Maryland, Virginia set to meet at 3:30 p.m. in Chapel Hill
The most decorated player in Maryland history, Katie O'Donnell will return to College Park in the fall of 2012 as a student assistant coach.
Member of the U.S. Senior National Team since 2005 and starting center forward since 2009...helped lead Team USA to win over Argentina, the No. 1 team in the world, to win gold at the Pan American Games in October 2011...win clinched USA's Olympic bid...at the age of 16, became the youngest athlete to earn an international cap for the United States...has earned 26 overall (heading into the summer of 2008)...currently the captain of the U.S. Junior National Team, leading them to gold at the 2008 Junior Pan-American Games in Mexico City...member of the 2009 U.S. Junior World Cup Team...scored her first international goal at the Rabobank Champions Challenge in 2005...a summer resident at the U.S. training center for the last three years...member of the U.S. Under-21 National Team in 2004 and 2005...helped the USA Junior Team to a best-ever 7th place finish at the 2005 Junior World Cup in Santiago, Chile...traveled with the U-21 team to China in March 2007...selected to the U.S. U-16 and U-19 teams in 2003 and 2004, traveling to Holland and Australia...participated in the USFHA's Futures Elite, Futures Festival and selected to A-camp and B-camp...voted Young Player of the Tournament at the USFHA National Championships after leading the Pennsylvania/New Jersey HPC Team to the 2007 title...member of the Maryland Thundersticks HPC Team in 2008.
As a senior in 2010:
The most decorated player in Maryland field hockey history...2011 Honda Sports Award winner...named National Player of the Year and Offensive MVP by womensfieldhockey.com... four-time ACC Offensive Player of the Year...only the third athlete to win all four years in any sport...four-time First Team All-American...named the Women's Sports Foundation's Sportswoman of the Year Oct. 12, an award previously won by Mia Hamm and Venus and Serena Williams...ACC's career points and assist record holder...three goals away from owning goals record as well...named ACC Tournament MVP...named to the NCAA All-Tournament team...notched a goal and an assist in 17 of the Terps' 24 games...led the nation in assists per game with 1.55, as well as points per game with an average of 4.18...national leader in points (98) and assists (34)...the first player in NCAA history to break the 100 career assist and 300 career point marks...had three or more assists in seven games...notched two hat tricks on the year...the first was at No. 19 Michigan (Oct. 3) and the second was against No. 7 Ohio State in the NCAA Semifinals....only player in NCAA history to have hat tricks in two NCAA Semifinals...third in the NCAA record books in career points (306) and assists (108)...scored multiple goals in nine games this season...scored seven game-winners, including at No. 3 Virginia in a 2-1 overtime win and against Ohio State in NCAA Semifinals...ACC Player of the Week Aug. 31 and Oct. 5...recipient of team's Kate Kauffman-Beach award at annual banquet...award is given to a player that epitomizes the "world class" hockey player that demonstrates the technical and tactical skills coupled with the heart of a champion...named to ACC's All-Academic Team.
As a junior in 2009:
One of the strongest offensive threats in the country...named National Player of the Year and Offensive MVP by womensfieldhockey.com... named a First Team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and womensfieldhockey.com...Offensive Player of the Year for the ACC...one of four nominees for the Honda Award...All-Mid Atlantic Region Player of the Year...named ACC Tournament MVP...named to the NCAA All-Tournament team...earned ACC Player of the Week honors for week of Sept. 1...broke Carla Tagliente's career points record of 187 with her 208 in just three years...also broke Susie Rowe's single-season points record of 74 with her 87 this season...claimed both ACC and Maryland career assist records (both at 71) with 74 this year...tied for second in Maryland record books in single season assists (31)...led the nation in points and assists...first Terp ever to break 25 goals and 30 assists in one season...scored goals in 16 of the Terps' 24 games...recorded two hat tricks on the year - at #16 Old Dominion (Sept. 4) and vs. California-Berkeley (Sept. 21)...the Terps' usual inserter on penalty corners...notched four game-winners, three of which in consecutive games - vs. California-Berkeley (Sept. 21), vs. #4 Wake Forest (Sept. 26), and at American (Sept. 29)...postseason performance was one of the strongest in Maryland history... tallied seven goals, eight assists and 22 points in the six-game stretch between the ACC and NCAA Tournaments...earned 13th assist in NCAA Tournament career, which ties her for the record...recorded nine points (three goals and three assists) in Terps' 7-5 NCAA semifinal win over #4 Princeton, which is also a Tournament record for points in a championship round game...featured as the cover story in the fall 2009 edition of the NCAA's Champions magazine.
