Sep 1, 2013
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EASTON, Pa. — The 13th-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team (2-0) defeated the defending Patriot League champions Lafayette College (0-1) on Sunday afternoon at Rappolt Field, 3-0. The Hawkeyes improve to 2-0 on the season after topping Bucknell on Friday.
Karli Johansen opened the scoring for the Hawkeyes with 24:25 seconds remaining in the first half, scoring on a penalty stroke. Johansen was awarded the penalty stroke after she was taken out by the Lafayette goalkeeper on the previous play. Kelsey Mitchell added to Iowa’s lead a few minutes later, netting her first goal of the season off a feed from Natalie Cafone to extend the visitor lead to 2-0.
Stephanie Norlander continued the scoring for the Hawkeyes 13:28 into the second half. Norlander beat the Lafayette goaltender on the backhand for her second goal of the season off a pass from Brynn Gitt.
Danielle Peirson and the Hawkeyes played stifling defense throughout, shutting out the defending Patriot League champions. The win improves Hawkeye goalkeeper Kelsey Boyce’s record to 2-0 on the season.
“I am really impressed with how we opened up the season,” said head coach Tracey Griesbaum. “When we come to the east coast our game is circled on our opponent’s schedule, so I was really impressed with how we stuck with it the whole game.”
The Hawkeyes open their home slate, Sept. 7-8, hosting the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Grant Field. Iowa faces Wake Forest on Sept. 7 at 11:30 a.m. (CT) and North Carolina on Sept. 8 at 11:30 a.m. (CT).
IOWA (2-0) 2 1 — 3
LAFAYETTE (0-1) 0 0 — 0
IOWA — Karli Johansen (penalty stroke) — 10:35/1st
IOWA — Kelsey Mitchell (Natalie Cafone) — 13:41/1st
IOWA — Stephanie Norlander (Brynn Gitt) — 13:28/2nd
Shots — Iowa 10, Lafayette 10
Penalty Corners — Iowa 6, Lafayette 6
Saves — Iowa 4, Lafayette 4