COACH MORETT ON CAHILL: "Laura Cahill is one of our elected team captains. She has such a competitive spirit and has really shown great leadership qualities. Laura has probably had the most experience in the backfield for us. I really feel that Laura could be the glue to our defense this year."
AS A SENIOR IN 2009: Game-By-Game Statistics
AS A JUNIOR IN 2008: Started all 20 games in the back while helping lead the defense to the Big Ten's best goals against average (1.05) and most shutouts (9) ... GAA mark was also good for fourth best in the nation ... One of many highlights came in the season-opener as the defense didn't allow a shot to #8 Old Dominion (8/30) ... Recorded first-career shot (which was on goal) vs. Georgetown (9/19) ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors along with being named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad for the third straight year.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2007: Started every game at back, primarily playing on the right side ... Played the entire game in all but four contests ... Part of a defense that recorded a Big Ten-leading nine shutouts and that had a 1.26 goals against average which ranked 13th in the country and second in the Big Ten ... Did not record any shots on the year ... Was one of three different Penn State players to be named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week during the season ... Earned the award on 8/27 after outstanding play on defense in the Nittany Lions' two wins on opening weekend against top 10 teams Old Dominion and Virginia ... Named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2006: Did not play in the first two games, but played in the final 20 (starting 19 of them), the second most on the team among freshmen ... Entered the game at Lock Haven (8/31) after Chase Bacon left with an injury ... Recorded first-career point at Northwestern (10/20) where she assisted on Allison Scola's second goal of the game in what proved to be a natural hat trick ... Played in all eight of Penn State's shutouts ... Team went 16-4 in games she played in ... Part of a defense that led the Big Ten in goals against average (1.12), shutouts (8) and goals allowed per game (1.14) and that finished second in fewest goals allowed (25) ... Defense also ranked fifth nationally in goals against average and ninth in shutouts per game (0.36) ... Named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played four years of varsity field hockey at Kempsville High School ... A team captain, named Kempsville Field Hockey MVP senior year ... All-Beach District First Team selection in 2004 and 2005 ... Honored as Second Team All-Region junior and senior years ... All-Beach District Second Team in 2003 ... Participated in National Futures 2002-05 ... Played in National Hockey Festival and National Indoor Tournament all four years, winning gold medals in both in 2003.
PERSONAL: Full name is Laura Christine Cahill ... Born on November 5, 1987 in Bethesda, Md. ... Parents are Paul and Colleen Cahill ... Has two sisters, Sara (25), who played field hockey at Penn State and Amy (23), who played soccer at Elon ... A political science major.
CAREER STATISTICS Season GP-GS G A Pts. Shots GWG 2006 20-19 0 1 1 0 0 2007 24-24 0 0 0 0 0 2008 20-20 0 0 0 1 0 2009 20-20 0 0 0 0 0 Career 84-83 0 1 1 1 0
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