Nov. 24, 2008
IOWA CITY, IA – – Three members of the University of Iowa field hockey team were selected to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) all-American team. Seniors Caroline Blaum and Lauren Pfeiffer were named to the first team and senior Roz Ellis was named to the second team.
It marks the first time three Hawkeyes have been honored since 1999. It also marks the first time Iowa has had two first team members since 2004. Iowa had two honorees in 2007.
“This recognition is a huge reflection of the individual commitment Caroline, Lauren and Roz have made to the Iowa program,” said Head Coach Tracey Griesbaum. “They are phenomenal athletes with huge hearts. The Iowa field hockey program has a long list of all-Americans and I am proud that they have left their mark in their own unique way.”
Blaum, a forward from Wilkes-Barre, PA, earns her first all-American accolade. She has been named all-Region and first team all-Big Ten each of the last two seasons. Blaum, a four-time team captain, started all 23 games this season for the Hawkeyes and started all 83 games in her career. This season she led Iowa in assists (15).
Ellis, a back from Lewisburg, PA, collects her first career all-American honor. She has earned all-Region and first team all-Big Ten honors each of the last two seasons. Ellis, a team captain this season, set a career high in assists (7). She started all 83 games played in her career.
Pfeiffer, a back from Mt. Laurel, NJ, adds her second all-American honor. Last season she was named to the second team. During her career, Pfeiffer earned all-Region honors three times, first team all-Big Ten honors twice and was named Big Ten Tournament MVP twice. Additionally, she was selected to play in the NFHCA All-Star Game this season. Pfeiffer ranked first on the team in points (44) and goals (20). She ended her career with 53 goals to rank her ninth all-time in Hawkeye history. She started all 83 games in her career.
This past season Iowa won its third-straight Big Ten Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA national semifinals before falling to eventual national champion Maryland 2-1 in double overtime.