No. 11 Hawkeyes Look to Extend Win Streak

Oct. 3, 2012

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The 11th-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team hits the road this weekend. The Hawkeyes play at Indiana on Friday at 2 p.m. (CT). Iowa concludes the trip with a match-up at Louisville on Sunday at noon (CT).

Iowa’s game against Indiana on Friday will be televised live on the Big Ten Network. Lisa Byington will do play-by-play, while Kara Lentz will serve as color analyst. Lentz played at Michigan from 2003-2006, earning second team All-Big Ten honors in 2006. She played for former Iowa All-American Marcia Pankratz at Michigan.

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Indiana owns a 6-4 overall record and a 3-1 home record this season. The Hoosiers are 0-2 in Big Ten play, falling to No. 6 Penn State (7-1) and No. 22 Michigan State (3-0). Senior Morgan Fleetwood leads Indiana in points (16) and goals (6), ranking in the top 10 of the Big Ten in both categories. The Hoosiers have played two goalies this season. Senior Viki Green is 5-1, while sophomore Maggie Olsen is 1-2. Indiana is coached by former Iowa assistant coach Amy Robertson.

Louisville enters the weekend with a 7-5 record. The Cardinals are 4-1 at Trager Stadium, outscoring opponents 17-8. Louisville’s offense is led by sophomore Becca Maddock, who paces the team in points (17) and goals (7). Senior Amber Thomas is second on the team with six goals. Senior goalkeeper Erin Conrad has played every minute in goal for the Cardinals, posting a .739 save percentage and a 1.86 goals against average. Head coach Justine Sowry and Louisville host third-ranked Connecticut on Saturday.

The Hawkeyes are 15-6 all-time against Indiana. Iowa defeated the Hoosiers twice in 2011, beating Indiana, 3-2, on Oct. 15 at Grant Field and 3-2 on Nov. 3 at the Big Ten Tournament, hosted by Penn State. Indiana won the last time the two teams met in Bloomington, downing the Hawkeyes 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 15, 2010. The Hawkeyes last won at Indiana on Nov. 6, 2008 (5-2). Iowa is 5-2 all-time in contests played in Bloomington.

Louisville owns a 5-4 advantage in the all-time series with Iowa. The Hawkeyes last defeated Louisville on Nov. 15, 2008, winning 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Iowa is 2-1 at games played in Louisville, with its last win coming Aug. 29, 2008 (1-0). The Hawkeyes last played at Trager Stadium on Nov. 21, 2008, falling in the NCAA Final Four to eventual national champion Maryland, 2-1, in overtime.

Head coach Tracey Griesbaum collected her 150th win at Iowa when the Hawkeyes defeated Ohio State on Sept. 30. Griesbaum became the third coach in program history to win 150 games, joining Beth Beglin (199) and Judith Davidson (185). Griesbaum is 150-94 at Iowa, and 163-115 overall.

This weekend will be the first of two consecutive road trips east of Iowa City for the Hawkeyes, as they travel to University Park, Pa., to play No. 18 Drexel (Oct. 12) and No. 7 Penn State (Oct. 14) next weekend. Iowa is scheduled to play 11 games away from Iowa City during the regular season, the most since 2006 when it also played 11 games away from home. The Hawkeyes have won their last four games away from Iowa City, and own a 3-1 road record and a 2-1 neutral site record this season.

Indiana head coach Amy Robertson served as an assistant coach at Iowa under Beth Beglin from 1989-1991. The Hawkeyes went 56-8-3 when Robertson was part of the coaching staff, advancing to the NCAA Tournament all three years, including Final Four appearances in 1989 and 1990. Robertson coached Kristy Gleason while at Iowa, who ranks first in Iowa history with 132 career goals.

The Hawkeyes remained 11th in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association rankings Oct. 2. Iowa received 488 points in the poll. Five Big Ten teams were tabbed in the poll — Penn State (7), Northwestern (9), Michigan (15), Ohio State (16), and Michigan State (20). Ten Hawkeye opponents appeared in the poll, including second-ranked North Carolina.

Iowa jumped six spots in the NCAA RPI rankings Oct. 1, moving from 18th to 12th. The Hawkeyes were the second-highest rated team in the Big Ten, behind Penn State (6). Six of the seven Big Ten teams were ranked in the top-25, as were nine Iowa opponents.

The Hawkeyes posted a 7-1 record during the month of September, including wins in their last six contests. The streak includes wins over three nationally ranked opponents — No. 20 Albany (Sept. 26), No. 15 Michigan State (Sept. 21) and No. 18 Ohio State (Sept. 30). It marked the second season in a row Iowa posted a 7-1 record in September.

