Iowa Set To Hit The Road Again This Weekend

Sept. 28, 2010

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The University of Iowa field hockey team stays on the road, traveling to the state of Pennsylvania this weekend. The Black and Gold will continue conference play at Big Ten rival, and 15th-ranked, Penn State Saturday. The match is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex. Iowa will then travel to Lock Haven Sunday. That match is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Charlotte E. Smith Field in Lock Haven, PA. Both times are central.

Penn State is 6-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play and ranked 15th nationally in the latest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. They are 4-2 at home. The Nittany Lions have defeated Old Dominion (4-0), Lock Haven (3-1), Lafayette (3-0), Temple (4-0), West Chester (3-1) and Indiana (1-0) and lost to Michigan (2-0), Virginia (3-0) and Connecticut (2-1). The Nittany Lions are coached by Charlene Morett, in her 24th season as head coach. She is the longest tenured coach in the Big Ten.

Lock Haven is 7-4 overall and 5-1 at home. The Lady Eagles have defeated Sacred Heart (6-1), Robert Morris (4-1), Appalachian State (6-0), Colgate (6-1), Bucknell (2-1), Longwood (2-1) and Saint Francis (4-0) and lost to New Hampshire (3-1), Vermont (3-1), Cornell (1-0) and Penn State (3-1). They will face Saint Francis again Friday. Lock Haven is coached by Pat Rudy. She has been the head coach of the Lady Eagles for 14 seasons.

The Hawkeyes are 23-17-1 all-time against Penn State. The Nittany Lions own the best winning percentage against Iowa of any Big Ten team (.425). The Black and Gold downed Penn State last year in Iowa City, 1-0.

Iowa is 2-0 all-time against Lock Haven. The two squads have not played since 1986. The Hawkeyes won that matchup 2-0 after knocking off the Lady Eagles the year before, 4-0.

Iowa (3-6, 0-1) continues conference play Saturday at Penn State. The Hawkeyes lost their conference opener last weekend at Michigan State, 1-0. Iowa finished 3-3 in the Big Ten last season. Head Coach Tracey Griesbaum is 31-30 in conference play. The Hawkeyes are 211-77-6 against current Big Ten teams and leads every series: (Indiana: 13-5), (Michigan: 39-14), (Michigan State: 45-12-1), (Northwestern: 50-17-4), (Ohio State: 41-12), (Penn State: 23-17-1). Iowa has claimed 11 Big Ten regular season titles in school history and four Big Ten Tournament championships.

The Hawkeyes split over the weekend. Iowa lost at No. 7 Michigan State Friday in its conference opener, 1-0. The Hawkeyes won at Central Michigan Sunday, 1-0. Jessica Barnett notched her fifth goal of the season in the victory.

Iowa will play, or has played, eight of the current NFHCA top 20 this season. In addition, the Hawkeyes will face or have faced four of the teams receiving votes in the latest poll. The Big Ten Conference currently has four teams ranked in the top 20. Michigan State sits at sixth in the latest rankings. Joining the Spartans is Ohio State (No. 7), Penn State (No. 15) and Michigan (No. 19). Northwestern and Indiana are receiving votes.

2010 marks the sixth year Iowa has played on the new Grant Field. After defeating Ball State Sept. 18, Iowa now owns an overall home record of 127-38, a conference record of 57-19 at home and an 11-2 record in NCAA Tournament games played in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes have gone undefeated on their home field in six separate seasons, including a 40-game home winning streak. Iowa is 2-1 at home this season, falling to Miami (OH) (5-1) and downing Brown (5-0) and Ball State (2-0).

Sophomore Jessica Barnett leads the Hawkeyes in a number of statistical categories. She leads the team with 37 shots and also leads the team with ten points and five goals. Sophomore Geena Lesiak has recorded three assists to lead Iowa. Additionally, sophomore Kathleen McGraw has notched 37 saves. McGraw is tied for third in the Big Ten with three shutouts.

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 (Oct. 30) 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 Big Ten tournaments.

Former Hawkeye Head Coach Beth Beglin is one of six individuals who was 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 was honored Sept. 5 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.