EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 20 Michigan State field hockey team fell to No. 14 Northeastern, 3-1, on Sunday, Sept. 9. The lone Spartan goal was scored by Abby Barker in the second half. Redshirted junior Molly Cassidy tallied a season and Big Ten-high of 12 saves for the Green and White.
"We were resilient coming back as we came into the second half with the mentality of attacking forward," said head coach Helen Knull. "This was a bump in the road for us, we played two good games against ranked opponents this week. We now need to have a comeback next weekend."
Both teams fought for possession of the ball as shots were tallied but no goals were scored until the 32nd minute of the first half. Crystal Poland scored the first goal for Northeastern off of a rebound from her initial shot that was saved by Cassidy.
The second half started with a flurry as Barker scored her fourth goal of the season at 36:34. Heather Howie tallied her first assist of the season as she passed the ball to Barker, who then maneuvered her way through the circle to create space, and netted the goal.
Poland completed her second hat trick of the season with an additional two goals in the second half. At 38:34, she scored an unassisted goal after stealing the ball away from MSU's defense, and in the 58th minute she netted the final goal off of a penalty stroke.
Michigan State's defense tallied their fifth consecutive game with no goals scored by the opposing team off of a penalty corner. Sophomore Alli Helwig recorded a defensive save for the second game in a row.
Cassidy tallied a season high of 12 saves during the game. Her total ties Michigan's Haley Jones for first in the Big Ten for most saves in a game this season.
The Spartans recorded four penalty corners and 14 shots, while the Huskies had 10 penalty corners and 20 shots.
The Spartans will continue their seven-game homestand the weekend of Sept. 14-16 as they host the Auto-Owners Insurance MSU Invitational. Central Michigan and Louisville will play at 4 p.m. and Michigan State will take on American at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14. On Sunday, Sept. 16, the consolation round will begin at 11 a.m. and the finals at 1 p.m.