Sept. 9, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland's Katie O'Donnell was named the ACC's Field Hockey Player of the Week, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced. She is the first Terrapin to receive the honor this year, earning the fourth citation of her career. With three wins over ranked opponents last week, Maryland also moves up to the No. 1 spot in the national coaches poll.
A sophomore forward, Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) scored six of the team's combined 14 goals in three games last week. She tallied a career-high four goals in the 8-1 rout of then-No. 8 Old Dominion on Friday. Two days later, O'Donnell added another pair of goals and an assist in the 5-1 over then-No. 9 Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Terps also defeated then-No. 6 Penn State to start the week on Labor Day.
O'Donnell leads the ACC with seven goals and 16 points. She is also the league's leader in points per game (4.00) and goals per game (1.75).
The Terrapins are 4-0 heading into this weekend's Terrapin Invitational, where they will face No. 7 Syracuse and Northwestern. Maryland is ranked No. 1 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll, collecting 998 points and 22 first-place votes, edging out No. 2 Wake Forest, who has 973 points and 28 first-place votes. North Carolina, who was No. 1 last week, slips down to No. 3.
All six ACC squads remain in the top 20, with Duke moving up to No. 6 and Virginia sliding up to No. 8. Boston College is ranked 12th overall.
The Terps open the Orange at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, followed by No. 14 American and Northwestern. On Sunday, Sept. 14, Syracuse takes on Delaware at noon, followed by the Terps and the Wildcats at 2 p.m.
There will be a fee for parking on campus on Saturday, due to the Maryland football game, which is slated for a noon start. Field hockey fans are advised to arrive early, due to increased traffic for the football contest. On Sunday, parking is free. Admissions to all the field hockey games at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex are free.