Hawkeyes Host Conference Foes

Sept. 19, 2006


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This Week
Iowa will be hosting the Michigan Wolverines (4-5) at 7 p.m. Friday at Grant Field. The Hawkeyes will then host the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0) Sunday at 1 p.m.

Last Week
The Hawkeyes finished their week with a record of 3-0. They started off Wednesday with a 2-1 victory against Stanford, which also marked the first night game to be played on Grant Field. Iowa then traveled to Providence, RI, to take on Boston University and No. 16 Providence College. Iowa prevailed in both games with a 4-2 win over Boston and a 1-0 win over Providence. Iowa scored the first goal of the Stanford game on a penalty corner 55 seconds into the first period. Lauren Pfeiffer scored the goal, assisted by Heather Schnepf and Kadi Sickel. Only four minutes later, Cailtin McCurdy took the ball off of a rebound and blasted it past the Stanford goalkeeper to extend the Hawkeyes lead. Stanford came out of halftime with a newfound energy. They were able to hold the Hawkeyes scoreless in the second half. During the 57th minute, Stanford was awarded a penalty corner. Through a flurry of shots, midfielder Julia Drewes was able to poke one past Hawkeye goalkeeper Lissa Munley. The Hawkeyes held the Cardinal to no further goals, and took a 2-1 victory. On Saturday when the Hawkeyes and Boston matched up, Boston took an early lead. Junior Sarah Shute squeaked her fourth goal of the season past Hawkeye goalkeeper Munley during the 23rd minute. Boston’s lead did not last for long. Sickel was able to rebound the ball and guide it into the goal. With the score tied and only one minute remaining in the half, the Hawkeyes were awarded their third penalty corner. Sickel pushed the ball to the top of the circle where Schnepf blasted in the Hawkeyes second goal of the game, making the halftime score 2-1. During the 40th minute Pfeiffer was granted a penalty stroke in which she made, making the score 3-1. The final Iowa goal was scored during the 44th minute of play when McCurdy took a pass from Pfeiffer and slipped the ball past the Boston goalkeeper. With only five seconds remaining in the game, senior Amy Seaman converted on her first goal of the season, making the final score 4-2. The Hawkeyes went on to hand Providence its first loss of the season. The lone goal for the Hawkeyes was scored by senior Kara Zappone. During the fifth minute the Hawkeyes were awarded their second penalty corner. Pfeiffer took a shot but it was blocked by the Providence defense. Zappone was able to control the ball and get off a great shot that squeaked past Providence goalkeeper Rachel Chamberlain. She had only allowed seven goals on the season, before Zappone put the ball past her. The shutout gives Munley her second of her career. Her first came last season when Iowa defeated Providence 5-0.

Big Ten
The Hawkeyes will begin their Big Ten conference season against two powers. Michigan has won the Big Ten Tournament the past two season. Ohio State has began this season with an outstanding 5-0 record.

The Michigan Wolverines have began the season with a record of 4-5. All five of their losses have came from teams who are ranked in the top 16 (No. 2, 3, 5, 10, 12, 16). Michigan and Iowa share four common opponents; North Carolina, Wake Forest, Providence and Kent State. Iowa holds a record of 2-2 over those teams with wins over Kent State, 5-1 and Providence, 1-0. Michigan has a record of 1-3 over the same teams with a 3-2 win coming in overtime against Kent State.

Ohio State
Ohio State has began the season with an unblemished record of 5-0 (as of Sept. 18) and ranked No. 6 in the nation. Three Buckeyes are tied for the team lead in goals with four; Linda Haussener, Yesenia Luces and Michaela O’Malley.

Tribute To #8
The Hawkeyes are wearing a number eight on the upper-left side of their jersey. The number is in remembrance of an Iowa Field Hockey family member, Nancy (McLinden) Carr, who was killed in a tragic car accident on May 7, 2006. Carr is survived by her husband Peter and her two daughters; Catherine (2) and Margaret who was born on January 31, 2006. The University of Iowa will honor Nancy with a moment of silence before the game on Friday.