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Academic All-Big Ten (2008, 2009, 2010)
NFHCA National Academic Squad (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2009)
AS A SENIOR IN 2010: Started all 20 games during her final season in Happy Valley ... Helped anchor a strong defensive unit while chipping in with five points on the offensive side ... Tallied her first goal of the season and added an assist during Penn State's 4-1 victory over Bucknell on October 19 ... Scored on a 2-1 situation early in the second half before assisting on the team's final goal just seven minutes later ... Added her second goal of the season during the Lions' next game against No. 17 Duke on October 23 ...Credited with the game-winner during the 2-1 victory over the Blue Devils after opening the scoring with a goal just eight minutes into regulation ... Played outstanding defense, helping Penn State post six shutouts during the year ... Earned a spot on the NFHCA National Academic Squad as well as a place on the Academic All-Big Ten team for her performance in the classroom ... Honored with the team's Sportsmanship Award.
AS A JUNIOR IN 2009: Played in a career-high 20 games (starting five) while scoring first-career goal ... Also finished with a career-high six shots, five on goal ... Played in both Big Ten Tournament games against No. 18 Indiana (11/6) and No. 12 Ohio State (11/5) ... Came off the bench vs. No. 8 Michigan State (10/31) after starting the previous two games ... Scored first-career goal vs. Pacific (10/24) and tied a career-high with two shots. It came in her second consecutive start ... Played in 15th game at Iowa (10/18) to set a new career-high for games played in a season ... Recorded a shot on goal vs. Bucknell (10/13) ... Started second consecutive game and had two shots (both on goal) vs. West Chester (9/20) ... Second start of season (and third of career) came at Lafayette (9/16) ... Posted a shot on goal in home opener vs. Lock Haven (9/4) ... Started second career game in season-opener at No. 16 Old Dominion (8/28) ... Named to second consecutive Academic All-Big Ten team and third straight NFHCA National Academic Squad.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2008: Saw significant action off the bench, playing in 14 games while starting one (at Bucknell on 10/14) ... Finished the season with three shots (two on goal) ... Was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team and NFHCA National Academic Squad for a second straight year.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2007: Saw action in 14 games, all off the bench and tops for freshmen on the roster ... Played in four of six Big Ten games and appeared in seven of the last 10 games of the year, including both games at the Big Ten Tournament and two of four NCAA games ... Assisted on Shaun Banta's goal in her first career game, vs. Connecticut on 9/2 ... Took first career shot and put it on goal in the regular season finale vs. Ohio State (10/26) ... Also took two shots and put them on goal against the Buckeyes at the Big Ten Tournament (11/1) ... Named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad.
HIGH SCHOOL: Participated in field hockey and lacrosse for four years apiece at Hatboro-Horsham High School for coach Marie Schmucker ... Won back-to-back Suburban One League championships during junior and senior seasons ... Team had a 67-20-4 record during her four years ... Was a three-time Philadelphia Intelligencer First Team selection, three-time First Team All-Region, three-time First Team All-Area, and three-time First Team All-Suburban One League pick ... As a senior, was named a First Team Regional All-American, a Second Team National All-American, First Team All-State and an Academic All-American as she helped lead her team to a 21-4-1 record, a district runner-up finish and the state quarterfinals ... Scored the game-winning goal in overtime in a district quarterfinal win ... As a junior, was named a First Team Regional All-American, Second Team National All-American and First Team All-State while leading her team to the district playoffs ... Is the all-time school record holder for goals in a season in lacrosse and was named a Second Team All-American as a junior in addition to being selected to the 2006 U.S. National Team tryout.
PERSONAL: Full name is Jennifer Lynn Purvis ... Born on March 8, 1989 ... Daughter of Ed and Sue Purvis ... Has a younger sister, Lauren (18), who is a freshman on the 2010 squad ... Her mother played field hockey at PSU (1977-79) and her aunt also played field hockey for the Nittany Lions (1971-73) ... Grandfather ran track and cross country at Penn State (1949-51) ... Her father and uncle both played soccer at Temple ... Also has another aunt, two uncles and three cousins who attended PSU ... Majoring in kinesiology.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "Penn State is a one-of-a-kind place. Nowhere else in the world can you find 40,000 people who are so similar to you and yet so different. The pride, the commitment and the camaraderie, between students, but even more so within the team is beyond any I have ever seen. Penn State is known by people all over the world and comes highly respected. It is hard to go a week without meeting someone who is an alumni. I chose Penn State because I wanted to have a family away from home. I chose Penn State because I wanted to be a part of a program that has the same goals as me and only wants to further everyone's talent. Choosing Penn State was the greatest choice I've ever made"
Goals: 1, three times; last vs. Duke(10/23/10)
Assists: 1, twice; last vs. Bucknell (10/19/10)
Points: 3 vs. Bucknell (10/19/10)
Shots: 2 three times; last vs. Pacific (10/24/09)
GETTING TO KNOW JENNY
Nickname: Jenny and JP
Major & Why: Kinesiology because I wanted to stay in something so sports could always be a part of my life.
Favorite Food: Diet Dr. Pepper (may not be a food, but close enough!)
Favorite Color: A nice turquoise
Favorite Musical Artist: Sugarland
Favorite Movie: Babe
Favorite TV Shows: Grey's Anatomy, So You Think You Can Dance, Entourage
Favorite Website: Facebook
Favorite Sports Broadcaster: Michael Wilbon
Favorite Pro Teams: All the Philadelphia Teams!
Favorite Athlete: Brian Westbrook
Childhood Idol: Dominique Moceanu
Hobbies: Reading, cooking, running, and watching sports.
Biggest Fear: Million Legger Bugs
Best Player I Ever Played With: Katie O'Donnell
Magazine Cover I'd Like To Be On: Sports Illustrated
Most Prized Possession: My dog Bailey!
Place I'd Like To Visit: Hawaii
I Wear My Jersey Number Because: 4 was taken at the time!
If I Didn't Play Field Hockey, I Would Play: Lacrosse.
If I Had $1 Billion, I Would: Start a foundation that supports abandoned and abused animals, and then I would buy the Penn State field hockey team a private jet.
After Penn State, I Would Like To: Find a successful career, start a family, and live happily ever after.
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