Oct. 26, 2010
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The University of Iowa field hockey team closes the regular season Saturday, hosting No. 5 Ohio State at Grant Field. The match is scheduled to begin at noon. Admission is free. The game can be seen on the Big Ten Network. It will be broadcast as a same day delay and will be shown at 5 p.m. central time. Lisa Byington and Kelly Druly will call the action.
Chelsea Miller and Sarah Pergine will be playing their final contest at Grant Field when the Hawkeyes host Ohio State. Both were members of Hawkeye teams that won two Big Ten Tournament championships, appeared in two NCAA Tournaments and advanced to the 2008 NCAA Final Four. Collectively, the duo has started 87 career games.
HAWKEYES ON THE BIG TEN NETWORK
The Iowa field hockey team will appear on the Big Ten Network at least twice during the 2010 regular season. Iowa’s match against Big Ten rival Michigan was shown live last Sunday at Grant Field. 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. 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.
SCOUTING OHIO STATE
Ohio State is 13-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play and is ranked fifth in the latest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. They are 8-1 on the road. The Buckeyes will face Ball State Wednesday. They are coached by Anne Wilkinson. She is in her 15th season at the helm of the Ohio State program.
The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series against the Buckeyes, 41-12. Ohio State downed the Black and Gold in Columbus last season, 2-0.
HAWKEYES IN BIG TEN PLAY
Iowa (3-12, 0-5) concludes conference play Saturday against No. 5 Ohio State. Iowa finished 3-3 in the Big Ten last season. The Hawkeyes are 211-81-6 against current Big Ten teams and lead every series: (Indiana: 13-6), (Michigan: 39-15), (Michigan State: 45-12-1), (Northwestern: 50-18-4), (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. Next week’s Big Ten Tournament will be held at Evanston, Ill., Nov. 4-7.
LAST TIME OUT
The Hawkeyes fell to Northwestern Sunday at Grant Field. Freshman Kim Scraper and sophomore Sarah Drake each recorded goals for Iowa. Sophomore goalkeeper Kathleen McGraw notched five saves.
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa will play, or has played, seven of the current NFHCA top 20 this season. In addition, the Hawkeyes will face or have faced six 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 fifth in the latest rankings. Joining the Buckeyes is Penn State (No. 9) Michigan State (No. 11), and Michigan (No. 12). Northwestern and Indiana are receiving votes.
IOWA AT GRANT FIELD
2010 marks the sixth year Iowa has played on the new Grant Field. Iowa owns an overall home record of 127-40, a conference record of 57-21 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 2-3 at home this season, falling to Miami (OH) (5-1), Michigan (2-0) and Northwestern (4-2) 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 55 shots and also leads the team with 14 points and seven goals. Sophomore Geena Lesiak has recorded four assists to lead Iowa. Additionally, sophomore Kathleen McGraw has notched three shutouts.
BEGLIN NAMED TO 22ND IOWA HALL OF FAME CLASS
Former Hawkeye Head Coach Beth Beglin 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.