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Shaun Banta
Shaun  Banta

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Gibbsboro, N.J.

High School:
Eastern Regional

Height:
5-6

Position:
F


09/26/2007

Sept. 26, 2007 vs. Lock Haven

Sept. 26, 2007 vs. Lock Haven

Career honors
- Second Team NFHCA All-Mideast Region (2005, 2006, 2007)
- First Team All-Big Ten (2006)
- Second Team All-Big Ten (2007)
- NCAA All-Tournament Team (2007)
- Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (9-18-06)
- Womensfieldhockey.com Weekly Honor Roll (10-2-06)

Lion Career
2007:Named to the NCAA All-Tournament team....Honored on the NFHCA All-Mideast Region second team for the third straight year....A second team All-Big Ten selection....Was an offensive force in the postseason as she had six points and points in four out of six games (Big Ten and NCAA Tournament games)....Had two goals and three assists in the two Big Ten Tournament and four NCAA Tournament games....Assisted on two game-winning goals and a game-tying goal in the postseason and scored a goal that was the eventual difference in a one-goal win for the Nittany Lions....All three of her postseason assists were on goals by Britney Long....Was one of two fifth-year seniors on the team....Started every game, primarily at forward but also saw some time in the midfield....Took on a bigger role in distribution rather than scoring and as a result, recorded a career high for assists in a season with eight, easily surpassing her previous high of four....Ended her career with 111 career points, just eight points out of the Penn State top 10 career list ....Also finished with 47 career goals, just one goal outside the top 10 all-time list for goals....Second on the team in points (24) and third in goals (8)....Also third in assists (8)....Second on the team in shots (47) and put over half of her shots on goal (55.3 percent)....Ranked ninth in the Big Ten in both shots and points and tied for 10th in the Big Ten in assists....Had one game-winning goal on the year....Recorded points in 12 of 24 games.

Game-by-Game: Scored the second Penn State goal of the game, which was the eventual difference maker, and also assisted on Britney Long's goals vs. Old Dominion (8-25)....Scored the lone Penn State goal in the game vs. Connecticut (9-2)....Recorded three points on a goal and an assist on Natalie Blasco's goal while playing in her home state at Princeton (9-5)....Netted her fourth goal of the year vs. West Chester (9-14)....Assisted on Britney Long's goal, which was the eventual difference in the game to help the Nittany Lions complete a comeback from a two-goal deficit in the 4-3 win over Lock Haven (9-26)....Tallied the game-winning goal in the win over Northwestern (9-30), just 4:26 into the game, the quickest goal scored by Penn State in a game this year....Assisted on Britney Long's goal in the win at Indiana (10-7)....Scored her sixth goal of the year in the win at Bucknell (10-23)....Assisted on Britney Long's game-winning goal at Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament (11-1).....Assisted on Britney Long's game-tying goal vs. Virginia (11-10) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and then scored a goal of her own to give Penn State a two-goal lead in a game it would eventually win by one goal....Assisted on the lone goal of the game by Britney Long in the 1-0 upset win over Maryland in the NCAA Tournament second round (11-11)....Scored the second Penn State goal in the 2-0 win over Wake Forest (11-16) in the national semifinals.

2006: Named first team All-Big Ten....Also a second team NFHCA All-Mideast Region selection....Led the team in goals (15), points (34) and multiple-goal games (4)...Second on the team in shots on goal (35).....Led the Big Ten in goals and tied for first in goals per game (0.68)....Was second in the conference in points and fourth in points for game (1.55)....Finished tied for 43rd in the country in points per game and tied for 32nd in the country in goals per game....Played in every game and started all but one....Recorded goals in seven straight games beginning with the September 6 game vs. Princeton and going through the Michigan game on September 29, a streak in which she had multiple-goal games four times.

