Natalie Buttinger joined Morett to address the media on Monday
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AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR IN 2013: Saw time in 13 matches, earning one start ... Made a start vs. Temple (9/6), playing a season-high 48 minutes ... Tallied her first career point with an assist vs. Ohio State (10/11).
AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE IN 2012: Earned playing time in seven matches during the 2012 campaign ... Recorded a career-high 29 minutes of action in an 8-0 victory at Lehigh (9/14) ... The Nittany Lions were a perfect 7-0 in games she appeared ... Played in four-consecutive September wins over Lock Haven (9/12), Lehigh, Monmouth (9/15) and No. 24 Indiana (9/21), as the team outscored its opponents 27-2 in the stretch ... Helped Penn State outscore the opposition by a combined 38 goals in her seven matches ... Named Academic All-Big Ten.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2011: Medical Redshirt season.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2010: Appeared in five games during her first season with Penn State ... Made her collegiate debut against No. 5 UConn (9/3) ... Saw action in four-straight contests beginning with the squad's bout against the Huskies ... Helped the Nittany Lions post victories against Lock Haven (9/12), Lafayette (9/15), and Temple (9/18) in the span of six days in mid-September ... Also appeared in Penn State's 7-2 win over Monmouth (10/3).
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year starter for Resurrection Catholic High School in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada ... Squad was District 8 Champions all four years ... Named to the District 8 All-Star Team each season ... Team captain as a senior, scoring 20 goals and assisting on 33 more ... Resurrection went 17-2 with an incredible 16 shutous, winning the CWOSSA Championship for the first time in 30 years while advancing to the OFSAA (Ontario High School Championships) Quarterfinals ... Also a member of numerous other clubs ... Most recently, was selected to the Ontario Provincial Senior Women's Team which won a Silver Medal at the Canadian Field Hockey Championships in Victoria, B.C. in July, 2010 ... Won Silver at the JFK Memorial Field Hockey Tournament in May ... In 2009, was captain of the Ontario U-18 Provincial Women's Team which won a Silver Medal at the Canada Cup ... Selected for two other teams - Ontario U-23 Provincial Women's Team and Canadian National Women's Team Selected Camp in July of 2009 ... An honor roll student all four years ... Also played ice hockey, soccer and track.
PERSONAL: Full name is Natalie Buttinger ... Born on February 17, 1991 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada ... Parents are Gord and Pam ... Father played varsity football and mother played varsity basketball in Canada ... Siblings are Maddie, Jessica, Scott, Danielle, Emily and Rachel. Maddie runs track at Notre Dame, while Jessica is a member of the Canadian National Women's Indoor Field Hockey Team ... Majoring in education.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I choose Penn State because I loved the school, the academic excellence, the big time campus with a small town feel and the people. When I came to the field hockey camp last summer, I loved my future teammates and the coaches. They made it feel like another home away from home. I also would like to help Penn State win a Big Ten and National Championship in field hockey."