Women's soccer reaches College Cup final; Five Big Ten Championships & Coaches of Year
Penn State leads all Big Ten institutions in Fall honorees
Three Lions earn All-American honors after the 2012 season
Amy, Gebhart and Grzywacz named to All-Mideast Region First Team
Penn State ends 2012 season with 18-4 record
No. 1 seeded field hockey defeats No. 4 seed Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals.
9/23/12 Field Hockey vs. Michigan
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2012: Started all 23 games for the Nittany Lions in the backfield ... Earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors for her stellar play offensively and defensively ... Also earned Mideast Region First Team honors ... Was a steady contributor on the offensive end, scoring eight goals and tallying three assists ... Scored a goal and earned an assist in a 5-2 victory at Lock Haven (9/2) ... Earned an assist against Quinnipiac (9/11) in a 6-1 win ... Scored two goals and contributed one assist against Virginia Commonwealth (9/18) ... Scored a goal in three consecutive games against Northwestern (10/1), Villanova (10/4) and at Indiana (10/7) ... Made two key defensive saves at Bucknell (10/25), as the Lions defeated the Bison by a score of 3-1 ... Scored on a penalty stroke in a 4-1 victory over Michigan State (10/30) ... Scored the game-winning goal against Ohio State (11/4) on a penalty stroke in the Big Ten semifinals ... Was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team for her success in the classroom.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2010: Received second-team NFHCA All-Mideast Region honors following an exceptional freshman campaign ... Also earned a spot on the Big Ten and WomensFieldHockey.com All-Rookie squads ... Started all 20 games for Penn State while leading the team with three defensive saves ... Also chipped in with four goals and two assists ... Ended the year as the only underclassman in the Big Ten with at least two goals, assists, and defensive saves ... Opened the year with her first career defensive save against No. 16 Old Dominion with an excellent stop on a shot at the beginning of the second half during the season opener ... Tallied her first career goal and assist during the team's 3-1 victory over Lock Haven on September 12 ... Added her second assist three days later against Lafayette ... Tallied a goal against Temple on September 18 before netting the game-winner against West Chester just 24 hours later ... Scored her final goal of the season with a first-half tally against Monmouth on October 3 ... Made a crucial save against No. 5 Princeton with just under six minutes remaining on the clock to seal a 1-0 victory for the Lions ... Anchored an outstanding defensive effort during the Big Ten Tournament ... Helped Penn State post the team's sixth shutout of the season against Indiana during a 4-0 victory in the opener ... Added her third defensive save of the season during the squad's 4-3 overtime setback to Michigan in the semifinals ... Made an outstanding stick-save during an offensive surge by the Wolverines, which saw the squad post five consecutive shots ... Earned All-Big Ten Tournament honors for her efforts during the postseason.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four year varsity starter for the Methacton Warriors, cracking All-League three times and All-State twice ... Led team in scoring as both a junior and senior, finishing with 56 career goals ... Racked up numerous honors and awards, including Second Team All-America, First Team All-State and All-League ... The Warriors won the 2008 PAC-10 Championship ... Also competed with club teams such as the USA Women's National Indoor Team and X-Calibur FHC Played for the U.S. in Holland in 2007 and `08, declining the invitation in `09 ... Won the 2009 NFC Gold Medal and NIT Gold Medal B Pool for X-Calibur ... Competed for the USA Women,s National Indoor Team in the WASA Cup in Denmark ... Voted most athletic female at senior banquet and homecoming queen senior year ... Also played high school lacrosse and Babe Ruth Softball ... Her team went to the Babe Ruth World Series in 2008 ... Took part in the USA U19 tour of Argentina in the spring of 2009.
PERSONAL: Full name is Brittany Marie Grzywacz ... Born on June 14, 1992 in Philadelphia, Pa. ... Daughter of Colleen and Steve Grzywacz ... Sister of Trisha (20) ... Plans on majoring in kinesiology.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I chose Penn State because I really like [the coaches] Char, LB and Annie, as well as all the players on the team. I felt at home when I was on campus and am looking forward to spending by next four years as a Nittany Lion."
GETTING TO KNOW BRITTANY