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Ayla Halus
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Ayla Halus

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Hershey, Pa.

High School:
Hershey

Height:
5-6

Position:
GK


07/17/2013

Record 68 PSU Student-Athletes Honored as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

Honored for earning 3.7 GPA or higher during 2012-13 academic year

04/04/2013

Field Hockey Kicks Off Spring Schedule

Penn State hosts Bucknell, Lock Haven and Cornell in Spring Tournament

12/20/2012

Thirty-one Penn State Student-Athletes Receiving Diplomas This Weekend

Thirteen Teams with Graduates; List Includes 10 Football Squad Members

12/18/2012

Record 100 Penn State Student-Athletes Honored with Academic All-Big Ten Awards

Penn State leads all Big Ten institutions in Fall honorees

12/10/2012

Lions Bid Farewell to Senior Leaders

Field hockey team looks ahead to 2013

11/16/2012

11/11/12 - Field Hockey vs. Syracuse - NCAA Quarterfinals

Field hockey takes on Syracuse in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

11/05/2012

11/4/12 - Field Hockey vs. Michigan - Big Ten Championship

No. 1 seed Penn State claims the Big Ten Tournament Championship with a 2-0 victory over No. 3 seed Michigan!

CAREER HONORS
Second Team NFHCA All-American (2010, 2011)
NFHCA First Team All-Region (2010, 2011)
First Team All-Big Ten (2010, 2011)
NFHCA National Academic Squad (2009, 2010, 2011)
Academic All-Big Ten (2009, 2010, 2011)

AS A JUNIOR IN 2011: Started all 23 games in the cage for the Nittany Lions ... Was third in the Big Ten in saves (92) and save percentage (.742) ... Earned first team All-Big Ten recognition and was also named a second team All-American by the NFHCA ... Recorded four shutouts on the year, two of which coming against Big Ten opponents ... Was brilliant in a 3-0 shutout victory at No. 3 Virginia (8/28), making five saves in the cage ... Notched a season-high 10 saves at No. 6 Duke in a 2-1 victory ... Earned her second shutout of the season at Iowa (9/25), where she recorded seven saves ... Led Penn State to its sixth straight victory against Northwestern (10/1), making seven saves in an overtime win over the Wildcats ... Turned in another outstanding performance at Indiana (10/7) as she made seven saves in a 6-2 victory ... Recorded a 1-0 shutout and five saves in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament against Ohio State (11/4) ... Notched her fourth shutout against Northeastern (11/12) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Was named Academic All-Big Ten and also earned a spot on the NFHCA Academic squad.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2010: Put together one of the top goaltending seasons in Penn State history while earning first-team All-Big Ten accolades ... Also earned first-team All-Region and second-team All-American honors ... Led the nation with an incredible .826 save percentage - nearly 20 points higher than any other goalie in the country ... Only player to have at least 100 saves and allow fewer than 30 goals ... Competed brilliantly in the NCAA Tournament with a career-high 18 saves against No. 4 Syracuse ... That total set a new record for saves by a Nittany Lion at the PSU Field Hockey Complex ... Tallied at least 10 saves on four occasions ... Started the year with three straight double-digit performances, including 13 against Old Dominion in the season opener on August 27 ... Followed with 10 against Virginia on August 29 and 12 at Connecticut on September 3 ... Recorded six shutouts during the year, including an incredible 1-0 blanking of No. 5 Princeton on October 24 ... Became the first goalie to shut out the Tigers in over two years ... Earned a spot on the NFHCA National Academic squad as well as the Academic All-Big Ten team for her performance in the classroom.

