CRACKING OPEN CONFERENCE PLAY The Indiana field hockey team opens Big Ten play this Friday, Sept. 21 at No. 6-ranked Penn State. The 3 p.m. contest will mark the 16th meeting between the two teams, with the Nittany Lions (8-2) owning a 3-12 advantage in the all-time series.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IU will take on Lock Haven University for the first time in program history this Sunday, Sept. 23. The Lady Eagles are one of two first-time opponents on the 2012 schedule, as the Hoosiers played Vermont for the first time on August 26 (W, 3-0).
INDIANA IN THE POLLS The Hoosiers were listed on the latest Penn Monto / NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, ranked 24th as voted upon by NFHCA member coaches. IU, now 5-1 on the 2012 campaign, recieved 54 votes to help them to their first appearance in the poll this season.
WORKING OVERTIME The Hoosiers endured three consecutive overtime contests last weekend in their games with Louisville, Ohio and California 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.
IU bounced back in a huge way against visiting No. 22 California on Sept. 15. The Hoosiers outmatched the Golden Bears 6-5 in a game-decisive shootout to push IU past Cal, 2-1.
OLSON EARNS BIG TEN WEEKLY HONOR Goalkeeper Maggie Olson was named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week by the conference office on Sept. 18 after helping the IU field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over No.22 California on Sept. 15. The Springfield, Pa. native was impressive in goal for the Hoosiers, allowing just one goal in 100 minutes of play and made six huge stops for IU. The Defensive Player of the Week honor is a first for Olson and is the second weekly award in her career, as her first was earned last season when she was tabbed Freshman of the Week on Sept. 27, 2011. Olson is also the first IU field hockey player to earn Defensive Player of the Week honors since Brenna Moeljadi did so on Sept. 6, 2011.
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 (36), eighth in assists (15) and second in points (90) 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 (264) 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 six games, the Hoosiers have considerably outshot their opponents, 137-78, and have drawn 66 penalty corners in comparison to opposing teams' 32. IU's .599 shots on-goal percentage is also notably higher than its competition (.423). Maggie Olson leads all goalkeepers in the conference with her 0.77 goals against average and her .867 save percentage. IU currently leads the Big Ten in shots per game (22.83) and goals allowed (eight). The Hoosiers also rank second in goals against average (1.16 in 481:11 minutes). 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.