No. 7 Hawkeyes Take on No. 18 Rutgers, UC Davis

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The seventh-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team hosts No. 18 Rutgers (Friday, 2 p.m. CT) and UC Davis  (Sunday, 12 p.m. CT) this weekend at Grant Field. Admission is free. 

• Friday,  Oct. 4 – The marketing staff will be handing out free travel bag tags.
• Sunday, Oct. 6 — Pink Day – Prior to the game there will Free Pink Poms while supplies last

• Iowa field hockey fans can follow all contests via live stats on Click on the “Live Stats” link found on the field hockey schedule page.  
• Fans can also follow @IowaFieldHockey on Twitter for live in-game updates.
• Both games will be streamed live on BTN+ (subscription). 

• No. 8 Iowa defeated No. 14 Ohio State, 2-1, and No. 24 Michigan State, 5-0, at Grant Field last weekend, improving its overall record, 7-2 (2-0). 
• Sophomore Leah Zellner took matters into her own hands on Friday against the Buckeyes, scoring both of the Hawkeyes goals. It was her first career game with multiple goals.
• Against the Spartans, junior Ellie Holley scored three goals, earning her first career hat trick. Sophomore Lokke Stribos scored on a corner with an assist from senior Katie Birch, and junior Maddy Murphy added her fifth goal of the season to round out the Hawkeyes five goals.

SCOUTING NO. 18 RUTGERS (4-4, 0-1)
• Rutgers is 4-4 (0-1) on the season, facing top-25 competition against then No. 4 UConn (L, 2-0), No. 17 Saint Joseph’s (L, 2-1), No. 9 Delaware (L, 1-0), No. 6 Princeton (W, 2-1), and No. 4 Maryland (L, 2-1).
• Senior Austyn Cuneo and junior Katie Larmour lead the Scarlet Knights in goals (4). Cuneo also leads the team in assists (4).
• Junior goalkeeper Gianna Glatz has 35 saves on the season. 
• Rutgers’ coaching staff is headed by Meredith Civico, who is in her eighth season, leading the team to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 32 years in 2018.

• The Hawkeyes lead the series 6-3-1 all-time and 2-1 at home against Rutgers. The Hawkeyes’ last win against the Scarlet Knights was during the 2015 season with a 4-3 score.

• UC Davis is 5-3 on the season, facing top-25 competition against then No. 25 Michigan State (L, 2-1) and No. 8  Louisville (L, 2-1)
• Seven Aggies have scored this season. Senior Tatiana Arias, junior Sara Janetzky, and sophomore Shannon Wong are leading UC Davis with two goals. Seven athletes have recorded an assist.
• Senior goalkeeper Chelsea Bigelow has 42 saves and four shutouts on the season.
• Head coach Britt Broady is in her third season at the helm for the Aggies. With 16 years of coaching experience at American University, Louisville, Duke and with USA Field Hockey, UC Davis will continue to make great strides in becoming one of the America East Conference’s premiere teams –both from an academic and athletic standpoint — in 2019. 

• Iowa leads the series all-time against the Aggies 5-0, including two wins at Grant Field.
• The last matchup between the two programs was in 2017. The Hawkeyes defeated UC Davis, 4-0. 

• Seniors Sophie Sunderland and Katie Birch and junior Maddy Murphy lead the team in goals (5), followed junior Ellie Holley with four. Four additional Hawkeyes have multiple goals.
• 12 Hawkeyes have scored at least one goal so far this season. 
• Birch leads the team in assists with six thus far, followed by Maddy Murphy with four. 
• Two Hawkeyes have recorded hat tricks this season including Sunderland and Holley. Sunderland recorded hers in the 11-0 win against Central Michigan  and Holley’s was against Michigan State in Iowa’s 5-0 win.
• Senior goalkeeper Leslie Speight has 20 saves this season and has allowed only 10 goals in nine games Iowa’s defensive efforts have forced numerous turnovers, keeping pressure away from the net.  
• The Hawkeyes have scored 34 goals this season from 12 athletes. 

• The Big Ten Conference boasts seven ranked programs in the latest 2019 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. Five teams are among the top-15 (Maryland, Northwestern, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State). Rutgers and Michigan State remain ranked, sitting at No.18 and No. 24, respectively. The Nittany Lions and Hoosiers are the only unranked Big Ten programs. 

• Senior Sophie Sunderland was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced  September 9. This is Sunderland’s first weekly honor of the season and second of her career. She was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week in 2016.
• Sunderland, a native of Ipswich, England, recorded her second career hat trick in Iowa’s 11-0 victory over Central Michigan. She scored in the 27th, 51st, and the 55th minute, recording the Hawkeyes’ first hat trick of the season.
• On Sunday Sept. 8th, Sunderland was key in keeping the ball moving downfield quickly, allowing opportunities for her teammates to score in their 3-1 victory over Columbia.

• The Hawkeyes return 18 letterwinners from last season. 
• 10 of Iowa’s 18 letterwinners saw action in all 21 contests during the 2018 season. 
• Iowa welcomes four freshman, including Amy Gaiero, Sofie Stribos, Esme Gibson, and Ellie Flynn.

Iowa hits the road next weekend to compete at Maryland and Penn State. The Hawkeyes take on the Terrapins on Friday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. (CT) and the Nittany Lions on Sunday, Oct. 13 at noon (CT). The matchup at Penn State will be televised on BTN.