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Hawkeyes Face Michigan In Final Regular Season Game
Iowa will battle the Wolverines Sunday at 2 p.m. at Grant Field
Senior Lauren Pfeiffer and the Hawkeyes face Michigan Sunday at 2 p.m.  The game can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.
Senior Lauren Pfeiffer and the Hawkeyes face Michigan Sunday at 2 p.m. The game can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.
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Oct. 28, 2008

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    The University of Iowa field hockey team (12-4, 3-2) returns to Iowa City for its final regular season game. Iowa will battle Michigan Sunday at 2 p.m. at Grant Field. The game will be televised live by the Big Ten Network. Dan Gutowsky and Kara Lenz will call the game.

    Michigan enters Sunday's match with a record of 8-9 overall and 3-2 in Big Ten Conference play. They are currently receiving votes in this week's STX/NFHCA rankings. The Wolverines have defeated Stanford (5-1), Ball State (4-3), Saint Louis (10-0), Northwestern (3-0), Temple (3-1), Ohio State (3-2), Central Michigan (5-2), Michigan State (1-0). Michigan lost to North Carolina (6-0), Wake Forest (2-0), Maryland (3-1), Albany (3-2), Connecticut (3-0), California (3-2), Indiana (2-1), Kent State (1-0) and Penn State (3-0). Michigan is led by Head Coach Nancy Cox. She is in her fourth season at the helm of the Wolverine program.

    Iowa and Michigan split two matches in 2007. The Wolverines defeated the Hawkeyes in the regular season, 3-2, in double overtime at Ann Arbor, MI. Iowa then defeated Michigan, 4-1, in the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament to win its second straight tournament championship.

    The Hawkeyes are 37-12 all-time against the Wolverines. This includes a record of 13-6 against the Maize and Blue in Iowa City.

    The Hawkeyes are ranked ninth in the latest STX/NFHCA rankings. Iowa is also ranked ninth in Women'sFieldHockey.com's latest poll. Iowa has played or will play nine of the STX/NFHCA top 20 this season. In addition, the Hawkeyes have played or will play four of the teams receiving votes in the latest poll. The Big Ten Conference currently has four teams ranked in the top 20. Penn State sits at eighth in the latest rankings. Joining the Nittany Lions are the Hawkeyes (No. 9), Michigan State (No. 10), and Ohio State (No. 19). Michigan and Indiana are receiving votes in the latest rankings. The Hawkeyes have been ranked in the top 20 of the NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll for 20 straight weeks dating back to 2006. In 2007 and 2008, the Hawkeyes have yet to fall out of the top 10 of the poll.

    The Iowa field hockey team will appear on the Big Ten Network more than any other conference school this season - three times. Iowa's games at Penn State on Oct. 10 and at Michigan State on Oct. 25 were both televised by the Network. The Hawkeyes' final home match against Michigan (Oct. 27) will be shown live at 2 p.m.

    The Big Ten Conference Monday named University of Iowa senior back Lauren Pfeiffer Offensive Player of the Week for her play in Iowa's victory at No. 8 Michigan State this weekend. This is Pfeiffer's third career Big Ten weekly honor and second this season. Saturday, the Mt. Laurel, NJ, native led the 10th-ranked Hawkeyes in a 4-3, overtime victory over Michigan State. The senior recorded two goals and a defensive save in the contest against the eighth-ranked Spartans. Her second goal of the day came in the 81st minute of play and was the game-winner for Iowa. Pfeiffer played every minute of the game.

    "Lauren dominated both sides of the ball Saturday," said Head Coach Tracey Griesbaum. "She took charge offensively and defensively and showed a lot of determination. Lauren is playing well at the right time of the season and is providing great leadership."

    Iowa has earned six weekly honors this year, including a four week stretch where a Hawkeye was honored each week. Iowa leads the Big Ten in weekly honors earned.

