Hawkeyes Ready For Big Ten Network Showdown

Oct. 5, 2010

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The University of Iowa field hockey team returns home to Iowa City this weekend after playing four straight on the road. The Black and Gold will continue conference play against Big Ten rival, and 15th-ranked, Michigan Sunday. The match is scheduled to begin at noon at Grant Field. The match can be seen live on the Big Ten Network. Leah Secondo and Kara Lentz will call the action.

Sunday’s game will be shown live on the Big Ten Network.

Michigan is 7-5 overall and 2-0 in conference play and ranked 15th nationally in the latest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. After an 0-4 start, the Wolverines have won seven of their last eight, including Big Ten wins against nationally-ranked Penn State and Michigan State. Michigan lost to top-ranked Maryland Sunday, 4-3. They will host Miami (OH) Friday. The Wolverines are coached by Marcia Pankratz. She is in her second stint at Michigan head coach. Pankratz previously coached Michigan from 1996 to 2004, guiding the Wolverines to the 2001 National Championship.

Michigan Head Coach Marcia Pankratz is no stranger to the Hawkeye field hockey program. Pankratz, an Iowa letterwinner from 1982-85, is tied for third on Iowa’s career goal list with 76. A two-time All-American, Pankratz led Iowa in goals and points in 1984 and 1985. She was twice honored as Iowa’s Female Athlete of the Year and as a Honda Sports Award finalist. Pankratz, the 1986 Big Ten Medal of Honor award winner, was named to the Big Ten’s First Team All-Decade Team of the 1980’s and was inducted to the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.

The Hawkeyes are 39-14 all-time against Michigan and have won four straight in the series. Iowa downed Michigan twice in 2009. The Hawkeyes won at Michigan, 3-2, and also downed the Maize and Blue in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, 5-3. After winning the previous three conference tournaments, the win marked the tenth-straight tournament win for the Hawkeyes, breaking Penn State’s record of nine-straight wins held from 1995-98.

Iowa (3-8, 0-2) continues conference play Sunday against Michigan. Iowa finished 3-3 in the Big Ten last season. Head Coach Tracey Griesbaum is 31-31 in conference play. The Hawkeyes are 211-78-6 against current Big Ten teams and lead every series: (Indiana: 13-5), (Michigan: 39-14), (Michigan State: 45-12-1), (Northwestern: 50-17-4), (Ohio State: 41-12), (Penn State: 23-18-1). Iowa has claimed 11 Big Ten regular season titles in school history and four Big Ten Tournament championships.

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 Sunday 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.

The Hawkeyes lost two matches in the state of Pennsylvania over the weekend. Iowa lost at No. 15 Penn State Saturday, 5-3. Lock Haven downed the Hawkeyes Sunday, 4-0.

Iowa will play, or has played, eight of the current NFHCA top 20 this season. In addition, the Hawkeyes will face or have faced five of the teams receiving votes in the latest poll. The Big Ten Conference currently has four teams ranked in the top 20. Ohio State sits at sixth in the latest rankings. Joining the Buckeyes is Michigan State (No. 7), Michigan (No. 15) and Penn State (No. 16). 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 41 shots and also leads the team with 12 points and six goals. Sophomore Geena Lesiak has recorded four assists to lead Iowa. Additionally, sophomore Kathleen McGraw is tied for third in the Big Ten with three shutouts.

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.