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Iowa players huddle before the field hockey game between Iowa and Michigan at Grant Field on Saturday, March 15, 2021. The Hawkeyes defeated the Wolverines, 2-1, in a shootout.

Iowa field hockey’s run ends in the NCAA Final Four

Ben Palya, Sports Reporter May 7, 2021

The No. 4 Iowa field hockey team could not come back from an early deficit against No. 1 North Carolina, as the Tar Heels beat the Hawkeyes, 3-0, in the NCAA Final Four on Friday in Chapel Hill, North...

Iowa defender Anthe Nijziel sweeps the ball during the Big Ten field hockey tournament semifinals against No. 1 Michigan on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Grant Field. The Hawkeyes were defeated by the Wolverines, 0-2. Michigan will go on to play against No. 7 Ohio State in the championships on Saturday.

Iowa field hockey eyes first national championship appearance since 1992

Ben Palya, Sports Reporter May 6, 2021

The NCAA Division I Field Hockey tournament is down to just four teams, and Iowa is one of the last four standing for the first since 2008. For the Hawkeyes, it’s another box checked off their...

Iowa forward Ciara Smith watches for the ball during the fourth quarter of a field hockey game against Maryland on Friday, April 2, 2021 at Grant Field. The Hawkeyes were defeated by the Terrapins, 1-0. With two minutes left in the game, Iowa took their goalkeeper off the field in favor of adding another player on offense.

Iowa field hockey’s Ciara Smith continues to thrive in the postseason

Ben Palya, Sports Reporter May 5, 2021

Some players do not like the pressure of big games and the postseason, but Iowa field hockey forward Ciara Smith is quite the opposite. The junior from Virginia impressed in Sunday’s NCAA Elite...

Iowa midfielder Ellie Holley waits for the ball during a field hockey game against Maryland on Sunday, April 4, 2021. “[We] kind of took it as an opportunity,” Holley said. “We took the fall as yeah our season was canceled, but we had seven freshmen and in season it can be really hard to bond because you're just so busy. And having the four or five months to actually get to know the freshmen, going into a spring season we’re such a unit now that it's, we’re not, you know, wasting time with the ‘Oh, hi. Where'd you like the ball? What's your name?’ Like we all know each other so well. I think that's really helped us flourish.”

Iowa field hockey reignites national championship chase

Hannah Kinson, Photo Editor May 5, 2021

Coming off a Big Ten Tournament win in 2019, the Iowa field hockey team was forced to delay nearly an entire year of progress during 2020. The limitations of the pandemic interrupted training, team...

Iowa goalkeeper Grace McGuire practices before the Big Ten field hockey tournament semifinals against No. 1 Michigan on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Grant Field. The Hawkeyes were defeated by the Wolverines, 0-2. Michigan will go on to play against No. 7 Ohio State in the championships on Saturday.

Iowa field hockey gets revenge in NCAA Tournament, advances to Final Four

Ben Palya, Sports Reporter May 2, 2021

Winning is something Iowa field hockey has been accustomed to throughout this season, but Northwestern was one team Iowa could not get the upper hand on during the regular season. That all changed...

Iowa midfielder Harper Dunne runs up the field with the ball during the fourth quarter of the Big Ten field hockey tournament quarterfinals against No. 4 Maryland on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Grant Field. The Hawkeyes defeated the Terrapins, 3-0. No. 5 Iowa will go on to play No. 1 Michigan tomorrow afternoon.

Iowa field hockey eyeing first Final Four appearance since 2008

Ben Palya, Sports Reporter April 29, 2021

Last week, Iowa field hockey fell to Michigan in the semifinal round of the 2021 Big Ten tournament. The loss left Iowa’s postseason dreams in the hands of the 2020-21 NCAA Division I Field Hockey...

Iowa forward Maddy Murphy attempts to shoot at the empty goal during the fourth quarter of a field hockey game against Maryland on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at Grant Field. The Hawkeyes defeated the Terrapins, 3-0. With 12 minutes left of the game, Maryland decided to pull their goalkeeper to replace the position with another player on offense, but switched back to having a goalkeeper after 10 minutes of game play.

How a gap year brought Iowa field hockey’s Murphy to Iowa

Ben Palya, Sports Reporter April 28, 2021

After playing field hockey for much of her life, Iowa senior forward Maddy Murphy wanted to test the waters throughout Europe and the U.S. A gap year not only allowed her the opportunity to explore...

Iowa defender Anthe Nijziel sweeps the ball during the third quarter of the Big Ten field hockey tournament semifinals against No. 1 Michigan on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Grant Field. The Hawkeyes were defeated by the Wolverines, 0-2. Michigan will go on to play against No. 7 Ohio State in the championships on Saturday.

Iowa field hockey falls to Michigan in Big Ten Tournament semifinals

Ben Palya, Sports Reporter April 22, 2021

Without its top offensive option — senior forward Maddy Murphy — Iowa field hockey fell to No. 2 Michigan, 2-0, in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals Thursday at Grant Field in Iowa City. Murphy,...

Hawkeyes celebrate their first point during a field hockey game between Iowa and Michigan at Grant Field on Saturday, March 15, 2021. The Hawkeyes defeated the Wolverines, 2-1, in a shootout.

Iowa field hockey looking for redemption against Michigan

Ben Palya, Sports Reporter April 21, 2021

After a comfortable 3-0 first round win in the Big Ten Tournament against No. 9 Maryland Wednesday, No. 4 Iowa returns to action Thursday in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament against No. 2 Michigan.  Iowa’s...

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