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Ali Meves
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Ali Meves

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lower Gwynedd, Pa.

High School:
Wissahickon

Height:
5-7

Position:
GK


CAREER HONORS
Big Ten All-Tournament Team (2009)
Penn State Student-Athlete of the Week (10/6/09)
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (10/5/09)
Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2008, 2009)
Academic All-Big Ten (2008, 2009, 2010)
NFHCA National Academic Squad (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Inducted Into Spiritus Leoninus Honor Society (2009)

AS A SENIOR IN 2010: Saw action as a reserve goalie in three games during her senior campaign ... Played the entire second half during victories against West Chester on September 19 and Monmouth on October 3 ... Also played over 11 minutes during Penn State's 4-1 win over Bucknell on October 19 ... Posted two saves during the year, stopping shots in her last two appearances against the Hawks and Bison ... Combined with sophomore goalie Ayla Halus to post an .817 save percentage during the year, which was the top mark in the nation ... Earned NFHCA National Academic honors for the fourth consecutive season while also receiving Academic All-Big Ten accolades.

AS A JUNIOR IN 2009: Strong showing in first year of starting duty ... Finished the season with a 2.36 GAA and .725 save percentage along with a Big Ten leading 108 saves ... Was the first Penn State goalkeeper since 2003 to crack triple digits in saves ... Named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team following strong performance in the conference tourney ... Made three incredible saves in the Big Ten Semifinals to keep the Lions close against No. 18 Indiana (11/6) ... Finished with five stops in second upset of No. 12 Ohio State (11/5) ... Made five saves against No. 8 Michigan State (10/31) ... Had 13 total saves vs. Pacific (nine, 10/24) and at No. 20 Indiana (four, 10/23) ... Made five saves at Iowa (10/18) ... Had four stops in fourth win of season (and career) vs. Bucknell (10/13) ... Finished with seven saves against No. 18 Northwestern (10/9) ... Made six saves vs. No. 14 Stanford (10/5) while only allowing one goal in second-consecutive win ... Was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and Penn State Student-Athlete of the Week following superb effort vs. No. 18 Ohio State ... Was incredible with 11 saves (nine coming after halftime) in huge 2-1 overtime win over the No. 18 Buckeyes. Marked second double-digit save total of season (and career) ... Made four saves in first-career Big Ten start at Michigan (9/27) ... Second straight impressive performance with career-high 14 saves at No. 7 Princeton (9/23). Marked the most by any Penn State goalie in three seasons ... Strong bounce back game at Lafayette (9/16), making seven saves ... First-career win came vs. Lock Haven (9/4), making eight saves in the home opener ... Superb in first career starts last, keeping Lions in both games ... Stopped nine of 10 shots at No. 6 Virginia (8/30) ... Made three key saves at No. 16 Old Dominion ... Named an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and to the NFHCA National Academic Squad.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2008: Had a strong sophomore campaign backing up All-American Jen Beaumont ... Saw action in three contests, playing in the equivalent of over a game (73:20) and did not allow a goal while making four saves ... Together, the Penn State goalkeepers had the nation's top save percentage (.825) ... Saw action in relief of Beaumont and made two saves in 19:26 of second half action at Northwestern (10/19) ... Played the final 18:54 vs. Lafayette (10/1) ... Played the entire second half while making two saves vs. Georgetown (9/19) ... Named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad for the second time as well as her first Academic All-Big Ten honor ... Was also named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar which honors those students who earn a 3.7 GPA or better for the academic year.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2007: Saw action in one game, relieving starting goalkeeper Jen Beaumont for the final 10:22 of the game vs. West Chester (9/14) ... Did not make any saves or face any shots.

HIGH SCHOOL: Played four years of both soccer and field hockey at Wissahickson High School, serving as a team captain for both squads as a senior ... Finished field hockey career with a record of 83-12-3 in goal and 53 career shutouts and in the top 10 in school history for career shutouts under head coach Lucy Gil ... Was an alternate for the National Futures Tournament for the last two years ... Led her team to a league championship and the district semifinals as a senior ... As a senior, was named Times Herald First Team All-Area, Philadelphia Inquirer First Team All-Area, Ambler Gazette First Team All-Area, First Team All-State, and an Academic All-American .... Was a member of three straight state semifinalist teams her freshman through junior years ... Went 20-5 with 12 shutouts as a junior and was Times Herald First Team All-Area ... Had a 23-1 record as a sophomore with 17 shutouts and was named Times Herald Second Team All-Area ... As a freshman, went 22-2-1 with 13 shutouts ... Team won league and district titles during her freshman and sophomore seasons ... A member of the National Honor Society, the French National Honors Society, the distinguished honor roll for all four years, and was the student council vice president.

PERSONAL: Full name is Alexandra Leigh Meves ... Born on November 9, 1988 in Philadelphia, Pa. ... The daughter of Scott and Maryann Meves ... Has two older brothers, Matt (25) and Tyler (23) ... Both brothers have attended Penn State and her father is also a Penn State graduate ... Majoring in broadcast journalism.

ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I chose Penn State because it has an amazing reputation for both athletics and academics. The atmosphere in Happy Valley is also impossible to find anywhere else."

MEVES' CAREER STATISTICS

Year GP-GS Min. GA GAA Saves Pct. W-L SHO
2007 1-0 10:22 0 0.00 0 -- 0-0 0
2008 3-0 73:20 0 0.00 4 1.000 0-0 0
2009 18-18 1215:49 41 2.36 108 .725 6-12 0
2010 3-0 81:32 3 2.58 2 .400 0-0 0
Career 25-18 1381:03 44 2.23 114 .722 6-12 0

CAREER HIGHS
Saves: 14 at Princeton (9/23/09)

GETTING TO KNOW ALI
Nickname: Meeeves
Major & Why: Broadcast Journalism
Favorite Food: Seafood, Mango, Mare's Mac and Cheese
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Musical Artist: Bruce Springsteen, Keith Urban, Sugarland
Favorite Movie: Blow, Crash, Seven, The Hangover
Favorite TV Show: Californication, Entourage, Law and Order SVU
Favorite Website: Facebook, Sporcle
Favorite Sports Broadcaster: The Late Harry Kalas
Favorite Pro Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Favorite Athletes: John Kruk, Vince Carter, Danny Briere
Childhood Idol: Mia Hamm, all of the kids on Legends of the Hidden Temple
Hobbies: Going to the beach, being with friends, listening to music
Biggest Fear: Cats
Magazine Cover I'd Like To Be On: People
Place I'd Like To Visit: Italy, Australia
I Wear My Jersey Number Because: A lot of my favorite athletes have worn #23
If I Didn't Play Field Hockey, I Would Play: Soccer
If I Had $1 Billion, I Would: Travel, buy a house in St. Thomas
After Penn State, I Would Like To: Find a job in sports journalism, start a family

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