Katie O'Donnell, a Wissahickon High School graduate and a senior at the University of Maryland, won the 2011 Honda Sports Award Thursday as the nation's top female college field hockey player.
The award is based on the results of balloting among 1,000 NCAA schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program and qualifies O'Donnell to become a top-three finalist for collegiate women's athlete of the year. That winner will be announced June 27 in New York.
The Honda Sports Award is given annually to the top women's athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports.
The other field hockey nominees were Connecticut's Melissa Gonzalez, Virginia's Paige Selenski, and Princeton's Kathleen Sharkey.
O'Donnell led Maryland to the NCAA Division I championship and was named the national player of the year and offensive MVP by womensfieldhockey.com, and sportswoman of the year by the Women's Sports Foundation.
Other Honda Award winners in basketball, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, and track and field will be announced over the next few months.