Fourth-seeded Iowa field hockey falls in Big Ten semis

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 07, 2011 7:20 AM

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No. 11 Iowa (15-4, 4-2) fell to No. 7 Michigan (14-5, 5-1), 4-1, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Nov. 4.

The Wolverines put the first goal on the board with a Rachel Mack score eight minutes into the game. The Hawkeyes were quick to respond when sophomore Kim Scraper added her team-leading 17th goal of the season at the 11-minute mark.

The top-seeded Wolverines and the No. 4-seeded Hawkeyes were knotted up going into halftime.

"We were in the game for the first 50 minutes," head coach Tracey Griesbaum said in a release. "We had a defensive breakdown that allowed Michigan to score the second goal. That shifted momentum, and we were unable to respond."

Michigan sophomore Mallory Albini scored the go-ahead goal for the Wolverines after 19 minutes of back-and-forth play in the second half. The Maize and Blue widened its lead five minutes later by adding another goal, and a score at the 69-minute mark secured the final score.

The win launched Michigan into the finals, where it fell to No. 3 seed Penn State, 3-2.

Iowa now must wait to hear if it will receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament, which will begin on Saturday. The NCAA will announce the field on Tuesday.

— by Nick Szafranski

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