Terrapin Alums Finish Well in Champions Challenge

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GLASGOW, Scotland  – Three Maryland field hockey alumni had strong showings for their respective national teams in the Champions Challenge tournament this past week in Glasgow, Scotland.

Megan Frazer (2009-12), who served as team captain for the Irish national team in the event, was named Player of the Tournament. Katie O’Donnell (2007-11) and Jill Witmer (2010-13) won the tournament with the U.S. Senior National Team.

O’Donnell led all players in the tournament with five goals, while Frazer and Witmer each scored one. Team USA defeated Ireland, 3-1, in the tournament final Sunday.

“We are all very proud and pleased for Katie O'Donnell and Jill Witmer for helping Team USA win the FIH Champions Challenge,” Terrapins head coach Missy Meharg said. “This result puts USA in the top competitive tier of competition as we qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.  It was such a treat for all Terp families and fans of Maryland field hockey to watch USA play Ireland in the final with fellow Terp Megan Frazer captaining the Irish team. Congratulations to all players.”

Early in the first half of Sunday’s final, Frazer took a shot off a penalty corner that was high and her teammate, Emma Smyth, deflected it in for a 1-0 lead. O’Donnell scored off a rebound in the 48th minute to make it 3-2 for Team USA.

With the win, the Americans secured a bid in the six-team Champions Trophy event in October.

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