Field Hockey Downed by Ohio State
Oct. 15, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - In a match that saw a total of five goals scored in the second half, the No. 7 Michigan State field hockey team (11-4, 1-3) fell to No. 6 Ohio State (10-3, 2-1). Senior forward Sabine van den Assem scored the lone goal for the Spartans off of a penalty stroke in MSU's fourth loss of the season and third to a Big Ten opponent.
The Spartans and the Buckeyes stayed even throughout the first half of play. Each team had three corners, and MSU tallied five shots compared to OSU's six. The Buckeyes first goal didn't come until 33:29 when Danicka Deckard beat freshman goaltender Molly Cassidy on her left side.
The Buckeyes opened up the second half with a goal when Deckard bucketed her second of the day at 37:05. The next OSU goal came off of a penalty corner at 56:26. MSU had a chance to get on the board when van den Assem was awarded a penalty stroke at 64:12. Van den Assem connected for the Spartans and tallied the only goal for MSU in the contest. It was Michigan State's second penalty stroke of the season and the Spartans have scored off of both.
With less than a minute remaining, Aisling McKeon secured the Buckeye victory when she scored off of a pass from Quelert. Quelert finished the game with one goal and three assists.
Cassidy completed the Big Ten matchup with six saves. Ohio State dominated the Spartans in shots (17-8) but the teams stayed close in penalty corners with MSU having five attempts and OSU having six.
The Spartans return to action at home on Sunday against Northwestern at noon. The contest will not count toward either team's Big Ten conference record.
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