McGraw snags third conference defense award of the season, fourth of her career

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 03, 2012 6:30 AM

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For the third time in four weeks, senior Kathleen McGraw has set the standard of the Big Ten.

The senior goalkeeper snagged her third Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award in the last four weeks. The award has found a home in Iowa City for a month straight.

McGraw took the award during the weeks of Sept. 11, 18, and Oct. 2. Senior defender Jessica Barnett claimed the award during the week of Sept. 25.

This is the first time in conference history that a school was able to win a specific weekly award four times in a row (defensive, offensive, or freshman of the week).

“Our defense held strong against a great Ohio State team,” head coach Tracey Griesbaum said in a release. “Merty came up with a couple of key saves in each half. … Her leadership and ability to organize the entire defense has been really helpful.”

This award was McGraw’s fourth of her career. She leads the Big Ten conference in shutouts, tallying four this season.

— by Cody Goodwin

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