The Nittany Lions had 12 team members on the squad for the second-straight season
Three Nittany Lions earned first team All-Big Ten recognition and two were placed on the second team
Herold received her first Offensive POW of the season while Grzywacz notched her fourth of the year
The Nittany Lions scored two goals in the last five minutes of regulation to force overtime at 3-3
The Nittany Lions' six goals are the most the team has scored this season
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
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2012: Saw action in every game of the season and received the starting nod in 13 of those contests, including the final seven of the season ... Scored a career-best 11 goals on the season ... One of four Nittany Lions to amass 10 or more goals on the year ... Notched her lone assist, and first point of the season, in a 3-2 win over Lafayette (9/12) ... Scored a goal in three-straight games in wins over Lock Haven (9/12), Lehigh (9/14) and Monmouth (9/15) ... Named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (10/30) after scoring the game-winning goal against Bucknell (10/23) and finding the back of the net twice to clinch the Big Ten regular season title in a 6-1 win over No. 21 Michigan State (10/27) ... Followed up the award-winning week with two crucial goals in the Nittany Lions' 3-2 Big Ten Tournament semifinal win over No. 11 Iowa (11/2) ... Scored both of the Lions' two goals in the team's 2-1 win over Albany in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Selected to the NFHCA National Academic Squad for the second-straight season ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the first time in her career.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2011: Put together a stellar freshman campaign, scoring 10 goals and four assists for a total of 24 points ... Tallied her first career assist at Virginia (8/28) in a 3-0 victory over the third-ranked Cavaliers ... Earned her second assist of the season in a 6-1 victory over Quinnipiac (9/11) ... Scored her first career goal against Virginia Commonwealth (9/18) to go along with one assist ... Tallied a goal for the second consecutive game against Temple (9/22) ... Began a stretch of four-straight games of scoring goals against Northwestern (10/1), where she netted the game-winner in overtime ... Turned in a two goal performance against the Wildcats in Penn State's Big Ten Tournament opening round game ... Scored the game-winner against Northeastern (11/12) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Was named to the Gladiator Division I National Academic Squad.
HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year varsity letter winner and starter at James Monroe High ... Named the Virginia State High School Player of the Year for the AA/A class her senior year ... Led team to second place in the Virginia State High School Tournament in 2010 ... Was also named All-Area Athlete of the Year by Free Lance Star ... Led the district in scoring her senior year with 29 goals and 16 assists ... Was a three-time first team All-Virginia performer ... Earned letters in soccer, track and field, basketball and tennis.
PERSONAL: Full name is Lauren "Taylor" Herold ... Born on Dec. 2, 1992 in Fairfax, Va. ... Parents are Dave and Tammye ... Has two brothers, Colby, and Lawson ... Father played football at the University of Virginia (1979-81) ... Plans on majoring in sports management.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I chose Penn State first and foremost because of the people and for its tradition of academic and athletic excellence. When I first stepped foot on campus, I could see myself walking around with a backpack going to class. After meeting with the Coaches and the girls on the team it immediately felt like home away from home. The atmosphere at Penn State is filled with pride and family. I knew it was the right choice."