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Murphy named a finalist in Honda Sport Award – University of Iowa Athletics

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa senior Maddy Murphy was named a Honda Sport Award finalist, announced Thursday by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards.

Murphy joins an exclusive Hawkeye list as a Honda Sport Award finalist as she is the twelfth student athlete of all time to  -ply for the award. She is Iowa’s first finalist since Lauren Pfeiffer in 2008.

The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA to the best female athletes in 12 NCAA- -proved sports for 46 years and means “the best of the best in college athletics”. The sports award winner becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious Honda Cup 2022 will be featured on a television broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

The field hockey finalists, which include Liberty’s Jill Bolton, Maryland’s Brooke DeBerdine and North Carolina’s Erin Matson, were selected by a jury of coaches and experts from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). The winner of the Honda Sport Award for Field Hockey will be announced later this week following a vote by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has one vote.

Murphy received the award after becoming only the second four-time NFHCA All-American in school history. Born in Riana, Tasmania, as a senior in his fifth year, in addition to the All-West Region and All-Big Ten titles of the first team, the All-America honors of the second team. She was also selected for the NFHCA Division I Senior Game.

The striker ended the 2021 season 27 points behind the team lead. She scored seven goals and had a team with 13 assists and three of her goals went for game winners. Murphy started all 98 games of her Hawkeye career (only one career game was missing) in which she scored 51 goals and amassed 37 assists for 139 career points. She finished her career at number 10 in school history in goals.

Murphy becomes the first player in school history to receive five All-Big-Ten awards, and she joins Kristy Gleason as the second Hawkeye to receive four All-America awards.

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

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