Lions a national finalist for the first time in program history
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (2010, 2011)
2011: Made 13 starts in 21 games...Notched three points vs. West Virginia (8/26) including the second fastest goal in PSU history (62 seconds)...Tallied assists in contests with West Virginia (8/26) and Virginia (9/11)...Netted a goal in win at Michigan State (10/21), returning from four-game absence due to ankle injury...Notched a three-point evening against Minnesota (11/4) in the Big Ten semifinals...Tallied an assist on game's opening goal against Marquette (11/18) in the NCAA Second Round.
2010: Made nine starts in 20 games, missing the opener at West Virginia (8/20) due to a concussion...Headed in the game-winner against Minnesota (10/15) to complete comeback victory...Attempted 22 shots.
2009: Started in 14 games, while making 20 appearances overall in the midfield...Scored two goals and one assist for five points on the season, while taking 29 shots...Made first collegiate start on opening day against then-No. 9 Virginia (8/21)...Scored first collegiate goal against Boston University (9/13) at the UConn Soccer Classic in a 3-0 win...Tallied first collegiate assist at Michigan State (9/27)...Notched second goal of the year against Illinois (10/25).
BEFORE PENN STATE One of three PSU freshmen ranked in the ESPN Rise Girls' Soccer Top 50 Rankings, coming in at No. 41...Two-year letterwinner at Abington as a freshman and sophomore...Led team in scoring in those two years...Named to Southeastern Pa. Coaches' All-Star Team as a sophomore...Opted to play varsity lacrosse junior and senior years.
CLUB EXPERIENCE Seven-year member of FC Bucks Vipers coached by Ed Leigh...Named Golden Boot winner after scoring five goals in Nationals, leading the team to its first U.S. Youth Championship in 2009...Scored game-winner in title game at Nationals...Won seven Eastern Pa. State Cups, Region I Premier League Championship, and two Region I Championships...Seven-year member of Eastern Pa. and Region I ODP teams...Attended 2008 U-17 Women's National Team camp...Competed internationally with Region I team...Named MVP of 2009 Kuban Spring Tournament in Russia...Member of Region I Inter-Regional team 2005-07...Captained 2008 Pa. ODP team that won the Region I Championship...2007 adidas ESP All-Star
PERSONAL Given name is Madlyn Whitney Evans...Born April 21, 1991 in Philadelphia...Daughter of Grant and Elizabeth Evans...One of four children, brothers Grant and James and sister, Kara...Four-year letterwinner in cross country and indoor track, captaining both squads senior year and capturing All-League honors...All-State in 800m...Two-year letterwinner in lacrosse, earning All-League recognition in 2008...Lettered in outdoor track...Recipient of the Union League of Philadelphia Good Citizenship Award...Member of the National Honor Society...Majoring in English.
COACH WALSH ON EVANS "One of the best and most hard-working players in the country. We anticipate her helping us in the midfield but she can play anywhere on the field and will be an amazing asset to our group."
EVANS ON CHOOSING PENN STATE "I chose Penn State because of the team chemistry, coaching staff, atmosphere, and a great school that offers everything."