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Eckerstrom, Rodriguez and Weber named as players to watch
The trio each earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the Fall 2014 semester
The Nittany Lions advanced to its 10th NCAA Tournament quarterfinal in program history.
Three of Penn State's five meetings with Texas A&M were in the NCAA Tournament.
The Nittany Lions last appeared in the Elite Eight in 2012.
Women's Soccer tops No.12 West Virginia in season opener
TEAM CAPTAIN (2015)
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (2012, 2013, 2014)
Starting goalkeeper, playing full-time in 18-of-24 matches and finishing with a 20-4 record ... Posted a 0.51 goals against average and a .815 save percentage ... Eight solo and one combined shutout on the season ... Had a 235-minute shutout streak from 9/28-10/11, which included back-to-back shutouts at Minnesota (10/3) and Wisconsin (10/5) to result in Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors (10/6) ... Turned away 66 shots, including a career-high 10 against North Carolina (9/5) ... Spent 102 minutes in net in that contest, a season-high ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Started all 23 games for the Nittany Lions, playing full time in 19 games and recording 2,034 minutes ... Posted a 15-7-1 record ... 1.33 goals against average and a .758 save percentage ... shut out opponents three times and contributed to three additional clean sheets ... 94 saves on the season, making a season-best eight saves twice: at Virginia (8/30) and against Indiana (9/29) ... Opened the season with a 110-minute showing versus West Virginia (8/23), her longest outing of the year ... Academic Big Ten honoree.
Notched four wins and 27 saves ... Started four games in 11 appearances ... Tallied a season-high nine saves and contributed to a shutout at Ohio State (9/27) ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Redshirted the season.
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM EXPERIENCE
Member of U.S. U-17 squad in 2009 ... Attended a U-18 training camp in 2010.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Rated No. 4 goalkeeper and 74th overall recruit in the 2010 class by TopDrawerSoccer.com ... Did not play soccer for Northwest High, instead focusing on track and field ... Lettered 12 times in cross country, indoor and outdoor track ... Two-time All-American during 2010 track season ... Earned All-Met first team distinction during 2008 cross country season ... Has earned 10 All-Gazette honors as well as being named 2008 Athlete of the Year ... Named to Montgomery County All-Decade Cross Country team in 2010 ... Earned six Maryland state titles in indoor and outdoor track ... Member of state record holding 4x400m relay squad ... Won five individual county titles and six relay county titles ... Won prestigious Montgomery Invite in the 500m and was top ranked 500m time in 2011 indoor season nationally.
Member of FC Frederick under the direction of Brad Roos ... FC Frederick reached the Maryland State Cup Finals in 2010 ... Club team captain from 2004-10 ... Member of Maryland ODP and Region 1 ODP from 2006-10 ... Played in Ireland (2009), Spain & Portugal (2010) and Russia (2011) with Region 1 squad ... Member of the Maryland ODP team that visited Sweden and Denmark in 2008 ... Member of the Adidas ESP in 2009 ... Played for Washington Freedom Super-Y League U-16 squad in 2009 as well as the Super-20 squad in 2010 ... Selected for ODP National Camp in 2010.
Full name is Britt Ellen Eckerstrom ... Born May 28, 1993 in Rockville, Md. ... Parents are Pam and Kurt Eckerstrom ... Has two sisters, Emma, who competed in track & field at Colgate and Dana ... Majoring in geography and plans to go to medical school after graduation.
WHY I CHOSE PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because of the amazing coaching staff, incredible teammates, and the unbelievably supportive and spirited atmosphere that surrounds Penn State athletics."
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