Oct. 27, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 21 Michigan State field hockey team dropped its match against No. 5 Penn State, 6-1, on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Ralph Young Field. Abby Barker scored the lone Spartan goal, while goaltender Molly Cassidy tallied eight saves.
MSU finished its regular-season schedule with a 10-9 overall record and the Spartans went 2-4 in the Big Ten.
"We had a lot of shots on goal that went wide, and the difference is just a few inches left or right," said head coach Helen Knull. “"We just have to keep firing the ball and tallying shots. I think we had a stronger corner defense after working on it during this past week."
Just under five minutes into the match, Laura Gebhart scored unassisted for Penn State with a low shot on goal. Gebhart's shot was deflected into the net off of an MSU defender.
The Spartans then tied up the score with an unassisted goal by Barker at 10:03, her 17th of the season. The goal was deflected into the net off of PSU keeper Ayla Halus' foot.
At 14:57, the Nittany Lions notched their second goal of the game, coming from Taylor Herold with an assist by Hannah Allison. After Allison's shot was blocked by the Michigan State defense, Herold tapped in the loose ball less than three yards out from the cage.
Penn State racked up four goals within a seven-minute time frame in the second half to put the game away. At 53:47, Lauren Purvis dribbled the ball into the circle, past the MSU defense, to net the first of the four-goal flurry. In the 57th minute, Whitney Reddig scored on a scrum in front at 57:04, then a penalty stroke taken by Brittany Grzywacz at 57:46 marked PSU's second goal within a minute. Herold scored the final goal of the match with a high shot into the net from the right side of the circle.
Sophomore Michelle Graham recorded a career-high of three defensive saves.
The Nittany Lions outshot the Spartans 23-10. MSU tallied three corners while PSU recorded eight.
Penn State received five cards in the game, three green and two yellow.
The Green and White will begin Big Ten Tournament play Thursday, Nov. 1, in Iowa City, Iowa. The Big Ten will release the tournament bracket on Sunday, Oct. 28.