Sophomore Dani Hemeon added her name to the list of leading goal scorers for the nationally ranked Iowa field hockey team Monday.
Hemeon scored twice in a 3-0 win over UC-Davis (3-3) at the Stanford Varsity Field Hockey Turf in California. The Hawkeyes went 2-1 on their road trip to California and are now 4-2 on the season.
“Overall, we had great effort and positive results from a lot of different goal scorers this weekend,” said head coach Tracey Griesbaum. “That’s a reflection of the whole team when you can be very balanced like that.”
Hemeon now has four goals this season, which ties her with senior Jessica Barnett and junior Aubrey Coleman for the team lead. Hemeon’s goals were assisted by Geena Lesiak and Niki Schultheis, who both lead the team with five assists.
The Hawkeyes led 1-0 at halftime as Hemeon scored the only goal of the first half at 5:39. She made it 2-0 Hawkeyes in the 53rd minute and then Sarah Drake put away the win for Iowa with another tally — her first of the season — at 68:05.
“Sarah is off to a really solid start this season,” said Griesbaum. “She’s provides phenomenal leadership and kept our team together offensively and defensively this weekend.”
Senior goalkeeper Kathleen McGraw recorded her second straight shutout and third this season after stopping all three of UC-Davis’ shots in the second half.
The Hawkeyes next play at noon Sunday at home on Grant Field against No. 21 Albany.
McGraw named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week
McGraw was rewarded for her outstanding play in California over the weekend.
McGraw was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday by the Big Ten Conference.
“Merty had a great weekend in California,” said Griesbaum. “She displayed great leadership and presence in every game. Her skills and decision-making have allowed us to have three shutouts so far this season. This is a great accomplishment for Merty and the entire team.”
The senior keeper went 2-1 with 10 saves and a 1.25 goals against average as No. 10 Iowa shut out Pacific and UC-Davis and dropped a narrow decision to No. 16 Stanford on the road.
McGraw had three saves each in the shutout wins over Pacific and UC-Davis and has a Big Ten-high three shutouts this season.
It was the second honor of this kind for McGraw, who was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week last year on Oct. 11.