UMass field hockey's senior goalkeeper is one of 38 selected nationally.
Orlando begins her third season as assistant coach in 2011, joining second-year head coach Carla Tagliente and Roz Ellis on the UMass staff. A forward for UMass from 2005-08, Orlando led the Minutewomen to two Atlantic 10 Championships and NCAA Tournaments as a player and last season helped guide UMass to another A-10 title and an NCAA Tournament at-large berth.
Working primarily with the offense in her first season as assistant coach in 2010, Orlando coached one of the most prolific scorers in UMass history in senior Katie Kelly. Kelly scored 11 goals, including five game-winners, and assisted on nine others. Orlando also coached a pair of freshmen offensive players to A-10 All-Rookie honors in Alexa Sikalis, who was also the A-10 Championship MVP, and Lindsay Bowman. She currently holds a level I coaching certification.
Orlando, a Manchester, Mass. native, served as a volunteer assistant for UMass during the 2009 season, working primarily with the forwards. She graduated from UMass in May 2009 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and earned a Master's degree in education in May 2010.
Besides volunteer assisting at UMass, Orlando had also served as head coach of a U19 field hockey team at Indoor Action Sports in Greenfield, Mass. during the winter of 2009-10.
A four-year starter for the Minutewomen, Orlando played in 81 games from 2005-08, amassing 59 career points on 24 goals and 11 assists. She was named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team in 2005 after scoring five goals and assisting on two others, but truly made her mark as a senior in 2008. Following an injury-plagued junior campaign, the forward started all 21 games for the Minutewomen, leading the A-10 with 15 goals and 31 points and guiding the club to its second-straight conference championship and NCAA Tournament. She was named A-10 Offensive Player of the Year and NFHCA Regional All-American.
Orlando is also an active supporter of the Friends of Jacqueline Foundation, serving as a "big sister" and playing a role in UMass field hockey's involvement in supporting children battling cancer.
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