Iowa defeated No. 18 Ohio State, 2-1, at Grant Field on Sept. 30. The Hawkeyes used a come-from-behind effort, as seniors Jessica Barnett and Sarah Drake both scored second half goals. Senior goalkeeper Kathleen McGraw made four stops.

Senior goalkeeper Kathleen McGraw was selected as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 2. It was McGraw’s third honor of the season, as she won the award back-to-back weeks Sept. 11 and Sept. 18. McGraw is the first athlete in program history to win three Defensive Player of the Week honors in one season.

Iowa has earned the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor four straight weeks, marking the first time in Big Ten history that a school has earned a specific weekly award (offensive, defensive or freshman) four consecutive weeks. Jessica Barnett won the award on Sept. 25.

McGraw earned her first accolade after posting a pair of shutouts during the team’s West Coast swing Sept. 7-10. McGraw finished the weekend with 10 saves, a 1.29 goals against average and a .769 save percentage.

The Atherton, Calif., native received the honor a second time Sept. 18 after leading the Hawkeyes to a 2-1 victory over No. 20 Albany on Sept. 16 at Grant Field. McGraw made eight saves and had a .889 save percentage against an aggressive Great Dane offensive attack that had 15 shots and 11 penalty corners. McGraw earned her third accolade after leading Iowa to a 2-1 victory over No. 18 Ohio State on Sept. 30 at Grant Field. She made four saves, while facing nine Buckeye shots and five penalty corners.

McGraw has received the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week accolade four times in her career.

Senior Kathleen McGraw has made 286 career stops for the Hawkeyes, ranking sixth all-time in program history. McGraw is six saves away from passing Lissa Munley (292 career saves) for fifth all-time. Associate head coach Lisa Cellucci holds the career saves record with 592 stops.

Senior Kathleen McGraw paces the Big Ten in shutouts (4) and shutouts per game (0.40). McGraw has played every minute of the Hawkeyes 10 games, shutting out Missouri State (10-0), Pacific (6-0) and UC Davis (3-0), and No. 15 Michigan State (1-0). McGraw has posted a 1.28 goals against average, ranking second in the Big Ten and 11th nationally. The Atherton, Calif., native boasts a .745 save percentage, ranking third in the conference and 16th nationally. McGraw has posted 14 shutouts in 64 career games.

Senior Jessica Barnett scored her team-high sixth goal against Ohio State on Sept. 30. Barnett, who ranks 10th in the Big Ten in goals, scored at the 61:24 mark, tying the score 1-1. Three of Barnett’s six goals have been game-winning goals, the third-most in the Big Ten. Barnett is tied for the team lead in points (12) with junior Kelsey Mitchell. Barnett has scored 24 goals in 66 career games.

Senior Geena Lesiak posted her third multi-assist game of the season Sept. 30 against Ohio State. Lesiak also had two or more assists against UC Davis (Sept. 10) and Missouri State (Sept. 2). Lesiak posted three assists against Missouri State, the most in a game by a Big Ten athlete this season, and the third-most in NCAA Division I. Lesiak has eight assists this season, ranking fourth in the Big Ten. The Voorhees, N.J., native also ranks third in the conference in assists per game (0.80).

The Hawkeyes boast the stingiest defense in the Big Ten, allowing just three goals over their last six games. Iowa leads the league in shutouts (4), goals against average (1.28), goals allowed (13), and goals allowed per game (1.30). The Hawkeyes rank second in defensive saves with five. Iowa ranks in the top 10 in the NCAA in two statistical categories — shutouts (T-4th) and goals against average (7th).

Senior Jessica Barnett was tabbed as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 25.

Barnett earned her first career Defensive Player of the Week accolade after leading Iowa’s defensive effort in road victories over No. 15 Michigan State (1-0) and Central Michigan (4-1). The Hawkeye back line allowed only 12 shots in the two games. The honor is the fourth of Barnett’s Hawkeye career.

Last season, the Vancouver, Canada, native was a three-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, earning the distinction on Oct. 11, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1.

Assistant coach Meghan Beamesderfer is currently playing for the U.S. National Team in the Electric Ireland Women’s Champions Challenge 1 tournament in Dublin, Ireland. The winner of the eight-team tournament, which goes from Sept. 29 to Oct. 7, automatically qualifies for the Women’s Champions Trophy. Beamesderfer was one of 16 athletes chosen for the Champions Challenge, and is joined by former Hawkeye All-American Lauren Pfeiffer on the squad.

Junior Karli Johansen missed five games from Sept. 9-Sept. 23 to play for the Canadian Junior National Team in the 2012 Pan American Junior Championship. Johansen and Canada placed second at the tournament, qualifying for the 2013 Junior World Cup.

