Hawkeyes Off To A Strong Start

April 5, 2007

EVANSTON, IL –

The University of Iowa field hockey team began their Mid-West Spring League March 31, at Northwestern. The Hawkeyes ended the first day of league play with a 2-0 record, recording six points towards the league championship.

The Mid-West Spring League awards the winning team of each game three points. If the game ends in a tie, each team is awarded with one point. At the end of league play, the team with the greatest amount of points is awarded with the league championship.

The Hawkeyes began Saturday by defeating Ohio State by a score of 5-0. The reigning Big Ten Champions were ranked as high as fifth in the nation for four straight weeks during the regular season. In the fall, the Hawkeyes were defeated by the Buckeyes in overtime 4-3, but bounced back and beat Ohio State during the Big Ten Tournament by a score of 2-1.

Next on the slate was Northwestern. The Hawkeyes prevailed with a score of 3-0. The Hawkeyes beat Northwestern twice during the regular season. The first win came by a score of 3-1, at Grant Field, and then the Hawkeyes managed to squeak out a 2-1 victory over the Wildcats in Evanston.

After the first weekend of play, the Hawkeyes are tied with Michigan State for first-place in the league standings with a total of six points.

The Hawkeyes will continue competition on April 14, at Kent State, then will travel to Ohio State April 15, for the final day of competition.

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