IOWA CITY, Iowa – Freshman Dionne van Aalsum recorded her third-straight hat trick as the top-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team recorded its fifth shutout of the season over Vermont, 5-0, on Friday afternoon at Grant Field. The Hawkeyes improved to 7-0 on the season.
“We were pretty confident with how we thought they were going to play,” said associate head coach Michael Boal. “They came out pretty similar, we didn’t quite connect with the final pass to get us the momentum, that we eventually got in the game. We kept trying, kept working on it, and kept moving the ball. It worked out in the end.”
Van Aalsum started off the scoring in the third minute of the game after capitalizing off a penalty corner, she was assisted by junior Annika Herbine and junior Lieve Schalk.
Schalk closed out the half with an unassisted goal in the 29th minute.
Fifth year Sofie Stribos extended the Hawkeye lead three minutes into the second half with a goal off an assist from van Aalsum.
Less than two minutes later, van Aalsum found the back of the goal to extend her streak of multi-goal games to seven. The Castricum, Netherlands, native finished her day with a hat trick after scoring her third goal in the 59th minute of the game off an assist from Herbine and Schalk.
– Iowa’s defense has only allowed 43 shots (18 on goal) this season.
– The Hawkeyes entered the weekend leading the country in shutouts per game (.67).
– Sophomore Mia Magnotta has only allowed three goals in 419 minutes of action this season.
– Magnotta has been in net for all five of Iowa’s shutouts.
– van Aalsum has had multiple goals in every game this season and she leads the nation with 19 goals.
– She has 11 goals in her last three games and has recorded at least two goals in every game this season.
The Hawkeyes continue play in Iowa City against Merrimack on Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT).