Inducted as a truly great player, Connelly enjoyed an outstanding four-year career at Penn State University, where she earned first team All-America honors as a defender in 1995 and 1996 and second team honors in 1994. Connelly helped lead the Lions to the NCAA postseason three times, including the national semifinals in 1995. She then became a fixture as a 10-year member of the U.S. National Team Program, playing on the U.S. World Cup Team in 1997, 2001 and 2005 and helping to capture two gold medals.
Connelly was selected to the All-World Team as a defender in 2005. She also represented the United States on Touring Teams in 1996, 2000 and 2004.
Connelly has been previously inducted into the Brooks (Mass.) School Hall of Fame.