Field hockey duo selected by SAAB
Field hockey, men's and women's soccer are set to appear on Big Ten Network at least seven times this fall
The Nittany Lions had 12 team members on the squad for the second-straight season
The two honorees mark the fourth consecutive season Penn State has had multiple players earn All-America status
Three Nittany Lions earned All-Mideast region first team recognition and one was placed on the second team
No. 1 seeded field hockey defeats No. 4 seed Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals.
No. 1 seed Penn State claims the Big Ten Tournament Championship with a 2-0 victory over No. 3 seed Michigan!
9/23/12 Field Hockey vs. Michigan
AS A SENIOR IN 2014: Team captain started all 22 games and played the most minutes on the team (1,553), logging 70 or more in every contest ... Named a 2014 NFHCA first team All-American, first team All-Big Ten, NFHCA All-Mideast Region first team and a Big Ten All-Tournament Team member ... Finalist for the Collegiate Women Sports Awards Honda Sports Award for field hockey ... Finished tied for second on the team with 10 goals, tied for first with seven and assists and second with 27 points ... Posted 10 games with at least one point ... Led the team with three defensive saves ... Finished her Penn State career eighth on the all-time assists list with 45 ... Scored Penn State's lone goal in the win against No. 19 Michigan State (11/6) at the Big Ten Tournament ... Notched a goal and an assist in the 2-1 win against No. 8 Northwestern (10/31) ... Posted a career-high three goals and six points against Bucknell (10/14), scoring all three in the first 18:46 of the game ... Recorded a goal and an assist in back-to-back victories at Drexel (10/3) and at No. 14 Temple (10/5) ... Earned her first three-point game of the season (one goal, one assist) against Lafayette (9/14).
AS A JUNIOR IN 2013: Started all 19 games ... Named a Longstreth/NFHCA Division I second team All-American ... Secured a spot on the NFHCA All-Mideast Region first team ... Earned first team All-Big Ten honors ... Named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team ... Finished second on the team with 1,365 minutes played ... Led the squad with a career-high 14 assists ... Tied for fifth on the team with 16 points ... Concluded the season ranked third nationally with 0.74 assists per game ... Posted back-to-back two-assist games to start the season, first at No. 8 Old Dominion (8/30), then at No. 7 Virginia (9/1) ... Notched four total assists in a three-game stretch, with one at Lock Haven (9/11), one at No. 3 Princeton (9/15) and two vs. Delaware (9/20) ... Totaled one assist at Indiana (9/29) and two vs. Ohio State (10/11), before earning another at No. 19 Iowa (10/25) ... Scored lone goal of the season vs. UC Davis (10/26) ... Concluded the season with two assists vs. No. 8 Princeton in the NCAA Tournament (11/16) ... Named to the Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad and the Academic All-Big Ten team.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2012: Earned second team NFHCA All-American status ... Named first team All-Big Ten for second-straight season ... Placed on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team for orchestrating the team's second-straight Big Ten tourney championship ... Honored as an NFHCA All-Mideast Region first team selection for the second time in as many seasons ... Matched her career-highs in goals (6), assists (12) and points (24) for a season ... Started every game and recorded the third most minutes of anyone on the team with 1,447 ... Scored her first goal of the season in a 5-1 win over Temple (9/8) ... Picked up two assists in the season-opening win over No. 3 Old Dominion (8/24) ... Recorded a goal and an assist in a 5-0 shutout of Lock Haven (9/12) followed by scoring a goal and notching two assists in an 8-0 victory over Lehigh (9/14) ... Set a season-high in points with five off a goal and three assists (a career best) in a 7-1 win over No. 24 Indiana (9/21) ... Scored a goal in the regular season finale against No. 21 Michigan State (10/27) to help secure the Big Ten regular season title with a 6-1 win ... Team was 7-1 when she recorded at least one assist ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors ... Selected to the NFHCA National Academic Squad.
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 ... Recorded assists in her first four contests ... 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 No. 16 Northwestern (10/1) ... Had her first career multi-goal game against Villanova (10/4), netting two and assisting on one ... 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).
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM EXPERIENCE: Member of the 2013-14 U.S. Women's National Team ... Captain of the 2013 U.S. Junior World Cup Squad ... Captain of the U-21 Team at the 20 Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner in field hockey at Donegal High School, earning first team All-Pennsylvania 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 ... Has also competed on the U-16 National Squad, Holland Tours (2007, 2008) U-17 National Squad, U-17 Pan Am Cup (2009), 2009 BDO Junior World Cup, U-21 National Squad and U.S. Development Squad.
PERSONAL: Full name is Laura Gebhart ... Born on March 8, 1993 in Mount Joy, Pa. ... Parents are Dave and Crystal ... Has an older sister, Kristin, who played field hockey at American University from 2007-10 ... Mother also played field hockey at Lock Haven University ... Majoring in community and environment development.
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."