Feb. 6, 2009
IOWA CITY, IA – – USA Field Hockey announced that three former Hawkeyes have been named to the USA roster for the 2009 Women’s Pan American Cup, which will be held February 7-15, in Hamilton, Bermuda. Sarah Dawson, Heather Schnepf and Barb Weinberg were all named to the USA roster.
“Iowa is proud to have three amazing Hawkeyes represent their country,” said Head Coach Tracey Griesbaum. “Barb, Sarah, and Heather were very accomplished during their time at Iowa and we are thrilled they have been able to take that experience and propel them to the international level.”
The region’s top eight teams will face off at the Pan American Cup for a spot in the 2010 World Cup. The USA will face Mexico, Chile and Jamaica in Pool B. Argentina is the top seed in Pool A. This marks the third Pan American Cup tournament. Argentina defeated the USA in both the 2004 and 2001 finals.
Dawson, a native of Berlin, NJ, lettered at Iowa from 2001-04. She led Iowa in goals and points in 2001 and 2004. In 2004, she was named NFHCA regional all-American and first team national all-American. Additionally, she was named all-Big Ten in 2003 and 2004.
Schnepf lettered at Iowa from 2003-06. The Medford Lakes, NJ, native was a two-time NFHCA national all-American, a three-time member of the regional all-American team and three-time all-Big Ten honoree. In addition, she was Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006. This will be her first tournament as a National Team member.
Weinberg, a native of Louisville, KY, currently is in her second season as volunteer assistant coach at Iowa. Weinberg led the Hawkeyes in saves each season from 2001-04. She was a three-time member of the NFHCA regional all-American team, a two-time NFHCA national all-American and a three-time first team all-Big Ten honoree. Weinberg served as an alternate on the 2008 US Olympic team.
“Sarah is a dynamic forward,” added Griesbaum. “She has really improved her elimination and goal scoring ability. Heather will provide a solid defensive presence to team USA in her first international tournament as a national team player. Barb will tend the goal as she continues to provide great stability to the USA team.”
“They are phenomenal people with exceptional athletic ability and the Hawkeyes will be cheering them on from Iowa City.”