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Nov. 20, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Three members of the Penn State field hockey team have earned Division I All-American honors after a phenomenal season, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Tuesday afternoon. Senior Kelsey Amy (Sweet Valley, Pa.) was named a First Team All-American for the second consecutive year, while sophomore Laura Gebhart (Mount Joy, Pa.) earned Second Team honors and junior Brittany Grzywacz (Collegeville, Pa) earned Third Team honors.
Amy, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, serves as one of two Big Ten players that earned First-Team All-American honors, joining Northwestern's Chelsea Armstrong. The forward was most recently named to the All-Mideast Region First Team and received All-Big Ten First Team honors earlier in the postseason. After her performance at the Big Ten Tournament, Amy was named the Tournament MVP for the second consecutive year and helped her squad to back-to-back Championships.
A huge factor in winning the Big Ten Conference Title, the senior ended the year with 24 goals and 12 assists for 60 points. In her career as a Lion, the All-American has recorded 76 goals and 24 assists for 176 points with 16 game-winning goals, five of which were scored in the 2012 season. Amy currently sits at third in all-time career goals, third in all-time career points, 10th in all-time goals in a single season and eighth in all-time points in a single season in program history.
Also named to the All-Mideast Region First Team, Gebhart earns Second Team All-American honors for the first time in her collegiate career. The 2011 Big Ten Freshman of the Year earned Third Team All-American honors last year after a stellar rookie season. The sophomore earned Big Ten recognition this season, being named to the All-Big Ten First Team for the second consecutive year, as well as to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team. She ends the year with six goals and 12 assists for 24 points.
Earning NFHCA All-American honors for the first time, Grzywacz had a breakout season as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. The junior was named to the All-Big Ten First Team for the first time in her collegiate career, as well as named to the All-Mideast Region First Team for the second time. Playing at midfield and at back, Grzywacz recorded 12 goals and two assists for 26 points and notched six defensive saves to lead the Big Ten.
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