Hawkeyes Set For 2010 Home Opener

Sept. 1, 2010

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The University of Iowa field hockey team returns to Iowa City this weekend for its home opener. The Black and Gold, ranked 19th nationally, will host Miami (OH) Sunday. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The Hawkeyes will then face Brown Monday. The match is scheduled to start at Noon. Additionally, Miami (OH) and Brown will compete Saturday at 1 p.m. All matches will be held at Grant Field. Admission is free.

Sunday’s game can be seen on bigtennetwork.com.

Miami (OH) is 3-0 on the young season, including a record of 1-0 on the road and 2-0 at neutral sites. The RedHawks have defeated California (4-3), Pacific (8-0) and UC Davis (4-2). They are coached by Jill Reeve. She is in her seventh season at Miami (OH). Reeve is 64-66 overall in six seasons.

Brown has not competed yet in 2010. Their match Saturday at Grant Field against Miami (OH) will be their first action of the season. The Bears are coached by Tara Harrington. She is in her fourth season at the helm of the program. Harrington is 11-40 in three seasons.

Iowa has never faced Brown. The Hawkeyes have played Miami (OH) eight times, winning all eight matches. Iowa last faced the RedHawks in 1998, winning 5-1 in Iowa City.

The Black and Gold opened the 2010 season last weekend at the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Chapel Hill, N.C. Iowa, competing in the Challenge for the ninth straight season, fell to No. 6 Wake Forest Saturday, 3-1. Freshman Danielle Peirson recorded her first career Hawkeye goal off a penalty corner. Freshman Marike Stribos and sophomore Geena Lesiak each recorded their first career assists on the play. Sunday, the 19th-ranked Hawkeyes lost to top-ranked and defending national champion North Carolina, 3-0. Sophomore Kathleen McGraw recorded eight saves in the contest.

Former Hawkeye Head Coach Beth Beglin is one of six individuals who will be inducted by the National Iowa Varsity Club and the University of Iowa Athletics Department into the Athletics Hall of Fame. A member of the 22nd class, she will be honored Sunday at Grant Field at the conclusion of Iowa’s game against Miami (OH).

Beglin was the Iowa field hockey coach from 1988 to 1999. She led the Hawkeyes to 10 NCAA Tournaments, including seven Final Fours and runner-up finishes in 1988 and 1992. Beglin guided the Black and Gold to seven conference championships and the 1994 Big Ten Tournament Championship. She was named conference coach of the year seven times, Midwest Region Coach of the Year five times and National Coach of the Year in 1992. In addition, Beglin coached 39 All-Americans, 67 All-Conference selections, 16 U.S. National Team members and two members of the 1996 USA Olympic Team.

The Hawkeyes are ranked 19th in the preseason NFHCA rankings. Iowa will play eight of the NFHCA top 20 this season. In addition, the Hawkeyes will play five of the teams receiving votes in the latest poll. The Big Ten Conference currently has five teams ranked in the top 20. Michigan State sits seventh in the preseason rankings. Joining the Spartans are the Buckeyes (No. 14), the Hoosiers (No. 17), the Nittany Lions (No. 18) and the Hawkeyes (No. 19). All Big Ten teams are at least receiving votes. Both Northwestern and Michigan received votes.

The Black and Gold feature seven freshmen on the 2010 roster. Kelsey Mitchell (Berlin, NJ), who holds the high school record for career goals scored in the state of New Jersey, and Kim Scraper (West Vancouver, Canada) will see action on the forward line. Marike Stribos (Brussels, Belgium) and Aubrey Coleman (Mickleton, NJ) will see action in the Hawkeye midfield. In addition, Niki Schultheis (Hamburg, Germany), Danielle Peirson (Conestoga, Pa) and Karli Johansen (North Vancouver, Canada) will solidify the backfield.

The Iowa field hockey team will appear on the Big Ten Network twice during the 2010 regular season. Iowa’s match against Big Ten rival Michigan will be shown live Oct. 10 at Grant Field at noon. The Hawkeyes’ match at home against Ohio State will also be shown. It will be televised as a same day tape delay at 5 p.m. Both times are central. In addition, coverage of the Big Ten Tournament can be seen on the Network. Iowa has won three of the last four tournaments.