Penn State hosts Bucknell, Lock Haven and Cornell in Spring Tournament
Penn State leads all Big Ten institutions in Fall honorees
Penn State ends 2012 season with 18-4 record
Penn State to face Syracuse on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Penn State will face Albany for the first time in program history
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 2011: Started all 23 games for the Nittany Lions, scoring five goals and assisting on two ... Earned second team All-Conference laurels for her stellar play in the midfield ... Also earned second team NFHCA All-Region honors ... Early in the season, scored goals in two consecutive contests ... Scored her first goal of the season in a 3-0 victory at No. 3 Virginia (8/28) ... Garnered a goal in her second straight game at Lock Haven (9/2) ... Scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory at Duke (9/17) ... Contributed with a goal in a 4-0 victory vs. Temple (9/22) ... Scored Penn State's first of three goals at Iowa (9/25) ... Tallied two assists at Northwestern (10/1) ... Was named to the Gladiator National Academic Squad and Academic All-Big Ten for her success in the classroom.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2010: Started all 20 games during her freshman campaign and finished the year ranked fourth on the squad with five goals and 12 points ... Led all PSU freshmen in goals and points, while tying Brittany Grzywacz for the lead with two assists ... Tallied the first point of her career with an assist against No. 16 Old Dominion in the season opener ... Added her second assist and first career goal two weeks later against Lock Haven on September 12 ... Set up Grzywacz with a goal, which opened the scoring in the first half, before taking a feed from her fellow freshman to cap the scoring midway through the second half ... Posted scores in three straight contests from September 18 - 24 ... Added a first-half goal against Temple on September 18, which helped seal head coach Charlene Morett's historic 400th career victory ... Added another goal one day later against fellow intrastate foe West Chester before wrapping up the scoring surge with the lone goal during Penn State's 1-0 victory over Indiana in the Big Ten opener ... Continued to haunt the Hoosiers after posting the game-winner during a 4-0 victory against IU in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on November 4 ... Selected to the NFHCA National Academic Squad for her performance in the classroom ... Appeared in four games and scored a goal for the Penn State women's lacrosse team as well during the spring.
HIGH SCHOOL: Standout in both field hockey and lacrosse at Hatboro-Horsham High School (four-year starter in both), garnering endless honors and awards, including First Team All-America (2009), First Team All-State (2008-09), Second Team All-State (2007), "Player of the Year 2009" Suburban One (Cont. Div), First Team All-League (2007-09) and First Team All-Philly Region (2009) ... Team captain and MVP as a senior ... Team's Rookie of the Year in 2006 ... Led squad in scoring as a freshman, junior and senior ... Hatboro-Horsham made the District 1 Playoffs all four years, including a run to the finals (2006) and quarterfinals (2008) ... Was also a state quarterfinalist and Suburban One League Champ in 2006 ... Member of the U.S. Under-19 National Squad, USA Women's National Indoor Team, Olympic Development Select and Futures Elite ... National Champ at US Festival (Pool A) in 2009 & 2005... Indoor National Champions in 2009... Also selected for Junior High Performance (NJ), a level of USA Field Hockey for the summer ... Two-sport standout as a three-time All-American in lacrosse, earning honorable mention in 2008 while cracking the first team in 2009 & 2010 ... 2010 Suburban One (Continental Division) Lacrosse Player of the Year ... One of only three players from Pennsylvania to be named an Under Armour Lacrosse All-American in 2010... Three-time team MVP owns the all-time single-season scoring record at Hatboro-Horsham (91 goals, 38 assists) ... Academic All-American in both field hockey and lacrosse ... A member of the National Honor Society and Distinguished Honor Roll ... Named a finalist for lacrosse's Heather Leigh Albert National Schoolgirl Award presented to the most outstanding player in athletic ability and spirit at the National Tournament... Also voted the Homecoming Queen and HHHS Athlete of the Year
PERSONAL: Full name is Lauren Jane Purvis ... Born on April 20, 1992 in Abington, Pa. ... Daughter of Ed and Sue Purvis ... Sister of Jenny, who is a former PSU Field Hockey player... Family has strong ties to Penn State Athletics: Mother played field hockey at Penn State from 1977-79 ... Aunt played field hockey at Penn State from 1971-73 while grandfather ran track/cross country from 1949-51 ... Will also play varsity lacrosse at Penn State ... Plans on majoring in kinesiology.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "Penn State has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up going to football games and visiting family who were once students, but now reside in State College. I chose Penn State not only because of the school's great spirit and tradition, but also for the wonderful college town atmosphere. I come from a family full of Happy Valley lovers and I'm so glad I will be joining them."
GETTING TO KNOW LAUREN