Iowa Hosts No. 6 Maryland in Regular Season Finale

Oct. 29, 2015

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The University of Iowa field hockey team closes out the 2015 regular season on Saturday, hosting No. 6 Maryland at 12 p.m. (CT) at Grant Field. Saturday’s contest against the Terrapins is Senior Day. Iowa’s two seniors, Isabella Licciardello and Liz Leh, will be honored prior to the start of the game.


Iowa field hockey fans can follow this Saturday’s matchup via live stats (GameTracker) on Click on the “GT” link found on the field hockey schedule page to access the live stats feed. Fans can also follow @IowaFieldHockey on Twitter for live in-game updates.

Fans attending this Saturday’s contest can enter a raffle to win an Iowa field hockey jersey. There will be free Halloween candy for fans of all ages, and a Halloween costume contest. The winner will receive a Pizza Hut gift card.

For an inside look at the Iowa field hockey program and to access exclusive coverage, “like” The University of Iowa Field Hockey Team on Facebook and follow @IowaFieldHockey on Twitter and Instagram.

• Iowa has tallied the third most assists in the Big Ten and the seventh most in the country with 49. The Hawkeyes average 2.88 assists per game, ranking 11th nationally and third in the conference.
• Iowa’s average of 8.53 points per game ranks 17th in the country and third in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes have tallied 145 points in 17 games, tied for 11th most nationally.
• Iowa’s 48 goals are the 15th most in the country. The Hawkeyes’ average of 2.82 goals per game ranks 19th nationally.
• The Hawkeyes are outscoring their opponents, 48-35, and average a 0.76 margin of victory — 24th best in the country.
• Iowa has tallied 123 penalty corners this season — the 13th most in the country. Iowa’s average of 7.24 penalty corners per game ranks 18th nationally.

• Junior Stephanie Norlander ranks sixth in the country in points scored with 36. Her average of 2.12 points per game ranks seventh nationally and leads the Big Ten.
• Norlander’s 16 goals in 2015 are a single-season career high. She ranks first in the Big Ten and fifth in the country. Her average of 0.94 goals per game is tied for sixth in the NCAA.
• Freshman Makenna Grewe and sophomore Melissa Progar are among the best in the country when it comes to assists. Grewe is tied for 10th in the country in assists with 11, while Progar is tied for 18th with 10. Grewe’s average of 0.65 assists per game is ranks 20th nationally, while her four-assist game against Saint Louis (Sept. 13) is tied with Princeton’s Teresa Benvenuti and Connecticut’s Charlotte Veitner for a 2015 NCAA single game high.
• Grewe’s 25 points are the fourth most among all Division I freshman. Her average of 1.47 points per game ranks 10th in the Big Ten.

• 2015: 15-3, 7-0 Big Ten
• Last Weekend: Defeated Indiana, 1-0, at home in overtime; blanked Towson at home, 6-0
• Leading Scorers: Welma Luus (28 points, 13 goals, 2 assists); Anna Dessoye (28 points, 7 goals, 14 assists)
• Goalkeeper: Sarah Holliday (12-0, 0.99 GAA, 30 saves, .732 save percentage, 4 shutouts)
• Head Coach: Missy Meharg (28th season)

• Iowa is 3-10-1 all-time against Maryland. The Hawkeyes are 1-2 when playing the Terrapins in Iowa City.
• Last year’s game between the Hawkeyes and Terrapins marked the first time the two schools played eachother as members of the Big Ten Conference. Maryland won, 4-1, in College Park, Maryland.
• Iowa’s last win over Maryland came in 1994, when the Hawkeyes topped the Terrapins, 2-1, in a neutral site contest.
• Maryland and Iowa have a strong postseason history, having met six times in the NCAA Tournament. The most recent postseason battle between the two was in 2011 when Maryland won, 4-2.

Three of nine Big Ten schools are ranked in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Poll, released on Oct. 27, including Maryland (No. 6), Michigan (No. 11), and Northwestern (No. 16).

After a making a valiant two-goal comeback, the Hawkeyes fell in heartbreaking fashion for the second time this season, losing at Penn State (3-2) on Oct. 23 via a penalty corner with no time left on the clock. Junior Stephanie Norlander scored both of Iowa’s goals.

• Scoring first: 8-0
• Leading at the half: 5-0
• Tied at the half: 4-0
• Outshooting opponent: 8-2
• In one-goal games: 2-3
• In 2+ goal games: 7-5
• In overtime: 1-0

Through 17 games this season, the Hawkeyes have had four players score two or more goals in a single game. Junior Stephanie Norlander leads the way with five, including her second career hat-trick against Saint Louis on Sept. 13. Junior Chandler Ackers and freshman Makenna Grewe have each notched a pair of two-goal games, followed by sophomore Veronique Declercq who has one. The four have combined to score 33 of Iowa’s 42 goals this year.

