Field Hockey drops No. 11 Wake Forest
Oct. 10, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich.-The No. 7 Michigan State field hockey team downed No. 11 Wake Forest, 3-1, at home in a nonconference match up. The Spartans improved their record to 11-3 in a contest that honored MSU's eight senior field hockey players during the team's family weekend.
The Spartans pressured Wake Forest's goaltender Bronwen Gainsford from the start of the match by tallying six shots in the first 20 minutes of play. MSU dominated the Demon Deacons' side of the field on offense and were able to clear them out of the Spartan backfield every time Wake made an attempt at the cage.
Towards the end of the first half, sophomore midfielder Kristen Henn carried the ball down the sidelines and sent a beautiful cross to senior forward Jantine Steinmetz, whose shot was saved by Gainsford. The save resulted in a scramble in front of the cage which led to Michigan State receiving a penalty corner. Steinmetz's shot off of the corner was saved, but the play gave the Spartans momentum.
Going into the second half of the game, the Spartans held an advantage in shots (9-4) and edged the Demon Deacons 2-1 in penalty corners. MSU was able to continue their explosive play going into the second half.
At 38:14, the Spartans tough offensive efforts paid off. Senior forward Camille Dagorn intercepted a Wake Forest defender's pass and found Henn wide open in the middle of the circle. Henn flicked the ball high into the cage to tally her eighth goal of the season.
Ten minutes later, senior forward Sabine van den Assem hustled the ball across the field and earned Michigan State its fourth penalty corner of the game. Steinmetz received the ball from freshman midfielder Katherine Jamieson and sent the ball flying towards the cage. Sophomore back Adelle Lever was there to deflect the ball into the net to put the Green and White up 2-0 at 51:06. It was Lever's first goal of the season.
MSU was not finished with its scoring efforts yet. Van den Assem put MSU up 3-0 when she dodged three Wake Forest defenders and bucketed her eighth goal of the season. The Demon Deacons were able to get on the board with 1:02 left in regulation when Faith Adams received the ball from Molly Murphy on a corner play.
"We knew we had to bounce back today," said head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof. "Today, the team did an excellent job executing the game plan - not for just ten minutes, but for the entire duration of the game."
During MSU's sixth win on their home turf, the Spartans out shot Wake Forest 16-6 and topped them with seven penalty corners compared to Wake's two. Freshman goaltender Molly Cassidy recorded four saves in the contest.
The Spartans hit the road for their next Big Ten game when they face Ohio State at 3 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, Oct. 15. They will return home on Sunday, Oct. 17 when they face Northwestern at noon.
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