Former Tar Heel Rachel Dawson achieved a rare milestone Thursday, earning the 200th cap of her National Team career. A member of the U.S. National Team since 1995 and a two-time Olympian, she is one of just a handful of players to appear in 200 games.
Alas, her landmark game was not a victory, as the U.S. fell to Scotland in a shoot-out at the International Hockey Federation's World League Round 2 Tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The teams were tied at 1-1 after regulation (Scotland scored on a penalty stroke in the 48th minute), with goalkeeper and former Tar Heel Jackie Kintzer making numerous saves in the closing minutes to preserve the tie. Scotland went on to win 2-0 in the shootout.
Dawson, from Berlin, N.J., is a 1997 UNC graduate and was the National Player of the Year as a senior when she led Carolina to an NCAA Championship with an undefeated record.
"Today was a fantastic day for Rachel," said U.S. coach Craig Parnham. "To earn 200 caps is a tremendous achievement. Rachel has been around for many years and teams have admired her from afar for her passion and commitment to the game. She loves what she does with this team and everything she does is for the group. She is absolutely a fantastic role model for USA Field Hockey."
Next up for the U.S. is a game against Chile on Saturday.