No. 4 Hawkeyes Rally Past No. 17 JMU

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Two fourth-quarter goals send the fourth-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over No. 17 James Madison on Sunday morning at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex.

The Hawkeyes capitalized on their second penalty corner of the fourth quarter when sophomore Annika Herbine got a stick on a deflection to tie the game at one in the 50th minute. Seniors Anthe Nijziel and Sofie Stribos assisted on the goal.

Less than two minutes later, Iowa continued applying pressure and senior Ellie Flynn found an opening in the circle after receiving a pass from sophomore Lieve Schalk. Flynn fired a shot past JMU’s Brandelynn Heinbaugh for her first goal of the season and her first career game-winning strike.

The win moves Iowa’s record to 10-3 overall. It is the seventh time in head coach Lisa Cellucci’s nine seasons that the Hawkeyes have reached the 10 win mark.

The Dukes grabbed the early lead against Iowa, scoring in the sixth minute when Mikenna Allen’s shot found the back of the cage. It was the second straight game Iowa surrendered a first-quarter goal.

The Hawkeyes peppered 11 shots at Heinbaugh, but the JMU goalkeeper made eight saves before surrendering two fourth-quarter goals.

– Flynn’s goal is her first since the 2021 season. It was her third career goal overall.
– It is the fifth straight season the Hawkeyes have won at least 10 games.
– Herbine’s goal was her seventh of the season, which are the second-most on the team.
– Schalk’s assist was her ninth of the season.

The Hawkeyes return to action Oct. 14, traveling to Columbus, Ohio, to face Ohio State at 2 p.m. (CT).