Sept. 23, 2011
East Lansing, Mich. - The Michigan State field hockey team (4-6, 0-1 Big Ten) fell to the No. 13 Iowa Hawkeyes in its conference opener, 2-0. After a scoreless first half, the Hawkeyes scored twice to capture their eighth win of the season. Redshirt goaltender Molly Cassidy tallied eight saves in the match.
"Today we were prepared mentally and physically going into the game," said head coach Helen Knull. "It was unfortunate that some of our opportunities did not fall our way. It was a battle from the first whistle, exactly what you would expect from a Big Ten game. We are excited to be home on Sunday for our first home game."
Both teams were active on offense during the first half of play. The Spartans recorded five shots to the Hawkeyes eight. Cassidy came up strong in the first 35 minutes, notching six of her eight saves.
Iowa got on the board 11 minutes after intermission. Becca Spengler chipped in an unassisted shot at close range to the cage. Kim Scraper sealed the Hawkeye victory roughly 20 minutes later, dodging past MSU defenders and firing off a shot.
The Spartans and Hawkeyes were even in penalty corners, 5-5 while MSU held Iowa to zero corners in the second half. Iowa outshot the Spartans, 14-8.
Michigan State returns to East Lansing on Sunday, Sept. 25th to host Kent State for its first home match of the season. Game time is set for 1 p.m.