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The Nittany Lions had 12 team members on the squad for the second-straight season
Abby Fuhrman will play in the game on Saturday in Norfolk, Va. at 2:15 p.m.
Three Nittany Lions earned All-Mideast region first team recognition and one was placed on the second team
Three Nittany Lions earned first team All-Big Ten recognition and two were placed on the second team
The senior received her first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Award for her performance over the weekend
Field hockey takes on Syracuse in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
No. 1 seeded field hockey defeats No. 4 seed Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals.
9/23/12 Field Hockey vs. Michigan
Academic All-Big Ten (2011, 2013)
NFHCA National Academic Squad (2011, 2012, 2013)
NFHCA Second Team All-Mideast Region (2012, 2013)
NFHCA Senior All-Star Game (2013)
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2013)
AS A SENIOR IN 2013: One of seven Nittany Lions to start in all 19 games ... ... Named NFHCA First Team All-Mideast Region ... Participated in the NFHCA Senior All-Star Game ... Was Penn State's recipient of the Sportsmanship Award from the Big Ten, granted to a student-athlete who has distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior while also maintaining good academic standing and demonstrating good citizenship outside of the sport ... Fourth on the team with 1,287 minutes played ... Helped the Nittany Lions secure six shutouts, including a 5-0 victory vs. No. 16 Delaware (9/20) and a 2-0 win vs. No. 10 Northwestern (10/5) ... Scored a goal at Indiana (9/29) and vs. UC Davis (10/26) ... Named to the Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad and the Academic All-Big Ten team.
AS A JUNIOR IN 2012: Started every game during her junior season ... Recorded the fourth-most minutes of any member on the team, logging 1,444 minutes ... Played the entire 70 minutes in 16-of-22 matches ... Factored in the squad's 5-2 win over No. 3 Old Dominion (8/24) ... Played a significant role in the Lions' six shutouts, including the 2-0 win over No. 13 Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game (11/4) ... Helped the team win 10 contests against ranked opponents, as the Nittany Lions outscored opponents 36-13 in those games ... Totaled two defensive saves, the second most on the squad and seventh most in the Big Ten ... Placed on the Academic All-Big Ten team ... Named NFHCA All-Mideast Region second team ... Earned NFHCA National Academic Squad honors.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2011: Started all 23 games during her sophomore season ... Played 1,426 total minutes on the year, including seeing 70 minutes of action in each of her last nine contests ... Played a big role on the defensive end in leading Penn State to a 3-0 victory over No. 3 Virginia (8/28) ... Played all 70 minutes in a 3-0 shutout victory at Iowa (9/25) ... Was key in two shutout wins over Ohio State (11/4) in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals and Northeastern (11/12) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... NFHCA National Academic Squad ... Additionally named Academic All-Big Ten in her first year eligible for the honor.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2010: Appeared in 14 games with three starts during her freshman campaign ... Started each of Penn State's first three games during the year, highlighted by the team's 4-0 victory over No. 16 Old Dominion in the season opener (8/27) ... One of only three first-year standouts to earn a start for the Nittany Lions along with Brittany Grzywacz and Lauren Purvis ... Saw key action during the NCAA Tournament match-up with No. 4 Syracuse, including more than 10 minutes in the first half before returning for another spell late in the second.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four year varsity starter at Elizabethtown Area High School ... Named Lancaster Lebanon League first team All-Star and second team All-State as a senior ... An Academic All-Star and Academic All-State honoree ... Team's Offensive MVP final two years and team captain as a senior ... Started all 72 games in high school career, finishing with 19 goals and 30 assists.
PERSONAL: Full name is Abby Lee Fuhrman ... Born on May 12, 1992 in Lancaster, Pa. ... Parents are Tammy and Troy Hoffman and Rod and Cindy Fuhrman ... Mother, Tammy, played field hockey at Lock Haven from 1984-87 ... Has a sister, Corin ... Majoring in kinesiology.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I have been a Penn State fan my entire life and I love the atmosphere here! Everyone has great school spirit, which is awesome to be around. I always dreamt about playing here and it was always a goal I used to push myself with. Plus, I love the school colors!"
GETTING TO KNOW ABBY
Major & Why: Kinesiology, possibly study to become a Physician Assistant
Favorite Food: Ham Pot Pie
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Musical Artist: Taylor Swift!
Favorite Movie: Anything with Matthew McConaughey
Favorite TV Show: Law & Order SVU
Favorite Website: Google
Favorite Pro Team: New England Patriots
Childhood Idol: My Mom and Dad
Hobbies: Water Skiing, tubing, kneeboarding, baking/cooking, eating, playing cards
Biggest Fear: Creepy crawly things
Teams I'd Like To See Added To The Schedule: Temple every year
Best Player I Ever Played With: Gebhart sisters
Magazine Cover I'd Like To Be On: Sports Illustrated
Most Prized Possession: My favorite bunny
Place I'd Like To Visit: Ireland
I Wear My Jersey Number Because: I only like even numbers and it is twice what my best friend's number is
If I Didn't Play Field Hockey, I Would Play: Rugby
If I Had $1 Billion, I Would: Travel the world for the rest of my life and help people in need
After Penn State, I Would Like To: Travel the world, climb a mountain and eventually settle down