The 24th-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team returns to Grant Field this weekend, hosting Indiana on Friday at 3 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on BTN. Admission is free.
• Friday’s match is Hawk Nest Day. There will be free pizza for all fans.
FOLLOW ON THE WEB
Iowa field hockey fans can follow all contests via live stats on hawkeyesports.com. Click on the “Live Stats” 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.
• Indiana enters the weekend with a 5-5 record and an 0-2 conference mark. Indiana has a 1-3 road record this season.
• The Hoosiers have wins over No. 15 Wake Forest (1-0), Villanova (4-3), Central Michigan (4-3), Miami (Ohio) (3-2) and Ball State (3-1).
• All of Indiana’s losses have come to top-25 teams this season.
• Senior Maddie Latino leads the team in goals (6) and points (12). Latino ranks fourth in the Big Ten in goals and leads the Big Ten in game winning-goals with four.
• Sophomore Ciara Girouard is second on the team in goals (5) and points (11).
• Redshirt senior goalkeeper Katie Johnson is third in the Big Ten in saves (51) and saves per game (5.10).
IOWA VS. INDIANA — THE SERIES
• Iowa leads the overall series 19-7.
• The Hawkeyes are 7-2 against the Hoosiers at Grant Field.
• Iowa won last year’s match, 2-1, in Bloomington, Indiana.
• Four of the seven freshmen on the Hawkeye roster have found the scoresheet this season. Maddy Murphy leads the freshmen class in all categories with seven goals, three assists, and 17 points.
• Lizzy Cimilluca has two goals for four points, Ellie Holley has two assists for two points, and Nikki Freeman has recorded one assist so far this season.
• Freshmen were a part of all three goals against Penn on Sept. 17. Murphy scored the first goal of the game. Cimilluca scored to tie the game, and Freeman assisted on the game-winning goal.
• Murphy scored the Hawkeyes only goal last weekend off of a give and go with Taylor Omweg.
HAWKEYES VS RANKED OPPONENTS
• The Hawkeyes are ranked No. 24 in this week’s NFHCA National Rankings (Sept. 26).
• Six of Iowa’s seven losses have come to top-25 teams, including No. 15 Wake Forest (2-3), No. 1 North Carolina (0-3), No. 13 Stanford (2-3), No. 2 Penn State (0-3), No. 10 Maryland (1-2), and No. 23 Rutgers (0-1).
• Iowa will face three more ranked opponents in 2017, two of which are members of the Big Ten. They include: No. 2 Duke, No. 6 Michigan, and No. 10 Northwestern.
HAWKEYES SHOW STRONG DEFENSE
• The Hawkeyes have faced 21 penalty corners in the last five matches and have turned away 18.
• Senior goalkeeper Katie Jones has made 25 saves and freshman Mya Christopher has a defensive save in Iowa’s last five matches.
• The Hawkeyes have not allowed more than three goals in a match this season.
• Five out of seven of Iowa’s losses have been one goal defects.
MAGIC NUMBER 3
• The Hawkeyes are undefeated when scoring three or more goals in a match this season.
• Iowa’s wins have come over California (3-0), UC Davis (4-0), New Hampshire (7-1), and Penn (3-2).
MURPHY SELECTED TO NATIONAL TEAM
• Freshman Maddy Murphy was selected to the Australia Indoor World Cup Team, Hockey Australia announced Aug. 29. The Indoor Hockey World Cup will be held in Berlin, Germany, in February, 2018. Murphy is the 26th Hawkeye in program history to represent her country on the national stage.
• Murphy has represented Australia in both indoor and outdoor competitions. She was part of the Australia U21 team and National Futures Elite program. Murphy also represented Australia at the indoor senior international level and was recognized as the player of the tournament at the national championships at both the U18 and U21 level.
SHARING THE WEALTH
• Twelve different Hawkeyes have gotten on the scoresheet this season, with eight finding the back of the cage.
• Five of Iowa’s newcomers are on the 2017 scoresheet. Maddy Murphy leads all newcomers in goals (7) and points (17). Murphy and Lucie Daman each have three assists.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING — Indvidual Stats
• Sophomore Katie Birch, the 2016 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, currently leads the Hawkeyes in goals (9), points (20), and shots (44). The sophomore leads the Big Ten in goals (9), is second in goals per game (0.82), and third in points (20).
• Freshman Maddy Murphy is second on the team in goals (7), points (17), and shots (20). Murphy is third in goals and fifth in points in the Big Ten.
• Junior Makenna Grewe leads the Hawkeyes and ranks fourth in the Big Ten with six assists.
• Junior Melissa Progar is second on the team in assists (4). Progar is tied for sixth in assists in the Big Ten.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING — Team Stats
• The Hawkeyes are ranked fourth in the Big Ten in points (70), and tied for fifth in goals (24).
• Iowa’s 22 assists are the third-highest mark in the Big Ten.
MURPHY NAMED B1G FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
• Maddy Murphy was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Sept. 11. It was the first honor of Murphy’s career.
• Murphy recorded six points for the Hawkeyes with two goals and two assists in Iowa’s 7-1 victory over New Hampshire on Sept. 10
• Murphy is the first Hawkeye to earn Freshman of the Week honors since Sophie Sunderland was honored on Oct. 18, 2016.
IOWA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
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 Hawkeyes are back in action next week when they take on No. 2 Duke at 11 a.m. (CT) in Durham, North Carolina.
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