Congratulations to all of the graduating Iowa seniors this coming weekend. Graduating from college is no small feat. Take a minute to give yourself some props for everything you've accomplished and bask in the fact that you'll never have to take a final again (unless you're one of those graduate school people, which, even more props, but also...you're crazy).
- The Iowa field hockey team took part in the Final Four last week, but came up short against a stacked North Carolina team. The final score was 3-0.
- Iowa fought hard in the first half, but went into halftime down 1-0. The game remained hard-fought in the second half, but North Carolina put away two penalty corners in the third, and Iowa was never able to muster a comeback.
- It was a stop-and-start game that included multiple weather delays, but Iowa played hard and the game was closer than the final score reads. North Carolina was the better team Friday, but Iowa stuck with them throughout the day.
- Two Hawkeyes, Anthe Nijziel and Ellie Holley, were named to the All-Tournament team for their performance in Iowa's two NCAA games.
- Even with the loss, the Iowa Field Hockey season was one to remember. The team was ranked in the Top 5 for the entire season and made it to the Final Four. They had the conference's best player in Nijziel (who happens to be a freshman) and Coach Cellucci earned her second straight Big Ten Coach of the Year award. They fell short of the ultimate goal, but this team has tons to be proud of. To achieve as much as they did so soon after a messy coaching breakup (to say the least), is remarkable, but the team's accomplishments would be extraordinary even without the added context.
- Congrats to Coach Cellucci and the entire field hockey team. We can't wait to see what you do in the future.
Track and Field
- Iowa Track and Field competed in the Wisconsin Big Invite last weekend, picking up seven more gold medals.
The team continues to be on an absolute tear through the Big Ten. Standout performances for the week include:
- Karina Joyner and Katie Petersen finishing 1-2 in the women's 100 hurdles. Joyner ran a 14.23 and Petersen finished in 14.32.
- Julien Gillum bringing home the gold in the men's 400, with a 47.75 second time.
- Jason Hoffman winning the men's 800 in 1:51.71.
- Drake Woody claiming gold in the men's 400 Hurdles with a PR 53.07 time.
- DeJuan Frye earning gold in the men's 200 in 22.36 seconds.
- Dallyssa Huggins besting the competition in the women's high jump with a 1.70m jump.
- Zack Pluff earning gold in the men's high jump with a PR jump of 2.10m.
- The short-distance runners and throwers have racked up the accolades this season, but last weekend was a well-rounded affair. Iowa track and field is in a really good place across the board. In addition to the seven wins, they notched 11 career bests and another Top 10 Iowa performance (Tyler Lineau's 60.81 meter hammer throw)
- Iowa will bring its slew of nationally ranked events to Champaign next weekend for the Illinois Big Ten Invite.
- Iowa softball took three of four games from rival Nebraska over the weekend, improving their record on the year to 23-17.
- The weekend started with a 1-0 win. Allison Doocey, coming off of last week's no-hitter, kept the Huskers off the board en route to a complete game 1-hit shutout. Brylee Klosterman went 2-3 including an RBI triple that plated the game's only run.
- Nebraska got their revenge Saturday, shutting out the Hawks 4-0. Iowa loaded the bases in the first inning but was unable to get any runs across.
- Iowa swept the series-ending doubleheader Sunday, 6-1 and 4-1. The second win gave Iowa their 23rd conference victory on the year, most in program history.
That's a Sunday Sweep of the Huskers!— Iowa Softball (@iowasoftball) May 9, 2021
Highlights Here! pic.twitter.com/2z064hMtIS
- Freshman Denali Loecker had a particularly strong weekend, hitting .455 and slugging .636. Her efforts at the plate, along with a perfect fielding percentage, earned her Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.
- The Hawkeye baseball team won two of three games against Penn State over the weekend, improving to 21-14 on the season.
- Iowa took the series-opening game 4-2. The Hawkeyes scored two in each of the first two innings and leaned on their pitching and defense to keep the lead. Trenton Wallace struck out 10 in his five innings and the bullpen added five more, notching a season-high 15 strikeouts in the game.
- Iowa split the doubleheader Saturday, claiming the opening game 5-3, before dropping the finale 5-4.
- Penn State threatened early in the first game, loading the bases in the first inning, but Duncan Davitt escaped unscathed, save for a lone run allowed in the fifth inning. Iowa scored three runs in the second inning and added timely insurance runs in the fifth and sixth. Grant Leonhard earned the save with a 10-pitch strikeout of the side in the ninth inning.
Hawkeye highlights from today's first game! pic.twitter.com/ivuPM0VVyD— Iowa Baseball (@UIBaseball) May 8, 2021
- Iowa's bats struggled in the early innings of game two, but the Hawks put up four runs in the eighth and ninth innings in a valiant effort to come back. They came up just short, but it was yet another example of this Hawkeye baseball team fighting until the last out, regardless of the score. That belief and buy-in will serve the team well as they head into the postseason. Before that though, the Hawks will take on Illinois next weekend.