Player bio: Dina Rizzo :: Field Hockey

  Dina Rizzo
Dina Rizzo
Player Profile

Walpole, Mass.

High School:



3 VL

On Rizzo: Two-time NFHCA/Astro Turf All Mid-Atlantic Region selection … a vibrant player looking to have a tremendous year … has an opportunity this season to be a leader … an enthusiastic, physical and dynamic player … creates energy on the attacking and defensive ends … a definite fan favorite.

International Experience: A two-year member of the U.S. Under-21 team which competed in Germany and served as the co-captain at the Junior World Cup in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the spring of 2001 … member of the 1999 U.S. Under-20 team … a member of the U.S. Under-19 team in 1997 and 1998 ... the U.S. U-19 team was named the USFHA team of the year by the organization.

As a junior in 2000: All Mid-Atlantic Region second team selection ... started all 23 contests … feisty forward ranked fifth on the NCAA’s second-rated offense with 11 goals and a .324 shot percentage, sixth with 24 points and tied for sixth with two assists … third on the squad with three game-winning goals ... registered the game-winner during the regular season 7-0 match-up with Richmond (Oct. 29), and sunk decisive scores in NCAA first and second round contests against New Hampshire (Nov. 11) and Princeton (Nov. 12) … three multi-goal games in 2000 ... netted a career-high tying two goals apiece and posted season-highs of four points in wins over Stanford (Oct. 7), Richmond and New Hampshire … chipped in with a goal and an assist for three points in Missy Meharg’s 200th win, at Rutgers (Oct. 11) … netted a goal and collected a defensive save in a regular-season match against ACC opponent Wake Forest (Sept. 23) … made debut as the Terps’ kicking back at Towson (Sept. 13), defending Maryland’s cage for 8:18 scoreless minutes … selected to the NFHCA national academic squad … among 14 field hockey players listed on the 2000-01 ACC Honor Roll.

As a sophomore in 1999: All Mid-Atlantic Region second-team selection … one of six players to start all 25 games … recorded her first career NCAA Tournament point with an assist in the Terps' national championship game, feeding Carissa Messimer’s game-winning goal to beat Michigan (Nov. 21) … scored a career-high two goals and totaled a career-high five points against Lafayette (Nov. 13) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament … assisted on the game-winning goal in double-overtime victory against North Carolina (Oct. 23) … scored her second career-game-winning goal against Delaware (Sept. 21) … credited with assists in back-to-back games against Virginia Commonwealth (Aug. 29) and American (Aug.31) to open the season … also added an assist against Towson (Sept. 15) … scored her first goal of the season at Massachusetts (Sept. 12) in her first collegiate return to her home state … credited with defensive saves against Old Dominion (Sept. 6), Boston University (Sept. 10) and Wake Forest (Sept. 25).

As a freshman in 1998: Tied for sixth on the team with six goals … scored a goal in four consecutive games, including the game-winner against then-No. 1 ranked North Carolina (Oct. 11) … scored her first collegiate goal against Michigan State (Sept. 7) … a member of the United Airlines Summer League (UASL) team from New England that won the silver medal in the 1998 finals held at College Park.

Before Maryland: High school first team All-American as a junior (1996) and a senior (1997) at Walpole ... became the first player in Massachusetts state history to score more than 100 career high school goals ... scored 32 goals and tallied 31 assists her senior year ... the Boston Herald Player of the Year as a senior ... Bay State League MVP her junior and senior seasons ... a three-time all-state selection … named to the Boston Globe All-Scholastic team her sophomore and senior years.

Personal: Born March 24, 1980 … Dina is the daughter of the Michelle and Artie Rizzo … a communication major.

Rizzo’s Career Statistics


1998	21	17	6	1	13	24	1	0	0-0

1999	25	25	5	7	17	27	1	3	0-0

2000	23	23	11	2	24	34	3	1	0-0

Totals	69	65	22	10	54	85	5	4	0-0

Rizzo’s Kicking Back Statistics

Year	GP	GS	Saves	GA	Sv %	Min.	GAA	SO

2000	1	0	0	0	0.000	8	0.00	0.0

Totals	1	0	0	0	0.000	8	0.00	0.0

Rizzo’s Single-Game Career Highs
2 four times
Assists: 1 several times
Points: 5 vs. Lafayette (Nov. 13, 1999)

Rizzo Up Close
I came to Maryland because: Everyone is so nice and we have an awesome hockey team.
What do you want to accomplish this season? Win the national championship.
If I were president for the day I would: make field hockey a professional sport and give the players a lot of money.
Favorite book: Dr. Seuss.
If I could switch places for a day with any person (real or fictional) I'd be: Emma Bressler.