    Caitlin McCurdy	Sept. 1	Offensive
    Caroline Blaum	Sept. 15	Offensive
    M. Beamesderfer	Sept. 22	Defensive
    Roz Ellis	         Sept. 29	Defensive
    Lauren Pfeiffer	Oct. 6	Defensive
    Lauren Pfeiffer	Oct. 27	Offensive

    The Hawkeyes will play their final game of the regular season Sunday when they battle the Michigan Wolverines at 2 p.m. at Grant Field. It will be the final contest at Grant Field this season. Following the conclusion of the regular season, Iowa will prepare to defend its back-to-back Big Ten Tournament championships beginning Nov. 6 in Bloomington, IN. Seeding will be determined by the outcomes of Big Ten conference matches this weekend. The first rounds of the NCAA Tournament will begin Nov. 15 at specified locations.

    The Iowa Hawkeye field hockey program reached its 500th all-time victory with a win over American Friday, Sept. 5. With the 4-1 victory at Grant Field, Iowa reached the plateau with an all-time record of 500-177-25.

    Senior Lauren Pfeiffer recorded two goals Saturday in Iowa's 4-3, overtime victory at Michigan State. In the process, Pfeiffer scored career goals 46 and 47 and moved into 10th place all-time on Iowa's career goals list. She passed Kris Fillat who lettered at Iowa from 1988-92. Fillat had 46 career goals. Pfeiffer trails Diane DeMiro for ninth place. DeMiro finished with 48 career goals.

    Career Goals
    1.	Kristy Gleason (89-93)	132
    2.	Anne-Marie Thomas (79-82)	88
    3.	Marcia Pankratz (82-85)	76
    	Erica Richards (86-89)	76
    5.	Liz Tchou (84-87)		75
    6.	Ellen Egan (80-83)		68
    7.	Kerry Lessard (95-98)	64
    8.	Kelly Flanagan (77-80)	62
    9.	Diane DeMiro (93-96)	48
    10.	Lauren Pfeiffer (2005 - )	47

    Head Coach Tracey Griesbaum celebrated her 100th win at the University of Iowa with a 3-2 victory at Stanford Sept. 13. She has a record of 105-60 all-time at the helm of the Hawkeye program. Griesbaum won her 100th game as a head coach last season.

    The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) has announced its ninth Hall of Fame class and former Iowa Head Coach Beth Beglin (1988-99) and player Dawn Chamberlin (1981-85) are two of the six to be honored as part of the Class of 2008. Beglin and Chamberlin will be inducted Jan. 17, 2009, at the 2009 NFHCA Hall of Fame Luncheon in Philadelphia.

    Beglin was one of the nation's most decorated field hockey coaches while coaching the Iowa Hawkeyes for 12 seasons. Beglin had over 20 years of experience as a player and coach. She boasted a 199-57-3 (.774) career record on the Iowa sidelines. She led the Black and Gold to seven regular-season Big Ten championships, one conference tournament title and 10 NCAA tournament appearances, with trips to the Final Four seven of those 10 seasons. Four of Iowa's seven Big Ten titles, under Beglin, came with perfect 10-0 league records. Beglin was honored as the 1992, '95 and '96 Big Ten Coach of the Year. In 1992, she was recognized as the National Coach of the Year after guiding Iowa to a 20-1 record and a national runner-up finish. Beglin was also a six-time regional Coach of the Year (1990, '92, '94, '95 and '96). Under her tutelage, 33 Hawkeyes earned all-American laurels. As a team, the Hawkeyes won an NCAA-record, 40-straight home games on Grant Field.

    Chamberlin is a 1985 graduate of the University of Iowa, where she was a four-year letterwinner. The Hawkeyes won the Big Ten championship outright from 1981 to 1983, before sharing the top spot in 1984. The `84 squad finished second in the nation. Chamberlin, Iowa's co-captain as both a junior and senior, was also a member of the national indoor championship team and was selected to the all-Big Ten team her senior year. While at Iowa, she also received the Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Academic Award (1982-1985) and the Physical Education Academic Achievement Award (1983-1985).

    The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten Conference in several team high catergories. Iowa is tied with Michigan State for the most points in one game (27, vs. Central Michigan, Sept. 19). The Hawkeyes are tied with Michigan State for most assists in one game (9, twice, last vs. Central Michigan). In addition, Iowa is tied with the Spartans for most shots in one contest (39, vs. Missouri State, Oct. 5).

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