panelist for local newspaper and sports editor for school newspaper.
PERSONAL: Full name is Annabelle Eliza Abdo ... Born on March 21, 1992 in Commerce Township, Mich. ... Daughter of Scott and Laura Abdo ... Sister of Samantha (22), who graduated from Penn State in 2010, and Joseph (13) ... Plans on majoring in biology.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE:"My sister went here and I fell in love with the school when I visited her throughout her four years. I toured many other colleges and I always compared them to Penn State and Penn State always won out."
Major & Why: Biology because I want to be an orthodontist, orthopedic surgeon, or do cancer research
Favorite Food: Popcorn ... I also put hot sauce on everything
Favorite Color: Lime green
Favorite Musical Artist: Dave Matthews Band
Favorite Movie: Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Favorite TV Show: Gossip Girl, 90210, and the O.C. even though it was cancelled
Favorite Website: Facebook
Favorite Sports Broadcaster: Merrill Reese
Favorite Pro Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Favorite Athlete: Landon Donavon
Childhood Idol: Mia Hamm
Hobbies: Hanging out with my friends and listening to music
Biggest Fear: Going into deep water in the ocean
Teams I'd Like To See Added To The Schedule: Villanova and Stanford
Best Player I Ever Played With: Marlaine Schneider
Magazine Cover I'd Like To Be On: Sports Illustrated
Most Prized Possession: My cell phone
Place I'd Like To Visit: Europe
I Wear My Jersey Number Because: When I started travel soccer, my coach gave me number 15 and it has stuck ever since.
If I Didn't Play Field Hockey, I Would Play: Soccer
If I Had $1 Billion, I Would: Donate to cancer research and other charities, travel with my family and buy a house in California
After Penn State, I Would Like To: Go to dental or medical school and then open my own practice