Michigan State field hockey dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 10 Virginia Sunday afternoon in a neutral site game played at L.R. Hill Sports Complex in Norfolk, Va.
Freshman goalkeeper Mairi Fletcher earned the first start of her career for the Green and White, recording a career-high 18 saves in the loss.
Virginia struck first, sliding one past Fletcher in goal at the 6:40 mark, taking a 1-0 lead.
Eleven minutes later, Michigan State scored its first and only goal of the day on a goal from redshirt senior back Simone Vagnoni, tying the game at 1-all.
The Cavaliers scored two more goals in the first period, including a penalty corner at 35:00, taking a 3-1 lead into the half.
The second half was all Virginia, beginning with an early goal in the 36th minute making it a 4-1 game.
The Cavaliers scored two more goals in the second half, earning the 6-1 victory.
Virginia heavily controlled the pace of the game with 50 shots, 26 of which were on goal. The Cavaliers also earned 16 penalty corners on the game. The Spartans had just seven shots (three SOG) and two penalty corners on the day.
Fletcher was challenged all afternoon by the high-powered Virginia attack. The freshman tallied 18 total saves in the loss.
Senior goalkeeper Katie Miller entered the net for the Spartans in the 62nd minute, recording one save.
Vagnoni earned the only goal for the Green and White, recording her third goal of the season.
The Spartans travel to No. 7 Michigan Friday for a game set for 7 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Mich. The game will mark the fifth ranked opponent on the season for the Green and White.