Barnett & McGraw Earn NFHCA All-America Honors

Nov. 20, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa field hockey seniors Jessica Barnett and Kathleen McGraw were named second team All-Americans by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association on Tuesday.

Barnett and McGraw are the 82nd and 83rd national All-Americans in program history. Only four programs nationally have had more. Barnett is the 24th player to earn multiple All-America honors and the first two-time honoree since Meghan Beamesderfer in 2007 and 2009.

“I am thrilled for JB and Merty,” said UI head coach Tracey Griesbaum. “They have had great careers, and this is a phenomenal way to cap it off. They are great athletes that have shown a high level of commitment for four years.”

“The Iowa field hockey program is very proud of their accomplishments. Having 83 national All-Americans is an accomplishment that all Hawkeyes can be proud of.”

Barnett earns her second NFHCA All-America nod after starting all 21 games, scoring 10 goals and posting four assists as a senior. The North Vancouver, Canada, native started all 77 games of her Hawkeye career, finishing with 28 goals and five assists for 61 points.

Barnett, who was a third team NFHCA All-American in 2011, was a unanimous first team All-Big Ten selection as a senior. She was also selected to the Big Ten All-Tournament team, was an NFHCA West Region First Team All-American and earned second team All-America honors by Synapse Sports.

McGraw earns her first NFHCA All-America honor after playing every minute in goal in 2012. The Atherton, Calif., native ranked second in the Big Ten in shutouts (five), goals against average (1.58) and fourth in save percentage (.721).

McGraw, who finished her career with 336 saves, the fifth most in program history, was a first team All-Big Ten selection as a senior. She was also tabbed as a NFHCA West Region First Team All-American and a third team All-America honoree by Synapse Sports. The goalkeeper finished her career with a 41-33 record with 15 shutouts in 75 games. She had a 1.90 career goals against average and a .706 career save percentage.

Eighteen players have been selected as national All-Americans under Griesbaum. It is the first time since 2008 (three selections) that Iowa has had more than one All-America honoree.

The Hawkeyes posted a 14-7 overall record in 2012 and finished in a tie for second in the Big Ten. Iowa made its 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance, the most of any school as a member of the Big Ten.