Iowa field hockey earns NCAA bid

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 09, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa field-hockey team (15-4) received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, and it will take on No. 4 Maryland (15-4) in College Park, Md., in the first round on Saturday.

The game's time has yet to be announced.

"I couldn't be happier for this team," head coach Tracey Griesbaum said in a release. "This means a lot. I'm really proud of the way they worked to get to this point. In a 16-team tournament, it's challenging to get an at-large bid. I'm really excited."

Iowa, which won seven of its last eight games, has now appeared in the tournament 21 times — including five times in the past eight seasons.

The Hawkeyes reached the Final Four in their last tournament appearance, in 2008. Iowa defeated Louisville and Michigan State in the first and second rounds, but lost to Maryland in the semifinals in double overtime.

No. 3 Syracuse (18-3) and Richmond (16-6) will also play in College Park on Saturday. The winners of both matchups will play on Nov. 13 to go to the Final Four.

— by Nick Szafranski

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