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Field Hockey team tops conference with 16 honorees; Big Ten Champion football team leads Nittany Lions with 19 recipients
Nittany Lions have had 12 honorees for three-straight seasons
NFHCA National Academic Squad (2014)
AS A JUNIOR IN 2016:AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2015: Saw action in eight games... Played a career high 35 minutes against Northwestern (10/30).
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2014: Did not see game action ... Redshirt season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Active member of the USA Field Hockey's Futures Program ... Played in the National Futures Championship in 2013 ... Lettered for three years at Lower Dauphin under head coach Linda Kreiser ... Named a team captain as a senior ... Earned All-State honorable mention accolades ... Named Mid Penn All-Star honorable mention ... Helped lead her team to two PIAA AAA State Championship titles, three Keystone Division titles, two PIAA District 3 titles and one Mid Penn Championship title ... Played on club teams X-Calibur FHC and Barracudas ... Played in four National Indoor Tournaments in 2011 and 2012 ... Was Festival Pool A Champions in 2011 ... Won Junior Premier Indoor League Championship in 2013 ... Qualified for National Club Championship in 2013 ... Also lettered in soccer and lacrosse at Lower Dauphin.
PERSONAL: Full name is Delani Laura Higgins ... Born on January 15, 1996 in Harrisburg, Pa. ... Parents are Martin and Jana Higgins ... Has three brothers, Bryan, Zachary and Connor ... Brother, Bryan, played soccer at California University of Pennsylvania ... Currently undecided on major.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I chose Penn State because of the tradition, the education, and the field hockey family; along with those three components, the atmosphere in Happy Valley truly makes me feel like I belong here."