Field hockey performs well at junior championships

BY DI STAFF | JULY 07, 2011 7:20 AM

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Several members of the Iowa field-hockey team performed well at the USA Junior High Performance Women’s National Championship, according to a release.

Hawkeyes Sarah Drake, Geena Lesiak, Kelsey Mitchell, Danielle Peirson, Kathleen McGraw, and incoming recruit Dani Hemeon competed on the Midwest Junior High Performance team that finished fourth at the tournament, which was held in Virginia on June 18-25.

McGraw played exceptionally well and earned the Goalkeeper of the Tournament award.

“[McGraw] had a great season with the Midwest,” Iowa head coach Tracey Griesbaum said in the release. “Her ability to make both the simple and complex saves throughout the tournament was key for the team.”

The Atherton, Calif., native will join Drake, Lesiak, and Hemeon at the Junior National Team Camp in Virginia from July 12-15. The four were selected because of their performances at the High Performance Championship, and they will have a chance to be chosen for the 2012 USA U21, U19, and U17 teams.

“We are thrilled that [McGraw], Sarah, and Geena will be participating in the … camp next week,” Griesbaum said. “Their solid play at the National Championship Tournament allows them a chance to take their game to the next level.

“Their experience this summer is vital to their overall development as an elite-level field hockey player.”

— by Seth Roberts

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