Field Hockey Drops Conference Opener to No. 8 Michigan
The Spartans fall to the Wolverines 6-0.
Michigan State field hockey fell in its Big Ten opener to No. 8-ranked Michigan, 6-0, Friday night at Phyllis Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Spartans fall to 3-5 overall and 0-1 in Big Ten play.
All of the Spartans' losses in 2017 have come from ranked opponents.
The Wolverines outshot the Spartans 20-6 on the game and earned six penalty corners compared to just two for MSU.
Senior goalkeeper Katie Miller earned the start at goalkeeper for the Green and White, registering two saves on the night.
Freshman goalkeeper Mairi Fletcher entered the game in the second half for MSU, recording two saves.
The Wolverines dominated the game early, taking a 3-0 lead just 17:45 into the game.
In the 28th minute, the Spartans earned a penalty corner, but were unable to get a shot off.
MSU recorded its first shot of the night in the 34th minute, on a shot from junior back Bailey Higgins off a penalty corner.
Michigan came out of the halftime break strong, scoring their final two goals of the match in the first five minutes of the half, taking a 6-0 lead at the 40:55 mark of the game.
Sophie Macadré fired two shots on goal in the second half, the first coming at 55:45 and the second at 58:40. The senior's lone shot on goal blew past the Wolverines' defense, but was stopped by the goalkeeper.
The Spartans started gaining momentum in the final 15 minutes of the game, recording five shots compared to just one shot in the first 55 minutes.
Higgins tallied the only shot on goal for the Green and White in the first 35 minutes. The junior fired a shot from the top of the circle, but it was blocked by the Wolverine defense.
Macadré registered two shots on the game, including one shot on goal.
Miller played 35 minutes in net for the Spartans, recording two saves.
Fletcher relieved Miller in the net, tallying two saves.
Redshirt senior midfielder Kendal Anderson earned two shots on goal in the final 10 minutes of play, leading the Spartans in shots on goal for the game.
Junior forward Samantha Siegel also tallied a shot on goal for the Green and White.
The Spartans return to Ralph Young Field Sunday afternoon to host Yale. Sunday will be the first time in 10 seasons the two teams have met on the turf. That match is slated for 12 p.m. in East Lansing.