Make it 101; 4 Hawkeyes Win NFHCA All-America – University of Iowa Athletics
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Four University of Iowa field hockey student-athletes – seniors Anthe Nijziel, Grace McGuire and Maddy Murphy and junior Esme Gibson – have been named All-Americans by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, announced Tuesday. the NFHCA. They are the 98th, 99th, 100th and 101st All-Americans in program history.
Nijziel won the first team honor, McGuire and Murphy were second team selections and Gibson was entered as the third team winner. Murphy becomes just the second Hawkeye of all time, joining Kristy Gleason as a four-time All-American. Nijziel earns his second straight first-team honor, while McGuire and Gibson’s accolades are the first of their careers.
It’s the first time since 1996 that the Hawkeyes have at least four All-Americans and the four winners are tied for most nationally with Michigan and Syracuse.
Nijziel took home first team honors after being named the NFHCA Western Region Player of the Year, Big Ten Co-Player of the Year and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. She was also a unanimous winner of the First Team All-Big Ten and a selection of the NFHCA’s First All-West Team.
During the 2021 season, Nijziel anchored an Iowa defense that was one of the best in the country. The Hawkeyes are tied for the NCAA lead with 11 shutouts and opponents limited to 110 shots – just 62 on goal – in 20 games. The team recorded an academic record of eight consecutive shutouts in September.
Offensively, Nijziel scored five goals, including one winner, and had four assists as a key part of the Hawkeye penalty corner unit. Nijziel was three-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and two-time NFHCA National Defensive Player of the Week during the regular season.
Murphy won her fourth career All-America honor – full second-team honors – after tying the team lead with 27 points in 2021. The Tasmanian native has scored seven goals, including three match winners, and had 13 assists.
The forward won her fifth All-Big Ten honorary school record, earning the first-team distinction, in 2021 and she also earned her fifth career nod from the NFHCA first-team in the region. the west.
McGuire won his first All-America title after posting a 0.75 goals against average and 46 saves during the year. The St. Louis, Missouri native finished with an NCAA record, 11 shutouts, 17 wins and a 0.754 save percentage. McGuire was also a member of the All-West Region First Team and the Honored Second All-Big Ten Team.
Gibson won his first career All-America honor after scoring six goals and collecting two assists as a Hawkeye midfielder. The England native, who was an All-West selection of the first and second team All-Big Ten, started all 20 games, scoring two game-winning goals and being a key part of a team that has registered nine. victories against the classified enemies.
Iowa finished the 2021 season with an overall record of 17-3 with an outright Big Ten title in the regular season. The Hawkeyes qualified for the Elite Eight for the 19th time in program history, where they lost 1-0 to eventual National Champion Northwestern.