Iowa Ends Regular Season With Win Over Illinois State

Iowa ended its 2011 regular season with a 5-4 win over Illinois State in Chicago this past weekend.  Jay Morgan and Jacob Kolar each tallied two goals while Jeff Formeller scored the other goal.  With the win, Iowa ended the regular season with a 6-3 record and gave the Hawkeyes their first win over Illinois State since 2003.

The Hawkeyes had another game scheduled this weekend against DePaul, but that game was canceled.

Iowa has also clinched a spot in the GRLC Tournament for the second consecutive season.  They will be the #6 seed with the tournament taking place May 6-8, 2011 at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.  Only two teams have clinched spots so far, so there is a lot of lacrosse left before the final bracket is set.  Check back with the site within the next two weeks for the tournament schedule.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Defeats Nebraska 17-8

Iowa traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska on Friday to play GRLC conference foe Nebraska in Iowa’s last conference game of the season.  The Hawkeyes scored 17 goals on their way to a 17-8 victory over the Cornhuskers.

Iowa was led by senior Alex De La Pena with his nine points (5G, 4A) while Mitch McElman added three goals and two assists.  The Hawkeyes also got three goals each from Jay Morgan and Matt Solak.

With the win, the Hawkeyes improve to 5-3 overall on the season and 3-1 in conference play.

The Hawks end the regular season next weekend with a trip to Chicago to face Illinois State (Friday) and DePaul (Saturday) at DePaul.

Hawks Go 1-2 Over Last 2 Weeks

The Hawkeyes returned to the field after spring break two weeks ago with two games up in Madison, Wisconsin.  On Friday, March 25, Iowa lost to GRLC Division I-A foe Wisconsin, 17-7.  The Badgers, who knocked Iowa out of the 2010 GRLC Tournament, were led by Ryan MacGregor and his eight goals.  Sophomore Jay Morgan paced the way for the Hawkeyes with three goals, while Thomas Bentley chipped in with two goals.

On the following Saturday, Iowa defeated Minnesota State-Mankato, 9-8, in a close game.  Jay Morgan, again, led the team in goals with four, while senior Alex De La Pena tallied three goals of his own.  Sophomore Brandon Warshawsky got the start between the pipes and made 14 saves on the day.  Photos from that game can be found here.

This past weekend, Iowa hit the road again and played Minnesota in their football team’s stadium, TCF Bank Stadium, as part of the 2011 Chris Jenkins Memorial.  The Gophers came away the winners, 10-8, while Alex De La Pena scored four goals and freshman Jeff Formeller notched two assists.  Photos from that game can be found here.

With all those games, Iowa is now 4-3 on the season with a 2-1 record within GRLC Division I-AA play.  The Hawkeyes next travel to Lincoln, Nebraska this upcoming Friday to play Nebraska in a game that should decide the remaining playoff spot for the GRLC Division I-AA teams.

Hawkeyes Split Games Over Weekend

Iowa hosted its first home games of the season this past weekend, losing to Kansas on Friday before beating Iowa State on Saturday.

In Friday’s game, the Hawkeyes lost 15-10 to the Jayhawks.  Kansas was led by Francis Enright and Vincent Santucci, who each tallied three goals, while Alex De La Pena paced the way for Iowa with four goals and one assist.  Jay Morgan and Thomas Bentley also each scored two goals for the Hawks.

Iowa bounced back on Saturday to beat in-state rivals Iowa State 13-6.  Alex De La Pena had six goals, while Jay Morgan added four goals and two assists.  Mike Becker got the start between the pipes and made nine saves on 15 shots on goal.

The Hawkeyes are now 3-1 on the season, including a 2-1 record in conference play.  They next take the field on Friday, March 25 against Wisconsin in Madison.

Looking at national and conference stats so far this season (through games of February 28), Alex De La Pena is tied for second in the country with 7.00 points per game and second in the nation with 5.00 goals per game.   Both marks also lead the GRLC.

Jay Morgan’s 4.25 points per game are the fifth most in the GRLC, while his 3.25 goals per game are the third most in the GRLC.

If any family member/friend/fan has any photos from this past weekend’s games, please e-mail them to us (benson@mattybproductions.com) so we can put them on the site.  Thanks.

Iowa Hosts Kansas & Iowa State This Weekend

After starting the season with two wins this past weekend, Iowa will host its first home games of the 2011 season this weekend.

Iowa starts things off with a game against conference foe Kansas on Friday in the Bubble at 7:30 PM.  The Jayhawks come to Iowa City with a 1-2 record so far this season, also beating Memphis to go along with losses against Vanderbilt and Clemson.

Kansas has won four straight games against the Hawkeyes, including a 12-9 victory in Lawrence last season that decided the GRLC Division I-AA winner.  Mitch McElman led the way for the Hawkeyes with four points (2G, 2A) in that game, while Kansas’ Francis Enright led all players with four goals and two assists.

Enright leads the Jayhawks with 14 points this year and is tied with Nick Troll for the team lead with six goals.

Iowa then plays in-state rival Iowa State on Saturday night in the Bubble at 7:30 PM.  The Cyclones have played one game so far this season, losing 16-6 to Missouri.  The Hawkeyes won the last meeting between these two teams, 12-11, during the 2009 season.  Alex De La Pena had three goals and three assists in that game, while Craig Millspaugh added two goals and two assists.

Hawkeyes Open Up 2011 Season With Two Wins

The Hawkeyes opened up the 2011 season with two conference victories this weekend.  Iowa first beat Memphis, 21-7, before defeating Arkansas, 17-6.

In the game against Arkansas, sophomore Jacob Kolar led the way five goals and one assist.  Sophomore Jay Morgan also tallied five goals while senior Alex De La Pena added three goals and two assists.  Junior Mike Becker got the start between the pipes and registered five saves.

Iowa will host Kansas and Iowa State this upcoming weekend in the Bubble.

Updated Roster & Schedule Pages

The roster and schedule pages have now been updated with 2011 information.

Also, the upcoming games and GRLC Division I-AA standings widgets to the right are now up and running (thanks to MCLA.us).

The new site design is about 95% done.

But check back soon for more information on the 2011 season.

New Site Design

Welcome to the new HawkeyeLacrosse.com.

The current site is still slightly under construction while we get all the bells and whistles up and running.

The first official game of the season is on Friday, February 25 in the Bubble against Kansas at 7:30 PM.

But check back soon for more information on the 2011 season.