Oct. 21, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich.- The Michigan State field hockey team (7-10, 1-4 Big Ten) was blanked at home by No. 7 Michigan, 2-0. The defense stood strong for the Spartans, stopping 18 of Michigan's 20 shots. The defensive effort was led by goaltender Molly Cassidy, who tallied nine saves.
"The defense came up big for us today," commented head coach Helen Knull. "Michigan dominated us on the board in corners and shots. Molly Cassidy had an impressive game. Defensive corners, Katherine Jamieson is our fly, she was clutch coming up with the saves as the runner on our corners. They were pretty solid as a whole."
The Spartan defensive was able to hold Michigan scoreless in the first half, stopping 10 shots and holding the Wolverines to three corners. Cassidy came up with many highlight-reel saves, deflecting UM's shots wide and out of the danger.
After a scoreless opening half, Michigan got on the board at 40:47, when Aline Fobe gathered up Bryn Bain's pass and notched her fourth goal of the season.
The defense battled for the remainder of the game to keep the game close. Junior back Adelle Lever notched a defensive save on one of the Wolverines' corner plays, flying out of cage and blocking Eileen Brandis' shot. Lever currently has four defensive saves this season.
The Wolverines secured their victory at 60:29 when Axelle Wouters found Emy Guttman on the right post. Guttman deflected Wouters' pass for her ninth goal of the season.
The Spartans' match against the Wolverines will air on tape delay on the Big Ten Network on Sunday, Oct. 23rd at 4 p.m.
The Spartans wrap up a three-game home stand next weekend when they host Stanford on Friday, Oct. 28th at 3 p.m.