Iowa field hockey draws four regional All-American nods

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 18, 2011 7:20 AM

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Four members of the Iowa field-hockey team were named to a regional All-American team by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association on Thursday, according to a release.

Juniors Jessica Barnett, Sarah Drake, and Kathleen McGraw were named to the West Region All-America first team, and sophomore Kim Scraper made the second team.

The four honorees and three first-team members are both the most for Iowa since the 2008 season, when six and five were recognized, respectively. The 2008 team went to the NCAA Final Four; the 2011 edition of the Hawkeyes just wrapped a season in which they made it to the first round of the national tournament.

"This is a great compliment to [the players]," coach Tracey Griesbaum said in the release. "It's a two-way street; the team needs collective individual talent to win games, but the individuals need team success to be recognized … they're hard workers and they represent the program very well."

Griesbaum has now coached 45 regional All-Americans over her 13-year tenure.

The All-America teams will be announced on Nov. 21.

— by Seth Roberts

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