Nov. 21, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Junior Jessica Barnett of the University of Iowa field hockey team has been named a third team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).
Barnett earns Iowa’s 81st national All-America honor in program history. Only four programs have had more.
“It is great that JB (Jessica) has earned this national honor,” said 12th-year head coach Tracey Griesbaum. “Her athleticism, work ethic, attitude, and leadership have allowed her to achieve this milestone. She is added to a long and prestigious list of Iowa field hockey national All-Americans. I am very proud of JB and I look forward to her success continuing.”
Barnett, a native of North Vancouver, Canada, has started every game of her Hawkeye career. Earlier this year, she was named a regional All-American, 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.
Sixteen Hawkeyes have been named national All-Americans under Griesbaum. Barnett is Iowa’s first national All-American since Meghan Beamesderfer in 2009. Three Hawkeyes earned All-America honors in 2008.
Iowa ended the season with a 15-5 record and an appearance in the program’s conference-leading 21st NCAA Tournament this year.