Spartans, Brown Earn First Shutout of the Season
Makenzie Brown scored two goals for the Green and White in the 4-0 victory.
The Michigan State field hockey team earned its first shutout victory of the 2017 season, defeating Yale 4-0, Sunday afternoon at Ralph Young Field.
With the win, the Spartans advance to 4-5 overall (0-1 Big Ten), while Yale falls to 3-2 (0-0 Ivy League), on the year.
MSU heavily controlled the pace of the game, keeping the Bulldogs on the defensive for the majority of the game. The Spartans outshot the Bulldogs 26-13, including a differential of 15 shots on goal compared to eight for Yale.
Yale just edged out the Spartans in penalty corners, 10-8.
The first goal of the game came from senior forward Sophie Macadré in the 15th minute when sophomore forward Kelsey Keener played the rebound off the miss, sending it to Macadré who found the back of the net, making it a 1-0 game in favor of the Spartans.
At 43:34, redshirt senior midfielder Kendal Anderson made it a 2-0 game on an assist from junior forward Madison O'Neill. After a scuffle in front of the net, Anderson fired a shot in, scoring the second goal of the game for the Spartans.
Just three minutes later, MSU earned a penalty corner. Brown converted directly off the corner, making it a three-goal game.
Immediately following the midfield faceoff after Brown's first goal, the sophomore took control of the ball and found the back of the net again, scoring her second goal in just 20 seconds, giving her team a 4-0 advantage.
Macadré earned her fourth goal of the season for the Green and White in the 15th minute of play.
Also scoring for the Spartans was Anderson, registering her fifth goal of 2017.
Fletcher and Miller both saw time in the net for the Spartans, totaling eight saves. Miller led the duo with six saves on the afternoon.
O'Neill, Macadré, Keener and junior back Bailey Higgins all tallied assists for the Spartans.
"We were a lot more of an attacking threat today," said head coach Helen Knull. "We had a lot of shots on goal and fought with great rebounding. At the end of the day we earned four goals which was great. It's been back to basics this week. We've really been struggling with connecting out on the field. We changed some positional lineups and it seemed to really help and got us some structure back into place. Possession was our first priority and we really got that today."
The Spartans head to Ohio next weekend for two matches. Friday night's match at Miami (Ohio) will be played at 3 p.m. ET followed by a trip to Ohio State for a 1 p.m. matchup on Sunday.