Penn State Nittany Lions field hockey

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Penn State Nittany Lions
field hockey
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Full name Penn State Nittany Lions field hockey
Nickname(s) Nittany Lions
Founded 1964[1]
Home ground Penn State Field Hockey Complex[2]
(Capacity 750)
Head coach Charlene Morett[3] (28th season)
University Pennsylvania State University
Conference Big Ten Conference
Pre-NCAA era champions
1980, 1981
NCAA Tournament runner-up
2002, 2007
NCAA Tournament final fours
1982, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2002, 2007
NCAA Tournament appearances
1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Conference Tournament champions
1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2011, 2012
Conference regular season champions
1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2013[1]


The Penn State Nittany Lions field hockey team is the intercollegiate field hockey program representing Pennsylvania State University. The school competes in the Big Ten Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), although it was also previously a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10). The Penn State field hockey team plays its home games at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex on the university campus in State College, Pennsylvania. The Nittany Lions captured the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national championship twice, in 1980 and 1981, and have won 10 regular-season conference titles as well as eight conference tournament championships. While Penn State has qualified for the NCAA tournament 30 times, and has made seven appearances in the semifinals and two in the championship game, it has never won the NCAA national championship. The team is currently coached by Charlene Morett.

History[edit]

Field hockey has been a varsity sport at Penn State since 1964. In 1980 and 1981, the Nittany Lions won back-to-back Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national championships.[1] Penn State played in the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) between 1988 and 1990, and has been a member of the Big Ten Conference since 1992.[1][4] The team has won 10 regular-season conference titles (three in the A-10 and seven in the Big Ten) as well as eight conference tournament championships (two in the A-10 and six in the Big Ten).[1][4][5] The Nittany Lions have appeared in the NCAA tournament 30 times, including seven appearances in the semifinals and two in the championship game, but have never won the NCAA national championship.[1] Penn State is currently coached by Charlene Morett, who is in her 28th season as the program's head coach.[1][3] Before Morett's tenure began in 1987, the Nittany Lions had previously been coached by Pat Seni (1964–68), Nancy Bailey (1969), Tonya Toole (1970–73), and Gillian Rattray (1974–86).[1]

Season-by-season results[edit]

The 2010 Penn State field hockey team in action against Indiana
The 2010 Penn State field hockey team in action against Michigan
The 2010 Penn State field hockey team in action against Iowa
The 2011 Penn State field hockey team in action against Maryland
The 2011 Penn State field hockey team in action at Iowa
The 2011 Penn State field hockey team in action against Northwestern
The 2011 Penn State field hockey team in action against Ohio State
Year Head Coach Overall Pct. Conf. Pct. Conf.
Place
Conf.
Tourn.
Postseason
1964 Pat Seni 4–0 1.000
1965 1–3–1 .300
1966 1–2–1 .375
1967 3–2 .600
1968 2–2–1 .500
1969 Nancy Bailey 3–3 .500
1970 Tonya Toole 1–5–1 .214
1971 5–3 .625
1972 4–3–1 .563
1973 3–2–3 .563
1974 Gillian Rattray 5–2–2 .667
1975 6–4–2 .583
1976 9–3–2 .714
1977 8–8 .500
1978 13–1–3 .853
1979 18–3 .857 AIAW Runner-Up
1980 20–0–2 .955 AIAW Champions
1981 19–2–1 .886 AIAW Champions
1982 14–6 .700 NCAA Final Four
1983 14–3–5 .750 NCAA 2nd Round
1984 14–8–1 .630 NCAA 1st Round
1985 16–4–1 .786 NCAA 1st Round
1986 18–5–2 .760 NCAA Final Four
1987 Charlene Morett 14–5–2 .714 NCAA 1st Round
1988 15–6–1 .705 2–0 1.000 1st (West) 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
1989 18–3–1 .841 4–0–1 .900 1st 1st NCAA 1st Round
1990 21–4 .840 4–1 .800 T1st 1st NCAA Final Four
1991 18–3–1 .841 NCAA Final Four
1992 16–5–1 .750 8–2 .800 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
1993 20–2 .909 9–1 .900 1st NCAA Final Four
1994 13–7–2 .636 6–3–1 .650 2nd T3rd NCAA 2nd Round
1995 15–9 .625 6–4 .600 T2nd 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1996 14–9 .609 6–4 .600 T2nd 1st NCAA 1st Round
1997 18–6 .750 7–3 .700 T1st 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1998 18–5 .783 8–2 .800 1st 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1999 17–5 .773 8–2 .800 2nd T3rd NCAA 1st Round
2000 17–6 .739 5–1 .833 2nd 2nd NCAA 1st Round
2001 12–7 .632 3–3 .500 T4th T5th
2002 19–5 .792 4–2 .667 3rd T3rd NCAA Runner-Up
2003 18–7 .720 3–3 .500 4th 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
2004 10–10 .500 3–3 .500 4th T5th
2005 17–4 .810 6–0 1.000 1st T3rd NCAA 1st Round
2006 16–6 .727 4–2 .667 T2nd 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
2007 16–8 .667 3–3 .500 4th T3rd NCAA Runner-Up
2008 13–7 .650 5–1 .833 1st T3rd NCAA 1st Round
2009 7–13 .350 1–5 .167 T6th T3rd
2010 14–6 .700 4–2 .667 3rd T3rd NCAA 1st Round
2011 17–6 .739 4–2 .667 3rd 1st NCAA 2nd Round
2012 18–4 .818 5–1 .833 1st 1st NCAA 2nd Round
2013 13–6 .684 5–1 .833 T1st T3rd NCAA 1st Round
2014 16–6 .727 5–3 .625 4th T3rd NCAA 2nd Round

