Sept. 21, 2011
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - After scoring back-to-back goals, the Michigan State field hockey team (4-5) topped in-state rivals Central Michigan, 2-1. Junior midfielder Adelle Lever notched the game-tying tally and sophomore forward Katherine Jamieson secured MSU's victory with her first goal of the season.
"It was great to pick up another win on the road," commented head coach Helen Knull. "Winning four of our last five contests gives us confidence heading to Iowa to kick off the Big Ten schedule. Adelle and Katherine scored for us today, showing that we have a number of people who can contribute goals for the Spartans."
Central Michigan was the first to get on the board at 8:26, when Paulina Lee scored off of a pass from Cayleigh Immelmann. The Chippewas would remain in the lead until 1:42 into the second half when the Spartans were awarded a penalty corner. Lever was able to convert on the corner, tying up the match with her second goal of the season.
The tie was broken at 52:48, after freshman Heather Howie sent a pass across the baseline to Jamieson on the left side of the circle. Jamieson found the back of the cage with her shot, recording her first game-winning goal of 2011.
Even though the Spartans led on the scoreboard, Central Michigan edged MSU in both shots, 10-7, and corners, 9-7. Redshirt sophomore goaltender Molly Cassidy recorded five saves during the victory.
The Spartans open up conference play on Friday, traveling to visit Iowa. MSU then returns to East Lansing on Sunday for its first home game of the season against Kent State.