Nov. 3, 2006
Ann Arbor, MI –
The University Iowa field hockey team today defeated No. 15 Michigan 2-1 in overtime in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Both Iowa goals were scored by sophomore Lauren Pfeiffer. Hawkeye goalkeeper Lissa Munley played very well allowing one goal and saving six shots.
In the first half, Iowa held Michigan to six shots and no goals. During the 18th minute, Pfeiffer took a pass from senior Heather Schnepf at the top of the circle and blasted the ball past the Wolverine defense, making the score 1-0. The Hawkeyes were unable to stretch their lead before halftime.
Michigan was able to tie the score during the 59th minute of play. Kelly Fitzpatrick rebounded a missed shot and hit the ball past Munley. The Hawkeye defense stepped up to the challenge and held Michigan scoreless throughout the rest of the half.
Three minutes into overtime, Iowa was awarded their seventh penalty corner of the game. Kadi Sickel pushed the ball to Schnepf, and Pfeiffer smacked the ball past the defense and into the goal. This gives the Hawkeyes their first tournament win since making it to the championship game in 2004. It’s also their first win over Michigan since 2004.
Sophomore Caitlin McCurdy attempted a team-high 11 shots.
Fifth seeded Iowa returns to action tomorrow at 10 a.m. (CDT) against top-seeded Ohio State at Ann Arbor, MI. Ohio State is currently ranked No. 5 in the country. Early in the season the Buckeyes defeated Iowa 4-3, in overtime, at Grant Field.