Third Team NFHCA All-American (2011)
NFHCA All-Mideast Region First Team (2011)
First Team All-Big Ten (2011)
Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2011)
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2011: Started all 22 games she appeared in during her freshman campaign ... Rookie season was highlighted with a number of awards including First Team All-Big Ten, Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Third Team NFHCA All-American and First Team Mideast All-Region ... Finished tied for third on the team with 24 total points and second on the team in assists with 12 ... Her 12 assists also ranked fifth overall in the Big Ten ... Recorded assists in her first four contests, including two against Lock Haven (9/2) ... Had a breakout game against Virginia Commonwealth (9/18), recording one goal and two assists in part of a 6-1 victory ... Tallied one goal and one assist in a 4-3 overtime victory against Northwestern (10/1) ... Had her first career multi-goal game against Villanova (10/4), netting two and assisting on one ... Earned an assist in her third consecutive contest versus Indiana (10/7) ... Netted a goal at Bucknell (10/25) in a tight 3-1 victory over the Bison ... Scored in her second consecutive contest against Michigan State (10/30) in a 4-1 win ... Tallied an assist in the Big Ten title game against Michigan (11/6).
HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letter winner in field hockey at Donegal High School under head coach Jessica Rose Shellenberger, earned First Team All-State Honors all four years...Her team won three-consecutive sectional titles (2008-10) and were District III champions in 2009...Named a Harrow Sports First Team All-American her junior and senior seasons...Earned the Lancaster-Lebanon League Field Hockey Player of the Year award her senior season...Has also competed on the U16 National Squad, Holland Tours (2007, 2008) U17 National Squad, U17 Pan Am Cup (2009), 2009 BDO Junior World Cup, U21 National Squad and U.S. Development Squad...Was a four-year letter winner in softball where she earned second team All-State...Also a three-year letter winner in basketball...Was a class treasurer and a National Honor Society member.
PERSONAL: Full name is Laura Gebhart...Born on March 8, 1993 in Mount Joy, Pa...Parents are Dave and Crystal Gebhart...Has an older sister, Kristin (22), who played field hockey at American University from 2007-10...Mother also played field hockey at Lock Haven University...Is undeclared for her field of study.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I chose Penn State for its combination of academic excellence, campus atmosphere, field hockey program, players and coaches. There are so many great aspects of the University that drew me in."