Hawkeyes Look To Keep Rolling

Sept. 30, 2008

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The University of Iowa field hockey team (8-2, 1-0) returns home for another Big Ten Conference battle Friday. The fifth-ranked Hawkeyes will face Northwestern Friday at 3 p.m. Iowa will also play Missouri State Sunday at 1 p.m. In addition, Northwestern and Missouri State will compete Saturday at 1 p.m. All matches will be played at Grant Field. Hawkeye fans can track the action this weekend on Hawkeyesports.com. Click on the GT link on the field hockey schedule page to get live scoring and play-by-play.

Northwestern is 5-6 overall and 0-1 in Big Ten Conference play this season. The Wildcats have defeated Miami (OH) (3-1), Sacred Heart (8-0), Georgetown (3-0), Saint Louis (6-1) and Robert Morris (4-0). They lost to Northeastern (3-0), Boston University (3-0), American (5-2), Maryland (10-1), Michigan (3-0) and California (5-1). Northwestern is led by Head Coach Kelly McCollum. In her fifth season at the helm of the Wildcats, she is 30-56 all-time.

The Missouri State Bears, a member of the Mid-American Conference, enter the weekend with an overall record of 6-5. This season the Bears have defeated Appalachian State (4-2), Robert Morris (2-1, OT), Saint Louis (3-2), Lindenwood University (8-0), Saint Louis (3-0) and Ball State (3-2, OT). They lost to Indiana (5-1), Hofstra (4-8), Villanova (3-1) and Miami (OH) (5-4). Missouri State is led by 11th-year head coach Dawn Callahan. She is 78-126 all-time at the helm of the program.

The Hawkeyes faced both Northwestern and Missouri State in 2007. Iowa defeated Missouri State in Iowa City, 6-1. The Hawkeyes battled the Wildcats twice last season, with Iowa winning both. Iowa defeated Northwestern, 5-1, in Evanston and later defeated the Wildcats in Iowa City, 3-1. Iowa is 22-5-1 all-time against Missouri State. The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series against Northwestern, 47-19-4.

The Iowa field hockey team leads the Big Ten Conference in eight different team statistical categories. The Hawkeyes lead in scoring margin (3.0), scoring average (4.2), goals scored (4.2), goals scored per game (4.2), goals allowed per game (1.2), goals against average (1.2), assists (36) and assists per game (3.6). In addition, three Hawkeye individuals lead six different individual categories.

The Big Ten Conference Monday named University of Iowa senior back Roz Ellis Defensive Player of the Week for her play in Iowa’s matches against Indiana and Louisville over the weekend. This is Ellis’ second career Big Ten weekly honor. Friday, the Lewisburg, PA, native led the Iowa defense as the Hawkeyes opened the Big Ten Conference slate with a 6-1 victory at Indiana. In the victory, the Hawkeyes only allowed two penalty corners and ten shots. In addition, Ellis tallied one goal and one assist in the win over the Hoosiers. Sunday, she anchored the Iowa defense as the Hawkeyes defeated 11th-ranked Louisville, 1-0. The stingy Hawkeye defense allowed only two penalty corners and four shots during the shutout. Iowa has outscored its last five opponents by a 29-2 margin.

“Roz did a great job of controlling our defense in both games this weekend,” said Head Coach Tracey Griesbaum. “She came up with key tackles and did a great job keeping the backfield organized and taking charge of the tempo of the game.”

It is the third-straight week a Hawkeye has been honored and the fourth for the season. Iowa leads the Big Ten Conference with four weekly honors.

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Three Missouri State Bears (Kristen Pettey, Lauren Sawvelle, Sarah Cusick) attended the same high school as Hawkeye senior Lindsey Duffy. All four attended Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego, CA.

During Iowa’s six-game win streak, three Hawkeyes (Sarah Pergine, Tricia Dean, Lauren Pfeiffer) have recorded at least one point in each contest. Pergine totaled 14 points, Dean eight points, and Pfeiffer 17 points. In addition, the Hawkeyes have outscored their last six opponents by a 32-4 scoring margin.

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced its ninth Hall of Fame class and former Iowa Head Coach Beth Beglin (1988-99) and player Dawn Chamberlin (1981-85) are two of the six to be honored as part of the Class of 2008. Beglin and Chamberlin will be inducted Jan. 17, 2009, at the 2009 NFHCA Hall of Fame Luncheon in Philadelphia.

Beglin was one of the nation’s most decorated field hockey coaches while coaching the Iowa Hawkeyes for 12 seasons. Beglin had over 20 years of experience as a player and coach. She boasted a 199-57-3 (.774) career record on the Iowa sidelines.

She led the Black and Gold to seven regular-season Big Ten championships, one conference tournament title and 10 NCAA tournament appearances, with trips to the Final Four seven of those 10 seasons. Four of Iowa’s seven Big Ten titles, under Beglin, came with perfect 10-0 league records. Beglin was honored as the 1992, ’95 and ’96 Big Ten Coach of the Year. In 1992, she was recognized as the National Coach of the Year after guiding Iowa to a 20-1 record and a national runner-up finish. Beglin was also a six-time regional Coach of the Year (1990, ’92, ’94, ’95 and ’96). Under her tutelage, 33 Hawkeyes earned all-American laurels. As a team, the Hawkeyes won an NCAA-record, 40-straight home games on Grant Field.

Chamberlin is a 1985 graduate of the University of Iowa, where she was a four-year letterwinner. The Hawkeyes won the Big Ten championship outright from 1981 to 1983, before sharing the top spot in 1984. The `84 squad finished second in the nation. Chamberlin, Iowa’s co-captain as both a junior and senior, was also a member of the national indoor championship team and was selected to the all-Big Ten team her senior year.

Chamberlin is in her 22nd year as head coach at Salisbury University (MD) where she has won three NCAA Division III national championships (2003, `04 and `05), made 20 trips to the NCAA tournament, along with nine final four appearances, and amassed over 300 career victories. This past summer she was elevated to the position of Assistant Athletic Director at SU.

Head Coach Tracey Griesbaum celebrated her 100th win at the University of Iowa with a 3-2 victory at Stanford Sept. 13. She has a record of 105-60 all-time at the helm of the Hawkeye program. Griesbaum won her 100th game as a head coach last season.

The Iowa Hawkeye field hockey program reached its 500th all-time victory with a win over American Friday, Sept. 5. With the 4-1 victory at Grant Field, Iowa reached the plateau with an all-time record of 500-177-25. The Hawkeyes’ first season was in 1977.

The Iowa field hockey team will appear on the Big Ten Network more than any other conference school this season – three times. Iowa’s games at Penn State (Oct. 10) and at Michigan State (Oct. 25) will be shown as same-day delays. The Hawkeyes’ final home match against Michigan (Oct. 27) will be shown live.