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Spartans Battle in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals, Fall to Maryland

Oct. 29, 2017

Final Stats | PDF Box Score: Maryland 3, MSU 0

The Michigan State field hockey team fell in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament Sunday afternoon by a final of 3-0 in College Park, Md.
MSU finishes the season 8-11 overall and 2-6 in Big Ten play. The Terrapins improve to 13-5 and will advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament next weekend. Both the semifinals and the finals will be held at Ralph Young Field in East Lansing, Mich.   

The Spartans were shutout in the match, but tallied five shots and two shots on goal. Maryland earned 19 shots on goal on the day.
The Terps earned 11 penalty corners compared to just two for the Green and White.

Senior Katie Miller played all 70 minutes in net for the Green and White, collecting a career-high 15 saves.
How it Happened:
The Terps took an early 2-0 lead just 2:55 into the match. The two goals in just under three minutes had the Spartans playing on the defensive for the entire match, unable to regain any momentum.  
In the 27th minute the Spartans earned a penalty corner. Redshirt senior back Simone Vagnoni’s shot off the corner went just wide of the net.
After the initial two goals, MSU held the Terps scoreless for the remainder of the first half, trailing 2-0 going into the break.
Tough defense would be the key in the second half, with neither team scoring until the 54th minute when Maryland took a 3-0 lead off a penalty corner.
The Spartans had a great scoring opportunity in the 58th minute off of their second penalty corner, but were unable to convert on the shot.
 Key Performances:
Miller registered a career-high 15 saves on the afternoon. Her previous high was 13 at Rutgers on Oct. 14, 2016.
Sophomore back Hannah Ackers collected one shot on goal, tying for team lead.
Redshirt senior midfielder Kendal Anderson also tallied a shot on goal for the Green and White.


"I want to start by thanking our six seniors for all they have given to the program for the past four or five years, said head coach Helen Knull. "A Big Ten Tournament title and a run in the Elite 8 will remain a highlight for Kendal, Simone, and Lauren. Today we came out exceptionally slow and Maryland jumped on our errors. We struggled to make adjustments and take control of the game. Today the better team prevailed and this loss needs to hurt and serve as a reminder to the returners through our off-season." 




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