UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Three Penn State field hockey players were named to the 2014 Big Ten Field Hockey Players to Watch List. Seniors Katie Breneman (Washington Boro, Pa.), Laura Gebhart (Mount Joy, Pa.) and Taylor Herold (Fredericksburg, Va.) each earned recognition.
In 2013, Breneman helped anchor a Nittany Lion squad that secured six shutouts. She started all 19 contests and logged 1,302 minutes played, the third most on the team. Breneman also was named to the Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad and the Academic All-Big Ten team.
Gebhart is named to the list for the third-straight season. The senior earned First Team All-Big Ten honors following last season and was named a 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Second Team All-American. As a junior, Gebhart paced the Nittany Lions with 14 assists.
Herold, named to the list for the first time, was a 2013 Second Team All-Big Ten selection. Last season, she started 18 games and led the squad with 13 goals and 30 points, while also earning Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Penn State officially opens the season at home on Aug. 29 at 5 p.m., taking on Old Dominion at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex.