Field Hawk earns B1G Defensive Player of the Week


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Iowa field-hockey goalie Kathleen McGraw was selected Tuesday as the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week.

The senior goalkeeper earned the award after holding two teams scoreless this past weekend during Iowa’s West Coast trip. McGraw tallied 10 saves, put up a 1.29 goal-against average, and had a .769 save percentage.

McGraw — whom the team commonly refers to as Merty — led the Hawkeyes to a 2-1 record, with the only loss coming against No. 16 Stanford on Sept. 7.

“Merty had a great weekend in California,” Iowa head coach Tracey Griesbaum said in a release. “She displayed great leadership and presence in every game … This is a great accomplishment for [her] and the entire team.”

The Atherton, Calif., native holds a 4-2 record this season, starting every game for the Black and Gold. Three of her four wins have come via shutout.

This is the second time that McGraw has been Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week in her career. She earned her first honor during the week of Oct. 11, 2011.

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