Iowa Splits 2-game series with Maryland

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The No. 2 University of Iowa field hockey team (10-3, 5-2) defeated No. 13 Maryland (6-4, 4-2), 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at Grant Field.

The matchup is Iowa’s fourth win over Maryland in program history and first win over the Terrapins since 1994. In the 27-year span, the teams met twice at the NCAA Final Four (1999, 2004), in the 2011 NCAA Tournament First Round, and in the 2018 Big Ten Tournament.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

The Hawkeyes outshot the Terrapins in the first quarter, 4-1, and continued to do so all game.

After a scoreless half, Iowa started gaining momentum. Junior Anthe Nijziel notched Iowa’s first goal off a penalty corner with an assist from senior Ellie Holley.

Not long after, senior Maddy Murphy turned around to score another goal unassisted, boosting the Hawkeyes’ lead to 2-0.

In the fourth quarter, off another penalty corner, Stribos launched the ball up to Murphy, who tapped it in to seal the win over the Terrapins.

NOTABLES 

  • The last time the Hawkeyes defeated the Terrapins was 27 years ago, while Coach Cellucci was a Hawkeye freshman on the team.
  • Iowa out shot Maryland, 12-4. 
  • Iowa had a 7-4 advantage on penalty corners.  
  • Iowa controlled the pace of the game, allowing one shot on goal for Maryland saved by senior Grace McGuire and the Hawkeyes’ seventh shutout win on the season.

UP NEXT 

The No. 2 Hawkeyes will travel to Northwestern to face the No. 3 Wildcats on Thursday, April 15 at 4 p.m. (CT) and Saturday, April 17 at noon (CT) in Evanston, Illinois.