The 10th-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team heads west to Stanford, Calif., for three games Sept. 7-10. The Hawkeyes play No. 16 Stanford at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, before facing Pacific on Sunday and UC Davis on Monday. The Pacific and UC Davis games will both begin at 1 p.m. All times are Central. All three games will be played at Stanford's Varsity Field Hockey Turf.
ON THE NET
Iowa field hockey fans can follow the Hawkeyes with live stats (Gametracker) on hawkeyesports.com. Click on the "Gametracker" link found on both the front page and the field hockey schedule page.
The Hawkeyes game against Stanford will be aired live on the Pac-12 Network. Leah Secondo will do play-by-play, while Kara Lentz will be the color analyst. Lentz has Big Ten ties, as she played at Michigan from 2003-2006, earning second team All-Big Ten honors in 2006. Lentz played for former Iowa All-American Marcia Pankratz at Michigan.
Stanford enters Friday's contest with a 3-3 record. All three of Stanford's losses have come against opponents that are currently ranked, including two from the Big Ten (Northwestern, Michigan State). The Cardinal boast a balanced offensive attack, as 10 different individuals have scored at least one goal and four players share the team lead with three goals. Stanford is coached by Tara Danielson.
Pacific owns a 2-2 record this season. The Tigers posted victories against Saint Louis (5-3) and Bryant (2-1). Four players have scored a team-high two goals for Pacific this season. Junior Emily Tregoning paces Linda MacDonald's team with seven points (two goals, three assists).
SCOUTING UC DAVIS
UC Davis is 3-1 during its 2012 campaign with wins against Saint Louis (3-0), La Salle (4-1), and Bryant (3-1). The Aggies are led by Cloey LemMon, who leads the team in goals (5) and points (12). Head coach Vianney Campos and the Aggies face No. 18 Drexel on Sept. 5 before playing the Hawkeyes.
Iowa holds a 12-4 advantage all-time against Stanford. The Cardinal have won the last two meetings in overtime, defeating the Hawkeyes 2-1 in 2010 and 3-2 in 2009. Iowa won the last time the two teams met at Stanford, downing the Cardinal, 3-2, on Sept. 13, 2008. The Hawkeyes are 6-0 all-time vs. Pacific, including a 4-0 victory in 2011. Four of the six games between the two teams have been played at a neutral site. Iowa will meet UC Davis for the first time in program history Monday.
PENN MONTO/NFHCA RANKINGS
The Hawkeyes moved up to No. 10 in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I National Coaches Poll. The Hawkeyes, who received 303 points, were previously 12th in the preseason rankings. Iowa is one of two Big Ten Conference teams in the top 10 in the poll, and one of six in the rankings. Penn State is ranked eighth, followed by Iowa (10), Northwestern (11), Michigan (15), Michigan State (20) and Ohio State (23). Ten Hawkeye opponents are in the top-25 of the rankings, including top-ranked North Carolina, who handed Iowa its lone defeat of the season on Aug. 26.
LAST TIME OUT
Iowa routed Missouri State, 10-0, in its home-opener at Grant Field on Sept. 2. The Hawkeyes received two goals apiece from senior Jessica Barnett, junior Marike Stribos, and freshman Natalie Cafone. The Iowa defense stifled the Bears, as Missouri State did not attempt a shot the entire game. In all, the Hawkeyes outshot the Bears 35-0. Goalkeeper Kathleen McGraw picked up the win for Iowa.
IOWA SETS TEAM HIGHS
The Hawkeyes set or tied three high totals for the Big Ten this season against Missouri State on Sept. 2. Iowa set the team-high for goals (10) and points (26) and tied the high assist mark of six. The Hawkeyes also became the first team in the conference this season to hold an opponent without a shot. In addition, the Hawkeyes 35 shots were the second-most in the Big Ten this season.
Senior Jessica Barnett leads the Hawkeyes with three goals. Two of her three goals have been game-winners, including an overtime goal against No. 13 Wake Forest on Aug. 25. Barnett currently ranks first in the Big Ten with 2.0 goals per game, second in game-winning goals, third in points per game (2.0), sixth in goals and eighth in total points (6). The North Vancouver, Canada, native has scored 21 career goals in 59 games for the Hawkeyes.
Seniors Geena Lesiak assisted on three of the Hawkeyes 10 goals against Missouri State on Sept. 2. The three assists in one game are the most by any Big Ten athlete this season. Lesiak's three helpers this season are tied for first in the Big Ten. Her 1.0 assist per game average is also tops in the Big Ten. Lesiak, a four-year starter from Vorhees, N.J., has tallied 12 assists in 59 games in an Iowa uniform.
CAFONE GETS ON THE BOARD
Freshman Natalie Cafone scored the first two goals of her Hawkeye career against Missouri State on Sept. 2. Her first collegiate goal came at the 20:45 mark of the first half via a Geena Lesiak assist. Cafone added her second goal at the 40:20 mark.
