Six seniors will be recognized prior to game
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2010: Appeared in all 20 games and started the final 17 contests of the year ... Stood second on Penn State with seven assists ... Posted three assists during Big Ten action, which ranked seventh in the conference ... Served as the stopper on the penalty corner unit, which ranked 11th in the nation with 8.55 corners-per-contest ... Helped Penn State convert 15 corner opportunities during the year ... Tallied a season-high three assists during Penn State's 5-3 victory over Iowa on October 2 ... Added two more helpers the following afternoon during the squad's 7-2 win against Monmouth ... Notched her first assist of the season against No. 5 UConn, which helped even the score with the Huskies early in the second half on September 3 ... Added another assist during Penn State's 4-0 win against Temple, which also marked Charlene Morett's historic 400th career victory ... Tallied her only shot of the year against Indiana on September 24 ... Served as a key component on the Lions' outstanding defensive unit, which posted six shutouts during the year and allowed two goals or less during 16 of the team's 20 contests.
AS A R-FRESHMAN IN 2009: Emerged with 15 straight starts in the back to round out her first collegiate season ... That streak started on Sept. 13 vs. American and went through the remainder of the year ... Played in 18 total games and had three assists, good for third most on the team ... Also finished with six shots ... Recorded an assist on the Lions' only goal in the Big Ten Semifinals vs. Indiana (11/6) ... Had a career-high three shots (one on goal) vs. Pacific (10/24) ... Second-career point (an assist) came vs. Northwestern (10/9). Was second assist in as many games ... Recorded first-career point via an assist vs. No. 14 Stanford (10/5) ... Tallied first-career shot vs. No. 18 Ohio State (10/2). Finished with two in what was also her sixth consecutive start ... Made fifth straight start at Michigan (9/27) in Big Ten opener ... Made first-collegiate start against a ranked squad on 9/23 at No. 7 Princeton ... Started second straight game at Lafayette (9/16) ... Made first-career start against American University at the Terrapin Invitational (9/13) ... Played key minutes down the stretch vs. No. 5 Connecticut (9/6) ... Made collegiate debut at No. 6 Virginia (8/30) and finished with a defensive save ... Named an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2008: Redshirt season ... Named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played four years of field hockey at Penn Manor High School and also earned one letter in basketball and three in track and field ... Comes from the same high school as former Nittany Lion Britney Long and current assistant coach Lisa Bervinchak-Love ... Named All-State as both a junior and senior ... Helped lead her team to a 26-4 record and a LL league section one championship and a LL league, district and state runner-up finish as a senior - scored 13 goals and recorded 14 assists and was also the team's Defensive MVP ... Helped lead team to a 21-5-2 record as a junior, scoring five goals and recording five assists and was also a LL league All-Star ... Scored three goals and had four assists as a sophomore and was also a LL League All-Star ... Honor roll student and was named to the All-Academic Team.
PERSONAL: Full name is Kristen Janel Schaefer ... Born on December 5, 1989 in Lancaster, Pa ... Parents are David and Kim Schaefer and has an older sister, Lauren ... Has an uncle and a grandfather who also attended Penn State ... Majoring in kinesiology.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I chose Penn State because it is the school I have always wanted to attend. The outstanding academics and school wide activities you can get involved in are truly incredible and life changing experiences."
GETTING TO KNOW KRISTEN