Nov. 5, 2008
GREENSBORO, N.C. - As the top-ranked Maryland field hockey team prepares for the ACC Tournament in Durham, they got their first piece of good news of the week on Wednesday when the conference named four Terrapins to its All-ACC team. Sophomore Katie O'Donnell was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year, while senior Susie Rowe took home the Defensive Player of the Year honors. Also named to the All-ACC team were juniors Alicia Grater and Alexis Pappas.
Katie O'Donnell, a sophomore from Blue Bell, Pa., was voted the league's Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. She led her team to a 16-2 mark this season with a 4-1 record in the conference to take the No. 1 seed in this year's ACC Field Hockey Championship. With 18 goals and 17 assists this season, O'Donnell is ranked first in the league and second in the nation with 3.31 points per match.
Maryland's Susie Rowe, a senior from London, England, was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year as she led the league in goals scored with 22. She averaged 1.22 goals per match and posted 58 total points to lead the league in the respective categories. Rowe was right behind O'Donnell, ranking third nationally with 3.22 points per game. Furthermore, Rowe anchored the Maryland defense which allowed only 16 goals all season.
Junior Alicia Grater (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown Area) earned All-ACC honors in her first season as the team's starter. Grater completed four shutouts and earned the win in four more, including each of the team's last three games.
Junior Alexis Pappas (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal) also was a first-time conference honoree. Third on the team with eight assists, Pappas also represented the United States at the Junior Pan-American Games this year as Team USA won gold in Mexico City last month. Splitting time between the front and midfield lines, Pappas keyed an offense which scored nearly five goals per game, second best in the nation.
Maryland begins its quest for a seventh ACC title on Friday, when it takes on the winner of No. 4 Virginia and No. 5 Duke at Jack Katz Stadium in Durham, N.C. at 4:00 p.m.