Oct. 3, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 6 Michigan State field hockey team rebounded from a Friday loss to down Ohio, 6-4, today at Ralph Young Field. Senior forward Sabine van den Assem scored a hat trick and had one assist for the Spartans in their tenth win of the season (10-2, 1-1 Big Ten).
The Spartans got on the board early, scoring off their first penalty corner. Freshman midfielder Katherine Jamieson inserted the ball to Van den Assem, who then crossed it across the circle to sophomore Kristen Henn. Henn deposited the ball into the right corner at 4:33 to record her seventh goal of the season.
Roughly two minutes later, the Spartans tallied their second goal of the game. Van den Assem dribbled inside the circle and scored off a reverse sweep at 6:45 to put the Green and White up 2-0.
At 10:01, the Bobcats began a three-goal scoring streak. Cathryn Altoderffrer scored an unassisted goal during a scramble in front of the cage. The next Bobcat goal came from Jessica Jue, who deflected in a pass from Taylor Brown at 14:26. Brooke Edwards scored Ohio's go-ahead goal at 16:53 when Jue passed her the ball after she beat freshman goaltender Molly Cassidy on the right side of the circle.
Van den Assem scored her second goal of the game at 32:37 to tie up the game going into halftime. The senior forward scored off a pass from senior forward Jantine Steinmetz in a penalty corner play.
Junior back Holly Sherman tallied her first goal of the season in the 45th minute when she dribbled it along the sideline and flicked the ball past goaltender Courtney Seiders. It was then Van den Assem's turn to score her third goal of the game, receiving the ball from Jamieson off of a corner play to complete her hat trick.
Altoderffer scored her second goal of the game to put the Bobcats within one of the Spartans. Steinmetz secured MSU's victory when she recorded a goal off of a pass from senior back Joelle van Ierland on a corner play. Van Ierland also had her first defensive save of the season for the Spartans.
Cassidy finished the contest with three saves. MSU edged Ohio in both penalty corners (11-3) and shots (17-11).
The Spartans will face No. 15 Penn State on Friday at 3 p.m. at home and then return to the field on Sunday at 1 p.m. for a matchup with No. 9 Wake Forest.