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Katie O'Donnell (born December 6, 1988, in Norristown, Pennsylvania) is an American field hockey player who began playing for the University of Maryland in the 2007 season. She attended Wissahickon High School in Ambler, Pennsylvania. She is the youngest member of the United States women's national team and has become known for her excellent stick skills and ability to create. Her attributes were put on full display throughout her freshman campaign as she earned a starting position for the preseason number-one team in the country at forward.

College[edit source | editbeta]Edit

2009 Athletic Achievements
  • 2009 National Player of the Year (womensfieldhockey.com),
  • 2009 National Offensive MVP (womensfieldhockey.com),
  • 2009 First Team NFHCA All-American,
  • 2009 NCAA All-Tournament Team,
  • 2009 All-Mid Atlantic Region Player of the Year (NFHCA),
  • 2009 ACC Offensive Player of the Year,
  • 2009 ACC Tournament MVP,
  • 2009 national leader in points (87) and assists (31),
  • 24th player in NCAA history with 200+ points,
  • 18 points in four-game run as NCAA Runner-Up,
  • Set NCAA Championship single-game record with nine points in NCAA Semifinal win,
  • Broke Maryland's single-season points record with 87,
  • Tied for 2nd single-season goals record with 28,
  • Broke school record with 31 single-season assists,
Career Athletic Achievements
  • 2010 National Sportswoman of the Year, Team Sport (Women's Sports Foundation)[1]
  • Two-time National Offensive MVP (womensfieldhockey.com),
  • Three-time ACC Offensive Player of the Year,
  • Three-time First Team NFHCA All-American,
  • Two-time NCAA All-Tournament team member,
  • 2008 All-ACC Tournament team member,
  • 2007 National Rookie of the Year (womensfieldhockey.com),
  • 2007 Honda Award nominee,
  • NCAA Tournament record holder with 13 career assists,
  • ACC and Maryland career assist leader with 74 career assists,
  • Maryland career points leader with 208 career points,
  • Third on Maryland career goals list with 67,

O'Donnell established her presence early at the University of Maryland putting together a freshman campaign worthy of national recognition. She finished the season with 18 goals and 17 assists leading the nation in points by a margin of 10 with 53 points. She scored goals in 13 of 21 games including 5 multi-scoring games. O'Donnell had 6 game-winning goals including one in overtime against then 12th ranked Michigan. O'Donnell earned ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors, the only freshman to ever receive the award. She also earned National Rookie of the Year and First Team All American honors.

Maryland won the NCAA Women's Field Hockey Championship in 2008.

International[edit source | editbeta]Edit

O'Donnell was selected to the US U-16 and U-19 teams in 2003 and 2004 and competed in tournaments in the Netherlands and Australia. In 2005 she became the youngest member of the US Senior National team and earned her first of 23 total international caps at the age of 16. She scored her first international goal at the Rabobank Champions Challenge in 2005. O'Donnell helped the USA Junior team to a best-ever 7th place finish at the 2005 Junior World Cup inSantiagoChile. She also competed with the U-21 team in China in March 2007. O'Donnell will be training in California in 2008 preparing to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Endorsements[edit source | editbeta]Edit

On March 4, 2013, it was announced that O'Donnell had signed a four year agreement to represent and advise on products for American field hockey manufacturer STX (sports manufacturer),[3] the same day she scored her first international goal with an STX stick in a 6-0 win over Brazil during the World Hockey League qualifiers in Rio.

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