15th-Ranked Hawkeyes Travel to Providence

Sept. 7, 2011

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The University of Iowa field hockey team, ranked 15th nationally, returns to action this week when it travels to Providence, R.I. The Hawkeyes play the host Friars Friday at 1 p.m. and Brown Saturday at noon. Both games will be held at the Friar Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex and both times are Central.

Iowa field hockey fans can follow the Hawkeyes with live stats (Gametracker) on hawkeyesports.com. Click on the GT link found on both the front page and the field hockey schedule page.

Providence is led by head coach Diane Madl. Madl is in her 10th season at the helm of the program. Providence is 0-3. The Friars have lost to Northeastern, Boston and New Hampshire. Providence plays UC Davis Wednesday.

Brown is receiving votes in the most recent NFHCA poll. The Bears are coached by first year head coach Jill Reeve. Reeve spent the last seven seasons as the head coach at Miami (Ohio). Brown is 1-1 after falling to New Hampshire and defeating UC Davis.

Iowa is 5-0 all-time against Providence and 1-0 against the Friars on the road. The Hawkeyes have faced Brown once, defeating the Bears at Grant Field on Sept. 6 of last season, 5-0.

The Hawkeyes downed Kent State and Massachusetts over the weekend at Grant Field. Iowa defeated the Golden Flashes Friday, 7-3, in an impressive home field debut. Kim Scraper led the team with three goals, while five Hawkeyes recorded a goal in the win. Iowa scored the first three goals of the contest and never looked back. The Black and Gold blanked UMass Sunday, 3-0. The Hawkeyes got goals from Niki Schultheis and Geena Lesiak in the first half to lead 2-0 at the half. The Iowa offense and defense controlled throughout, recording 27 shots to the Minutewomen’s four, and 13 penalty corners to UMass’ five.

Iowa forward Kim Scraper was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday. Scraper, a native of West Vancouver, Canada, totaled four goals and one assist to notch nine total points in Iowa’s two games over the weekend. Last Friday, the sophomore led Iowa to a 7-3 win over Kent State at Grant Field. Scraper tallied three goals and one assist, marking Iowa’s first hat trick since Meghan Beamesderfer recorded three scores against Michigan in the first round of the 2009 Big Ten Tournament. The former West Vancouver Secondary standout helped Iowa shutout UMass on Sunday, 3-0. Scraper scored one goal, pushing her team-leading season total to six. She is tied for the conference lead in goals scored. Scraper scored five goals during her rookie campaign a year ago.

Sophomore Kim Scraper is tied for the conference lead in goals scored with six. As a team, the Hawkeyes rank second in the Big Ten with 13 goals scored. Sophomore goalkeeper Kathleen McGraw ranks tied for first in the league with one shutout. She has six career shutouts. Iowa’s seven goals and 18 points against Kent State (Sept. 2) are the most of any conference team this season.

The Hawkeyes feature five freshmen on the 2011 roster. Corinne Allen (Gibbsboro, N.J.) and Sara Watro (Audubon, Pa.) will both see action on the forward line. Dani Hemeon (Gilroy, Calif.) and Brynn Gitt (Lumberton, N.J.) will contribute to the midfield and Brittany Evangelisti (Voorhees, N.J.) looks to see action in the backfield.

The Hawkeyes are ranked 15th in the NFHCA rankings. Iowa will play five of the NFHCA top 20 this season. In addition, the Hawkeyes will play seven of the teams receiving votes in the most recent poll. The Big Ten Conference currently has four teams ranked in the top 20. Penn State sits sixth in the rankings. Joining the Nittany Lions are Michigan (No. 14), the Hawkeyes (No. 15) and Indiana (No. 19). All Big Ten teams are at least receiving votes as Northwestern, Ohio State and Michigan State also received votes in the latest poll.

Four Hawkeyes (freshmen Brittany Evangelisti and Corinne Allen, sophomore Kelsey Mitchell, junior Geena Lesiak) hail from Eastern Regional High School in New Jersey. The school has won 12 consecutive New Jersey state championships. Jessica Barnett and Karli Johansen are both from Handsworth Secondary School in North Vancouver, Canada. Seven Hawkeyes hail from New Jersey, three from Pennsylvania, three from Canada, two from California, and one each from Delaware, Michigan, Belgium and Germany.

The 2011 season marks the 25th anniversary of Iowa’s 1986 national championship team. Iowa honored the team at its game against Massachusetts last Sunday at Grant Field.

Former Hawkeye Mary Koboldt was one of six individuals inducted by the National Iowa Varsity Club and the University of Iowa Athletics Department into the Athletics Hall of Fame this year. A member of the 23rd class, she was honored and inducted into the National Varsity Club Athletics Hall of Fame at Iowa’s home football game against Tennessee Tech Sept. 3. The Hawkeye honored Koboldt at their game last Sunday against Massachusetts. A Hawkeye midfielder from 1982-85, the former U.S. National Team member and U.S. Olympian was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree and a two-time All-American. Koboldt, a member of four NCAA Tournament teams and two Big Ten championship teams, was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team after leading Iowa to its first ever trip to the NCAA Final Four in 1984. As a senior in 1985, she was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and was a nominee for the Honda Broderick Award, as the top collegiate female athlete in the country.

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Iowa returns to Iowa City Sept. 17 to host Central Michigan. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The Hawkeyes also host Missouri State Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. Both matches will be held at Grant Field. Admission is free.

Iowa’s game at Ohio State on Saturday, Oct. 8 will be televised by the Big Ten Network (BTN). It will be shown as a tape delay at 1 p.m. on Oct. 9. Additional Hawkeye contests will be streamed live on BTN.com. In addition, coverage of the Big Ten Tournament can be seen on BTN. Iowa has won three of the last five tournaments.