Griesbaum Approaches Milestone At Fairfield

Sept. 11, 2007

Iowa City This Week

The fourth-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team travels to Fairfield, CT, to play Sacred Heart Saturday at noon and Fairfield Sunday at 11 a.m. Both times listed are central.

Sacred Heart (1-5)

The Pioneers have had a rough start to the 2007 season. Their only win came against Maine, 1-0.

Sacred Heart’s leading scorer is junior Carisa Eye with three goals on 13 shots. Goalkeeper/back Kristen McIntire has recorded the second-most saves during a single game in the nation with 17. The Pioneers have been out-scored (22-6), out-shot (125-61) and out-cornered (37-30) by their opposition.

Last week, Sacred Heart fell to No.13 Boston College, 9-1.

Fairfield (1-4)

The Stags’ lone win, was a 1-0 shutout against Saint Joseph’s. They have failed to score more than one goal in any of their five games.

Fairfield has three players that have scored one goal this season (Emily Janis, Ashton DiDonato and Jill Piacquadio).

Last week, the Stags lost to Lehigh, 3-1.

Coach Zappone

Fairfield Assistant Coach Kara Zappone played for the University of Iowa from 2003-06. She was one of three team captains last season, in which she helped the Hawkeyes claim the Big Ten Tournament championship and a NCAA Tournament berth.

Zappone was also a member of the 2004 Big Ten regular season championship team that reached the NCAA Tournament.

Zappone was named Iowa’s Practice Player of the Year in 2005 and received the 2007 Big Ten Sportsmanship award.

Last Week

The Hawkeyes were 2-0 last week, defeating No. 16 Louisville and Missouri State.

Iowa escaped with a 4-3 win over the Cardinals. Senior Adrienne Dybus scored her first two career goals, to lead the Hawkeyes.

Iowa dominated Missouri State after being in an early 1-0 hole. Iowa came back to score six unanswered goals, including two from junior Katie Naughton.

Griesbaum Approaches Milestone

Iowa Head Coach Tracey Griesbaum inches closer to her 100th win. Going into this weekend, Griesbaum has a career-record of 98-76-3, including an 85-55 record at Iowa.

Before she was named head coach at Iowa, Griesbaum was the head coach at LaSalle University for two season’s and recorded 13 wins.

Double The Fun for Dybus

Senior Adrienne Dybus recorded her first two career goals against No. 16 Louisville, including the game-winner.

Naughton Scored Two

Junior Katie Naughton recorded two goals along with one assist against Missouri State.

Naughton is tied for second in goals (3) scored for the Hawkeyes.

Six Goals!

The Hawkeyes scored six goals against Missouri State. That is the highest goal total since Iowa beat Appalachian State, 7-1, in 2005.

Iowa vs. Opponents

Iowa has out-scored its opponents 18-9, out-shot them 91-63 and out-cornered them 49-39.

McCurdy’s Drought Is Over

Junior Caitlin McCurdy scored her first goal of the season against Missouri State. McCurdy led the team in goals the previous two seasons with 11 as a freshman and 10 as a sophomore.

Scoring For The Hawkeyes…

The Hawkeyes have scored 18 goals from nine different players. Five players have scored multiple goals (Lauren Pfeiffer, Katie Naughton, Lindsey Duffy, Roz Ellis and Adrienne Dybus).

NFHCA Rankings

Iowa is ranked fourth for the second consecutive week. North Carolina claimed the top spot over defending national champion Maryland and Connecticut. The Hawkeyes have played three top-10 teams so far, including two wins and one loss.

The Hawkeyes have three top-20 teams left on their schedule, all are conference games (Michigan State, Penn State and Michigan).

On The Road Again

The Hawkeyes return to playing on the road this week. For many teams it may be a draw back, but not for Iowa. Earlier this season, the Hawkeyes have shutout two top five teams, No. 2 Wake Forest and No. 4 Duke, in addition to a 1-0 win over William & Mary.

Pfeiffer Leads Team

Junior Lauren Pfeiffer leads the Hawkeyes in goals (4), assists (3), points (11) and shots (29).

Nice Shot

Adrienne Dybus and Roz Ellis each have a shooting percentage of .400, good enough to lead the team. Both players have attempted five shots, while scoring two goals.

Baxter Is That You?

Freshman Amy Baxter has seen a significant amount of playing time this year. She has been in the starting line-up the last four games. Baxter is the only freshman to start this season.

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