IOWA CITY, Iowa — Ellie Holley, Madeleine Murphy, and Lucie Daman have signed National Letters of Intent to attend the University of Iowa this fall, UI field hockey head coach Lisa Cellucci announced Friday. Cellucci and her staff have now added eight newcomers to the 2017 roster.
The incoming class joins a program that has 22 NCAA Tournament Appearances, 11 Final Fours, 12 Big Ten Championships and has produced 89 All-Americans.
“We are excited to add three outstanding members to our 2017 class,” said Cellucci. “Ellie, Maddy, and Lucie are great athletes, exceptional hockey players, and fantastic young women. They will compliment the rest of our incoming class very well, and will have a great impact in our pursuit of our 13th Big Ten Championship and 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance.”
Holley, a midfield/forward from Bristol, United Kingdom, attended Clifton College where she represented the school first XI team from 2013-16. Holley was co-captain of her school and helped lead the team to the national championship in 2015 and 2016. Holley also represented Clifton College at the U14 level where she led the school to its first ever national championship and was recognized as the leading scorer in the tournament. Holley represented England at the U17 level and won a gold medal at the U17 Sainsbury’s School Games. She has competed on the England Hockey Futures cup team, and is part of the England Hockey Advanced Apprenticeship in Sport (ASSE). Holley has also competed in the Investec Women’s National League in England.
Holley Why Iowa? “I was truly amazed with what the University of Iowa had to offer. The facilities at Grant Field are second to none, and I was really impressed with the positive, experience and competitive attitudes expressed by the coaching staff and the current team. I am really looking forward to helping Iowa continue to be competitive in the Big Ten Conference and becoming a Hawkeye.”
Murphy, a forward from Riana, Tasmania, attended Elizabeth College. Murphy has represented Tasmania at the U18 and U21 level. She was named team captain at the U18 level and was voted Tasmanian MVP in 2016. Murphy represented the Old Hobartians Hockey Club (OHA) in the Southern Hockey Premier League where she was named MVP and the Club’s Best U21 Player from 2013-15. In 2016, Murphy was named junior captain and was the highest goal scorer. Murphy has represented Australia in both indoor and outdoor competitions. She was part of the Australia U21 team (Jillaroos) and National Futures Elite program. Murphy has also represented Australia at the indoor senior international level and was recognized as the player of the tournament at the national championships at both U18 and U21 level.
Murphy Why Iowa? “I could just see myself enjoying my time studying, training with a great team, and riding my moped around town on my way between classes and practice. I am very excited to become a Hawkeye, immerse myself in the Hawkeye culture, and meet as many people as I can while playing my favorite sport. I’m excited to play with a great bunch of girls, and make the most of my four years abroad.”
Daman, a defender from Wargrave, United Kingdom, led the University of Birmingham (UK) to three straight BUCS Championships (2015-17). A 2016-17 team captain, Daman, also guided Birmingham to three-straight Premier Division Titles (2015-17). Daman holds school records for careers assists, career goals, and most assists in a single season. In 2013, Daman won a European bronze medal as part of the England Hockey U18 Squad. She also played for the Reading Hockey Club from 2009-14 where she helped the team to a Triple Championship (outdoor), an Indoor Hockey National Championship, and an Outdoor Hockey Investec Premier Division Championship in 2013.
Daman Why Iowa? “I am very excited to become a Hawkeye this year. I can’t wait to get to campus in August to join the awesome field hockey program to start training hard with the team to get ready for a great season. GO HAWKS!”