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Second Team All-Big Ten (2008)
Academic All-Big Ten (2008, 2009, 2010)
NFHCA National Academic Squad (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2009)
Inducted Into Spiritus Leoninus Honor Society (2009)
Penn State Student Athlete of the Week (9/30/08)
AS A SENIOR IN 2010: Served as a captain during her final year with Penn State ... Started all 20 games as a back ... Tied for fourth on the team with five goals while ranking fifth with 10 points ... Kicked off the year with a goal in the season opener against No. 16 Old Dominion ... Scored in three straight contests in early October ... Started the run after scoring off a corner in the second half during a 5-3 victory over Iowa on October 2 ... Tallied another goal off a corner the following afternoon against Monmouth ... Wrapped up the offensive surge with the game-winner against No. 7 Michigan State after corralling a rebound off of a corner attempt during the 4-1 victory ... Added her most important goal of the year during the NCAA Tournament ... Scored Penn State's lone goal against No. 4 Syracuse after deflecting an initial shot that helped send the game into overtime ... Clamped down on defense, helping the team post six shutouts during the season ... Received NFHCA National Academic honors for the fourth consecutive year while also earning a spot on the Academic All-Big Ten team for her work in the classroom.
AS A JUNIOR IN 2009: Finished the season with three goals (sixth on the team) behind three goals (tied for fourth) ... Finished third in both shots (29) and shots on goal (22) ... Played in 18 games, starting 11 times ... Saw action off the bench in Big Ten Semifinals vs. No. 18 Indiana (11/6) ... Had two of the Lions' five shots on goal vs. No. 8 Michigan State (10/31). Both chances came off penalty corners ... Posted third-career multi-goal game with a pair of scores vs. Pacific (10/24). Goals came in the span of 2:42 in the second half to break a 3-3 deadlock ... Two shots vs. No. 14 Stanford (10/5) ... Recorded two shots on goal as part of huge 2-1 overtime win over No. 18 Ohio State (10/2) ... Tallied two shots, one on goal, in Big Ten opener at Michigan (9/27) ... Strong showing at No. 7 Princeton (9/23) included two early shots. Had a team-high three shots in that game ... Season-high seven shots (six on goal) came in 5-0 win vs. West Chester (9/20) ... Had two shots on goal vs. American (9/13) and one at defending national champion and No. 1 Maryland (9/12) ... Strongest game came in home opener vs. Lock Haven (9/4). Scored key insurance goal and had three shots (all on goal) ... Started first game of season at No. 6 Virginia (8/30) ... Came off the bench at No. 16 Old Dominion (8/28) ... Named to third NFHCA National Academic Squad in as many years.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2008: Had a breakout year to lead the team in goals (10) while finishing second to only All-American Allison Scola with 23 points ... Was one of eight Nittany Lions to start all 20 games ... Was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team and Academic All-Big Ten Team ... Led the Lions with 93 shots and 51 on goal ... Scored Penn State's lone goal in 2-1 OT loss to Ohio State (11/7) in the Big Ten Tournament. Also finished with a game-high three shots, all on goal ... Finished with a goal and assist vs. Michigan on 10/26. Her goal (off a penalty corner) at 4:30 gave the Lions a 1-0 lead on their way to a 3-0 victory to clinch the Big Ten Regular Season Title ... Capped off the Lions' four-goal first half outburst at Northwestern (10/19) with a tally at the 34:45 mark ... Recorded a goal and assist at Bucknell on 10/14 ... Scored go-ahead (and what proved to be the game-winning) goal in the second half in important 2-1 win over No. 5 Iowa (10/10) ... Tallied twice in 3-1 win at Lock Haven (10/5) ... Scored both Penn State goals in 3-2 loss to No.15 Princeton (9/24), marking her first-career multi goal (and point) game ... Scored first career goal at West Chester (9/21) ... Was credited with an assist against Georgetown (9/19) ... Named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad for second straight year.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2007: Appeared in 12 games, all off the bench, the second-most games played of all freshman on the roster ... Played in five of six Big Ten games, both Big Ten Tournament games and the first round NCAA Tournament game ... Recorded three shots on the year, two vs. West Chester (9/14) and one vs. Syracuse (10/3) ... Recorded her only point of the year on an assist when she helped Natalie Blasco's goal vs. Syracuse (10/3) ... Named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played field hockey and soccer for four years at Manheim Central High School ... Played field hockey for coach Michelle Haydt ... Recorded 20 goals and 29 assists during her four-year field hockey career, including 10 goals and 10 assists her senior season, in which she helped lead her team to a sectional championship and a 14-3-2 record and was the leading scorer in her section ... Was a three-time Team MVP... Named First Team All-State in 2006 and was an Honorable Mention All-State pick in 2005 ... Named All-League as a senior ... Played in the U.S. Field Hockey Futures Elite program for two years ... A member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, and was on the distinguished honor roll for all four years of high school.
PERSONAL: Full name is Daneen Elizabeth Zug ... Born on February 4, 1989 in Lancaster, Pa. ... Parents are David and Claudia Zug ... Has two older brothers, David (27), who is a graduate of Penn State and was a member of the Blue Band and club squash team, and Graham (23), who is a member of the Penn State football team ... Father and grandfather are also Penn State graduates ... Majoring in kinesiology.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I grew up in a Penn State family and spent a few football weekends in Happy Valley during my middle school and high school years. I fell in love with the atmosphere and the school spirit. Meeting the team on my field hockey visits sealed the deal. PSU is everything that I wanted my college experience to be. Plus, it has a really good creamery!"
Goals: 2 three times; last vs. Pacific (10/24/09)
Assists: 1 four times, last; vs. Michigan (10/26/08)
Points: 4 three times; last vs. Pacific (10/24/09)
Shots: 8, two times; last at Northwestern (10/19/08)
Multi-Goal Games: 3
GETTING TO KNOW DANEEN
Nickname: Neen, Neener, Desiree
Major & Why: Kinesiology. I find the classes in this major to be interesting and it will allow me to get into the medical field.
Favorite Food: Crab or Lobster ... or both
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Musical Artist: Hootie & the Blowfish
Favorite Movie: Wedding Crashers
Favorite TV Show: Lost
Favorite Website: abc.com (to watch Lost)
Favorite Pro Teams: Philadelphia Flyers, Eagles
Childhood Idol: Michelle Akers
Hobbies: Drawing, making scrapbooks
Biggest Fear: Snakes ... on a plane
Teams I'd Like To See Added To The Schedule: University of Delaware, Richmond
Most Prized Possession: Pictures of friends and family
Place I'd Like To Visit: Australia
I Wear My Jersey Number Because: I've worn a lot of different numbers, but never wore #8 so I thought I might as well give it a try and see if it brings me luck.
If I Didn't Play Field Hockey, I Would Play: Soccer or Tennis
If I Had $1 Billion, I Would: Spend money on the things that make me smile, laugh, and be happy
After Penn State, I Would Like To: Go to grad school, become a Physician Assistant, then find a job and settle down with a family