AS A R-FRESHMAN IN 2009: Saw first collegiate action (including two starts) while serving as backup to Ali Meves ... Finished the season with a 2.20 GAA and .714 save percentage along with a 1-1 record ... Also credited with team's only shutout of the season ... Made first appearance in well over a month, playing the final 4:55 vs. No. 8 Michigan State (10/31). Made one save, just 10 seconds after entering the game ... Earned first-career shutout vs. West Chester (9/20). Was also the first and only shutout of the season for the Nittany Lions ... Saw first action of career at the Terrapin Invitational (9/12-13) ... Made six saves in first-career start vs. American (9/13) ... Had seven stops in relief of Meves against defending national champion and No. 1 Maryland (9/12) ... Named an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2008: Redshirt season behind senior All-American goalkeeper Jen Beaumont and sophomore Ali Meves.

HIGH SCHOOL: Played as a varsity goalkeeper for four years at Hershey High School ... Tallied an overall record of 68-20-9 in net ... Shut-out opponents over 50 times in high school career ... Had a goals-against average of 0.65 and saved 84 percent of shots faced ... Awarded First Team All-State in 2007 ... Led squad to two Mid-Penn Keystone Division championships (2004, 2005) ... Named Second Team Big 11 by Harrisburg Patriot-News ... First Team Mid-Penn Conference All-Star in 2007... Also played basketball and lacrosse for the Trojans ... During junior year of lacrosse, was the Most Valuable Goalkeeper and a First Team All-Star in the Mid-Penn Conference, allowing less than five goals per game ... Distinguished as an Honorable Mention U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American ... Was the winner of the Academic Speech Award, Academic Achievement Choir Award, Choral Conductors Award, and Hershey's Female Athlete of the Year.

PERSONAL: Full name is Ayla Rose Haus ... Born on October 18, 1989 in Reading, Pa. ... Mother is Joanne Halus ... Has two older brothers, Joseph (31) and Andrew (27), and two older sisters, Brita (34) and Domenica (32) ... Plans on majoring in biology and continuing her education with a master's degree in marine science.

ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I chose Penn State because I love the pride that alumni, faculty, and students have for their school. When I walked onto the campus for my first field hockey camp at Penn State, I felt [not only] that same presence of pride, but also something so much more from the current field hockey girls. Though at that moment, I couldn't have possible fathomed how much Penn State and more specifically hockey pulls you in and provides you with a second family, I knew that there was something there (now here) that I just wanted (...needed) to be a part of."

HALUS' CAREER STATISTICS

Year GP-GS Min. GA GAA Saves Pct. W-L SHO
2009 4-2 190:41 6 2.20 15 .714 1-1 1
2010 20-20 1330:11 25 1.32 119 .826 14-6 6
2011 23-23 1432:04 32 1.56 92 .742 17-6 4
Career 47-45 2952:56 63 1.43 226 .782 32-13 11

GETTING TO KNOW AYLA
Nickname: "A", "Allah"
Major & Why: Biology because I plan on minoring in Marine Science and furthering my education with a masters in Marine Biology. This has been a passion of mine since I was very young.
Favorite Food: Cannolis
Favorite Color: It's pretty close between blue and green, but if I had to choose most often it would be blue.
Favorite Musical Artist: Dave Matthews Band
Favorite Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You
Favorite TV Show: Shark Week (More Like an Annual TV Series)
Favorite Website: Definitely Facebook
Favorite Pro Teams: The Philadelphia Eagles/Phillies/Flyers (I'd say 76ers, but I don't watch the NBA)
Childhood Idol: My older brothers and sisters
Hobbies: Hanging out with friends and reading an occasional book
Biggest Fear: Losing my memory
Teams I'd Like To See Added To The Schedule: Syracuse and Wake Forest
Magazine Cover I'd Like To Be On: National Geographic
Most Prized Possession: My "Bucket List"
Place I'd Like To Visit: Anywhere the wind may take me
I Wear My Jersey Number Because: My high school goalie coach passed it down to me.
If I Didn't Play Field Hockey, I Would Play: Lacrosse
If I Had $1 Billion, I Would: Pay off any loans or debts my family may have, invest a little of the rest, and donate to a charity.
After Penn State, I Would Like To: Further my education, get a stable job pursuing ocean research, and check off everything on my "Bucket List"

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