No. 18 Indiana Tops No. 15 Northwestern, 4-1 Box Score | The No. 18 Indiana field hockey team opened the Big Ten slate with a commanding 4-1 win over No. 15 Northwestern on Friday, Sept. 23 in Bloomington. Four different players scored each of the Hoosiers' (7-2, 1-0) goals.
IU Field Hockey Beats Central Michigan, 3-1
Indiana field hockey had goals from senior Haley Funk, junior Katie Griswold and redshirt freshman Morgan Fleetwood in a 3-1 victory over Central Michigan, on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the IU Field Hockey Field in Bloomington.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS The Indiana field hockey team will head to Evanston, Ill. this Friday, Oct. 12 to take on Big Ten foe Northwestern University for a 4 p.m. EST matchup. The No. 9-ranked Wildcats are currently 12-2 on the year with a 2-1 mark in conference play. NU heads into the weekend with a share of second place in the Big Ten standings with both Penn State and Michigan State, all second only to league-leading Iowa (3-0) who remains undefeated in conference contests.
The Hoosiers are 7-7 all-time against Northwestern, but have won the past 7-of-9 contests, most recently a 4-1 victory in Bloomington, Ind. on Sept. 23, 2011.
A LOOK AT THE CHIPPEWAS Indiana will close out its stay in Evanston, Ill. with a neutral site match against Central Michgan on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. EST. The Chippewas are currently 6-6 on the year and are riding a three-game winning steak. CMU is also one of four Mid-American Conference opponents slated on the 2012 schedule, as the Hoosiers have already faced Ohio (Sept. 9), Ball State (Sept. 30) and Miami (Ohio) (Oct. 7) this season. Historically, IU has faired well against MAC programs with a 36-16 record in program history.
LAST TIME OUT The Hoosiers went 1-1 last weekend, picking up a 1-0 win at Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 7 after dropping a 2-1 overtime contest with Iowa on Friday, Oct. 5.
Against the Hawkeyes, IU endured rain and cold temperatures through nearly 84 minutes of action at the IU Field Hockey Complex. The Hoosiers took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Morgan Fleetwood early on, but Iowa would even the contest at one in the 40th minute and eventually netted the game-winner in the 84th minute of play. Despite the loss, Viki Green played well in goal, making a single-game, career-high 13 saves in the contest.
The Hoosiers bounced back on Sunday with a 1-0 road win over Miami (Ohio). Fleetwood earned her fourth game-winning goal of the season en route to the Hoosiers to seventh win of the year. Green closed out a solid weekend in goal with her second career shutout.
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, Supica registered her first career defensive save against Iowa (Oct. 5). 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 Morgan Fleetwood is currently tied for 18th in the nation with her 2.00 points per game average. The senior's 0.80 goals per game average also ties for 21st-best in the country. When compared to other athletes in the Big Ten Conference, Fleetwood is second for shots per game (6.70), and fourth overall in total shots this season (67). She also ranks seventh in the conference in points per game (2.00) and eighth in points (20). Fleetwoor's four game-winning goals is third-best in the Big Ten and her eight goals in 2012 is currently the 10th most. Goalkeeper Viki Green ranks 34th in the nation with a 1.90 goals against average this season. In the most current conference statistical release, Green is third in saves per game (5.00) and fourth in saves this season with 50. 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.