Kent State and Duke Come to Town

Aug. 29, 2006

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This Week
The Hawkeyes will be playing the Kent State Golden Flashes (0-2) Friday at 3 pm. Sunday, Iowa will be taking on #3 Duke (2-0) at 1 pm.

Last Week
The University of Iowa field hockey team lost a pair of games this past weekend. Saturday, Wake Forest beat the Hawkeyes 6-0, then Iowa fell to North Carolina, 2-1, on Sunday. No. 2 Wake Forest wasted no time finding the goal Saturday, with Kristi Harshman scoring the opener just 14 seconds into the game. She was assisted by Tracy Scott. Iowa regrouped and kept the score 1-0 until the Demon Deacons drew a penalty corner as time expired in the half. Lauren Crandall converted for her first of two goals on the day, sending Iowa into halftime down 2-0. The second half was all Wake Forest, as the Deacs got goals from Crandall, Christine Suggs, Scott and Michell Kasold. Iowa was out-shot 20-2 for the game, while Wake Forest out-cornered Iowa 6-0. In the final minute of play Sunday against North Carolina, freshman Danielle Forword scored an unassisted goal that handed the Hawkeyes a 2-1 loss. With the score tied 1-1 and the game seemingly headed for overtime, Forword took the ball along the baseline, looked off a defender and put the game-winning shot past Hawkeye goalkeeper Lissa Munley. The Tarheels took an early, 1-0 lead when Karen Mann scored her second goal of the weekend on a pass from Forword just under ten minutes into the game. The two teams played neck-and-neck the rest of the way, until Hawkeye forward Caitlin McCurdy tied things up with a goal on a penalty corner with just 7:08 on the clock. Junior Kadi Sickel and senior Heather Schnepf assisted on the goal. The game remained tied until Forword scored the game winner at the 69:45 mark.

Kent State
The Kent State Golden Flashes have 13 players who are returning from last year’s squad that went 8-13. Senior Elizabeth Lahey tied for the team lead a year ago for most goals scored with eight. The Golden Flashes have started the season 0-2, including a loss to #18 James Madison University. Freshman Kate Perry has scored the Golden Flashes loan goal this season, in a 3-1 loss to James Madison.

The Duke returns a fair amount of leadership from last season including eleven letterwinners and six starters. Duke returns two all-american selections from a year ago. First-team selection Hilary Linton, a senior midfielder, and third-team selection Laura Suchoski, who is entering her sophomore season as a midfielder. Duke began this season on a high note, winning both of their games, including a 2-1 win over #14 Louisville.

Look To Even The Series
The Hawkeyes are looking to even the series against Duke at 2-2. Iowa fell to Duke last year with a score of 2-3 making the series record 1-2 in favor of Duke.

The Hawkeyes have played Kent State two times and have won both games. The first game comming in 1997 where Iowa went on to beat Kent State with a score of 7-2. The second game took place in 1999 during NCAA Regionals, the Hawkeyes also won that game with a score 3-2.

Good To Be Home
The Iowa field hockey team is happy to be home and playing at Grant Field. After a rough road trip the Hawkeyes find themselves 0-2. The Hawkeyes have had success playing at Grant Field, compilling a record of 107-23 over a span of seventeen years.

The Hawkeyes have welcomed another strong freshmen class. There are five freshmen joining the team this year and are hoping to contribute to a great season. The freshmen include: forwards Sarah Stark and Kelly Hondros, midfieders Jess Werley, Meghan Beamesderfer and Tricia Dean.

Two Hawkeyes Representing USA
Sarah Dawson and Barb Weinberg have been selected to the final roster for the US National Team. They will be playing next month in the Samsung World Cup in Madrid, Spain. Dawson, a midfielder from Berlin NJ, and Weinberg, a goalkeeper from Louisville, KY played for the University of Iowa from 2001-04.