HOME SWEET HOME After playing its previous four games on the road, the Indiana field hockey team will return to Bloomington, Ind. to host No. 11 Iowa within the friendly confines of the IU Field Hockey Complex on Friday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. The game will also be televised on the Big Ten Network.
The Hawkeyes invade the Hoosier state with a 10-3 record on the season and a 2-0 mark in B1G play. IU and Iowa will meet for the 17th time in program history, with Iowa holding a 12-4 advantage in the all-time series. The two programs last met at the 2011 Big Ten Tournament, where the then-ranked No. 11 Hawkeyes handed a season-ending 3-2 loss to Indiana in the first round; however, the Hoosiers have won the past two of three meetings.
A LOOK AT THE REDHAWKS Indiana will head to Oxford, Ohio on Sunday, Oct. 7 for a non-conference tilt with Miami (Ohio) at 1 p.m. The RedHawks are currently 6-7 on the year with a 2-2 record in conference matches. Indiana has taken the previous two meetings with the RedHawks and lead the all-time series, 8-4.
Miami is also one-of-four Mid-American Conference opponents slated for the 2012 campaign, as the Hoosiers have already faced Ohio (Sept. 9) and Ball State (Sept. 30) and await play against Central Michigan on Oct. 13. In its 13 seasons, IU has faired well against MAC programs with a 35-16 record.
LAST TIME OUT The Hoosiers suffered back-to-back road losses last weekend at the hands of both No. 22 Michigan State and Ball State. Against the Spartans, IU fell 3-0 in East Lansing, Mich. to fall to 0-2 in conference play. At Ball State, the Hoosiers remained tied at two goals apiece through the first 69 minutes of regulation, but the Cardinals struck with a last-minute goal with just 18 seconds left on the clock to secure the 3-2 win.
MANY THE MILES The Indiana field hockey team racked up the mileage in its four-game road portion of the 2012 schedule. After traveling between Bloomington and Penn State, Lock Haven, Michigan State and Ball State, IU tallied nearly 1,800 miles of travel, which roughly matches the driving distance between Bloomington, Ind. and Tucson, Ariz.
CAREER FIRSTS Several career firsts have been reached throughout the 2012 campaign. A handful of Hoosiers have scored their first career goals this season. Hannah Boyer (Sept. 9 vs. Ohio), Rachel Stauffer (Sept. 23 at Lock Haven) and Sydney Supica (Sept. 30 at Ball State) each netted career firsts. On the defensive end, Viki Green recorded her first career shutout against Vermont on August 26 to help the Hoosiers to a 3-0 road victory. Her complete game shutout was also the first since Becky Pany achieved the feat when IU blanked UC Davis, 1-0, on Oct. 9, 2010.
HOOSIER NOTABLES • IU is currently ninth in the latest NCAA Division I statistical release with its 8.80 penalty corneres per game. The Hoosiers' .600 winning percentage ties the 26th-best in the nation, and their 1.90 assists per game sits 27th in the country. When compared alongside conference opponents, Indiana is near the top of the Big Ten in shots per game. Their 18.70 spg is currently third. • Morgan Fleetwood is currently tied for 17st in the nation with her 2.00 points per game average. The senior's 0.75 goals per game average also ties the 28th-best in the country. When compared to other athletes in the Big Ten Conference, Fleetwood is fourth in shots (56), first in shots per game (7.00), and tied for seventh in points per game (2.00). • Goalkeeper Viki Green ranks 43rd in the nation with a 2.22 goals against average this season. • 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.