Seniors Jessica Barnett and Kathleen McGraw will serve as team captains for the Hawkeyes in 2012. Barnett and McGraw were both team captains in 2011. Barnett was an All-America and All-Big Ten selection after ranking second on the team in goals (11) and points (24) as a junior. McGraw led the Big Ten with five shutouts and a .768 save percentage that ranked 15th nationally. The Atherton, Calif., native also ranked second in the league with 106 saves (5.3 per game).
The Hawkeyes have 21 student-athletes on their roster; five freshmen, five sophomores, five juniors and six seniors.
Iowa returns 15 letterwinners, including nine starters. Four of the nine starters are seniors (Jessica Barnett, Sarah Drake, Geena Lesiak, Kathleen McGraw). All four will become fourth-year starters in 2012.
Offensively, Iowa returns nine of the 11 players that netted a goal in 2011. The nine returnees accounted for 64 percent of the team's goals (42-of-66) and 68 percent of the team's points (114-of-167).
Seven Hawkeyes hail from New Jersey, four from Pennsylvania, two from California and Canada, and one from Belgium, Delaware, Germany, Maryland, Michigan, and Virginia.
Five members of the Iowa roster were also teammates in high school. Corinne Allen, Geena Lesiak and Kelsey Mitchell all played at Eastern Regional High School in New Jersey, while Jessica Barnett and Karli Johansen competed for Handsworth Secondary School in North Vancouver, Canada.
HAWKEYES TO HOST BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
Iowa will host the Big Ten Tournament at Grant Field in 2012. The tournament will begin with first round play on Nov. 1, followed by semifinal action on Nov. 2 and the championship game on Nov. 4. The Hawkeyes will host the conference tournament at Grant Field for a third time in 2012. Iowa City previously hosted the event in 1997 and 2005.
THE HAWKEYES ON BTN
Six University of Iowa field hockey regular season contests will be available via live coverage during the 2012 season. Two Hawkeye games will be televised on the BTN, while four contests will be streamed on BTN.com. All seven games at the 2012 Big Ten Tournament at Grant Field will also feature live coverage. Iowa hosts the tournament Nov. 1-4. Below is a complete list of the Iowa broadcast schedule:
2012 Iowa Live Coverage Schedule
Sept. 16 - vs. Albany (BTN.com)
Sept. 30 - vs. Ohio State (BTN.com)
Oct. 5 - at Indiana (BTN)
Oct. 21 - vs. Ball State (BTN.com)
Oct. 26 - vs. Michigan (BTN)
Oct. 28 - vs. Northwestern (BTN.com)
2012 Big Ten Tournament (Iowa City, Iowa)
Nov. 1 - First Round - 3 Games (BTN.com)
Nov. 2 - Semifinals (BTN)
Nov. 4 - Championship (BTN)
NO SUMMER BREAK
Eight Hawkeyes competed nationally or internationally this summer. Five of the eight competed on the Midwest Senior High Performance Team. UI head coach Tracey Griesbaum served as an assistant coach for the squad. Assistant coach Meghan Beamesderfer also played on the team and was selected to the National Developmental Team. Listed below are Iowa student-athletes that competed this summer:
Canadian National Team
Midwest Senior High Performance Team
California High Performance Team
National Developmental Team selections
TCHOU SELECTED TO IOWA HALL OF FAME
Former Hawkeye Liz Tchou will officially become a member of the National Iowa Varsity Club Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 14, the night before the Iowa football team hosts Northern Iowa. Tchou will be joined by four other former Iowa athletes in the 2012 class, the 24th class to be inducted.
Tchou was a standout at Iowa from 1984-1987, becoming the first female in Iowa history to have her number retired. Tchou led the Hawkeyes to the 1986 National Championship, as she paced Iowa with 15 goals. She was a first team All-American in 1987 after leading the team in goals (30) and points (65). Tchou scored 75 career goals, a mark that still stands fifth in the Iowa record books. She was a four-time All-Big Ten first team selection, twice being named Big Ten Conference MVP. Tchou was also a two-time Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient at Iowa. Following her Hawkeye career, she played for the U.S. Women's National Team from 1989-95 and was a member of the 1996 Olympic Team. She is currently the Youth Development Manager for U.S.A. Field Hockey.
HEAD COACH Tracey Griesbaum
Head coach Tracey Griesbaum enters her 13th season as the Hawkeyes' head coach. Griesbaum owns a 142-92 record at Iowa and a 155-113 career record. At Iowa, she has mentored 16 national All-Americans, 45 regional All-Americas, 44 All-Big Ten selections, three Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award winners and two Big Ten Freshman of the Year honorees. She is joined on the coaching staff by associate head coach Lisa Celluucci, who also enters her 13th year as a member of the coaching staff, and assistant coach Meghan Bemesderfer, who returns to the sidelines for her second season.
FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES
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The Hawkeyes return to Iowa City to face No. 21 Albany at Grant Field on Sept. 16. The game is scheduled to start at noon (CT) and will be streamed live on BTN.com.