Katelyn Falgowski

Field Hockey

Hometown: Landenberg, Pa.
Current Residence: Lancaster, Pa.
Born: 1988
Joined National Team: 2005
Position: Midfield
Number 23


Pairing successful knee surgery in 2011 with an aggressive rehab schedule, midfielder Falgowski was back on the turf preparing for the London Olympic Games in April. She was the youngest collegiate athlete on the Beijing Olympic Roster in 2008. A debilitating concussion in 2010 and a torn anterior cruciate ligament could not slow down this rising star on the world stage. Falgowski led the Tar Heels to the final of the NCAA tournament and played in the match of her life, shutting down Argentina's top player in the Pan American Games final, all with a busted knee. Not surprisingly, she was named a 2011 World All-Star by the International Hockey Federation and was also a nominee for FIH Young Player of the Year Award; given to the finest field hockey players under the age of 23.


  • 2015: Series against Argentina (Lancaster, Pa.), 8 Nations Tournament (5th, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand), Series against Ireland (Lancaster, Pa.), World League Round 3 (5th, Valencia, Spain), Pan American Games (1st, Toronto, Canada), Series against Great Britain (Marlow, UK)
  • 2014: Champions Challenge (1st, Glasgow, Scotland), Rabobank Hockey World Cup (4th, The Hague, Netherlands)
  • 2013: Four Nations (Auckland, New Zealand), World League Round 2 (1st, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • 2012: Champions Challenge I (2nd, Dublin, Ireland), U.S. Olympic Team (12th, London, England)
  • 2011: Nominated for FIH Young Player of the Year Award, Named NFHCA/Longstreth Division I National Player of the Year, Pan American Team (1st, Guadalajara, Mexico), Champions Challenge I Team (2nd, Dublin, Ireland), Named Player of the Tournament at the Women's National Championship (Washington, D.C.)
  • 2010: AtaHolding World Cup Qualifier Team (2nd, Chula Vista, CA) 
  • 2009: Junior World Cup Team (Boston, Massachusetts), Earned All-America and All-ACC honors, Recipient of the UNC Anderson Mark of Excellence Most Valuable Player award, All-NCAA Tournament selection
  • 2008: Beijing Olympic Team (8th, Beijing, China), Olympic Qualifier Tournament (1st, Kazan, Russia), Only collegiate athlete named to the Beijing Olympic Team roster, Second-team All-America honors, All-ACC and All-ACC Tournament 
  • 2007: Pan American Games Team (2nd, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Champions Challenge Team (4th, Baku, Azerbaijan), Named 2007 ACC Freshman of the Year, Led the nation in assists, Named Second-team All-America, Named All-ACC and All-NCAA Tournament
  • 2006: World Cup Team (6th, Madrid, Spain), Youngest USA player to compete at the World Cup (17 years, 11 months)
  • 2005: Named to the Women's National Team, Earned first international cap vs Canada (8/28), Junior World Cup Team (7th, Santiago, Chile), Pan American Junior Championships (2nd, San Juan, Puerto Rico)
  • 2003: Youngest player to be named to the USA U-20 Team at the age of 14.


Nickname: Falgo
Twitter: @Falgo23
High School: St. Marks High School '08
Club: Strikers
Futures: 1999-2003
College: University of North Carolina '11 
Major: Communications 
Names of parents/guardians: Ken and Cindy Falgowski
Names of sibling(s): Kerry, Carly, Tim
Year you began field hockey: 1998
Game day mantra: The world is your kite, go fly it. Dare to be brilliant. 
Best words of advice: Play your best and the rest will take care of itself. 


  • Katelyn Falgowski fights through health scares. USAToday.com, May 1, 2012

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