Former UI field hockey standouts lead home countries to medals at Pan American Cup
Beamesderfer and Pfeiffer named to 2013-14 national team
The last 6 and current UI goalkeeper were at Grant Field on April 20
No. 14 Iowa arrives in Charlottesville, Va., for the NCAA Tournament
No. 14 Iowa plays at No. 7 Virginia at 1 p.m. (CT) Saturday
Lisa Cellucci enters her 15th season as a member of the Hawkeye coaching staff in 2014. She is the recruiting coordinator, director of the Iowa Field Hockey Camp and primarily works with the goalkeepers and the defense. Cellucci, the all-time saves leader at Iowa, was a three-time All-American and a member of the U.S. National Team. In her 14 years at Iowa, the Hawkeyes have compiled a 169-107 record and have been consistently ranked in the NFHCA's top 20.
The Hawkeyes have developed the reputation of being "Goalkeeper U" under Cellucci's guidance.
In 2012, senior Kathleen McGraw earned first team All-Big Ten and second team All-America recognition under Cellucci's guidance. McGraw, who was selected as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week three times during the season, played every minute in goal and posted five shutouts in leading Iowa to a 14-7 record and its second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Her 1.58 goals against average ranked second in the Big Ten and 17th nationally. McGraw closed out her career with 336 saves, the fourth-most in school history. McGraw will compete at the 2013 Midwest Senior High Performance Tournament.
In 2011, Cellucci was a crucial part of the team's success as Iowa reached its 21st NCAA Tournament in program history. She coached McGraw to a conference-best five shutouts, and a save percentage that led the Big Ten and ranked 15th nationally. McGraw's goals against average ranked 18th-best in the country and helped lead Iowa to a 15-5 overall record and a national ranking of No. 12. McGraw, who earned All-Big Ten and regional All-America honors, was named to the 2011 and 2012 USA U21 Junior National Squads and was named to the 2012 US National Team Development Squad.
In 2008, Cellucci was again a vital part of the Hawkeyes' success. She coached senior goalkeeper Lissa Munley to eight shutouts, including matches against three nationally ranked opponents. Munley ranked first in Big Ten shutouts, second in goals against average and third in save percentage. Iowa's goals against average ranked ninth-best in the country and led the program to its third-straight Big Ten Tournament Championship, 20th NCAA Tournament appearance and 11th NCAA Final Four appearance.
Barb Weinberg, a 2005 graduate, became one of nation's top goalkeepers and went on to become a member of the USA National Team from 2005-10. Under Cellucci's guidance Weinberg became a two-time All-American, three-time All-Big Ten selection and three time all-region pick.
As a player, Cellucci was one of the greatest goalkeepers in school history. During her four years with Iowa, the Broomall, Pa., native was a three-time All-American, four-time All-Big Ten selection and four-time regional All-American.
During her playing days, Cellucci made an immediate impact for the Hawkeyes. As a freshman, she earned first team All-Big Ten, first team regional All-American and third team NFHCA All-American honors as she helped Iowa to a 16-4 record. Her sophomore campaign was even more impressive, as she went 18-3 and was first team All-Big Ten and a regional All-American, along with being second team NFHCA All-American.
During her senior campaign, Cellucci became Iowa's all-time saves leader by stopping her 494th shot in a 5-3 win over Ball State. She ended her career with 592 saves.
A member of the U.S. National Team from 1999-2000, Cellucci has extensive experience with the U.S. program. She played on the 1998 U.S. Under-23 National Team and on the U.S. Under-18 National Team in 1994. Cellucci also participated in three U.S. Olympic Festivals (1993, 1994 and 1995) and won a gold medal at the 1993 Festival and a bronze medal at the 1995 Festival.
She also has coaching experience at the national level, coaching at the 2003-2006 A-Camps and the 2000-2004 B-Camps and the USFHA Super Camp. During the summer of 2005, Cellucci coached in the U.S. EPTC program that finished second at the National Tournament and was a goalkeeping coach at the U.S. Elite Team Trials. In 2006, she joined Griesbaum on the staff of the EPTC Midwest team that placed third in the USA Field Hockey Championships in Virginia Beach, Va. Cellucci served as a coach at the High Performance Championships from 2005-09 and again in 2012, and coached at the Junior National Team Camp in 2007 and 2008 and served as the Elite Team Trials coach from 2005-06.
Before returning to Iowa as a coach, Cellucci was an assistant coach at James Madison, where she helped the Dukes to a 15-7 record and a spot in the NCAA Tournament in 1999.
Cellucci, who serves on the Board of Directors for the National Iowa Varsity Club, graduated from the University of Iowa in 1998 with a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies.