Field hockey hopes to finish strong next season


The Iowa field-hockey team will try to improve in 2015-16 after a less than satisfying finish to the 2014-15 campaign. 

The Hawks will say goodbye to a few key names, but they return a largely veteran team with tons of talent that should make noise in the Big Ten. Offense has always been a strength of Iowa’s, a trend that should continue this coming season.  

What to know:  

Head coach Lisa Cellucci enters her second full season as head coach of the Hawks after longtime coach Tracey Griesbaum was mysteriously fired amid allegations of verbal and mental abuse last season. 

Many on the team have denied the contentions, and three Hawkeyes have entered their names as part of a class-action lawsuit claiming Griesbaum was wrongfully dismissed. 

On the field, the Hawks limped to a finish in 2014, dropping four of their last seven games after having won five straight. The Hawks will return 18 of 21 players from last year’s squad. 

Whom to know:

Senior forward Natalie Cafone will try to finish out her dynamic Hawkeye career on a high note. 

Cafone was named Big Ten offensive Player of the Year following her second-straight 20-goal season for the Hawks. Junior Steph Norlander and sophomore Mallory Lefkowitz should also bolster the Hawkeye attack next season. 

It will be tough to replace senior Dani Hemeon, who averaged double-digit goals in her time at Iowa.

Looking ahead: 

While the loss of Hemeon and other leaves a hole, the team still has plenty of offensive firepower to contend in the conference. 

Norlander and Cafone should both enjoy huge seasons and provide most of the offense for the Hawkeyes.

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