1 - Ona McConnell
Ona McConnell
Height: 5-5
Year: Sr.
Hometown: London, England
High School: American School in London
Position: GK
Major: Psychology
Residential College: Berkeley

2012 (Senior): Served as backup goalkeeper ... Part of senior class that set school record by winning 20 Ivy League games (including 4-0 mark vs. Harvard) in four years.

2011 (Junior): Received Yale field hockey's Amanda Walton Award for the second time, for confronting the challenge of playing with myotonic dystrophy ... Appeared in two games, playing 14:15 ... Made two saves on three shots ... Part of combined shutout of Holy Cross (8-0) on Oct. 30 ... Earned Minor Y.

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: Completed "Tough Mudder" obstacle course in Spring 2012 with teammates Jessie Accurso and Maddy Sharp as fundraiser for Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation ... 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.”

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