MSU Defeated by No. 18 Rutgers
The Spartans faced their eighth ranked opponent this season in Rutgers.
The Michigan State field hockey team was defeated by No. 18-ranked Rutgers, 3-2, Friday afternoon in a Big Ten match played at Ralph Young Field.
The Spartans fall to 7-8 on the season and 1-4 in the Big Ten. Rutgers improves to 9-5 and 3-2 in the conference.
Rutgers marks the eighth ranked opponent the Spartans have faced this season.
The first half was an evenly matched battle, with the Scarlet Knights claiming only a three shot advantage over MSU, 13-10. Rutgers separated in the second half in shots, owning a 7-2 shot differential, totaling 20 shots to MSU’s 12.
Rutgers earned six penalty corners while the Green and White had five.
How it Happened:
RU struck first on the day, collecting its first goal in the 14th minute.
MSU evened the score, finding the back of the net at 16:56 on a goal from senior forward Grace Santi. Santi’s tying goal came when the Green and White drew the Rutgers goalkeeper out of the net on the initial shot, finding a wide open Santi on the right side of the net who slid it over the line for the goal.
The Scarlet Knights claimed the next two goals, the first coming at 30:19 of the game and the second at 34:56.
The Spartans made it a one-goal game in the 44th minute, when redshirt senior back Simone Vagnoni netted one off the penalty corner from the top of the circle, making it 3-2. Junior forward Madison O’Neill was credited with the assist on the goal.
Santi scored her second goal of the year for the Green and White.
Vagnoni gathered her fifth goal for the Spartans. The senior captain now has 12 total points, third-best on the team.
O’Neill is credited with the only assist on the day, her third of the season.
Fletcher tallied three saves while Miller deflected two for the Green and White.
The Spartans travel to Big Ten opponent Indiana on Sunday. That match is slated to begin at 11:50 a.m. and will be broadcast on BTN Plus. Fans can access the stream by clicking here.