Game-by-Game: Assisted on Britney Long's eventual game-winning goal vs. Lock Haven (8-31)....Took five shots and scored her first goal of the year in a 5-1 win over Northeastern (9-2)....Began her seven-game scoring streak with a goal and an assist on Natalie Blasco's first goal in a 3-2 win over Princeton (9-6)....Scored two goals, the second and third PSU goals of the game, on five shots in a 4-0 win over Lafayette (9-15)....Recorded a natural hat trick, the first three-goal performance of her career, in a 6-0 win at West Chester (9-17)....Was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on 9-18 for her performance at West Chester....Netted the first two Penn State goals of the game in a 3-0 win over Penn (9-20), giving her three straight multiple-goal games and a string of seven goals in three games....Scored the first goal of the game in the win over Michigan State (9-23)....Tied the game with a goal at Syracuse (9-27)....In the first 11 minutes of the game, scored the first two goals of the contest in a 4-0 win over Michigan in the Big Ten home opener (9-29), which was the seventh game of her streak....Was named to the weekly honor roll by the website womensfieldhockey.com on October 2 after her performance vs. Michigan....Assisted on Britney Long's game-winner in the 26th minute to help the Nittany Lions beat North Carolina (10-13)....Scored her first goal in over a month in the Big Ten semifinal vs. Michigan State (11-4), netting the game-tying goal with under two minutes to play to force overtime....Scored Penn State's second goal of the game, which was the first of three straight goals that the Nittany Lions scored to rally from a two-goal deficit to defeat North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (11-11). Also assisted on Britney Long's game-tying goal vs. the Tar Heels less than four minutes after her own goal.

2005: Among Big Ten leaders in goals and points all season...Finished season ranked No. 15 in nation in goals with 17...Started every game...Scored first goal on new Astroturf Field in 4-1 victory over Lock Haven (9-2)...Scored game-winner at Princeton (9-7)...Tallied two goals against Saint Joseph's (9-11)...Scored once at Temple (9-14)...Notched second two-goal game at Lafayette (9-16)...Scored one goal against West Chester (9-18)...Scored twice against Syracuse (9-28)...Tallied a goal and an assist at Michigan (10-2)...Scored once at Iowa (10-8)...Notched one goal vs. Michigan State (10-15)...Tallied one goal against Bucknell (10-18)...Scored one goal at Indiana (10-30)....Scored once vs. Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament (11-5)...Tallied one goal in NCAA tournament vs. American (11-12).

2004: Played in all 20 games...Made nine starts...Recorded one assist in her first career start against Old Dominion (8-28)...Recorded one shot at Connecticut (9-4)...Scored her first goal as a Nittany Lion in a 2-0 win at James Madison (9-10)...Recorded two goals on six shots against Temple (9-15)...Had one goal on 11 shots and recorded two assists in the Lions' 6-0 win over Lafayette (9-17)...Took two shots against Saint Joseph's (9-19)...Tallied two goals, including the game-winner, on five shots in Lions' win at Ohio State (9-25)...Scored one goal on one shot against Bucknell (10-26)...Recorded assist against Ohio State in Big Ten Tournament (11-5).

2003: Redshirt Year.

High School
Led Eastern Regional High School (Voorhees, N.J.) to an unbelievable 89-0-1 record and four consecutive New Jersey State titles during her four-year career...Scored 135 career goals, the fourth-highest total in New Jersey history...Named to All-South Jersey squad in each of her final three seasons...Selected as the New Jersey Offensive Player of the Year following both junior and senior seasons...Notched a state-best 49 goals and 35 assists during senior campaign...NFHCA All-American First Team senior year...Second team All-American junior year...Named a Mid-Atlantic Region All-American junior and senior years...Also lettered in lacrosse.

Personal
Majoring in supply chain and information systems...The daughter of Kristine Banta...Has a younger brother, Aaron, who attends Rutgers...Full name is Shaun Marie Banta...Born on December 25, 1984.

Char Morett on Shaun Banta
"We are just so thrilled that Shaun is returning for her fifth season. Shaun showed tremendous improvements in all areas of her game over the spring. She is a prolific goal scorer and always a threat to score when in the circle. Her speed with the ball creates excitement and breakaway opportunities. As an elected team captain she will be looked upon to lead our attack and to initiate our press when in the attacking end."

@PennStateFH

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