NITTANY LION CAREER
Played in all 36 games at center, tallying six points on a goal and five assists...Opened collegiate career with a three-game point streak by tallying four assists: two at Vermont (10/4), one at Vermont (10/5) and one at Quinnipiac (10/11)...Scored first collegiate goal against New Hampshire (10/26)...Assisted on a goal in a 4-1 victory at Lindenwood (11/23).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Member of two-time Minnesota High School AA runner-up Edina High School (2010-11), while leading the team to the AA semifinals junior year...Has tallied career totals of 163 points from 58 goals and 103 assists in three years of high school hockey...Helped lead Edina to three section titles in 2010-12...Named All-Lake Conference four times times and to the State All-Tournament team in 2011...During the 2012-13 senior year, scored 37 points on 14 goals and 23 assists...In 2011-12, scored 14 goals, 30 assist and 44 points to lead Edina to a 20-5-6 overall record...Sophomore season, led Edina to the AA Final and a 26-4-1 record behind 17 goals, 33 assists and career-high 50 pints...During the freshman year, scored 13 goals, 19 assist and 32 points en route to a 24-6-1 record...Participated in the USA Hockey Developmental Camp in 2011...Participated in the Minnesota Elite League in 2011 and 2012...Played club hockey for the Minnesota Ice Cats since 2009.
Sarah Frances Nielsen was born December 2, 1994 in Des Moines, Iowa to Chris and Kathy Nielsen, who played volleyball at Iowa State...Has an older brother, Zach, an older sister, Emily, and a younger sister, Kate...Grandfather, Dave Nielsen, graduated from Penn State in 1974...Intends to major in nutritional sciences...Hopes to pursue sports nutrition and personal training upon graduation.
QUOTING NIELSEN ON PENN STATE
"I fell in love with Penn State because of the coaching staff, their team-first philosophy and type of hockey tradition they're trying to build. I also loved the beautiful campus and college town feel."
QUOTING BRANDWENE ON NIELSEN
"Sarah is a fantastic two-way forward with an outstanding hockey IQ, and impressive maturity and poise. She has skill, strength, a positive attitude, and tremendous work ethic. Sarah will be a difference-maker for us at both ends of the ice."