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#12 Paula Infante
Position: Midfield/Back
Height: 5'6"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Santiago, Chile
High School: Santiago College
Experience: 4 Letters

International Experience: Captain of the Chilean National Team ... participated in the Pan American Games and the Four Nations Tournament in 1999 and 2002 ... took part in the 2000 South American Championship ... recipient of the Chilean Olympic Committee's Revelation Figure of the Year award in 1998 ... also a two-year member of Chile's Junior National Team ... traveled to Cuba, Argentina, Barbados, Uruguay and Canada to play in various tournaments and test matches with both teams.

As a senior in 2006: The most decorated player in Terrapin history ... team co-captain ... became the second player in the history of the University of Maryland to win the Honda Award twice and the second player across all team sports at UM to garner first team All-American honors all four years ... also the only player in the history of the program to achieve both those accomplishments ... was only the third field hockey player in the 31-year history of the Honda Award to receive the honor twice ... is one of only two players in the history of the prestigious award to be nominated three times ... named National Player of the Year by www.womensfieldhockey.com for the second-straight year, as well ... tied for fifth all-time at Maryland with 58 career goals and seventh with 139 career points ... ACC Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first player in the program to ever garner multiple conference player of the year accolades ... All-ACC, the fourth Terrapin to achieve all-conference status four times ... the first field hockey Terp to be named to the NCAA All-Tournament team four times, also earning ACC All-Tournament nods four times, the third time a Terp has done so ... first team NFHCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region for the fourth-consecutive year ... a starter in every game, a key member of the defense which ranked first in goals against average (0.70) and third in shutouts per game average (0.48) ... also a major contributor on offense, tied for second on the team with 12 goals, helping the Terps to a No. 3 national ranking in scoring margin (+2.45), and 11th in scoring average (3.15) and goals scored per game (3.24) ... had seven assists on the season, tying a career-high ... tied for the team lead with five game-winning goals ... opened the season with two goals and five points vs. Pacific, also notching the game winner (Aug. 26) ... had a season-high two games vs. Albany (Oct. 15) and in the ACC Tournament semifinal vs. #10 Virginia, including the game winner (Nov. 3) ... recorded the team's second penalty stroke of the shootout vs. #7 Connecticut in the NCAA semifinal to put the Terps in the championship game (Nov. 16) ... selected to the Academic All-ACC team for her performance on the field and in the classroom ... also garnered the ACC's James-Weaver-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship ... was awarded the M Club's Suzanne Tyler Award.

As a junior in 2005: Only the second player in school history to receive the Honda Sports Award, presented to the nation's top field hockey player ... also selected www.womensfieldhockey.com National Player of the Year ... voted ACC Defensive Player of the Year by the conference coaches, the first Terrapin in five years to garner player of the year honors ... one of only five players in school history to be named first team All-American three times ... three-time All-ACC and NFHCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region ... the first player in school history to be named to the NCAA All-Tournament team three times ... selected to the ACC All-Tournament squad for the third time, as well ... knocked in a pair of goals at Big Ten power Michigan (Sept. 2), then scored the overtime tally at Old Dominion (Sept. 4) to earn ACC Player of the Week nods ... scored at least a goal in four-consecutive games beginning with her two tallies vs. the Wolverines through the Terps' win vs. Stanford (Sept. 11) ... notched two goals and two assists in the 5-1 victory over Princeton (Oct. 11) ... gave Maryland a 1-0 lead over the Lady Monarchs in the national semifinals, then assisted on Janneke van Leeuwen's score in the 44th minute, helping the Terps advance to the title game with a 3-2 win (Nov. 18) ... also helped the defense rank second in the nation, allowing just 1.01 goals per game ... second on the team in goals scored (13) and game-winning goals (5).

As a sophomore in 2004: Followed up an impressive rookie campaign with a stellar sophomore season, earning first team National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America honors and All-ACC nods for the second-consecutive year, despite making the move from the backfield to the midfield ... a Honda Sports Award finalist, presented to the top player in the nation ... also named NFHCA Mid-Atlantic first team all-region, NCAA All-Tournament and ACC All-Tournament for the second time ... featured in the December 27, 2005 issue of Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" ... team goal leader for the second-straight year, and second in points ... scored all of Maryland's five goals in the 5-2 win over No. 14 Delaware (Nov. 13), breaking the NCAA Tournament single-game mark while also tying a school record ... 10 points in the first-round contest were also an NCAA Tournament record ... selected to the www.women'sfieldhockey.com National Honor Roll for her performances in the first and second rounds ... recorded first-career hat trick in the 7-1 win at Princeton ... tied for 10th in the ACC in points and goals per game (0.61) ... also second in the conference with 4.22 shot attempts per game.

As a freshman in 2003: Earned a number of accolades, making an immediate impact to the squad the moment she stepped on campus ... a first team All-American and first team All-Mid Atlantic Region by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association ... also an All-ACC pick and named to the NCAA and ACC All-Tournament squads ... led the team in scoring all season, collecting 45 points on the season, ranking 15th in the country ... Terps' goal leader with 19 goals which ranked 14th in the nation and is tied for the seventh-most single-season total in school history ... tops on the squad with five game-winning goals ... fourth in the ACC in points and fifth in goals per game (0.83) ... scored at least a goal in each of the first six games of the season, notching two goals in three of those games ... named ACC Player of the Week for the opening week of the season ... five multiple-goal games leads the team ... assisted on a goal then scored the game winner in the victory at Old Dominion (Sept. 6) ... recorded game winner in back-to-back games against Harvard (Sept. 21) and Princeton (Sept. 26) ... also an integral part of a defense that ranked in a tie for fifth in the nation (1.20), holding Rutgers (Sept. 12) and Delaware (Oct. 19) without a shot or a penalty corner, while keeping New Hampshire (Aug. 30) without a penalty corner.

Before Maryland: Attended Santiago College graduating in 2000 ... member of Club Deportivo Universidad Católica, winning national championship in 1997 and 1998 ... Also won the First Division national title with Universidad Católica twice ... received the 1998 Promising Figure award, 2000 International Figure award and 2001 Best Sportsman award by the Universidad Católica ... has set records in the 80m, 100m and 200m dash and the javelin at the annual American British School Association track and field championships.

Personal: Daughter of Denise Vermehren and Roberto Infante ... has a son, Agustin ... has three sisters who are also members of the Chilean National Team - Daniela, Camila and Denise ... Camila and Denise play field hockey at nearby American University ... also has a brother, Roberto, who is a rugby player and member of the Chilean National Team ... a kinesiology major.

INFANTE'S CAREER STATISTICS

Year GP GS G A TP Sh. GWG DS PS
2003 23 23 19 7 45 97 5 0 4-5
2004 23 23 14 5 33 97 2 0 2-3
200525 25 13 4 3093 5 0 2-2
200625 25 12 7 31100 5 0 2-3
TOTAL 96 96 58 23 139 387 17 0 8-11

INFANTE'S SINGLE-GAME HIGHS
Goals: 5 vs. Delaware (Nov. 13, 2005)*
Assists: 2, vs. Rutgers (Sept. 13, 2003)
Points: 10, vs. Delaware (Nov. 13, 2005)*
* NCAA Tournament single-game record


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