Kristina Edmonds begins her first season as volunteer assistant coach at UMass. A native of Emmaus, Pa., Edmonds enjoyed a superb playing career for the University of Maryland Terrapins. She joins assistant coach Kelly Dostal as former National Champions on Justine Sowry's coaching staff. While Dostal won the title from 2002-04, Edmonds won it in 2005 and 2006.
Edmonds broke out as a senior, earning second team All-American honors. She also earned All-ACC for the first time, and Academic All-ACC for the second consecutive year.
As a freshman in 2003, Edmonds saw time in 15 games as a defensive replacement, helping the Terrapins to the National Semifinals. As a sophomore, she saw action in 19 games, recording two assists. She was also named to the ACC Honor Roll.
As a junior, Edmonds started all 25 games, recording one point. She also made three crucial defensive saves, helping the team to the National Title. In 2006, the Terrapins made it two championships in a row with the help of Edmonds. She scored a goal and recorded five assists on the season.
New UMass head coach Justine Sowry is familiar with Edmonds on the international scene. Sowry worked with the U.S. Field Hockey Association from December, 2003 through January, 2007 with Edmonds being selected to the 2004 U.S. Under-19 team. Edmonds also participated in the Junior Olympics in 2000 and 2001. She was named to the Under-16 National Team in 2001, played in the National Futures Tournament in 2000 and 2001, and was named to the Under-21 U.S. National Team in 2005.
Edmonds was a two-time All-American at Emmaus High School: first-team in 2002 and second team in 2001. She led the team to the state title in 2001, and back to the title game in 2002.
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