American U. 2, Iowa 1



COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maggie Hall scored the game-winning goal with just over five minutes remaining, and the American University field hockey team topped Iowa by a 2-1 margin to advance in the 2004 NCAA Field Hockey Championship. The Eagles will take on No. 3 seed and host University of Maryland in second round action at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Hall got the Eagles on the board first just over 19 minutes into the game, as she took a Heather Maranzano pass over the right shoulder of Iowa keeper Barb Weinberg for the first-half score. The play came off a broken penalty corner play, one of two American penalty corners in the first half, and gave AU a 1-0 lead heading into the half.

Iowa went on the offensive in the second half and scored the equalizer with less than 18 minutes to go in the game. Lauren Stiver got the game-tying tally for the Hawkeyes, knocking a loose ball in front of the American net inside the right post for the score. The unassisted goal tied the game at 1-1 and was one of eight Iowa shots in the second half.

Hall put the Eagles back on top with her second goal of the game, regaining the lead for AU with just over five minutes to go. Hall was tripped up and got a shot off from her knees to beat Weinberg and give American an eventual 2-1 victory.

With the win, American moves to 19-2 overall on the year, while Iowa closes the year with a 13-8 mark. AU will take on Maryland for the second time this season for the right to move on the NCAA semi-finals in Winston Salem, N.C. American scored a 3-1 victory over the Terrapins in the teams first meeting this season (October 3rd).

-- Courtesy Maryland