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2015 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
2015 BIG TEN ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
2015 ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2015
Named to the IWCLA All-Region First Team, All-Big Ten Team, Big Ten All-Tournament Team … Named Big Ten Tournament Most Valuable Player … Appeared in all 21 games, starting 20 … Transitioned from midfield to defense mid-year to aid depleted corps ... Scored 10 goals and secured nine draw controls … Second on the team in caused turnovers (20) … Third on the team in ground balls (12) … Had hat tricks against Lehigh (Feb. 14) and Virginia (Feb. 28) ... Caused a career-high four turnovers vs. Bucknell (Feb. 18) ... Vital to Penn State's defensive effort en route to the Big Ten Tournament title in wins over Northwestern (May 1) and Ohio State (May 3) ... Named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2014
Appeared in all 18 games, starting one ... Tied for second on the team in game-winning goals (2) and free-position goals (4) ... Fifth on the team in goals (23) and draw controls (12) ... Collected 17 ground balls and eight caused turnovers ... Tallied points in 15 of 18 games ... Started collegiate career on an 11-game scoring streak ... Scored a career-high three goals vs. Loyola Maryland (March 8).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Four-year starting midfielder at C. Milton Wright ... Two-time captain (2012, 2013) ... Three-time first-team all-county selection (2011-13) ... Helped lead the team to four state tournaments, including the 2010 state championship game and three semifinal appearances (2011-13), and three straight conference and regional crowns (2011-13) ... Garnered All-Metro tournament team honors from 2010-13 ... As a senior, earned US Lacrosse All-America honors ... Named a Baltimore Sun Player to Watch ... Named team MVP as a sophomore and junior ... In 2012, earned second-team all-state honors and All-Metro status ... Garnered US Lacrosse High School All-Academic Team laurels ... Honored with second-team all-country recognition as a freshman ... Played for NEMS lacrosse and captured the 2011 and 2012 club national championships ... Named to the 2011 all-tournament team.
Daughter of Richard and Donna Smucker ... Both parents, as well as grandfather, Richard, and aunt, Nancy, attended Penn State ... Has two brothers, Marcus and Jacob ... Brother, Marcus, will enter his junior year at Penn State in fall 2013 ... Plans to major in biology ... Born April 12, 1995.
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