Hawkeyes Head to Pennsylvania

Sept. 6, 2006


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This Week Iowa is heading to West Chester, PA to play the Villanova Wildcats (3-1) Friday at 1:30 pm and the West Chester Golden Rams (1-3) on Sunday at 11 am.

Last Week The University of Iowa field hockey team split a pair of games this past weekend. Saturday, the Hawkeyes beat Kent State, 5-1, and on Sunday, Iowa fell to No. 3 Duke, 3-2, in an overtime thriller. The Hawkeyes began the game against Kent State slowly, but picked up the pace during the second half with Iowa scoring four of its five goals, assuring a Hawkeye victory. Freshman Tricia Dean gave the Hawkeyes an early lead in the first half with an unassisted goal at the 2:14 mark. The Golden Flashes evened the score when forward Kate Perry blasted a shot past Hawkeye goalkeeper Lissa Munley. The game remained tied as the teams headed for halftime. The Hawkeyes played outstanding during the second half, scoring four goals. Two of the goals came from sophomore Lindsey Duffy, one from sophomore Caitlin McCurdy and the last goal coming from junior Kadi Sickel. Iowa out-shot Kent State 30-2 for the game, while holding Kent State to zero shots during the second half. The Hawkeyes also out-corned Kent State 18-2. The first-half against Duke, Iowa took one shot. That one shot came from a penalty corner in which McCurdy knocked in the game’s first goal, assisted by senior Heather Schnepf and junior Kadi Sickel. The Hawkeyes led at halftime 1-0. During the second-half, McCurdy gave Iowa a 2-0 lead with her second penalty corner goal of the day. The goal came during the 39th minute, assisted by Schnepf and Sickel. The Blue Devils scored their first goal of the game at the 42 minute mark when sophomore Ashley Pultorak snuck a goal past Iowa’s goalkeeper Munley, making the score 2-1 in favor of Iowa. With only a little under four minutes remaining in regulation, senior Amy Stopford scored the Blue Devils second goal of the game, tying the score 2-2. The Hawkeyes were awarded a corner with less than one minute of regulation remaining. An apparent goal was waved off after the initial shot was ruled dangerous. During sudden death overtime, Duke senior Hilary Linton blasted the games deciding goal at the 74th minute making the final score 3-2. The Hawkeyes were out shot by Duke 21-5 and out cornered 10-5. Munley ended the game with seven saves for the Hawkeyes.

Villanova The Villanova Wildcats have had a good start to the season with a record of 3-1 and out-scoring their opponents 18-7. Senior forward Megan Foster leads the Wildcats in goals scored with eight, as well with the most points scored with 17. Villanova is guided by head coach Joanie Milhous. Milhous was named the Big East Coach of the Year in 2005. She has a record of 116-104 in eleven season at the helm for the Wildcats.

West Chester The West Chester Golden Rams have had a rough start to the 2006 season with a record of 1-3, but lost two of the games by only one goal. Junior midfielder Shelly Brooks has the team lead in goals for the Golden Eagles with four. Brooks and junior Sara Conrad are tied for the team lead in points with eight. The Golden Rams are led by Kathy Krannebitter who is in her 22nd year as the head coach for West Chester. Krannebitter has led West Chester to the Atlantic 10 playoffs in six of the past nine years.

Big Ten POW The Big Ten named sophomore forward Caitlin McCurdy the Co-Offensive Player of the Week along with Penn State’s Mallory Weisen. McCurdy scored one goal and had two assists in a 5-1 victory over Kent State. She then went on to score two more goals in an overtime loss to No. 3 Duke. It is McCurdy’s third weekly Big Ten honor of her career.

Homeward Bound As the Hawkeyes travel to Pennsylvania, seven members of the team will be heading to their home state. The Hawkeyes heading for home include freshmen Meghan Beamsderfer and Jess Werley; sophomores Roz Eillis, Melissa Helsel, Caitlin McCurdy and Lissa Munley junior Caroline Blaum.