Name: Natalie Cafone
Hometown: Fairfield, N.J.
Current Residence: Iowa City, Iowa
Joined National Team: 2014
Cafone cemented her name as a knockout forward with college accolades extending from her freshman year at the University of Iowa and further flourishing into her career as a Hawkeye. She was drawn to the sport, saying, “I selected this sport because it is super competitive and there is always something new to learn and improve on.” The New Jersey Native is one of the seven new athletes to be selected 2014 U.S. Women’s National Team.
2013: NCAA statistical champion for points per game, leading the nation in points per game (2.48); First Hawkeye to lead nation in points per game since Kristy Gleason in 1992 (3.95); Named to the NFHCA Division I All-America second team; Named to the NFHCA West Region All-America first team; Named to All-Big Ten first team; Named to All-Big Ten tournament team; Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 24; Led Big Ten in points with 52; Led Big Ten in goals with 22; Ranked fourth nationally with 1.05 goals per game; 22 goals are the most by a Hawkeye since Kerry Lessard had 23 in 1998; 52 points are the most by an Iowa player since Kerry Lessard had 56 in 1997; Named the University of Iowa's 2014 Female Athlete of the Year.
2012: Saw action in 20 contests, making seven starts; Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors on Oct. 23; Registered 17 points via eight goals and an assist; Eight goals ranked third on the team; Led Hawkeye freshmen in points, goals, and assists; Scored her first goal and points Sept. 2 against Missouri State
High School: West Essex Regional High School
Club: New Heights
College: University of Iowa
Major: Recreation and Sports Business
Names of parents/guardians: Tom and Gina
Names of sibling(s): Gabriele and Tommy
Year you began field hockey: 5th grade
Favorite sports quote: “I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.” – Tom Landry