O'Donnell Earns 150th Cap with Team USA

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LANCASTER, Pa. - Maryland field hockey all-time leading scorer Katie O'Donnell earned her 150th career cap with the U.S. Senior National Team Tuesday night in a 4-0 win over Canada at The Dome Arena at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa.

Recent Maryland field hockey alum Ali McEvoy scored Team USA's first goal and Jill Witmer also competed after her two-goal performance in Monday's series opener.

Play bantered in the midfield during the first portion of the first half. Team USA was able to strike in the 30th minute of match when McEvoy placed a beautiful ball off of a stroke into the upper right corner of the cage. USA athlete Torrie Albini cracked the ball into the net in the 34th minute of play to create a halftime score of USA 2, Canada 0.

“Today’s team was very different from yesterday’s and that’s part of the ongoing assessment for selection,” said U.S. Head Coach Craig Parnham. “It was a very different group of players today and we’re still trying to play to our strengths as a whole and stick with the tactics we want to play with.”

“After yesterday’s disappointing result, we came more prepared today,” said Canadian Head Coach Ian Rutledge. “It’s only our fourth time out here on the big pitch this year and it’s great to see the girls make progress. The U.S. is certainly a great team and we’re being measured with good competition. The goal for the rest of the week is to keep improving.”  

Katelyn Falgowski and Shannon Taylor scored in the second half to make the final score USA 4, Canada 0.

“Today Canada played a better game,” said Parnham. “So credit to them but there were also pleasing moments for us throughout the match. As the games continue, we’ll continue to grow and give athletes opportunities to play.”  

The matches will pick up again Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. Follow @USAFieldHockey on Twitter for live match updates throughout the week.