Dec. 27, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland and the Honda Award have had a fruitful relationship since the award's inception in 1976. With field hockey standout Megan Frazer winning the school's 10th Honda Award in 2011, let's take a look back at the Terps and the Honda Award through the years.
Women's Lacrosse, 2000 and 2001
Brighton, South Australia
At Maryland: Adams is arguably the greatest collegiate women's lacrosse player in the sport's history. She is the all-time NCAA leader in assists and points with 178 and 445, respectively. She owns every Maryland scoring record as she is the single season and career leader in goals, assists, and points. She played on four national championship teams.
Adams was a three-time national player of the year and was the first-ever winner of the Tewaaraton Trophy, given annually to the nation's top player.
Adams Today: After assistant coaching stints at Maryland and Denver, Adams is entering her fourth season guiding a resurgent Loyola women's lacrosse program. She took over a program that posted a 6-10 record in the year prior to her arrival and turned that into an 11-6 mark in 2009, an 11-7 record in 2010 and a 17-3 tally in 2011.
Adams led the Aussie national team to a 14-7 defeat of the United States in the 2005 FIL World Cup, earning All-World honors at the games, leading all players with 26 assists and 47 total points. Adams was also a member of the Australian national team that took home the silver medal at the 2009 FIL World Cup in Prague.
Field Hockey, 2005 and 2006
At Maryland: Infante led the Terrapins to two national championships in 2005 and 2006. She was a four-time First Team All-American and was also named the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year and womensfieldhockey.com's National Player of the Year in both her junior and senior seasons.
She was the first Terrapin to garner All-ACC honors all four years and was the Terp in the field hockey program to be named to the NCAA All-Tournament team four times.
Infante Today: Infante is working at her former school as a physical education teacher and is coaching a club under-16 team. She continues to play for the Chilean national team. This past October, she played in the Pan American games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Infante is also the mother an 11-year old son, Agustin.
Field Hockey, 2009 and 2010
Blue Bell, Pa.
At Maryland: O'Donnell is readily known as one of the most decorated athletes in Maryland history. She was a four-time First Team NFHCA All-American and four-time ACC Offensive Player of the Year - just the third athlete in ACC history across all sports to win player of the year honors in each of their four seasons.
She guided Maryland to NCAA titles in 2008 and 2010 and ACC titles in 2008, 2009 and 2010. She is the ACC's all-time leader in career points and goals and is the only player in NCAA history to rack up 300 career points and 100 assists.
In the fall of 2010, she was named Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation - an honor previously won by Mia Hamm and Lisa Leslie.
O'Donnell Today: O'Donnell is currently a starter on the U.S. National Team. O'Donnell and Team USA notched their bid to the 2012 Olympics in London when they won gold at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. They beat No. 1 Argentina, 4-2, in the gold medal match and O'Donnell scored USA's third goal. She was named to the Pan American Elite Team and is now in Chula Vista, Calif. training with Team USA.
Field Hockey, 2011
Derry, North Ireland
At Maryland: Frazer won the 2011 Honda Sports Award following her junior season as a Terrapin. As team co-captain, she led the Terps to one of the most storied endings in school history.
As they entered the NCAA Tournament with a 15-4 overall record, the Terps found themselves outside the top four teams in the tournament for the first time in many years. Maryland entered the NCAA Tournament unseeded and beat No. 12 Iowa and No. 3 Syracuse in the first and second rounds, respectively, before trumping top-seeded Old Dominion in the semifinals and North Carolina for the title.
Frazer Today: Frazer will take the spring 2012 semester off from school to live and train in Dublin, Ireland with the Irish National Team. Frazer and Team Ireland will play in an Olympic Qualifier in the spring. If they qualify, she will play in the London Olympics before returning to College Park for her senior season next fall.
Women's Lacrosse, 2010
Before Maryland: McFadden, the 2010 Honda Sports and Tewaaraton Trophy Award winner, led Maryland to its 11th national championship her senior season. A two-time ACC Player of the Year and IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year, McFadden was also a three-time IWLCA All-American and was twice awarded ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.
McFadden was also named the ACC Women's Lacrosse Scholar Athlete of the Year in her junior and senior seasons and the University of Maryland Female Scholar Athlete of the Year in her senior season.
McFadden Today: McFadden won gold at at the 2009 FIL World Cup as a member of the United States National Team. The Phoenix, Md., native is entering her second season as an assistant coach at the University of Florida where she's helped developed the Gators into one of the most potent offenses in the country.
Field Hockey, 2008
At Maryland: Rowe was a part of three NCAA championship teams (2005, 2006, 2008) with the Terrapins, which helped lead her to the 2008 Honda Sports Award in field hockey.
She was named a First Team NFHCA All-American in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons and was the 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year. She earned All-ACC honors in her final three years at Maryland and was named to the ACC's All-Academic Team in 2005, 2007 and 2008. She was named the ACC Tournament MVP in 2005 and 2008.
Rowe Today: Rowe is currently an international cricket player, touring Sri Lanka and South Africa with the England National Team the past two years. She also plays for Kent Women and the Rubies.
Field Hockey, 2001
At Maryland: The first-ever Honda award recipient in the history of the Maryland field hockey program, Welsh was also a four-time Mid-Atlantic All-Region selection, a 2001 ACC Co-Player of the Year, a two-time ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player, a three-time All-ACC selection and the 1998 ACC Rookie of the Year.
Welsh was standout player during one of the most successful eras of Terrapin field hockey, as her class posted a 73-14 four-year record, captured four straight ACC titles, played in three national semifinals and won the 1999 NCAA championship.
Welsh Today: Now a very happy mom of three little ones - two boys and a girl - Welsh is a high school math teacher in Montgomery County. Prior to having kids, Welsh coached the varsity field hockey team for four years in the high school realm.