Alexandra Pecora is learning from the all-time saves leader at Iowa, Lisa Cellucci
The seventh ranked Iowa field hockey team (2-1) travels west this weekend taking on UC Davis, No. 8 Stanford, and Pacific.
Iowa field hockey alumni return to the Hawkeye State for annual tournament
Barb Weinberg, one of the greatest field hockey goalkeepers to ever play for the Iowa Hawkeyes, is in her second year on the Iowa sidelines as a volunteer assistant coach. She is currently a member of the United States National Team and is an alternate to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Under the watchful eye of Assistant Coach Lisa Cellucci, Weinberg led the Hawkeyes in saves all four years during her collegiate career (2001-04).
During her freshman season, Weinberg played in 11 games with nine starts. She was named Big Ten Player of the Week after guiding Iowa to a victory over No. 17 Penn State in her first career start. Weinberg led the Hawkeyes to a Big Ten Tournament semi-final win over No. 6 Michigan State, earning Iowa a spot in the championship game.
As a sophomore, Weinberg stopped 82 shots on her way to being named first team all-Big Ten and second team NFHCA all-American. She started all 17 games for the Hawkeyes, recording five shutouts, including one over eventual NCAA Champion Wake Forest.
Weinberg started all 19 games in goal as a junior on her way to being named a NFHCA second team all-American, first team all-Big Ten and a NFHCA first team west regional all-American. She played every minute of the season while recording six shutouts including a 5:06.20 (spanning five games) without allowing a goal.
In her final season with the Hawkeyes, Weinberg was a NFHCA first team all-American and first team all-Big Ten. She recorded a save percentage of .793 with four shutouts, leading the Hawkeyes to a Big Ten Championship and a birth in the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 13-8 and a conference record of 5-1.
Weinberg has achieved success on a national level as well. In 2002 she competed with the under-23 National Team on the South Africa Tour and the First Pan-Am Indoor Cup. Weinberg has been a member of the USA National Team since 2005.
In 2005, she was part of the Champion's Challenge Team in Virginia Beach, VA. In 2006, she played on the Four Nation's Tournament Team and the sixth place World Cup Team in Madrid, Spain. She was part of the 2007 Chile Four-Nation Team Champions. Weinberg also is a member of the 2008 US National Team that recently qualified for the Olympics.
In addition to her playing career, she also served as the goalkeeping coach at the International Field Hockey Club of Kentucky. She helped advance several goalkeepers to play at the college level.
Weinberg graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Psychology and Health and Sports Studies in 2005.