|Position:||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
Entering her first season as a volunteer assistant coach at Maryland is former Terrapin standout Kathryn Masson. The Vancouver, B.C., native became the first Terp goalkeeper in school history to be named a first team All-American after helping Maryland to the second of back-to-back national titles in 2006. Following her graduation from Maryland in May of 2009, Masson spent a year playing on the Canadian National Team and is a former member of Canada's National U-21 Team.
Masson returns to College Park to help train and develop Maryland's goalkeeping corps following her stellar career as the Terps' netminder from 2004-07.
"We're real excited to bring back to College Park, our All-American Kathryn Masson," head coach Missy Meharg said. "With her being a goaltender, it will allow (Associate Head Coach Marybeth Freeman) to do some other work with our players in different areas of the field, so our staff is very excited to have Kat on board."
Masson was a three-time All-American at Maryland, earning first-team laurels in 2006 and 2007 and a third-team nod as a sophomore in 2005. She was named to the Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team her sophomore through senior seasons and to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team the final two years of her collegiate career.
During her remarkable time at Maryland, Masson was a part of two national championship teams in College Park in 2005 and 2006. In each of those seasons she led the nation in goals against average, posting a 0.91 GAA in 2005 and a 0.70 GAA in 2006 to register the third-lowest GAA in school single-season history.
Masson's 2005 postseason was one for the ages, as she helped Maryland to its first NCAA crown in six years and its first ACC title in four seasons. In the NCAA Tournament she was nearly perfect as Maryland shut out three of four opponents, including a 1-0 victory over Duke in the National Championship.
Her .807 save percentage in 2006 ranked second in the nation, giving the Terps a stable force in the cage en route to the first back-to-back NCAA title-run in school history. Masson collected a career-high 20 wins and was terrific once again in the NCAA Tournament. In similar fashion to the 2005 tournament, the Terps shut out three of four opponents, including a 1-0 win in the title tilt in Winston-Salem, N.C., versus Wake Forest.
Masson earned seven shutouts during the 2005 championship march and topped that with a career-best nine shutouts in the 2006 championship campaign. For her career, Masson ranks second in Maryland annals in career GAA (0.94) and owns a record of 61-9 with 21 shutouts.
Masson also excelled in the classroom, graduating with a degree in English with a minor in French. A two-time member of the Academic All-ACC Team and to the ACC Honor Roll, she aspires to be a secondary school teacher and a field hockey coach.