1 - Ona McConnell
Ona McConnell
Height: 5-5
Year: So.
Hometown: London, England
High School: American School in London
Position: GK

2010 (Sophomore): Received Yale field hockey's Amanda Walton Award, for confronting the challenge of playing with myotonic dystrophy ... Appeared in three games ... Did not allow a goal in 30:09.

2009 (Freshman): NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree … Earned Minor Y.

High School: All-tournament goalie at the International School Tournament as a sophomore in 2006 and as a junior in 2007 … Team MVP as a freshman in 2005.

Club Team: West Hampstead MVP 2009 … Young player of the year for West Hampstead in 2005 and 2006 … Most improved player award winner in 2006 … Team placed first in Division Two in 2005 and moved up to Division One … Team won Division One in 2008 and moved up to Premier Division … Team had the best defense in the league (52 teams) in 2008, allowing only eight goals in 20 league games.

Notes: Diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy during her freshman year at Yale, and is now leading the Yale field hockey team’s efforts to raise awareness and funds to cure the disease … Board member of Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation … Interested in pre-med studies … Spent summer of 2010 at Normal University in Beijing as a paid assistant in the FMRI/brain studies lab under Prof. Dr. Yu-Feng Zang … Spent summer of 2009 at Oxford in an evolutionary biology lab, studying spiders and their silk production under well-known arachnologist Prof. Vollradt … Spent summer of 2008 at Imperial College in London in a renowned cancer research lab under Prof. Walczak … Hobbies include fly fishing … Assistant coach for middle school field hockey team … Is a U.S. citizen and a British subject, due to her birth in London to two U.S. citizens … Moved to Germany when about seven years old, then moved back to London for high school … Is fluent in German … Developed her interest in field hockey while in Germany, captaining a local team to the Hessen State Championship while in junior high school … Member of Berkeley College … Father is a Yale law school graduate. 

Why Yale? “Because it has a beautiful campus, amazing academics, and the field hockey team made me feel right at home.”