Season-by-season results through the end of the 2014 season[1][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Awards and accolades[edit]

National championships[edit]

Before the advent of NCAA field hockey, Penn State won two AIAW national championships, in 1980 and 1981. Since the NCAA has sanctioned field hockey, the Nittany Lions have appeared in the NCAA tournament 30 times, including seven appearances in the semifinals and two in the championship game, although they have never won the NCAA national championship.[1]

Year Coach Opponent Score Record
1980 Gillian Rattray California Golden Bears 2–1 20–0–2
1981 Temple Owls 5–1 19–2–1

Conference championships[edit]

Penn State has won 10 conference titles, three in the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) and seven in the Big Ten Conference.[1]

Year Coach Conference Record Overall Record Conference NCAA Result
1988 Charlene Morett 2–0 15–6–1 A-10 NCAA 2nd Round
1989 4–0–1 18–3–1 A-10 NCAA 1st Round
1990 4–1 21–4 A-10 NCAA Final Four
1993 9–1 20–2 Big Ten NCAA Final Four
1997 7–3 18–6 Big Ten NCAA 2nd Round
1998 8–2 18–5 Big Ten NCAA 2nd Round
2005 6–0 17–4 Big Ten NCAA 1st Round
2008 5–1 13–7 Big Ten NCAA 1st Round
2012 5–1 18–4 Big Ten NCAA 2nd Round
2013 5–1 13–6 Big Ten NCAA 1st Round
10 Conference Championships
3 A-10 Championships, 7 Big Ten Championships

National Player of the Year winners[edit]

Year Player
1982 Brenda Stauffer

All-Americans[edit]

Key

      First-team selection 

      Second-team selection 

      Third-team selection 

Olympians[edit]

Olympics Player Country
1980 Chris Larson  United States
Charlene Morett
1984 Chris Larson  United States
Charlene Morett
Brenda Stauffer

Individual honors through the end of the 2014 season[1][10]

Stadium[edit]

The scoreboard at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex

Penn State has played its home games at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex since its opening in 2005. The complex has a seating capacity of 750, and boasts an advanced field watering system as well as floodlights that allow for the playing of night games. Built adjacent to Bigler Field, the former home of the Nittany Lions field hockey program, the Penn State Field Hockey Complex has witnessed success both on the field and in the stands; in both 2005 and 2006, Penn State did not lose a home game all season, while in 2006 the school finished fifth in the country in home attendance (2006 was the first year that the NCAA kept attendance statistics for field hockey). Before the Nittany Lions field hockey team moved to the complex in 2005, it had previously played at four other venues: Pollock Field (1964–75), Lady Lion Field (1976–88), Holuba Hall (1989–95), and Bigler Field (1996–2004).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "2014 Penn State Field Hockey Yearbook". Penn State Athletics. Issuu. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "The Penn State Field Hockey Complex". GoPSUsports.com. Pennsylvania State University. Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Charlene Morett-Curtiss". GoPSUsports.com. Pennsylvania State University. Archived from the original on 25 September 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Women's Field Hockey Record Book" (PDF). Atlantic10.com. Atlantic 10 Conference. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Big Ten Field Hockey Record Book" (PDF). BigTen.org. Big Ten Conference. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "2014 Field Hockey Standings". BigTen.org. Big Ten Conference. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "2014 Big Ten Conference Field Hockey Tournament". MGoBlue.com. University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Three Big Ten teams make 2014 NCAA Field Hockey Tournament". BTN.com. Big Ten Network. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "2014 Division I Field Hockey Tournament". NCAA.com. National Collegiate Athletics Association. Archived from the original on 14 November 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Eleven Big Ten Players Earn NFHCA All-America Honors". BTN.com. Big Ten Network. December 1, 2014. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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