Field hockey wins at tournament

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 06, 2009 7:20 AM

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The fourth-seed Iowa field-hockey team (9-9) defeated fifth-seed Michigan (7-14) , 5-3, in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday in East Lansing, Mich.

The win is the Hawkeyes’ 10th straight in the tournament and breaks the previous record of nine established by Penn State from 1995-98.

Iowa senior Meghan Beamesderfer started off the game’s scoring, converting a goal off a rebound at the 17:38 mark of the first half. Fellow senior Tricia Dean found the back of the net at the 29:29 mark to open up a 2-0 Iowa lead going into halftime.

Fewer than four minutes into the second half, Beamesderfer again tickled the twine, this time off a penalty corner.

Beamesderfer then posted her third goal of the day at the 60:28 mark to earn her first career hat trick. Iowa freshman Geena Lesiak put in her fourth goal of the season fewer than seven minutes later to extend Iowa’s lead to 5-2.

Michigan scored at the 67:40 mark, but the Hawkeyes preserved the victory.

Iowa will face top-seeded and eighth-ranked Michigan State in a semifinal match at 11:15 a.m. today.

— by Jordan Garretson

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