BOSTON – The third-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team posted its second straight shutout, downing Boston University, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon at New Balance Field. The win moves the Hawkeyes to 4-0 through the first two weeks of the 2021 season.
Four Hawkeyes contributed on the scoring end, while Iowa’s defense held the Terriers to three shots in the game.
“Today was a total team effort,” said head coach Lisa Cellucci. “It was fantastic to have four different goal scorers and to score in a variety of ways. The backfield was outstanding and handled a lot of pressure from BU with great poise.”
After a quiet first quarter, Iowa broke through in the 26th minute with a goal by senior Lokke Stribos following an assist by freshman Annika Herbine. It was Stribos’ third strike of the season.
Six minutes into the second half, senior Nikki Freeman kept Iowa rolling with another goal with senior Anthe Nijziel being credited with the assist. Senior Leah Zellner made it 3-0 in the 50th minute with Freeman on the assist before senior Ciara Smith’s second goal made it 4-0.
Senior Grace McGuire made one save en route to her second straight shutout. Finished with an 8-1 advantage in penalty corners and they forced two BU goalkeepers to make 10 saves.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH LISA CELLUCCI
“I am so proud of all 27 women and how as a team, we approached this weekend. We are looking forward to playing two games on Grant Field next weekend.”
- The Hawkeyes have out-shot both opponents, 37-5, in two games over the weekend.
- Iowa has scored 15 goals through the first four games of the season.
- The Hawkeyes are 4-0 for the second straight season.
The Hawkeyes will host Ohio and Saint Louis next weekend at Grant Field. Iowa will face the Bobcats on Friday at 3 p.m. (CT) and Billikens at noon (CT) Sunday.