Holley, Murphy Named NFHCA Senior All-Stars

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa seniors Ellie Holley and Maddy Murphy have been named National Field Hockey Coaches Association Senior All-Star Team selections, it was announced Monday by the association.

Holley scored eight goals and had 11 assists during the 2021 season, which included four game-winning goals. The forward, who started the final 68 games of her Hawkeye career, appeared in 97 games (82 starts), where she scored 20 goals and had 34 assists for 74 points. Eight of her goals went for game-winners.

The Bristol, United Kingdom, native was a third-team All-American in 2020 and she was a two-time NFHCA All-West Region honoree, earning first-team-honors in 2020 and third-team honors in 2018.

Murphy tied with Holley for the team lead with 27 points in 2021, via seven goals and a team-high 13 assists. Three of Murphy’s strikes went for game winners. The forward started all 98 games of her Hawkeye career (missing just one career game), where she scored 51 goals and tallied 37 assists for 139 career points. She finished her career ranked 10th in school history in goals.

The Riana, Tasmania, native is a three-time NFHCA All-American, earning second team honors in each of the past three seasons. She is one eight players in school history to garner All-America accolades three times. Murphy is also a four-time NFHCA All-West Region honoree (three first team honors) and a five-time All-Big Ten selection.

The Hawkeyes finished the 2021 season with a 17-3 overall record and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance. Iowa was the outright Big Ten champion for the first time since 1999.