Oct. 3, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State's eighth-ranked field hockey team recorded a 9-1 win over Indiana to improve to 10-1 on the season, 2-0 in the Big Ten. The win was the seventh straight for the Spartans, and tied the MSU record for most goals scored in a conference game. The last time Michigan State scored nine goals against a Big Ten team came in 2000, a 9-0 shutout of the Hoosiers. Junior Floor Rijpma (Bunnik, Netherlands) led Michigan State with a season-high four goals and eight points.
Sophomore Jantine Steinmetz (Amstelveen, Netherlands) started the scoring at 10:16 with an unassisted tally. Steinmetz continued the scoring at 17:21 with her second goal of the game, tipping classmate Angela Pagura's (Columbus, Ohio) shot past Indiana goalie Alex Mann. Junior Jeamie Deacon (Wexford, Ireland) extended her scoring streak to seven games with a goal 57 seconds later off a penalty corner, with assists from freshman Chantae Miller (East Amherst, N.Y.) and sophomore Joelle van Ierland (Den Dolder, Netherlands). Rijpma would record her first goal of the game at 31:34 off a penalty corner, assisted by van Ierland and senior Gwen Riley (Louisville, Ky.). With the goal, Rijpma extended her point streak to six games.
Riley started the second half with a goal at 40:27, a centering pass from Miller. The Hoosiers would make a goalie change after Michigan State's fifth-straight tally, bringing Becky Pany in for the remainder of the contest. Indiana's Haley Funk recorded the next goal at 47:48, a rebound off a penalty corner. The Spartans held the Hoosiers scoreless from that point on, with Rijpma recording a goal less than a minute later off a penalty corner with assists to Riley and Miller. Sophomore Amanda Huck (Emmaus, Pa.) set up Riley for her second goal of the game and fifth of the season at 52:51. Rijpma then rounded out the scoring with two unassisted goals. The first was a breakaway goal at 55:08, and the second came off a rebound from an Indiana defender's stick at 60:24. The four goals tallied by Rijpma were a career-high, breaking her previous record set last season with two goals against Ohio State on Oct. 7. Her four goal performance also marked the first hat trick for the Spartans this season. In 2007, Becky Manning recorded two hat tricks and Steinmetz notched one.
The Spartans outshot the Hoosiers, 25-6, and had a 7-4 advantage in penalty corners. The Michigan State defense held Indiana without a shot or penalty corner in the first half. Junior Elissa Unger (Reading, Pa.) made five saves in goal. Mann made seven saves for the Hoosiers in 43:21 of playing time, and Pany recorded a save over the balance of the game.
"This is the best game we've played so far this season," said head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof. "We played our game and it was a true team effort. Everyone pitched in and made things happen. I would like to think that we took the next step into the development of our program, and toward what we want to achieve at the end of the season."
MSU has started the season at 10-1 two other times - 2002 and 2004. In both seasons, the Spartans advanced to the NCAA semifinals.
Michigan State hosts Temple in a non-conference game on Sunday, Oct. 5 at noon.