IOWA CITY, Iowa – The ninth-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team received an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, it was announced during Sunday’s NCAA Selection Show. It is the program’s 27th NCAA appearance all-time.
The Hawkeyes (11-7) will travel to Evanston, Illinois, to face Virginia on Friday at 2:30 p.m. (CT) in the Sweet 16. The game will be played at Northwestern’s Lakeside Field.
Iowa will also be in a pod with No. 2 national seed Northwestern, Miami (Ohio) and Rider. Miami and Rider meet on Nov. 9 for a chance to move on to face the Wildcats. The two winners will play on Nov. 13 for a spot in the Final Four.
The NCAA appearance is a fifth straight under head coach Lisa Cellucci. Iowa’s 27 appearances are the most of any school as a member of the Big Ten Conference.
Virginia is 13-7 overall and finished 3-3 in ACC play in 2022. The Cavaliers advanced to the championship game of the ACC Tournament before falling to top-seeded and No. 1-ranked North Carolina, 3-2.
The Hawkeyes enter NCAA play with an 11-7 overall record.