Rachel Dawson

Field Hockey

Hometown: Berlin, NJ
Current Residence: Lancaster, Pa.
Born: 1985
Joined National Team: 2005
Position: Midfield
Number: 8


From her childhood home in Berlin, NJ, Dawson shared her competitive spirit, natural athleticism and a tiny bathroom with her seven siblings. Two of her older sisters even played field hockey for the U.S. National Team. For Dawson, being a part of a big team is second nature. The versatile defender, midfielder joined the National team in 2005 and graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2007. She is the most capped athlete on the team with 240 marks. Dawson is a two-time Olympian.


  • 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), Series against Japan (Lancaster, Pa.)
  • 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: Pan American Team (1st, Guadalajara, Mexico), Champions Challenge I Team (2nd, Dublin, Ireland), Named to the Pan American Elite Team
  • 2010: AtaHolding World Cup Qualifier Team (2nd, Chula Vista, CA) 
  • 2009: Pan American Cup Team (2nd, Hamilton, Bermuda), Named to the Pan American Elite Team 
  • 2008: U.S. Olympic Team (8th, Beijing China), Olympic Qualifier Tournament (1st, Kazan, Russia), Named Olympic Qualifier Player of the Tournament, No. 9 UNC jersey was retired in February, only the third player in program history to have her jersey retired
  • 2007: Pan American Team (2nd, Rio de Janiero, Brazil), Champions Challenge Team (4th, Baku, Azerbaijan), Recognized with the Honda Award as the National Player of the Year for field hockey, Selected as one of the five finalists for the Honda-Broderick Cup as the nation's top college female athlete, With 19 goals, ranked as the top scorer for the No. 1 offensive team in the country (UNC), Named 2007 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and 2007 ACC Tournament MVP, National Player of the Year by womensfieldhockey.com
  • 2006: World Cup Qualifying Tournament Team (4th, Rome, Italy), Nominated for the 2006 WorldHockey Women's Young Player of the Year award as one of the top six players under the age of 23 in the world, Redshirted the 2006 season at UNC while representing the U.S. in international competition
  • 2005: Named to the Women's National Team, Junior World Cup Team (7th, Santiago, Chile), Junior Pan American Championships (2nd, San Juan, Puerto Rico), Named Most Outstanding Player at Junior Pan American Championships, Earned first career cap vs Australia in Virginia Beach (6/5), Named second-team All-America, Named to the inaugural ACC All-Academic Team and to the NFHCA National Academic Squad 
  • 2004: Named first-team All-America ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Named to the NFHCA Academic Squad 
  • 2003: Selected as the ACC Freshman of the Year, only the fourth UNC player to win the honor, Named National Freshman of the Year by collegefieldhockey.com, All-ACC Tournament, Named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad
  • 2001: Named to the USA U-21 Squad


Twitter: @racheldawson8
Blog: The Athlete Way 
High School: Eastern Regional High School '03
Club: Spirit of USA
Futures: 1998-2003
College: University of North Carolina '07 (graduated with distinction)
Major: Business Administration 
Names of parents/guardians: Karen and David Dawson
Names of sibling(s): David, Natalie, Andrew, Sarah, Meghan, Hannah, Melanie
Employer: TD Ameritrade 
Year you began field hockey: 1995
Game day mantra: Relax and run
Best words of advice: Enjoy it, it doesn't last forever.


  • Rachel Dawson on how to be a good teammate. USAToday.com, April 22, 2012

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