Nijziel, Gibson Earn NFHCA All-America Distinction

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa field hockey student-athletes Anthe Nijziel and Esme Gibson have been named National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Americans, it was announced Tuesday by the NFHCA.

Nijziel earned first-team honors for a third straight season, becoming just the second Hawkeye to earn three or more first-team honors (Kristy Gleason was a four-time first-team All-American). Gibson garnered her second straight All-America nod, as she was named to the second team.

They are the 102nd and 103rd national All-Americans in program history.

Nijziel earned first-team honors after anchoring a Hawkeye defense that posted six shutouts and allowed just 8.8 shots per game in 2022. The NFHCA first-team all-region and first-team All-Big Ten selection scored six goals and had five assists, finishing third on the team with 17 points.

Gibson earned her second consecutive All-America nod after starting 19 games in 2022. The England native also was a first-team all-region and second-team All-Big Ten honoree. She scored four goals and had four assists on the year.

The Hawkeyes finished the season with a 12-8 overall record and the team advanced to the Elite Eight for the 21st time in program history.