Sophomore Veronique Declercq has become Iowa’s go-to player on penalty corners this season. All six of Declercq’s goals this season have come via penalty corners. She scored her first career goal in Iowa’s 7-0 shutout victory over Saint Louis on Sept. 13.

Of Iowa’s 18 opponents in 2015, seven are currently ranked in the most recent NFHCA Division I Poll released on Oct. 27 — No. 3 North Carolina, No. 5 Wake Forest, No. 6 Maryland, No. 11 Michigan, No. 13 Stanford, No. 16 Northwestern, and No. 17 James Madison.

Freshman Makenna Grewe was named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week by the league office on Sept. 15. It was the first honor of Grewe’s career.

In three games (Sept. 10-13), Grewe scored three goals and recorded six assists, helping the Hawkeyes to victories over Kent State and Saint Louis.

Grewe got Iowa on the board against fifth-ranked Stanford on Sept. 10 when she tied the game at one in the 38th minute. Iowa eventually fell in heartbreaking fashion, 3-2, losing on a penalty corner with no time left on the clock.

On Sept 12, Grewe scored two goals and recorded two assists in a 7-1 victory over Kent State.

Grewe recorded four assists in Iowa’s 7-0 shutout victory over Saint Louis on Sept. 13, falling one assist shy of tying the school’s single game assists record of five set by Lisa Sweeney in 1991.

From Sept 12-20, the Hawkeyes won four games in a row, defeating the likes of Kent State, Saint Louis, Rutgers, and Missouri State. In those four games, Iowa recorded two shutouts and outscored its opponents, 20-4.

Three University of Iowa field hockey players — Chandler Ackers, Stephanie Norlander and Alexandra Pecora — have been named to the 2015 Big Ten Players to Watch List, announced by the league office.

Ackers, a junior from White Haven, Pennsylvania, started all 18 contests in 2014, accounting for 11 points on two goals and a team-high seven assists. She was named to the 2014 All-Big Ten Tournament Team, while also garnering Academic All-Big Ten honors. Ackers was also named to the NFHCA Academic Squad for the second-straight year.

A two-time Player to Watch, Norlander was a second-team NFHCA All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honoree in 2014. She started in all 18 contests, scoring 35 points on 15 goals and five assists during her sophomore campaign. The North Vancouver, Canada, native ranked third in the Big Ten and 13th nationally in goals per game (.83), while ranking fifth in the Big Ten and 19th nationally in points per game (1.94). Norlander also scored four game-winning goals last season. In 2013, Norlander was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in addition to earning NFHCA West Region All-America second-team honors.

Pecora appeared in 17 contests in 2014, starting each game at goalkeeper. The Marlton, New Jersey, native posted a 10-7 mark as a sophomore, collecting 78 saves and recording a .722 save percentage. Pecora tallied a career-high 13 saves at No. 2 Maryland on Nov. 1, and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 28 following her performance in a 4-0 shutout over No. 5 Penn State.

A second-team NFHCA All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honoree in 2014, junior Stephanie Norlander highlights what was a busy summer for several Hawkeyes. A native of North Vancouver, Canada, Norlander competed for the Canadian National Field Hockey Team at the World League 3 semifinals in Valencia, Spain as well as the 2015 Pan American Games, where she helped the Canadians to a third place, bronze medal finish. She scored three goals in Canada’s Pan Am opener against the Dominican Republic en route to a 12-1 victory.

Juniors Chandler Ackers and Alexandra Pecora and sophomores Melissa Progar and Taylor Omweg were each selected and competed in the USA Women’s National Championship at the USA Training Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Ackers and Pecora were also selected and participated at the Junior National Team Camp and Trials held at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex also in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Sophomore Veronique Declercq competed for the Belgium U21 Team in various tournaments over the course of the summer.

The Hawkeyes have been selected to the NCAA Tournament 22 times in program history — the most of any school as a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Hawkeyes are 26-23 all-time in tournament play, including 9-5 in first round match-ups and 11-6 in second round contests. Iowa has advanced to 11 NCAA Final Fours, winning the 1986 national championship. The Hawkeyes 26 tournament victories and 11 NCAA Final Fours are the most of any school as a member of the Big Ten Conference.

The 2014 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-American will redshirt during the 2015 season due to injury. Cafone dislocated her shoulder last November and re-injured it during the spring.

Head coach Lisa Cellucci announced the addition of former Hawkeye Jessica Barnett to her staff in late July. Iowa’s 2012 and 2013 female Athlete of the Year, Barnett will serve as a volunteer assistant coach. a four-year starter for the Hawkeyes from 2009-12, Barnett was a two-time All-American and a three-time All-Big Ten, All-Region, and Big Ten All-Tournament team selection. She helped the Hawkeyes earn back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2011-12.

The Hawkeyes begin postseason play on Nov. 5 when they travel to Bloomington, Indiana, for the first round of the 2015 Big Ten Tournament. Iowa’s quarterfinal matchup (opponent TBA) will be streamed on the Big Ten’s Digital Network.

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