A LOOK AT THE COMPETITION The Indiana field hockey team will close out its four-game home stand this Saturday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. when they host No. 22 California at the IU Field Hockey Complex.
The Golden Bears bring to Bloomington a 2-3 record on the season, with wins over UC Davis and Saint Louis. They are currently averaging 2.80 goals per game and 14.8 shots per contest. California's backfield has held opponents to 1.20 goals per game and 7.0 shots per matchup.
Saturday's contest will mark the eighth meeting between the two teams, with California owning a slight edge in the all-time series (4-3) The two programs' first contest dates back to the 2002 season with Indiana winning three straight contests (2007, `09, `10) before dropping its most recent game with Cal, 3-1, last season.
WORKING OVERTIME The Hoosiers endured back-to-back overtime contests last weekend in their games with Louisville and Ohio at the IU Field Hockey Complex.
Against the Cardinals, IU faced a 2-1 deficit heading into the 62nd minute, but Nicole Volgraf was able to score on a breakaway pass from Mariella Grote to push the game into overtime. Indiana would not wait long to tally the game-winner, as Morgan Fleetwood found the back of the cage on a corner from Audra Heilman to run away with their Hoosiers fourth-straight victory.
On Sunday, IU played a closely contested battle with the visiting Ohio Bobcats. The game carried on through two overtimes and was eventually decided by a best-of-five shootout. The Bobcats took the shootout, 3-2, and earned the 2-1 win in Bloomington. Audra Heilman was the lone Hoosier to score in the setback, while Hannah Boyer earned her first assist of the season.
CORNER CRAZY In the latest NCAA Division I statistics release, the Indiana field hockey team leads all squads in the country in penalty corners per game. Currently, IU has averaged 12.00 corners per contest. The Hoosiers 60 on the season is considerably higher than their opponents, who have amassed just 24 through five games.
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 (35), eighth in assists (15) and second in points (88) behind only Lydia Scott's (`06) 104 accumulated in her career. Her game-winning goal against Louisville brings her career total to 11 - good for second all-time. Fleetwood has already moved to the top of the all-time career shots list (257) and also owns the program's most points in a single season (36, 2009) as well as shots in a season (89, 2009).
HOOSIER NOTABLES Through five games, the Hoosiers have considerably outshot their opponents, 121-63, and have drawn 60 penalty corners in comparison to opposing teams' 24. IU's .603 shots on-goal percentage is also notably higher than its competition (.413). Maggie Olson leads all goalkeepers in the conference with her 0.67 goals against average and her .875 save percentage. IU currently leads the Big Ten in shots per game (24.20), goals allowed (7, 1.40/game), assists per game (3.20) and penalty corners per game (12.00). Individually, Morgan Fleetwood leads all Big Ten players in shots per game (9.00) and game-winning goals (three). Hannah Boyer, Morgan Fleetwood and Danielle McNally have all been named captains for the 2012 season. 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.