A LOOK AT THE COMPETITION
After jumping out to a 3-0 start on the 2012 campaign, the Indiana field hockey team will welcome both Louisville and Ohio this weekend at the IU Field Hockey Complex. Louisville enters Friday's competition with a 3-1 record on the season. The Cardinals will face IU for the 12th time in the all-time series and own a 7-4 record against the Hoosiers. Ohio visits Bloomington on Sunday, Sept. 9, in the two teams' eighth meeting. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 4-3, with Indiana winning the previous meeting last season, 4-1.
LAST TIME OUT
The Hoosiers won their third straight contest on Friday, August 31 in their home opener against Missouri State, 5-1. The Hoosiers backfield limited the Bears to just seven shots on the afternoon and fired 35 shots, 20 on goal, against their opponent.
Viki Green improved to 3-0 on the season and made one save, while Maggie Olson flawlessly closed out the final 35 minutes of play.
CLIMBING THE RANKS Morgan Fleetwood is slowly making her way toward the top of several program career offensive categories. Currently, she ranks second all-time in career goals (33), eighth in assists (15) and second in points (84) behind only Lydia Scott's (`06) 104 accumulated in her career. Her game-winning goal against Vermont brings her career total to 10 - good for second all-time. Fleetwood has already moved to the top of the all-time career shots list (242) and also owns the program's most points in a single season (36, 2009) as well as shots in a season (89, 2009).
Through two games, the Hoosiers have considerably outshot their opponents, 89-31, and have drawn 44 penalty corners in comparison to opposing teams' 12. IU's .652 shots on-goal percentage is also notably higher than its competition (.419).
IU currently leads the Big Ten in scoring margin (+3.86), scoring average (5.57 goals/game), shots per game (29.67), assists per game (3.67) and penalty corners (44). Individually, Morgan Fleetwood leads all Big Ten players in shots per game (10.00) and assists (three).
Sophomore Audra Heilman has been named to the U.S. Field Hockey U21 squad that will compete at the Junior World Cup next year, announced by USA Field Hockey on July 17.
Hannah Boyer, Morgan Fleetwood and Audra Heilman are among Big Ten Players to Watch for the 2012 season, announced by the league on Aug. 22.
The Hoosiers welcome five new faces to the 2012 squad.
IU's international touch to the 2012 roster features freshman Karen Gomez from Terrassa, Spain, sophomore Amanda Bennison from Poynton, England and sixth year senior Viki Green from Belfast, Northern Ireland.
SUPICA EARNS BIG TEN WEEKLY HONOR
Freshman Sydney Supica was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week by the conference office on Aug. 28 after helping the IU field hockey team to back-to-back season opening wins over Kent State and Vermont last weekend. The Ann Arbor, Mich., native played an integral part in the Hoosiers' defensive effort that allowed only three goals on 24 shots over the weekend. The freshman played in all 140 minutes of action over two games, leading Indiana's backfield to a shutout victory against Vermont. The award is a first for the freshman and is the first weekly honor for an IU rookie since Maggie Olson won the weekly award on Sept. 27, 2011.
Both Viki Green and Gaby Olshemski posted career firsts this weekend to help the Hoosiers kick off the season with a pair of wins. Green picked up her first career shutout in Indiana's 3-0 win over Vermont on Sunday, Aug. 26. She denied Vermont's lone shot on goal to help her improve to 2-0 between the posts. Olshemski's two-goal effort against Kent State marked the first multiple-goal performance for the redshirt- sophomore. The Shaverton, Pa., native hit the back of the cage in both the 23rd and 47th minute in the Hoosiers 5-3 win over the Golden Flashes.