A native of Broomall P.A., Donna quickly fit in with the tradition of excellence in both field hockey and lacrosse. During her outstanding career, she became one of the finest players ever in both sports. She was an exceptional talent on very strong teams playing the best competition in the East. Changes in eligibility allowed Donna to play four seasons each of field hockey and lacrosse. In field hockey, Donna was a four-year starter and letterwinner. During her freshman year, the team won the MAC Southwest title on their way to a 5th place finish in the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Division III national tournament.
The next year, the team won the MAC championship, finished second in the Eastern AIAW regional and played to a 2nd place finish in the AIAW Division III national championships. Donna tied for the team in scoring and was named a first team MAC All-Star selection. In her junior season, Donna again tied for the team lead in scoring, made the All-Conference team for the second consecutive year and was named to the Division III All-American team. The team won the MAC championship, the NCAA Division III regionals, and finished third in the first NCAA Division III national tournament. As a senior, Donna was named captain and provided the leadership to guide the team to another successful season, which culminated in a third place finish in the NCAA Division III national tournament.
Individually, Donna led the conference in scoring, was named to the MAC All-Star team for the third consecutive year, and to the NCAA All-Tournament Team. She was name the team MVP, and earned All-American honors for the second year. She also finished her field hockey career tied first in career points with 57. In lacrosse, Donna was a four-year starter and letterwinner. During her freshman year, the team finished second in the EAIAW regionals and then played their way to second place finish in the AIAW nationals. She was named to the MAC All-Star and AIAW All-Tournament teams. The next year, the team won the EAIAW regionals and finished third in the AIAW nationals. Individually, Donna was named to the AIAW Division III All-Tournament team. She cored seven goals in one game in the national tournament quarterfinals.
In her junior year, the team won the MAC Championship, then finished second in the U.S. Women?s Lacrosse Association (USWLA) Division III championship, which replaced the AIAW championship. She was named tot the MAC All-Star team, the Division III All-Tournament team, and was named the team?s MVP. Her season was highlighted by All-American honors at the end of the year. Her senior season started out beautifully as the team won six straight. A serious back injury, that would require surgery later, ended Donna's season and career.
The team lost the next six without her leadership and skills. At the end of her collegiate career, Donna was named the Outstanding Senior Athlete-Woman in 1984. She continues to play lacrosse in the Philadelphia Women's Lacrosse Association. Donna earned her B.A. degree in government from Franklin & Marshall. She completed her J.D. at the Delaware School of Law and is now an attorney, practicing civil litigation, real estate and estate law in Media. Donna resides in Broomall and will marry Steven Coyne in December 199