4 Hawkeyes Named Regional All-America

Nov. 17, 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Four members of the University of Iowa field hockey team were selected to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) West Region All-America team Thursday. Juniors Jessica Barnett, Sarah Drake and Kathleen McGraw have been named to the first team and sophomore Kim Scraper has been named to the second team.

The four honorees mark the most for Iowa since 2008 when six Hawkeyes garnered regional All-America honors. In addition, the three first team members mark the most since 2008 when Iowa had five.

“This is a great compliment to JB (Jessica Barnett), Merty (Kathleen McGraw), (Sarah) Drake, and Kim (Scraper),” said 12th-year head coach Tracey Griesbaum. “They were recognized for their skill and overall impact they have as hockey players. It’s a two way street, the team needs collective individual talent to win games but the individuals need team success to be recognized. The entire team has worked hard and it’s imperative that we continue down this road of success. I am psyched that these four Hawkeyes were recognized. They are hard workers and they represent the program very well.”

Barnett, a native of North Vancouver, Canada, has started every game of her Hawkeye career. Earlier this year, she was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team and earned first team All-Big Ten honors. Last year as a sophomore, she was named second team All-Big Ten, second team regional All-America and was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team. Barnett ranked second on the team with 24 points and 11 goals and tied for first with three defensive saves this year. She also tallied two game-winning goals. Barnett earned three Big Ten Player of the Week awards this season, becoming the first Hawkeye to accomplish the feat since Kristy Gleason in 1992.

Drake, who hails from Ann Arbor, Mich., was also named second team All-Big Ten a year ago and first team All-Big Ten this season. An Academic All-Big Ten honoree a year ago, the two-time NFHCA National Academic Squad member has started every game of her career. Drake ranked third on the team with eight goals and 20 points this year. She tallied two game-winning goals.

McGraw, a native of Atherton, Calif., is a two-time NFHCA National Academic Squad member. She was named second team All-Big Ten earlier this season. The goalkeeper ranked first in the Big Ten with five shutouts, giving her 10 for her career. She ranked first in the conference in save percentage (.782) during the regular season. McGraw ranked ninth nationally in goals against average (1.34) and sixth in the country in save percentage during the regular season. She has started the last 49 games in goal for Iowa and has started 53 of 54 career games played.

Scraper, a native of West Vancouver, Canada, led Iowa with 19 goals and 39 points this season, marking the most for a Hawkeye in a season since former All-American Lauren Pfeiffer notched 20 goals and 44 points in 2008. She ranks third nationally in goals per game (1.19) and 10th nationally in points per game (2.44). Scraper scored two goals at Maryland in Iowa’s first round NCAA Tournament game. She earned two Big Ten Player of the Week awards this season.

Forty-five Hawkeyes have received regional All-America honors under Griesbaum.

The NFHCA all-America first, second and third teams will be announced Monday.