The Hawkeyes have set the team high totals in goals and shots for the Big Ten this season. Iowa set a team-high in goals (10) Sept. 2 against Missouri State. The 10 goals are the second highest total in the NCAA this season. Iowa fired 44 shots against Pacific on Sept. 9, the most by any team in the conference this season. In addition, the Hawkeyes are the only team in the Big Ten to hold an opponent without a shot for an entire game this season, as Missouri State did not attempt a shot against Iowa on Sept. 2.

Junior Aubrey Coleman tallied a hat trick in the Hawkeyes’ 6-0 victory over Pacific on Sept. 9. All three goals were unassisted, as Coleman scored during the 16th, 50th, and 53rd minutes. It was the first hat trick of Coleman’s career. It was the Hawkeyes first hat trick since Jessica Barnett scored three goals in a 5-2 win against Ball State on Oct. 28, 2011.

Junior Kelsey Mitchell and sophomore Dani Hemeon both registered the first multi-goal games of their Hawkeye careers this season. Mitchell scored two goals against No. 20 Albany on Sept. 16, finding the goal at the 3:26 mark and the 37:40 mark. Hemeon scored twice Sept. 10 against UC Davis. Both goals were scored via penalty corners, with the first coming at the 5:39 mark and the second at the 53:00 mark.

Freshman Natalie Cafone scored the first two goals of her Hawkeye career against Missouri State on Sept. 2. Her first collegiate goal came at the 20:45 mark of the first half via a Geena Lesiak assist. Cafone added her second goal at the 40:20 mark.

Seniors Jessica Barnett and Kathleen McGraw are serving as team captains for the Hawkeyes in 2012. Barnett and McGraw were both team captains in 2011.

? The Hawkeyes have 21 student-athletes on their roster; five freshmen, five sophomores, five juniors and six seniors.
? Seven Hawkeyes hail from New Jersey, four from Pennsylvania, two from California and Canada, and one from Belgium, Delaware, Germany, Maryland, Michigan, and Virginia.
? Five members of the Iowa roster were also teammates in high school. Corinne Allen, Geena Lesiak and Kelsey Mitchell all played at Eastern Regional High School in New Jersey, while Jessica Barnett and Karli Johansen competed for Handsworth Secondary School in North Vancouver, Canada.

Former Hawkeye Liz Tchou officially became a member of the National Iowa Varsity Club Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 14. She was joined by four other former Iowa athletes in the 2012 class, the 24th class to be inducted. Tchou was honored at halftime of Iowa’s game against Albany on Sept. 16. She was also recognized at halftime of Iowa’s football game against Northern Iowa on Sept. 15.

Tchou was a standout at Iowa from 1984-1987, becoming the first female in Iowa history to have her number retired. Tchou led the Hawkeyes to the 1986 National Championship, as she paced Iowa with 15 goals. She was a first team All-American in 1987 after leading the team in goals (30) and points (65). Tchou scored 75 career goals, a mark that still stands fifth in the Iowa record books. She was a four-time All-Big Ten first team selection, twice being named Big Ten Conference MVP. Tchou was also a two-time Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient at Iowa. Following her Hawkeye career, she played for the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1989-95 and was a member of the 1996 Olympic Team. She is currently the Youth Development Manager for U.S.A. Field Hockey.

Iowa will host the Big Ten Tournament at Grant Field in 2012. The tournament will begin with first round play on Nov. 1, followed by semifinal action on Nov. 2 and the championship game on Nov. 4. The Hawkeyes will host the conference tournament at Grant Field for a third time in 2012. Iowa City previously hosted the event in 1997 and 2005.

Six University of Iowa field hockey regular season contests will be available via live coverage during the 2012 season. Two Hawkeye games will be televised on BTN, while four contests will be streamed on All seven games at the 2012 Big Ten Tournament at Grant Field will also feature live coverage. Iowa hosts the tournament Nov. 1-4. Below is a complete list of the Iowa broadcast schedule:

2012 Iowa Live Coverage Schedule
? Sept. 16 – vs. Albany (
? Sept. 30 – vs. Ohio State (
? Oct. 5 – at Indiana (BTN)
? Oct. 21 – vs. Ball State (
? Oct. 26 – vs. Michigan (BTN)
? Oct. 28 – vs. Northwestern (
2012 Big Ten Tournament (Iowa City, Iowa)
? Nov. 1 – First Round – 3 Games (
? Nov. 2 – Semifinals (BTN)
? Nov. 4 – Championship (BTN)

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Iowa closes out a four-game road trip with two games in University Park, Pa., on Nov. 12-14. The Hawkeyes will face No. 18 Drexel on Nov. 12 at 5 p.m., before squaring off against seventh-ranked Penn State on Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. Both games will be played at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex. Both times are Central.