Sep 5, 2013
FOR THE 14TH TIME
The Last Meeting
September 7, 2008
Saint Louis, Mo.
Hoosiers Shutout the Billikens to Close Weekend
The Indiana field hockey team finished up a two-game slate in St. Louis on Sunday, knocking off the Saint Louis Billikens by a score of 4-0. Sophomore goal keeper Alex Mann picked up her first shutout of the season, recording five saves to keep Saint Louis off the scoreboard.
The Indiana field hockey program will play in its 14th season of action this fall. The Hoosiers have posted a 116-123 record through the first 13 seasons, including an NCAA Postseason Tournament appearance in the 2009 campaign. Indiana has produced 24 All-Big Ten selections and 24 NFCHA All-Region honorees in program history.
Indiana will host Saint Louis in its official home opener this Friday, Sept. 6 when the Billikins visit the IUFH Complex for a 3 p.m. ET contest. The Hoosiers are 8-5 in home openers and have won the past four consecitive games when opening up the home portion of the schedule.
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
The Hoosiers will see the Billikins for the eighth time in program history, owning a 5-2 advantage in the all-time series. IU has taken the past five meetings in a stretch that dates back to the 2002 campaign. Both teams have not squared off since 2008, when Indiana blanked SLU 4-0 on the road.
Saint Louis will bring an 0-2 record this weekend, with losses against Robert Morris and Central Michigan.
LOOKING AT RADFORD
Indiana and Radford will meet for just the second time program history this Sunday, Sept. 8. The Hoosiers’ lone contest with the Highlanders dates back seven years ago when IU took a 5-3 decision over Radford in 2007.
The Highlanders are 0-2 in the early onset of the season, with setbacks dealt by William and Mary as well as Miami (Ohio).
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Not only will this weekend serve as the Hoosiers' home opener, but it will kick-off an eight-game stretch of consecutive home contests for the Hoosiers - the longest home stretch in program history.
LAST TIME OUT
The Hoosiers traveled to Durham, N.C. last weekend for a pair of games against nationally ranked opponents to open the 2013 regular season. Indiana started the weekend at No. 10 Duke, eventually falling 5-0 to the Blue Devils. Against No. 17 Drexel, the Hoosiers dropped a 2-0 decision to the Dragons to drop to 0-2 on the season.
Despite the 0-2 start, goalkeeper Maggie Olson made seven saves in each contest. Her seven stops ties the second most in a single game for the redshirt-junior, matching her seven-save effort against Ohio on Sept. 9, 2012. Her 14 saves so far this season also paces the Big Ten conference.
On August 24, the Hoosiers hosted Louisville in exhibition play at the IUFH Complex. The two teams faced off in two 25-minute periods followed by a 20-minute session. Both squads then went into a simulated 10-minute overtime period follwed by two shootout rounds - a best of five scenario and a sudden victory round.
Both teams ended in a 4-4 tie through the first three rounds and overtime and split in the shootout rounds.
After Louisville opened up the game with a goal in the ninth minute of play, the Hoosiers answered with Kate Barber’s score in the 14th minute. Kayla Cunningham put Indiana ahead 2-1 in the second 25-minute session, but the Cardinals would net two unanswered to take a 4-2 lead. In the 73rd minute, Audra Heilman found Corinne Karch who found the back of the cage and bring Indiana within one. In the simulated overtime period, IU’s Mollie Getzfread found the ball off the rebound and fired it back between the posts to tally the “game-winner.” From there, the two teams went into a best-of-five shootout where Louisville would outscore the Hoosiers 3-2, but Indiana would take the sudden victory round as the Cardinals could not answer Heilman’s make in IU’s first try.
SIX JOIN THE MIX
The Hoosiers welcome six new faces to the 2013 roster this year. Kate Barber, Kayla Cunningham, Morgan Dye, Malia Fujisawa, Katie Johnson, Hannah McDermott will don the Cream and Crimson uniform in their first collegiate season this fall.
A trio of Hoosiers were selected to serve as captains for the 2013 season. Hannah Boyer, Audra Heilman and Maggie Olson were chosen by their teammates to fill the role of captain this fall.
The Indiana field hockey team will be featured on the Big Ten Network at least twice during the regular season, the Network announced on Monday, Aug. 12.
The Hoosiers’ home contest with Michigan State on Friday, October 3 will be aired on BTN at 3 p.m. ET as well as Indiana’s 3 p.m. ET October 18 home matchup with Northwestern.
- Maggie Olson is leading the Big Ten conference in saves (14) and ranks second in saves per game (7.0).
- Audra Heilman’s 4.0 shots per game ties the second-most amongst Big Ten players, and her eight shots matches the sixth-most in the conference.
- Indiana returns 16 letterwinners for the 2013 campaign, including 2012 All-Big Ten selections Audra Heilman and Hannah Boyer.
- Audra Heilman, Hannah Boyer and Danielle McNally were all named to the 2013 Big Ten Players to Watch list.
- The returning members of this year’s team accounted for 80 out of 118 points tallied in 2012.
- Audra Heilman and Sydney Supica each participated in the U.S. Field Hockey Under-21 Women’s National Championship this summer in Norvolk, Va.
- Indiana’s regular season home opener is slated for Friday, Sept. 6 against Saint Louis, where IU assistant coach Kate Lipton spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach.
- There are six newcomers on the team, each hailing from California, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Ireland.
- In the latest NFHCA Poll, six opponents on the Hoosiers’ 2013 slate appear this week, including both Duke and Drexel who IU is set to face in its opening weekend of action.