2007 - SENIOR: Awarded the Illinois Female Spirit Award Also selected for the Jeremy L. Daly Award for the third consecutive year Won Illinois' Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Had her third career start against Indiana Fire one shot on goal Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
2006 - Junior: Played in 12 matches, starting two early in the season Started and played the full 90 minutes against South Carolina in the season opener Also started at Michigan State An Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2005 - Sophomore: Logged 19 minutes in the season opener at Marquette Saw her first career Big Ten action at #2 Penn State Also got minutes against Illinois State, Indiana State and Minnesota.
2004 - Freshman: Member of the UI squad. 2003: Joined the Illini as a walk-on in the spring of 2004.
High School/Club: Three-time All-State selection (2001-03), four-time All-Sectional and All-SICA West Conference pick (2000-03) and two-time team MVP at Sandburg Star newspaper Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003 and Southtown newspaper Player of the Year in 2003 Led Sandburg to a second-place finish at the state tournament in 2001 and an elite eight appearance in 2003 Named to the IHSA State Tournament Team in `01 and was team captain in `03 Played for the Windy City Pride club team, leading them to four state titles (1997-2000) and two runner-up finishes (2001, `02) Coached by Brian Boll and Ko Thanadabouth.
Personal: Born Sept. 28, 1984 Daughter of Ian and Jean McDonnell Has one sister, Mary Therese, who is also a defender on the team Also has three brothers who all played on the UI club hockey team Majoring in speech and hearing science National Honor Society Member PFSA Exemplary Student Award in 2003.
Getting to Know Shannon: Favorite Athlete: Walter Payton Favorite TV Show: Boy Meets World Favorite Movie: Top Gun Favorite Actor: Dennis Quaid Favorite Book: Ender's Game Favorite singer: Kenny Chesney Favorite thing about Coach Rayfield: Her love and knowledge of the game, and willingness to help and teach you Three words that describe me are: Kind, adventerous and fun I chose Illinois because: It is a great school, has a great soccer program and is close to home.
Coach Rayfield on Shannon: "Constantly working to improve, Shannon has built herself into the player you have to have on a successful team. The player who, when asked to get a job done, just gets it done. She is the ultimate midfielder whose consistent discipline and work rate allow players around her to know they can focus on their job because she will take care of hers. Her dedication to this program, her commitment to her own development and her undeniable sense of humor will make Shannon an irreplaceable part of this program."