June 6, 2013
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Two former University of Iowa field hockey student-athletes, Meghan Beamesderfer and Lauren Pfeiffer, have been named to the 2013-14 U.S. Women’s National Squad.
“The Hawkeyes are thrilled to have two of our own representing us on the National Squad,” said UI head coach Tracey Griesbaum. “To be able to play for your country is a huge honor. Lauren and Meg were highly successful Division I college field hockey student-athletes. Their skills, athleticism, and determination have continued to help them accomplish goals in their sport. We wish them well as they prepare for World Cup qualification throughout this year.”
Beamesderfer — Iowa’s assistant coach — has spent the last seven seasons as a member of the Hawkeye program. As a student-athlete, Beamesderfer led Iowa to three-straight Big Ten Tournament titles (2006-08) and the 2008 NCAA Final Four. She finished her career as a two-time All-American, a four-time regional All-American and a three-time All-Big Ten honoree. In 2006, she was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. As a senior in 2009, she led the team in goals (10) and defensive saves (four) and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Beamesderfer, who started all 84 career games played, was also a team captain and MVP.
Pfeiffer, a member of the U.S. National Team since 2009, 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 Iowa in points (44) and goals (20). She ended her career with 53 goals to rank ninth in Hawkeye history. Pfeiffer, who started all 83 games in her career, previously served as the program’s volunteer assistant coach. She helped lead Iowa to three-straight Big Ten Tournament Championships and the 2008 NCAA Final Four as a student-athlete.
The athletes selected to the U.S. Women’s National Squad are training at Rutgers University to prepare for the International Hockey Federation’s World League Semi-Final in London, June 22-30.