2011: Started in 15 games with 20 total appearances...Aided in win over Northwestern (9/23) with an assist...Missed six games due to deep-knee contusion suffered against Ohio State (9/29)...Recorded first NCAA Tournament point assisting on the game-winner against Army (11/11).
2010: All-Big Ten Freshman Team selection...Started 15 of 18 games at right fullback...Made first career appearance vs. William & Mary (8/29)...Made first start vs. Washington (9/10)...Notched first point with an assist vs. Bucknell (9/15)...Recorded first shot vs. Michigan (11/7)...Earned Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week (11/8).
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM EXPERIENCE
Member of the current U.S. U-18 Women's National Team player pool...Previous member of the U.S. U-15, U-16, and U-17 Girls' National Teams.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Played first three years of high school soccer at Eleanor Roosevelt under Marty Pfister...Team advanced to the State semifinals and winning Regional Championship junior year...Two-time NSCAA All-American sophomore and junior years...Two-time All-State First Team, All-Met First Team and All-Region First Team honoree sophomore and junior year...Missed senior year at Southern High in due to ACL injury.
Played club ball for Michael Calabretta and the McLean MPS Dragons...Team won Virginia and Maryland State Championships.
Briana T. Hovington was born June 23, 1992 in Fredricksburg, Va. to Angie and Brett Hovington...Has one brother, Brant, who played soccer at Temple from 2006-09...Earned Minds in Motion Award for achieving a GPA above 3.0...Majoring in sports medicine with a minor in psychology.
QUOTING COACH WALSH ON HOVINGTON
"She is a virtual coach on the field. Briana is an incredibly athletic and communicative defender out of Maryland. Despite coming off an ACL injury we expect her speed, athleticism and understanding of the game to put her in the mix in the back for us immediately."
QUOTING HOVINGTON ON PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because it is a phenomenal academic school with a great soccer team that is coached by some of the top coaches in the nation."