No. 6 Hawkeyes Hit the Road for Dual Weekend

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THIS WEEK
No. 6 University of Iowa field hockey plays Indiana on Friday at 2 p.m. (CT) in Bloomington, Indiana and Louisville on Sunday at 12 p.m. (CT) in Louisville, Kentucky. 

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.  
• Fans can also follow @IowaFieldHockey on Twitter for in-game updates.
• Friday’s game will be streamed live on BTN+ (subscription) and Sunday’s will be on ACC Network Extra. 

WEEKEND RECAP
• No. 6 Iowa faced its third top-2 opponent this season in No. 2 Maryland, falling 3-0. 
• The Hawkeyes ended the weekend on a high note with a 4-1 win over Penn State. The Hawkeyes sit at 10-3 (4-1) on the season. 
• Against Maryland, sophomore Anthe Nijziel notched a defensive save, while the team amassed 12 total shots. Both Iowa and Maryland totaled three corners, Maryland sneaking one goal into the net in each of the final three periods. 
• Against Penn State, Iowa put up 11 shots to Penn State’s six, tallied four goals on one corner, and four assists. Junior Ellie Holley led the team with two assists. 

SCOUTING INDIANA (4-9, 1-5)
• Indiana is 4-9 (1-5) on the season, facing top-25 competition against No. 12 Louisville (L, 5-0), No. 23 Michigan State (W, 4-2), No. 9 Michigan (L, 5-0), No. 12 Ohio State (L, 6-2), No. 19 Rutgers (L, 3-2), and No. 2 Maryland (L, 6-0). 
• Sophomore forward Hailey Couch leads the Hoosiers in goals (8) and total points (17). Nine athletes have tallied assists for Indiana, led by senior Kelsey Guese with four. Geuse also ranks second on the team in goals (4) and total points (12). 
• The Hoosiers have rotated two goalkeepers this season, starting junior Sachi Ananias for 11 games and redshirt sophomore Shelby Querry has played in three. Ananias has ammased 72 saves and allowed 32 goals. Querry accumulated 20 saves in her three appearances and two starts, allowing 10 goals.
• Sachi Anarias ranks second among the Big Ten in saves (72) and saves per game (6.5). Fellow teammate Hailey Couch sits at fourth among the Big Ten in goals (8) and goals per game (.62), as well as tenth in points (17) and points per game (1.31). 
• Kayla Bashore was named head coach of the Indiana field hockey program on Jan. 22, 2019. A former IU Big Ten Player of the Year, two-time All-American and two-time Olympian, Bashore arrived with eight years of collegiate coaching experience, most recently as an assistant coach at Brown University.

IOWA VS. INDIANA — THE SERIES
• The Hawkeyes lead the series 21-7 overall against the Hoosiers, with a 6-3 record in Bloomington, Indiana.
•  Iowa’s last matchup against Indiana was Sept. 16, 2018, where the Hawkeyes shut out Indiana 3-0 at Grant Field. 

SCOUTING NO. 5 LOUISVILLE (10-2, 2-2)
• Lousiville is 10-2 (2-2) on the season, facing top-25 competition against No. 12 Ohio State (W, 2-1), No. 1 North Carolina (L, 1-4), No. 17 Boston College (W, 3-2), No. 20 Wake Forest (W, 3-0), and No. 9 Virginia (L, 1-2). 
• Senior Bethany Russ leads the Cardinals in goals (8) and assists (4). Juniors Mercedes Pastor and Madison Walsh have six goals and three assists a piece. Eleven Cardinals have scored a goal or assist so far this season. 
• The Cardinals have primarily played redshirt junior Hollyn Barr at goalkeeper this season, while playing Sam Minrath in six games. Barr has amassed 21 saves, allowing 10 goals. 
• Justine Sowry is in her ninth season as head coach for the Cardinals. During her time at Louisville, Sowry has guided the Cardinals to 117 wins, four NCAA tournament appearances, a conference title, and a runner-up finish in the ACC Championship. In the eight seasons that Sowry has been at the helm, Lousiville has produced 12 NFHCA All-America selections and 32 All-Region team members.
 
IOWA VS. LOUISVILLE — THE SERIES
• Iowa trails Louisville, 4-7, in all-time matchups. The Hawkeyes are 2-3 when facing the Cardinals in Kentucky. 
• Iowa last faced Louisville in October of 2012, where the Hawkeyes fell 1-2 at Louisville. 
• This weekend’s match will be the first time both opponents are ranked among the top-10 when facing each other. 

WHERE THEY’RE RANKED
• Iowa not only ranks sixth nationally, but holds high marks among statistical categories across the NCAA. 
• Iowa holds top ten stats in goals per game (7th), scoring average (7th), scoring margin (7th), win percentage (tie-8th), total points per game (9th), and assists per game (10th). 
• Iowa sits in second place of the Big Ten standings (4-1), and ranks second with marks in shots (238), points (119), and goals (43) behind No. 2 Maryland. Iowa second behind Ohio State in goals per game (3.31) and ranks third in assists (33) and assists per game behind Maryland and Michigan. 

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING 
• Junior Maddy Murphy leads the team in goals (6), followed by sophomores Leah Zellner, Anthe Nijziel, and Lokke Sribos, and seniors Katie Birch and Sophie Sunderland  who all have five goals so far this year. Seven additional Hawkeyes have scored at least one goal. 
• Birch leads the team and ranks second in the Big Ten in assists (8), followed by Maddy Murphy (7), and Ellie Holley (6).
• Murphy ranks fourth in the Big Ten in total points (19), while Birch ranks second in total assists (8) and third in assists per game (.62). 
• 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 21 saves this season and has allowed only 11 goals in as many games. Sophomore Grace McGuire recorded four saves in her start over No. 18 Rutgers. 

B1G COMPETITION
The Big Ten Conference boasts six ranked programs in the latest 2019 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll: No. 2 Maryland, No. 6 Iowa, No. 9 Michigan, No. 10 Northwestern, No. 18 Rutgers, and No. 21 Ohio State. 

LOOKING AHEAD 
The Hawkeyes host their final home match of the year for senior day against Northwestern on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 12 p.m. (CT). Admission is free. 

 

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