Sept. 25, 2013
The Last Meeting
October 7, 2012
Field Hockey Blanks RedHawks, 1-0
The Indiana field hockey team pulled away with a 1-0 win on the road this afternoon when the Hoosiers shutout Miami (Ohio) to improve their mark to 7-5 on the year.
The Last Meeting
September 21, 2012
State College, Pa.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana field hockey team will host Miami (Ohio) this Friday, Sept. 27 before opening up its Big Ten Conference slate with Penn State coming to town on Sunday, Sept. 29.
The Hoosiers will work its way though its eight-game homestand this weekend, the longest stretch of home contests in program history. Indiana opened up its home portion of the schedule the weekend of Sept. 6 with Saint Louis and Radford, winning both contests to start the IU's still-standing unbeaten streak of five games. The Hoosiers remain undefeated during that time, posting a 5-0 record at home.
For the second straight season, the Hoosiers will open up the conference portion of their schedule with No. 8 Penn State. Sunday's matchup is slated for Noon ET and will be the 17th meeting between the two teams, with the Nittany Lions owning a 3-14 advantage in the all-time series.
Penn State is 5-3 on the season with losses to No. 7 Virginia, Temple and No. 4 UConn. The Nittany Lions have won their last four straight, most recently defeating Lafayette, 3-0, on the road.
LOOKING AT THE REDHAWKS
Friday's 3 p.m. game with Miami (Ohio) marks the 14th game between the two programs, with Indiana leading the all-time series, 9-4. The Hoosiers have also won the previous three matchups, most recently a 1-0 win on the road last season.
The RedHawks are 5-4 on the year and have taken their last two straight games with wins over Ohio State (Sept. 18) and UC Davis (Sept. 24). Notables on the Miami squad are Valentina Neira and Sarah Mueller, who both most recently swept Mid-American Player of the Week accolades after their win over the Buckeyes.
WE'RE GOING STREAKING
With Indiana's 3-1 win over Ohio on Sept. 21, the Hoosiers have won five straight games. The unbeaten streak is the longest since the 2009 season, when they won seven consecutive contests from Oct. 10-Nov. 6 that year.
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana played once last weekend, hosting Mid-American Conference opponent Ohio on Saturday, Sept. 21. The Hoosiers came out on top by a score of 3-1 with goals from Sydney Supica, Audra Heilman and Karen Lorite. IU wasted no time to get on the board thanks to an unassisted goal by Lorite in the third minute. After the break, Indiana came back quickly in the second half with a score from Heilman in the 40th minute. Supica would push the Hoosiers ahead to three with a goal off the penalty corner in the 58th minute and a late goal from Ohio would set the final to 3-1.
NOTHIN' IN THE NET
The Indiana backfield did a fine job of thwarting opposing team's offensive efforts a five-game stretch, not allowing a single goal between the 56th minute of the Aug. 31 game with Drexel and the 67th minute of Sept. 15's matchup with Robert Morris, a total time of 256:00 minutes.
AMONGST THE BEST
Through the last five games, Indiana's attack combined with a stingy defense has led to an impressive scoring differential between Indiana and its opponents. The Hoosiers have outscored teams 24-2 through that period to help build a 24-8 scoring margin over its opponents which is fifth in the NCAA statistical rankings.
The success of Indiana's backfield has helped them to average 0.43 shutouts per game, which ties for fourth amongst all Division I squads in the country. On the attack, IU's 3.43 goals per contest is 10th in the NCAA standings and sits in 12th with 9.00 points per game.
Individually, several Hoosiers sit near the top of a handful of NCAA statistical rankings. Audra Heilman's 0.71 assists per game is 17th-best in the country and her 2.43 points per game boasts an even higher ranking of 15th in the NCAA. Goalkeeper Maggie Olson's play has been solid as shown by several of her stats ranking amongst the best in the country so far this season. Currently, the redshirt junior is 10th in goals against average (1.14), 12th in save percentage (.778) and 20th in win-loss percentage (.714).
- Audra Heilman is second in the Big Ten in points per game with an average of 2.62 through seven contests, and her 17 points total also ranks in the B1G. Her six goals ranks for a share of fifth in the conference and her five assists are tied for third-most.
- Maggie Olson currently leads the Big Ten in shutouts per game (0.43) and save percentage (.788), while her 4.00 saves per game is second amonst B1G goalkeepers.
- Karen Lorite has recorded three game-winning goals, good for second in the conference.
- Sydney Supica and Emily Bowker's 0.43 assists per game ties them for seventh-most in the B1G.
- 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, seven opponents on the Hoosiers' 2013 slate appear this week.