Field Hockey Topples Pacific
MSU 10, PAC 0
Sept. 4, 2010
Palo Alto, Calif. - In their second game of a west-coast road trip, the Michigan State field hockey team shut out Pacific, 10-0 in a neutral-site match. The Spartans continue their undefeated streak to start the season, and improve to 4-0. Eight different players scored for the Spartans, including sophomore midfielder Kristen Henn and sophomore forward Jessica Lindner, who knocked in two tallies each.
Senior forward Jantine Steinmetz got the ball rolling early at 8:12 when she slid in a shot past Pacific goaltender, Ashlee Schlesier, off of a penalty corner. It was Steinmetz's third goal in two games. The Spartan's next goal came off of a penalty corner as well when Henn finished a play from seniors Joelle van Ierland and Sabine van den Assem to make the score 2-0.
Senior Camille Dagorn recorded her first goal of the season after slamming in a shot from the center of the circle at 15:36. A minute and a half later, Henn tallied her second goal of the game, and third on the season, when she dodged a defender at the top of the circle and scored.
Red-shirt freshman goaltender Molly Cassidy didn't face a shot in the first half for the Spartans, but earned her fourth win of the season. Junior goaltender Abbey Huck stepped in for Cassidy in the second half and finished the game with three saves.
Michigan State wasted no time scoring again as the second half began when van den Assem picked up her own deflected shot and put another goal on the board at 36:03. The next goal, which was scored by senior midfielder Angela Pagura, was also scored off of a deflection. It was then freshman forward Camille Lambeau's turn to score for the Spartans when she gathered a loose ball at 46:44 and gave MSU their seventh goal of the day.
Lindner's two goals of the day came back to back at 50:28 and 53:09. The second one was assisted by junior back Holly Sherman. MSU closed out the scoring with a tally from van Ierland, when she received the ball from freshman midfielder Katherine Jamieson off of a penalty corner.
Michigan State led Pacific 12-4 in corners and 32-3 in shots. Schlesier had 14 total saves for the Tigers as they lost their third straight game.
The Spartans will play their final game in California on Monday, Sept. 6, when they face No. 20 Stanford at 3 p.m.