Four Former Hawkeyes Named To U.S. National Team

July 7, 2009

IOWA CITY, IA – – USA Field Hockey has announced that four former Hawkeyes have been named to the 2009-2010 Women’s National Team. Caroline Blaum, Sarah Dawson, Lauren Pfeiffer and Barb Weinberg were all selected to the squad.

“It is phenomenal to have four Iowa graduates on the National Team,” said Head Coach Tracey Griesbaum. “Barb, Sarah, Lauren, and Caroline have done a tremendous job of representing the University of Iowa’s field hockey program. They are completely committed to training hard to propel the USA in the world rankings. We wish them the best of luck as they prepare for the World Cup Qualifying Tournament.”

Blaum lettered at Iowa in 2004-05 and 2007-08. She was a four-time team captain, a three-time all-Big Ten selection and a two-time regional all-American. The Wilkes-Barre, PA, native started all 83 games in her career. As a senior, Blaum was named NFHCA first team all-American, as she led the Hawkeyes in assists.

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.

Pfeiffer, a back from Mt. Laurel, NJ, was a two time all-American at Iowa. 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. She was selected to play in the NFHCA All-Star Game as a senior after leading the Black and Gold 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.

Weinberg, a native of Louisville, KY, served as a volunteer assistant coach at Iowa for the past two seasons. 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.

The first international competition for the Women’s National Team is a visit from 2008 Olympic bronze medalists Argentina. Las Leonas will visit the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, for a five game test series in November.