Hawkeyes Lose Two Games In Chicago

Iowa headed to Olympic Park in Schaumburg, IL this past weekend for two games in the cold and snow.  On Friday, the Hawkeyes took on Marquette, but lost to the Golden Eagles 9-6.  Jay Morgan led the team with two goals, while Sean Embree tallied two assists and Griffin Adams made nine saves between the pipes.

On Saturday, Iowa took on fellow GRLC foe Illinois (ranked #17 in the MCLA), jumping out to a 4-1 lead at the half.  But the Fighting Illini bounced back and tied the game up at 5-5 in the fourth quarter before scoring the winning goal with roughly five minutes left, winning 6-5.  All five of Iowa’s goals came from five different scorers, while Brandon Warshawsky made 14 saves.

With the two losses, Iowa is now 3-2 (1-0 in conference play) on the season.  The Hawkeyes next take the field on Saturday, March 31 with games against Kansas and Kansas State at Memorial Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas.

Photos from the games against Marquette and Illinois can be found here and here.  Also, photos from the whole season can be found at the new Iowa Men’s Lacrosse Fan/Parent Booster Site on Facebook.  Feel free to add/share/like photos.

Iowa Improves To 3-0 After Beating Iowa State

The Hawkeyes improved to 3-0 on the season after beating Iowa State 12-7 in the Bubble on Friday.  Photos from the game can be found here.

Also, photos from the first two games of the season can be found on the new photos section of the site.  Also, more photos from the game against St. Cloud State can be found here.

Iowa next travels to Chicago the March 2-3 weekend for games against Marquette on Friday and Illinois on Saturday.

Iowa Opens 2012 Season With Two One-Goal Wins

Iowa kicked off the 2012 season with a 8-7 double overtime victory over Wisconsin on Friday night in the Bubble in Iowa City.

The Hawkeyes jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first quarter on Friday, but the Badgers held a 5-4 lead entering the fourth quarter.  Despite trailing by two goals under two minutes, Iowa was able to score two goals, including one with eight seconds left in regulation, to send the game to overtime.  Both teams were unable to score in the first overtime before freshman Sean Embree scored the game winner.

Embree led all scorers with four goals, while freshman Connor Gatenby tallied two goals and junior Brandon Warshawsky made nine saves between the pipes.

On Saturday, the Hawkeyes defeated St. Cloud State 9-8.  Embree, junior Jay Morgan and freshman John Koenig each notched two goals, while freshman Trevor Kinzie dished out two assists.  Warshawsky started the game and played one quarter (three saves with no goals allowed) and freshman Griffin Adams (four saves) played the remaining three quarters.

Photos from both games should hopefully be added to the site later this week.  If you are a parent/friend with photos from the game, feel free to contact Matt Benson so they can be added to the site once the photos page gets figured out/added to the site.

Iowa next takes the field on Friday, February 17 at 8 PM in the Bubble when they face rivals Iowa State.

Hawkeyes Finish Second In Mad City Tournament

Iowa traveled to Madison, Wisconsin this past weekend where they finished second in the 2011 Mad City Tournament.  The Hawkeyes defeated Wisconsin in the first round, while beating Iowa State in the second round.  On Sunday, they lost to Ohio State, 5-4, in the championship game.

The second place finish is the team’s best finish ever in the Mad City Tournament and only second time Iowa has walked away from Madison with a trophy (finished third in 2003).

Photos from the Saturday’s games can be found here, while Sunday’s championship game photos can be found here.

Sad News For Iowa Lacrosse Family

The team is deeply saddened by the news that one of our own players, Thomas Plotkin, went missing while studying abroad in India and is presumed to have passed away. Tom was hiking above the Ganges River on Thursday when he fell 100 yards and went missing. Tom was a junior midfielder who prided himself on winning groundballs and out-hustling his opponents. His passion and love for both the game and his teammates were unparalleled, and his friendship is something we will always treasure. Tom was truly loved by everyone who knew him.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends during these difficult times.

2011 Alumni Game

The 9th Annual Iowa Lacrosse Alumni Game will take place on Friday, September 16, 2011 at the Hawkeye Rec Fields at 7:00 PM.

The basic game plan is lacrosse on Friday night followed by fun downtown.  On Saturday, there will be a tailgate/BBQ taking place at one of the player’s houses (TBD) before the Iowa Football team takes on Pittsburgh followed by more fun downtown.

If you are an alumni and are planning on coming, please contact Eddie Lee (edwardleelax@yahoo.com) so he can get a head count.

Iowa Is Seeking A Head Coach

The University of Iowa Men’s Lacrosse team is seeking a head coach for the fall 2011 and spring 2012 seasons.  Founded in 1977, the team is a Division I member of the MCLA and is a well established program.  The coaching position would be part time, with responsibilities of running and managing practices, game preparation, team traveling  and game supervision.

Requirements:  Playing experience at the collegiate level, coaching experience preferred. Compensation will be available.

Please use the contact page to e-mail inquiries.

2011-12 Captains

Iowa has selected new Captains for the upcoming 2011-12 year.

Captain: Austin Smith
Captain: Nick Beideman
Captain: Mitch McElman
Captain: Matt Solak
Sophomore Captain: Jeff Formeller
Sophomore Captain: Ben Phelan

The contact page has been updated in case anyone needs to get in contact with the current guys running the team.  Iowa is also looking for a new head coach/assistant coaches, but a full write-up for the positions should be coming soon.

Three Hawkeyes Receive All-Conference Honors

The Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference announced the Division I-AA All-Conference teams last weekend and three Hawkeyes walked away with first-team honors.  You can view the full selections right here.

All-GRLC Division I-AA 1st Team: Alex De La Pena (Attack), Jay Morgan (Midfield), Austin Smith (Defense)

This was Alex De La Pena’s third year receiving all-conference honors after making the second team in 2008 and the first team in 2010.  De La Pena led Iowa in goals (34), assists (15) and points (49) in 2011, while his 34 goals were the second most among GRLC Division I-AA players.

Junior Austin Smith was named to the first team this season after earning second-team honors in 2010.  And this was sophomore Jay Morgan’s first year earning any all-conference honors after finishing the season second in goals (26) and points (34) among Hawkeyes.

Congrats to those three Hawkeyes.

Iowa Ends Season With Loss To Missouri

Iowa ended its 2011 season with a 13-6 loss to Missouri in the first round of the GRLC Tournament last Friday.  The Hawkeyes jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter before Missouri went on a 5-0 run and taking a 6-4 lead into halftime.  In the second half, the Tigers were a bit too much, outscoring the Hawks 7-2, and won by seven goals.

Photos from the game can be found here.

With the loss, the Hawkeyes finished the season with a 6-4 record.  Keep checking this site this summer for more information on the 2011 GRLC All-Conference teams, information on next season and next fall’s alumni game.