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Barnett takes home Most Valuable Player

BY JORDAN GARRETSON | DECEMBER 13, 2010 7:10 AM

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The Iowa field-hockey team announced its team award recipients for the 2010 season, which were voted on by both players and coaches.

Jessica Barnett was honored as the team's Most Valuable Player. The sophomore from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has started every game in her career thus far. She was named second team All-Big Ten this year after she led Iowa in goals (seven) and points (14). Her two game-winning goals also led all Hawkeyes.

The Christine Grant Leadership Award was given to sophomore goaltender Kathleen McGraw. The honor is given to the player "who demonstrates leadership on a daily basis." McGraw made 73 saves and recorded three shutouts while starting all 17 of Iowa's games. The Atherton, Calif., native was also an academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Sarah Drake claimed the Practice Player of the Year Award, which is given to the player who maintains the "highest level of intensity in practice throughout the year." Like Barnett, the sophomore has started every game in her Hawkeye career. The Ann Arbor, Mich., native was named academic All-Big Ten in 2010 while also scoring two goals and adding one assist.

Junior Becca Spengler won the Nancy McLinden Carr Award for the second-straight season. The award is presented to the player who "consistently exudes enthusiasm, energy, and a positive attitude in the Iowa field-hockey program."

Spengler scored two goals this season; she has started in 36 of her 47 career games.


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