Aug. 28, 2007
The 10th-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team travels to Durham, NC to play No. 4 Duke on Sunday and William & Mary on Monday. Both games are scheduled to start at noon (CT).
The fourth-ranked Duke Blue Devils return two all-American midfielders in first-team selection Laura Suchoski and third-team selection Marian Dickinson.
Last week, the Blue Devils split a pair of games at the Champions Tournament, hosted by Michigan State. Their first game was a 2-1 loss to Ohio University. Duke bounced back with a 2-0 win over No. 14 Louisville.
The Blue Devils have been out-shot by their opponents 26-18 and out-cornered 15-7.
William & Mary (2-0)
William & Mary received the 24th most votes in the NFHCA preseason poll. It returns the leading goal scorer from a year ago in senior, forward Kim Hedley (9).
Last week, the Tribe went 2-0 against Lock Haven (4-2) and Fairfield (5-0).
Freshman Rebecca Wagner has attempted three shots and has converted all of the them, accounting for three of the Tribe's nine goals.
William & Mary has out-shot its opponents 32-14 and out-cornered them 16-7.
PreSeason Top Ten
The Hawkeyes are ranked No. 10 in the first NFHCA poll. The next set of rankings will be released Sept. 4.
Iowa will play 10 of the top 20 teams during the season, including the second (Wake Forest, 3-0 win), third (North Carolina, 5-2 loss) and fourth (Duke) ranked teams in its first three games.
The Hawkeyes earned a 1-1 record in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The first game for the Hawkeyes came against Wake Forest, the 2006 national runner-up. Iowa out-scored the Demon Deacons 3-0. Two of the goals came from junior Lauren Pfeiffer.
North Carolina was the second game for Iowa. The first half was a struggle for the Hawkeyes, giving up five goals and scoring zero in return. The Hawkeyes scored two goals and held the Tar Heels scoreless in the second half, but still lost, 5-2.
Lauren Pfeiffer began where she left off last season. Pfeiffer recorded two goals and one assist against No. 2 Wake Forest.
Last season, she scored five goals in three games, carrying the Hawkeyes to a Big Ten Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
It's Great To Be A Hawkeye
Meridith Thorpe joined the Iowa coaching staff this offseason.
Before coming to coach the Hawkeyes, she was the head coach at The Covenant School in Charlottesville, NC (2006). Before coaching in high school she was an assistant coach at Virginia (six season) and Ohio State (two season).
Thorpe graduated from the University of Virginia in 1999. She holds the Atlantic Coast Conference and Virginia records for career points and career goals.
She has spent time on the U.S. National Team, the Under-21 team and Under-18 team.
Munley Records Shutout
Junior goalkeeper Lissa Munley recorded her fourth career shutout against No. 2 Wake Forest. The last time the Demon Deacons were shutout was in the 2006 national championship game against Maryland (1-0).
Munley had five saves against Wake Forest.
Roz Scores One
Junior back Roz Ellis scored her first goal of the season against Wake Forest, continuing her streak of one goal in each of her seasons as a Hawkeye.
Ellis has started every game at Iowa, recording three goals and two assists, along with many great defensive stops.
Munley Leads Big Ten
Lissa Munley and Haley Exner of Indiana are the only two goalkeepers in the Big Ten to record a shutout this season.
Second In the Big Ten
Lauren Pfeiffer has recorded the second most goals in the Big Ten so far with two. Alex Quinn of Northwestern is atop the Big Ten with three goals.
Lissa Munley is also ranked second for saves made with 11. Paige Pickett of Michigan has 12.
William & Mary assistant coach Quan Nim graduated from the University of Iowa in 1999.
While playing for the Hawkeyes, she was a second-team all-American and a first-team all-Big Ten selection.
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