UI junior Natalie Cafone is making her mark on the Hawkeye record books
The seventh ranked Iowa field hockey team (2-1) travels west this weekend taking on UC Davis, No. 8 Stanford, and Pacific.
Ackers, Cafone, Hemeon to compete in Women's National Championship; Pecora, Silfer, Licciardello to play in U21 Championship
1993 as a Senior-- UI Athlete of the Year...Honda Sports Award winner as nation's best field hockey player...nominee for Honda-Broderick Cup awarded annually to nation's outstanding collegiate woman athlete...first team all-American...only player in the nation to earn first team all-American honors all four years of her collegiate career...first tam Midwest regional all-American...Big Ten Conference's Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the year for the second consecutive year...first team all-conference selection...named to the NCAA all-tournament team...team captain...started 21 of 22 games...led Iowa and Big Ten Conference in scoring with 33 goals, nine assists and 71 points...ranked second nationally in scoring statistics...finished 123 career goals to rank second on the NCAA national career list...has 285 career points...scored that game-winning goal in the regular-season finale 5-0 sweep of Ohio State...came off the bench and played only 18 minutes while picking up the game-winning goal in 4-3 win over Michigan State...named Big Ten Conference Player of the Week for two consecutive weeks for leading the Hawkeyes to upset wins over No. 1 Penn State and No. 2 Northwestern...scored fifth hat trick of the season and 14th of her career in 3-0 upset of No. 2 Northwestern...scored two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in 4-0 upset of No. 1 Penn State...added an assist in 5-0 sweep of Michigan State...converted on a penalty coroner in 3-0 win over Michigan...scored both goals in 2-0 win at Northeastern...set the school record for points in a game with 11 in 7-0 sweep of St. Louis as she scored five goals and an assist...the five goals also tied the school record for most goals in a game...tallied two goals and two assists in 7-0 victory over Miami( Ohio)...named Most Valuable Offensive Player at the Hawkeye Invitational...assisted Mary Kraybill in Iowa's first goal in 4-0 win over No. 6 Ball State in Hawkeye Invitational championship game...her first goal of the season was her 100th career goal...the goal also established her as Iowa's all-time leading point scorer
1992 as a Junior-- a first team all-American and Midwest regional all-American...a Honda Broderick Cup nominee...led nation in goals scored (39) and finished fourth in points (44)...is Iowa's and the Big Ten Conference's all-time goals scorer with 99 goals, good for third on the national all-time scoring list...named the Big Ten Conference's Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the year...also a first team all-conference selection...put Iowa on the scoreboard for a 1-1 tie with an unassisted goal late in the second half in 3-1 win over Massachusetts in national semifinal game...added game-winning goal on a penalty corner less than four minutes later...gave Iowa its first goal in 5-1 NCAA regional final victory over Ball State and picked up her fifth hat trick of the season...put Iowa on the scoreboard on penalty corner in 2-0 win at Michigan in regular season finale...added fourth hat trick of the season in 5-1 win over Michigan State...became Iowa's all-time goals scorer with unassisted goal 13:17 into first period of 4-1 win over Ohio State...her second unassisted goal in that game tied Gleason with Penn State's Candy Finn (1978-81) as the conference's all-time goals scorer...tied Iowa's all-time record with two goals in 7-0 win over St. Louis in front of NCAA regular season, single-game record 1,205 fans...named Big Ten Conference Player of the Week (sept.15, Oct. 5, Nov. 9)...named Most Valuable Player at Owl Invitational...recognized by Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" Nov. 30, 1992 issue...invited to USA Junior National Team try-outs.
1991 as a red shirt-- sat out 1991 season to train with U.S. National Team...retained two years of eligibility...member of the US National Team that played in Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Auckland, New Zealand...played in World University Games in Sheffield, England, and Pan American Games in Havana Cuba...named to Big Ten Conference all-Decade first team...ranks seventh on Iowa's career goals list with 60 in two season.
1990 as a Sophomore-- named first team all-America by the College Field Hockey Coaches Association...named to the CFHCA all-Midwest Region first team...named to the NCAA Field Hockey Championship all-tournament team...Midwest Collegiate Field Hockey Conference Player of the Year...named MCFHC Offensive Player of the Year...a first team all-MCFHC pick at midfield...MCFHC Player of the Week for Oct. 30...led the league and Iowa in scoring...set NCAA record for goals in a game (four) against Stanford in NCAA first-round action...went on to surpass NCAA mark for goals in a tournament with seven over for games...had hat tricks against Maine, James Madison, Michigan State and Stanford...member of the United States Junior National Team...played on gold medal-winning team at the U.S. Olympic Festival in Minneapolis, MN.
1989 as a Freshman-- one of the most decorated freshman in Iowa history...named Midwest Collegiate Field Hockey Conference Offensive Player of the Year...also named league freshman of the year...earned first team all-America honors, as well as first team all-Midwest Region honors...selected to the MCFHC first team on offense...led Iowa and MCFHC in scoring.
High School-- earned 11 varsity letters in three sports as a prep... three-time all-city selection in both softball and field hockey...four-time all-Cape Ann League field hockey and softball honoree, once in basketball...pitched and played shortstop on state champion softball squad in 1988...set Amesbury High School record for goals scored in a season, 30.
Personal-- oldest child of James and Karen Gleason.
Gleason's Career Statistics: Year GP SH G A PTS 1989 22 88 27 4 58 1990 23 176 33 3 69 1992 21 182 39 5 83 1993 22 203 33 9 75 Totals 88 649 132 21 285