Sept. 29, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich.- Battling through the rain for the entire game, the Michigan State field hockey team was blanked by No. 16 Northwestern, 3-0. Redshirt goaltender Molly Cassidy totaled eight saves in the Big Ten match. All three of the Wildcat's goals were scored during penalty corners.
"We played forty-five minutes of good hockey today," said head coach Helen Knull." We came out after the brief break and Northwestern got a quick goal. We needed to continue to play to win."
The game started off in a deadlock, with both teams going scoreless in the first half. The Spartan defense was able to keep the Wildcats out of their circle for most of the time and led the attack on offense.
Entering into the second half, play continued the same way, with both teams receiving equal opportunities on offense. A rain delay, that was called at 44:36, changed the momentum of the game in favor of Northwestern.
At 45:58, the Wildcats were awarded a penalty corner. Regan Mooney was able to deflect Chelsea Armstrong's shot into the net. Armstrong led the scoring attack for the Wildcats with two goals and one assist. She scored her first goal of the game at 57:39 on a penalty corner, after flicking the ball in during a scramble in front of the net.
The forward notched her second tally two minutes later off of a straight shot on another penalty corner. The Wildcats edged the Spartans in both corners, 10-4, and shots, 16-6.
The Spartans stay at home for the rest of the weekend, hosting New Hampshire on Sunday at 12 p.m.