CONTINUING CONFERENCE PLAY The Indiana field hockey team will look to bounce back from its conference opening loss at No. 6 Penn State last weekend when they travel to East Lansing, Mich. to take on the No. 22-ranked Spartans of Michigan State (5-5, 0-1 BigTen) this Friday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. EST. The Hoosiers are 2-14 in the all-time series; however, Indiana was victorious in their previous meeting on Oct. 9, 2011, outscoring the Spartans 4-2 at the IU Field Hockey Complex.
A LOOK AT THE CARDINALS IU will make a trip to Muncie, Ind. for its 13th meeting with Ball State (2-7, 0-1 MAC) on Sept. 30. The Hoosiers have maintained an 8-4 record against their in-state opponent and have taken the past seven out of eight meetings. The two squads previously met on Sept. 3, 2011 when Indiana took a 4-0 win in Bloomington.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN This weekend's road trip will feature the third and fourth consecutive away games for the Hoosiers. Through the first two games on the road, IU has traveled nearly 1,095 miles and will reach near 1,800 miles of travel at the conclusing of this weekend's action--roughly the equivelant distance of taking a roadtrip from Bloomington, Ind. to Tucson, Ariz.
WORKING OVERTIME The Hoosiers endured three consecutive overtime contests between Sept. 7-15 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.
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 (37), tied for fifth in assists (16) and second in points (93) 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 (268) 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 IU is currently fifth in the latest NCAA Division I statistical release with its 9.83 penalty corneres per game. The Hoosiers' .750 winning percentage ties the 14th-best in the nation, and their 1.80 goals against average is 25th in the country. Morgan Fleetwood is currently tied for 21st in the nation with her 2.00 goals per game average. The senior's 0.75 goals per game average also ties the 28th-best in the country. 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.