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Penn State returns 73 percent of its goal scoring from a team which set the all-time single-season program record for goals scored with 303 last season
BEFORE PENN STATE
A 2017 graduate of Hempfield High School and a four-year member of the women’s lacrosse team … served as team captain as a senior … a four-time Lancaster-Lebanon League All-Star … two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-American (2015 and 2017) … two-time central Pa. U.S. Lacrosse team member … two-time Elite 120 member … scored 20 goals while adding 20 assists in seven games as a senior before a season-ending injury … also a member of the soccer team … has also been a member of X-treme Lacrosse.
Samantha Bard Helgeson was born on October 17, 1998 to Stephanie and Stuart Helgeson in Annapolis, Maryland … has an older brother Stu and older sister Sarah … both her parents Stuart and Stephanie played lacrosse at Penn State in the late 1980’s while her father was also a member of the football team … her sister Sarah is on the field hockey team at Stanford … her uncles Steven and Spencer as well as grandparents Stephen Myers and Margaret Hudson are also Penn State graduates.
HELGESON ON PENN STATE
“I selected Penn State because of the upbeat atmosphere it always has, the people and of course, the superior academics and athletics Penn State has to offer.”
DOHERTY ON HELGESON
“Sammy is quick and all over the place, she’s a little spitfire at midfield. She makes a lot of hustle plays and gets ground balls while coming up with some big goals.”