Eight post perfect 4.0 GPAs during 2014-15 academic year
Six attend inaugural event
Nittany Lions have had 12 honorees for three-straight seasons
The Nittany Lions had 12 team members on the squad for the second-straight season
The Nittany Lions' six goals are the most the team has scored this season
AS A SENIOR IN 2014: Started all 20 games she participated in ... Earned 2014 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Mideast Region first team honors ... Finished fourth on the team with six goals and 15 points ... Was a key contributor for the Nittany Lions in the NCAA Tournament opening round 2-1 win against No. 11 Boston College (11/15), scoring a goal and assisting on the game-winner ... Posted a goal and an assist at No. 4 Maryland (10/10) ... Scored in the 5-0 win at Drexel (10/3) ... Notched a career-high two goals for a personal-best four points in the 5-1 victory against Lock Haven (9/29) ... Found the back of the cage in the 3-0 win against No. 6 Virginia (8/31).
AS A JUNIOR IN 2013: Saw action in 19 games, starting in one ... Earned her start vs. Temple (Sept. 6) ... Posted an assist vs. Delaware (Sept. 20) ... Played a season-high 59 minutes at Lafayette (Sept. 22) ... Tallied a goal in back-to-back games vs. No. 10 Northwestern (Oct. 5) and Ohio State (Oct. 11) ... Named to the Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad and the Academic All-Big Ten team.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2012: Played in a career-high 12 games during sophomore year ... Tallied a season-high two shots in a 2-0 win over Cornell (9/9) ... Helped PSU record three-straight shutouts in September wins over Cornell, Lock Haven (9/12) and Lehigh (9/14) ... The team outscored opponents 53-18 in games she played ... Awarded NFHCA National Academic Squad honors for the second consecutive season ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2011: Appeared in eight games during her freshman campaign ... Recorded a shot in three consecutive games against Quinnipiac (9/11), Virginia Commonwealth (9/18) and Temple (9/22) ... Was named to the NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad for her success in the classroom.
HIGH SCHOOL: Led her team to three PIAA District IV State Championships during her time at State College High ... Team made it to the State Tournament quarterfinals in 2008 and 2009 ... Served as team captain her senior year and was named a Tri-Valley League first team all-star in both 2009 and 2010 ... Participated in springboard diving as a freshman and ran for the track team her sophomore, junior and senior year ... Qualified for the 4x400 for states her senior year, where she placed fifth ... Also participated in the 2010 Penn Relays.
PERSONAL: Full name is Amanda Rose Dinunzio ... Born on Feb. 8, 1993 in Bronxville, N.Y. ... Parents are Karen and Rob ... Has a sister, Emily ... Father played baseball at St. Bonaventure University ... Majoring in Spanish.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I am the third generation of my family to attend Penn State, I grew up coming to as many Penn State field hockey games as I could, and I couldn't see myself playing anywhere else!!"