Cori Dyke, TJ Malone Earn Penn State’s Big Ten Medals Of Honor

Penn State women’s soccer midfielder Cori Dyke and men’s lacrosse attacker TJ Malone were Penn State’s 2024 recipients of the Big Ten Medals of Honor, the conference announced Tuesday. Both recipients were All-Americans and among the best in their respective programs.

The Medals of Honor are awarded annually to one male and one female student graduating from each Big Ten university. The Medal of Honor is considered the highest honor bestowed by the conference and demonstrates support for education as part of collegiate athletics.

Malone spent five years with Penn State, inserting himself into the history books with 252 points and 152 goals. During the 2024 season, he led the Nittany Lions into the NCAA Tournament with 78 points from 42 goals and 36 assists. Malone’s 49-game goal streak to end his career led all of Division I men’s lacrosse.

Malone has been recognized as an All-American twice by USILA, Inside Lacrosse, and USA Lacrosse and was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2023 and 2024.

At the conclusion of the 2024 season, Malone was drafted into the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) by the Maryland Whipsnakes with the No. 17 overall pick in the PLL Draft.

Dyke also spent five years at Penn State, breaking the women’s soccer program’s record for most minutes played with 9,069. She started and played in 108 matches and finished her career with nine goals and nine assists as a midfielder and defender.

During the 2023 season, Dyke started and played in all of Penn State’s 23 matches. At the conclusion of the campaign, Dyke was recognized as a United Soccer Coaches first-team All-Region choice, a First Team All-Big Ten selection, and was named Big Ten Defender of the Year.

Dyke was drafted by the Orlando Pride with the No. 22 overall selection in the 2024 NWSL Draft. Dyke was one of five Penn Staters drafted into professional women’s soccer after the 2023 season, tying a program record.

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