No. 15 Iowa Trounces Kent State, 7-1


Sept. 12, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Five Hawkeyes combined to score seven goals to propel the 15th-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team to a 7-1 trouncing of Kent State on Saturday at Grant Field. With the win, the Hawkeyes improve to 3-3 on the season.


“It was great to get the win today,” said UI head coach Lisa Cellucci. “Today was our biggest goal production so far — I thought it was great to score in a lot of different ways. I am very happy with our performance.”

Iowa’s seven-goal day was kick started by sophomore Mallory Lefkowitz who put the Hawkeyes on the board in the 18th minute. Lefkowitz volleyed a shot from close range after junior Chandler Ackers‘ initial shot was saved by the Kent State keeper.

Junior Stephanie Norlander and freshman Makenna Grewe scored at the 18 and 26 minute marks to put Iowa up 3-0. Norlander and Grewe have both scored in four of Iowa’s six games this season.

In the 28th minute, Ackers netted her second goal of the year to give Iowa a 4-0 lead heading into halftime.

The Hawkeyes didn’t slow down in the second half. Grewe and Norlander were at it again, each scoring their second goals of the day and their team leading sixth goals of the season to put the Hawkeyes up 6-0.

Iowa’s final goal of the game came off the stick of freshman Lara Bampfield who poked in a pass from Taylor Omweg for her first career goal.

Kent State’s Shannon Talbot ended Iowa’s shutout bid when she scored with five minutes to play.

Junior goalkeeper Alexandra Pecora notched her 14th career win, tallying three saves in the process.

“Kent State is a quality opponent,” said Cellucci. “We wanted to make sure that we didn’t let Thursday night’s loss against Stanford sting too much. We came out and controlled possession and that led to a lot of great play from us.”

The Hawkeyes return to Grant Field on Sunday for a matchup with Saint Louis (0-6) at 2:30 p.m. (CT). There will be free Iowa field hockey book covers for the first 50 kids. Fans can also enter a raffle to win a pair of tickets to the Iowa vs. Pittsburgh football game (Sept. 19). There will be a postgame autograph session with the Hawkeyes.