Hawkeyes Face Maryland In National Semifinals

Nov. 19, 2008

The University of Iowa field hockey team (18-4) travels to Louisville, KY, to compete in NCAA Finals this weekend. Iowa, the fourth overall seed, faces top-seeded Maryland Friday in the national semifinals. The match will begin at 4 p.m. (CST). The other semifinal match-up will feature second-seeded Wake Forest against third-seeded Syracuse. That match will be played at 6:30 p.m. (CST). The championship game will be played Sunday at noon (CST). All matches will be played at Trager Stadium. Iowa is the only team of the four to play at the home of the Louisville Cardinals this year.

This weekend’s championship game will be televised live to a national cable audience on CBS College Sports. Hawkeye fans can also catch the action this weekend on hawkeyesports.com and the official website of the NCAA.

Maryland, ranked first in the final NFHCA rankings, won the ACC regular season and tournament championship this season. The Terrapins are the top seed in the tournament and enter Friday’s match with a record of 20-2 overall. Maryland defeated No. 20 Albany (4-2) and No. 8 Duke (8-5) in the NCAA Regionals to advance. Missy Mehard is the head coach of the Terrapins. In her 21st season at the helm of the program, she is 365-100-9 all-time.

Iowa has played Maryland 11 times, including four times in the national semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. The last time the Hawkeyes and Terrapins met in a regular season or NCAA Tournament games, was the national semifinals in Boston, MA in 1999. Maryland beat Iowa 2-1 in double overtime to advance to the championship game that year. The Hawkeyes also lost to the Terrapins 1-0 in 1993, 2-1 in the 1991 and 2-1 in 1987 in national semifinal match-ups.

Iowa is 1-1 all-time against the Orange. The teams last met in 2003. The Hawkeyes were victorious, 6-1. In addition, Iowa is 3-6 all-time against the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest defeated the Hawkeyes in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge earlier this season. Iowa fell 3-2 in Winston-Salem, NC, in the season opener.

Iowa enters the weekend with a swagger in close games having won its last four contests by one goal, including two in overtime. That last time Iowa won four game by one goal was near the end of the 1994 season. For the season, the Hawkeyes are 9-3 in one-goal games, including 3-0 in overtime contests.

The Hawkeyes defeated No. 13 Louisville Saturday in East Lansing, MI, in the first round of the tournament, 1-0. It marked the first Iowa victory in the NCAA Tournament since 1999. Iowa then faced Michigan State Sunday for the third time this season. Tied at zero with 27:45 remaining in the second half, the game was delayed due to inclement weather. Play resumed Monday at 10 a.m. (CT). Sarah Pergine scored the game-winner to send the Hawkeyes to the NCAA Finals.

Tournament Notes    - Iowa has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 20 times    - The 20 appearances tie for sixth-most all-time    - The Hawkeyes (.565), have the eighth-best winning percentage in tournament history    - At 26-20, Iowa has won the fourth-most tournament games    - The Hawkeyes have made 11 championship round appearances, good for fourth-most all-time    - The 20 appearances and 11 NCAA Finals appearances both lead the Big Ten Conference    - Iowa won the 1986 National Championship

Iowa defeated fifth-seeded Ohio State, 2-1, in overtime in the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament Nov. 9 held on the campus of Indiana University. With the victory, Iowa captured its third-straight Big Ten Tournament title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Senior Lauren Pfeiffer was named tournament MVP and junior Tricia Dean was named to the all-tournament team. With two goals against the Buckeyes, including the game-winner, Pfeiffer totaled five tournament goals for the second-straight year. She again tied the record for second-most goals scored during the tournament. Iowa, winner of nine-straight Big Ten tournament games, claimed its fourth tournament title all-time and third straight. Only one other team has captured three-straight titles – Penn State won four straight from 1995-98. In addition, it marked the first time a championship game was decided in overtime.

The Hawkeyes are ranked sixth in the final STX/NFHCA rankings. Iowa is ranked fourth in Women’sFieldHockey.com’s latest poll and fifth in the last NCAA RPI rankings. Iowa has played nine of the STX/NFHCA top 20 this season. In addition, the Hawkeyes have played three of the teams receiving votes in the latest poll. The Hawkeyes have been ranked in the top 20 of the NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll for 22-straight weeks, dating back to 2006. In 2007 and 2008, the Hawkeyes have yet to fall out of the top 10.

The Iowa Hawkeye field hockey program reached its 500th all-time victory with a win over American Friday, Sept. 5. Iowa’s all-time record is now 516-180-25.

The Big Ten Conference announced that five members of the University of Iowa field hockey team have earned all-Big Ten Honors. Seniors Caroline Blaum, Roz Ellis and Lauren Pfeiffer were named to the first team. In addition, junior Meghan Beamesderfer and senior Lissa Munley have been named to the second team. Munley also represents Iowa’s Sportsmanship Award honoree. Thirty-seven Hawkeyes have received all-Big Ten honors under Head Coach Tracey Griesbaum.

First TeamCaroline Blaum, Sr., midfieldRoz Ellis, Sr., defenseLauren Pfeiffer, Sr., defense
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Iowa earned seven weekly honors this year, including a four-week stretch where a Hawkeye was honored each week. Iowa led the Big Ten in weekly honors earned. Additionally, the seven weekly honors tied a school record set in 1996.

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