Iowa field hockey tumbles to Michigan in Big 10 Tournament

After a first-round bye, the top-cultivated Hawkeyes lost to fourth-cultivated Michigan, 3-2, in the elimination rounds.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – No. 1 Iowa field hockey experienced its second consecutive misfortune Friday evening as the top-cultivated Hawkeyes tumbled to fourth-cultivated Michigan in the Big 10 Tournament, 3-2.

The fall 2021 Big 10 Tournament season champions are currently out of the gathering competition, as Michigan and Rutgers will meet in the finals on Sunday.

The Wolverines began the game solid, scoring off their first shot of the match four minutes in. Be that as it may, Iowa immediately reacted, as senior forward Leah Zellner scored off a redirected shot from fifth-year senior Maddy Murphy three minutes after the fact.

Be that as it may, the lead didn’t keep going long for Iowa, as Michigan’s Sofia Southam scored her twentieth objective of the period before the finish of the primary quarter.

The main three shots between the Hawkeyes and Wolverines in the primary half were the three objectives scored.

Things sloped up in the final part, as fifth-year senior midfielder Nikki Freeman tied the score at two halfway through the subsequent quarter.

In the final quarter, Michigan indented the game-dominating objective on a questionable play. Southam seemed to foul Hawkeye goalkeeper Grace McGuire in the development, however, arbitrators maintained the objective subsequent to exploring the play.

“According to our point of view we thought it was a foul, yet the call didn’t turn out well for us,” lead trainer Lisa Cellucci said postgame.

In a late push, Iowa made three punishment corner chances in the last time frame, yet couldn’t see as the rear of the net.

“It was truly frustrating on the grounds that we displayed with extraordinary energy and were prepared and afterward we began truly sluggish,” Cellucci said. “It was awful in light of the fact that you can’t begin delayed against Michigan, and therefore we paved the way for whatever they might have had planned.”
10,000-foot view

In the wake of dominating its initial 16 matches of the period, Iowa has dropped to 16-2.

The consecutive misfortunes might influence Iowa’s positioning in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Poll. All through the back portion of the normal season, Iowa has been positioned No. 1.


The Wolverines’ clinical capacity gave them the triumph over Iowa. The Hawkeyes gave up only four shots and one punishment corner on the day, however, Michigan changed over three of its shots.

Iowa changed over both of its shots in the primary half, yet couldn’t see as the rear of the net with three punishment corners and four shots late in the match.

“They are two of the best groups in the nation and are sharp finishers,” Cellucci said. “We figured our protection would stand tall, yet it just took us too long to even consider getting moving.”


After the Hawkeyes kept a program-record eight sequential shutouts this season, Iowa has surrendered five objectives in its beyond two matches.

Iowa’s five surrendered objectives is the most in a two-game stretch since the finish of the 2018 season.

“We didn’t flip our mentality until they scored on us,” Freeman said. “Furthermore that flip of the attitude needs to come from the beginning.”

Iowa will presently need to depend on an at-large bid to progress to the NCAA Tournament. The choice show will air at 9 p.m. on Sunday night.


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