As a sophomore in 2008:
For the second straight year, named ACC Offensive Player of the Year and a first team Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-American...NFHCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region performer...named womensfieldhockey.com Offensive Player of the Year and first team All-American...selected to the ECAC All-Star Team...ranked second in the nation in points (3.09) and assists (1.18) per game and eighth in goals per game (0.95)...scored a tournament-high two game-winning goals in NCAA Tournament, including double-overtime tally in national semifinals vs. Iowa (Nov. 21)...added another score in the national championship game vs. Wake Forest (Nov. 23) en route to NCAA All-Tournament Team laurels...scored game-winner and dished out four assists (tied for NCAA Tournament-best six points) in 8-5 victory over Duke in the second round (Nov. 16)...recorded 12 points (3 G, 6 A) in NCAA Tournament, third-highest total...an ACC All-Tournament performer thanks in part to three assists in the title game victory over No. 2 Wake Forest (Nov. 9)...10th Terrapin ever to score 20 goals in a season...led team with 26 assists, third most in school single-season history...recorded 53 points on the season, 10th most in Maryland single-season annals...posted four game-winning goals (t-2nd on team)...ACC Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 30, tallying three goals in a week that included an upset of then-No. 1 Wake Forest on Sept. 27...assisted on the game-winner against the Demon Deacons and added a goal of her own...surpassed her stellar freshman numbers, posting 21 goals and 26 assists, despite missing two games while participating in the 2008 Pan-American Games...her point total of 68 broke the Maryland single-season record by one point, however teammate Susie Rowe tallied 74 points in 2008 to set the new Terrapin standard...recorded at least two points in 17 of 22 games played...knocked in a career- and ACC-high four goals against Old Dominion on Sept. 5 and was named ACC Player of the Week on Sept. 9...set a school record with six assists in the Terps' 10-1 win vs. Northwestern on Sept. 14...scored three times in the 7-0 victory over Delaware on Oct. 19...recorded two-goal games at No. 9 Michigan (Sept.7), vs. Boston College (Sept. 20) and at Richmond (Sept. 28), scoring the game-winner in each of those contests...tallied the game-tying goal in the Terps' 4-3 overtime win at No. 10 Virginia...scored in a season-high four straight games (six total goals) at the outset of ACC play prior to departing for Pan-Am Games.
As a freshman in 2007:
A first team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) and www.womensfieldhockey.com...finalist for the prestigious Honda Award...garnered numerous awards, including ACC Offensive Player of the Year, All-ACC, ECAC Rookie of the Year and www.womensfieldhockey.com National Rookie of the Year...led the nation in points per game (2.52) and ranked fourth in goals (0.86) and assists (0.81) per game...also the ACC's leader in total goals and points...NFHCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region selection...three-time ACC Player of the Week (9/4, 9/25, 10/9), the only player in the league to earn the honor multiple times...www.womensfieldhockey.com national Rookie of the Week four-consecutive weeks from Sept. 3-Oct. 8...first Terrapin to ever sweep National Player and Rookie of the Week honors on Oct. 8...also selected the ECAC Player of the Week that week after accumulating six points on two goals and two assists in wins over No. 12 Duke (Oct. 6) and No. 14 Boston University (Oct. 7)...opened her collegiate career tallying two goals in each of the first three games on the season...had a least a point in the first 10 games of the season...had 13 games with at least one goal scored and 13 games, including two in the 4-2 win at No. 12 Duke and eventually scored the game winner, as well...led the team with six game-winning goals...selected to the All-ACC Tournament team.
Played four years of varsity field hockey at Wissahickon High, where she was the first player to be named The Times Herald Player of the Year four times...a two-time NFHCA first team All-American...Player of the Year by The Reporter three times and twice selected by The Philadelphia Inquirer and Ambler Gazette...The Philadelphia Inquirer Rookie of the Year after her freshman campaign...three times all-league, all-area and all-state, selected to the first team each year...led the team in scoring and assists every season, also posting the best numbers in the area in both as a freshman and sophomore...set the school's assist record as a senior...helped the Trojans win the district title twice, scoring the game-winning overtime goal as a freshman...also led the team to the state semifinals three times, playing in the state tournament every year...a senior tri-captain, playing in the senior all-star game...the player of the tournament as a freshman at the Big Apple Tournament, helping her squad win the gold medal...won gold at the Keystone State games in 2004...also lettered in soccer once and lacrosse three times...garnered all-league and all-area nods in lacrosse twice.
Majoring in elementary education...recipient of the Bob and Carol Baker Director's Circle Scholarship...nickname is Odie... member of the National Honor Society...daughter of Kathy and Buddy O'Donnell...has an older brother, Joey, who played lacrosse at St. Joseph's University...also has two older twin sisters, Kelly and Jenny, who were field hockey players at Drexel University...Kathleen Laura O'Donnell was born in Norristown, Pa.
O'DONNELL'S CAREER HIGHS
Goals: 4, at #8 Old Dominion (Sept. 5, 2008)
Assists: 6, vs. Northwestern (Sept. 14, 2008)
Points: 9, vs. Princeton, NCAA Second Round (Nov. 20, 2009)