No. 12 Iowa Set to Host Central Michigan, Missouri State

Sept. 14, 2011

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The University of Iowa field hockey team, ranked 12th nationally, returns to Iowa City this weekend to host Central Michigan on Saturday and Missouri State on Sunday. Both matches will be held at Grant Field and both are scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

Hawkeye fans can watch Iowa’s game against Missouri State Sunday at 1 p.m. online. It will be streamed live on The contest will air on BTN Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. (CT).

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

Fans of the Hawkeyes can take advantage of a number of promotions this weekend at Grant Field. Saturday, the first 100 fans in attendance will receive a free Iowa field hockey cup. Sunday marks the first ever Iowa Field Hockey Teddy Bear Toss. Fans are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal to donate to the Domestic Violence Intervention Program of Iowa City and be entered to win an Iowa Hawkeye Snuggie. All fans in attendance will receive a free `Go Hawks!’ megaphone. In addition, the first 25 fans will receive a free Iowa field hockey t-shirt and fans with two punches on their Iowa field hockey punch card will be eligible to win one of four $25 gift certificates to Herky’s Locker Room.

Central Michigan is led by head coach Cristy Freese. Freese is in her 25th season at the helm of the program and holds a record of 198-282-6. The Chippewas are 2-2 this season, after defeating Saint Louis and Robert Morris and falling to Michigan and Bucknell.

Missouri State is coached by first year head coach Gabby Gomez Sosa. The Bears are 2-3 after defeating Sacred Heart and Appalachian State and losing to Saint Louis, Indiana and Louisville. Missouri State hosts Saint Louis in a rematch Thursday.

Iowa is 6-0 all-time against Central Michigan, including a record of 1-0 at home. The Hawkeyes won at Central Michigan last season, 1-0. The two teams first met in 1982. Iowa is 23-4-1 all-time against Missouri State, including a record of 14-0 in Iowa City. The two first played in 1977.

The Hawkeyes are ranked 12th in the NFHCA rankings this week, up from No. 15 last week. Iowa will play four of the NFHCA top 20 this season. In addition, the Hawkeyes will play eight of the teams receiving votes in the most recent poll. The Big Ten Conference currently has three teams ranked in the top 20. Penn State sits seventh in the rankings. Joining the Nittany Lions are the Hawkeyes (No. 12) and Michigan (No. 13). All Big Ten teams are at least receiving votes as Indiana, Northwestern, Ohio State and Michigan State also received votes in the latest poll.

The Hawkeyes swept Providence and Brown over the weekend at the Friar Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in Providence, R.I. Iowa won at Providence on Friday, 4-1. The Black and Gold were led by Sarah Drake and Kim Scraper, who each recorded two goals in the win. Freshman Corinne Allen was credited with her first career assist. Saturday, the Hawkeyes blanked Brown, 7-0, to move to 5-1. Iowa got goals from Niki Schultheis, Sarah Drake, Becca Spengler and Scraper. Scraper scored four goals and Marike Stribos notched two assists.

Iowa forward Kim Scraper was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, the conference announced Tuesday. It was Scraper’s second career weekly honor and Iowa’s second of the season. Scraper shared the honor this week with Kelsey Amy of Penn State. Scraper led Iowa to a sweep of Providence and Brown over the weekend in Providence, R.I., tallying six of Iowa’s 11 goals scored in the two contests. Friday, in Iowa’s 4-1 win at Providence, the sophomore scored two goals en route to her third multi-goal game of the season. She helped Iowa blank Brown on Saturday, 7-0. Scraper tallied her fourth multi-goal game of the year as she recorded four scores in the victory. It marked the first time a Hawkeye had recorded four scores in a game since Pattie Gillern scored five in a win over Missouri State on Sept. 28, 2003. The honor marks the first time Iowa has won the conference offensive weekly award multiples times in a season since 2008, when the team earned three offensive weekly accolades. The last time a Hawkeye won the offensive award in back-to-back weeks was Caitlin McCurdy in 2005 (Oct. 17 and Oct. 24).

Sophomore Kim Scraper leads the Big Ten with 12 goals this season and 25 points. She ranks second nationally in goals per game and points per game. Scraper scored five goals last season as a freshman.

The Hawkeyes rank first in the Big Ten in goals scored (24), scoring average (4.0), winning margin (2.67), shutouts (2) and shots (124). Iowa currently leads the conference with a four-game unbeaten streak. The Black and Gold rank second in goals allowed (8) and save percentage (76.5). Iowa’s seven goals and 18 points against Kent State (Sept. 2) are the most of any conference team this season. In addition, the seven Hawkeye goals and 37 shots against Brown (Sept. 10) are the most of any league team.

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 Sept. 4 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 Sept. 4 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.

Become fans of the official Iowa Field Hockey fan page by going to to follow the Hawkeyes on Facebook. Fans can also follow the Black and Gold on Twitter at

Iowa opens conference action next weekend when it hosts rivals Michigan State and Penn State in Iowa City. The Black and Gold entertain the Spartans on Friday, Sept. 23, at 3 p.m. and the Nittany Lions Sunday, Sept. 25, 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 In addition, coverage of the Big Ten Tournament can be seen on BTN. Iowa has won three of the last five tournaments.