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BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 5:00 AM

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Field hockey tops Rutgers

The Iowa field-hockey team opened its Big Ten slate with a win Sunday, topping conference newcomer Rutgers, 3-0, in Piscataway, New Jersey.

The win moves the Black and Gold to 5-2 on the season, as well as 1-0 in the Big Ten.

Junior Natalie Cafone continued scoring at will, adding 2 more tallies to bring to her season total to 11.

The Hawkeyes got up on the Scarlet Knights early, with Cafone giving the Hawks a 1-0 advantage just three and a half minutes into the game.

Rutgers fought back, however, playing the Black and Gold tight throughout the final 30 minutes of the first period. The Hawks went into halftime up 1-0.

Cafone extended the Hawks’ lead to 2 goals midway through the second period after credit for the goal was changed from Jessy Silfer to her. Senior Sara Watro added the final nail in the coffin for Rutgers, icing the game with 13 minutes left.

The goal was Watro’s second of the season.

The game was also Iowa goaltender Alex Pecora’s first shutout of the season as well as her fifth win.

The Black and Gold will return to action this weekend when they host Indiana and Missouri State at Grant Field.

— by Ryan Rodriguez

Iowa men’s golf in fourth after two rounds

The Iowa men’s golf team had a strong first day at the Windon Memorial, sitting in fourth place after 36 holes. Nate Yankovich and Carson Schaake spearheaded the effort, each tied for 11th at 141 (plus-1) on the par 70 course.

Iowa is just 4 strokes back in a competitive team race. Cal is atop the leaderboard at 564 (minus-1), 1 stroke ahead of Ohio State and Michigan and 4 strokes ahead of Iowa.

Third on the Hawkeye leaderboard is Raymond Knoll (T-18th, plus-2, 142), followed by Ian Vandersee (T-39th, plus-6, 146), and Brian Bullington (T-48th, plus-7, 147).

— by Nick Vittore

Women’s tennis shines in Minneapolis

The Hawkeye women’s tennis team performed outstandingly well while competing at the Gopher Invitational Tournament this past weekend in Minneapolis.

Freshman Montana Crawford was a standout Sunday, the final day of the tournament, earning first place in the Gold Flight Singles. Crawford defeated Elvira Lopez of UNI in the finals (7-6 [6], 6-2).

Crawford also joined up with senior Morven McCulloch for doubles play. The pair took home first place in the Draw 10 doubles , beating Hunt/Kemper of UNI, 2-0, retired, and then Lederman/Trimble of the UK in the finals, 8-2.

Seniors Katie Zordani and Shelby Talcott both competed in the Minnesota Flight of the singles, in which Talcott took second. Talcott and junior Annette Dohanics teamed up in the Draw 3 doubles and eventually lost to Wisconsin in the championship.

Ellen Silver and Katie Zordani made up a senior pair that took second to a Minnesota doubles team in the championship of Draw 4.

After this auspicious start, things look promising for the Iowa women’s tennis team and for Crawford.

The Hawkeyes will travel to Greenville, South Carolina, on Friday for the Furman Classic.

— by Josh Hicks

Purdue topples Hawkeye women’s golf

The Iowa women’s golf team lost to Purdue, 3-2, in the opening consolation round of the East and West Match Play Challenge Sunday.

The Hawkeyes finished sixth in the stroke play portion of the meet but were unable to beat the seventh-seeded Boilermakers in match play.

Freshmen Elisa Suarez and Jessica Ip picked up the Hawkeyes’ two wins, defeating Purdue’s Marta Martin and Anna Lund, respectively, posting scores of 6&5 and 1-up. 

“Suarez and Ip led the way for us with some solid wins,” head coach Megan Menzel said in a release. “Elisa’s early win gave us some good momentum, but unfortunately, we could not pull out the victory we wanted.”

Hawkeye senior Shelby Phillips, whose match went all 18 holes, junior Amy Ihm, and sophomore Jessie Sindlinger all lost their matches to the Boilermakers, 1-up, 2-and-1, and 3-and-1, giving Purdue its three wins and the match. 

The Hawkeyes will take on host Michigan in another consolation match Monday.

— by Ian Murphy

Hawkeyes finish first competition

The Iowa men’s tennis team completed play at the Purdue Fall Invitational and Princeton Farnsworth Invitational Sunday.

At Purdue, sophomore Nils Hallestrand and freshman Jake Jacoby took home the doubles flight A consolation final after the Wisconsin-Green Bay team withdrew from the final match.

Junior Dominic Patrick and freshman Josh Silverstein played into the semifinal of the main draw in the black bracket of doubles competition on Sunday at Princeton. The two were ousted by a Harvard duo, 8-4.

“It was a good weekend of competition for our players; we played a lot of matches, and our freshmen found out how tough college tennis really is,” head coach Ross Wilson said in a release.

The Hawkeyes will travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma, Saturday through Sept. 29 for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Tournament.

— by Charles Green

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