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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa field hockey freshman Maddy Murphy wrapped up competition at the 2018 Women’s Indoor World Cup in Berlin on Sunday. The Riana, Tasmania, native helped eighth-ranked Australia to a sixth-place finish at the international event.
“I loved representing my country and everything it stands for,” said Murphy. “Wearing that green and gold bodysuit means so much to me because of the opportunity it provides me and the places it takes me. Whenever I play for my country, it reminds me just how lucky I am to be from the land down under and to have people in my life who inspire me to reach my dreams.
“Being a Hawkeye is such a special thing to me, and it was an honor to represent Iowa on an international stage. The lessons I have learned since being welcomed into the Hawkeye family have definitely helped me through the challenges of playing against the best in the world.”
Murphy scored a goal in Australia’s opening match during pool play against Ukraine. Murphy found the back of the cage in the 18th minute to give Australia a 2-1 lead. Ukraine went on to win the match, 4-3.
Australia secured wins over the Czech Republic (2-1) and Russia (2-1) and registered ties with Namibia (3-3) and Germany (2-2) in pool play. Australia fell to Belarus, 5-2, in the quarterfinals. Host Germany took the title with a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands.
“I would just like to thank the University of Iowa for everything that it has given me over the last couple months,” Murphy added. “I am very blessed to be part of the Hawkeye family and to have been given this type of opportunity to represent my country during the semester. I am especially thankful to my teammates and coaches for their encouragement and support over the past couple of months.”