No. 5 Penn State Defeats No. 23 Iowa in B1G Quarterfinal

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The 23rd-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team fell to fifth-ranked Penn State, 5-1, in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal in University Park, Pennsylvania on Sunday.

Penn State broke a scoreless tie when it scored off of a penalty corner in the eighth minute. Solid defense followed as senior goalkeeper Katie Jones tallied eight saves in the first period to keep the deficit to one goal at the half. The Nittany Lions added to their lead in the second half, scoring in the 46th, 56th, and 59th minute. The Hawkeyes got on the board in the 61st minute as sophomore Katie Birch scored off of a penalty stroke. Penn State responded, scoring in the 69th minute to seal the 5-1 victory.

  • Sophomore Katie Birch scored her team-leading 14th goal of the season in the match. She has posted single-season career highs in goals (14), assists (8), and points (36).
  • Senior Katie Jones made a career-high 10 saves in the loss.


  • Iowa: 7-11; 3-5
  • Eight of Iowa’s 11 losses have come to top-25 teams.

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