Nittany Lions open NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 6 p.m.
CANADA SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM MEMBER (2008-present)
CANADA U-20 NATIONAL TEAM MEMBER (2008-10)
CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPION (2008)
NSCAA ALL-GREAT LAKES FIRST TEAM (2011)
ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (2011)
NSCAA SCHOLAR ALL-EAST SECOND TEAM (2011)
ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (2009)
UNANIMOUS BIG TEN ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM SELECTION (2009)
PHILLY SOCCER NEWS BEST XI (2009)
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (2010, 2011)
2011: Made a start in the last 13 matches of the season, playing in 20 matches altogether...Played all 90 minutes for the Canadian National Team vs. the United States (9/22)...Helped guide the Nittany Lions to a Big Ten leading 14 shutouts this year...Tallied first collegiate point, a second assist on a goal vs. Nebraska (10/14)...Added assists in back-to-back NCAA Tournament games against No. 12 Marquette (11/18) and No. 6 Wake Forest (11/20)...Earned NSCAA Scholar All-East Second Team honors.
2010: Started in the first seven games before a season-ending knee injury at Portland (9/12)...Recorded a shot at West Virginia (8/20).
2009: Started and played in 20 games for Penn State in central defense...Played all but one game (Indiana, 10/29) due to Canadian U-20 commitment... Played every single minute of the year while in a Penn State uniform...Made collegiate debut against then-No. 9 Virginia (8/21)...Named to the Soccer America Team of the Week (8/23) as well as inaugural Big Ten Freshman of the Week (8/23) for her efforts in the 1-0 shutout victory against UVa...Recorded first collegiate shot in a 3-2 win over UConn (8/31) in the Penn State Invitational...Recorded another shot against James Madison (9/20)...Played a major role in all of Penn State's 11 shutouts.
CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM EXPERIENCE
Member of the Women's U-20 Canadian National Team (2008-10) and nominated for the 2007 Canadian Youth U-20 Player of the Year...Trained with the Canadian Women's Senior National squad in 2008 and went on to compete at the U-20 World Cup in Chile...Helped the team finish second at the 2008 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualification Tournament...Won the 2008 Cyprus Cup as well as the 2007 International Soccer Festival Championship...Served as captain and won the gold medal at the 2008 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championships...Won the 2008 Four Nations Tournament...Earned a call up to the full national team in September 2011, playing all 90 minutes in a friendly against the United States.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Competed freshman year for The Country Day School leading the squad to an undefeated season as team captain...Won the Canadian National Independent High School Championship, while being named team MVP.
Following her freshman season of high school, did not compete in high school soccer due to her affiliation with the National Training Centre of Ontario...Captained the NTCO team from 2006-08...Also plays for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the W-League with former Nittany Lion Tiffany Weimer...Was named Defensive Player of the Year and Fan Favorite in 2008...Competed in the USL W-League with the Toronto Lady Lynx...Was team captain in 2007...Named the 2007 Lynx Defensive Player of the Year...Named to the W-League All-Eastern Conference Team...Finished second in the W-League's U-19 Player of the Year voting.
PERSONAL Alexandra Berit Marton was born on April 28, 1990 in Aurora, Ontario...The daughter of Audrey and Les Marton...Has an older brother, James, and a younger brother, Christopher...Undecided on a major...Enjoys writing and listening to music during her free time.
COACH WALSH ON MARTON "Lexi's size and strength will allow her to make an immediate impact at the college level. She has the ability to dominate opponents in the air and can compete physically with all types of strikers. On top of this, one of Lexi's greatest strengths is her communication, which is why she is returning as a captain."
MARTON ON CHOOSING PENN STATE "It has an outstanding women's soccer program and great academics. I've wanted to come here since I was a kid."