Nov. 1, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The No. 24 Michigan State field hockey team was eliminated by No. 11 Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 1. The No. 4 seed Hawkeyes topped the No. 5 seed Spartans, 2-1 in overtime. Sophomore Abby Barker scored the lone Spartan goal in the matchup. Goaltender Molly Cassidy recorded 12 saves for Michigan State, who finish the season 10-10 overall and 2-5 in the Big Ten.
“I’m disappointed with the result today,” said head coach Helen Knull. “However, as a program we have moved the program forward another step during the 2012 season. I would like to thank our five seniors for all their contributions to the program. Their heart, desire and passion towards the program will be missed.”
Michigan State put the first goal on the board at 10:48. Barker netted the unassisted goal with a hard shot from the left edge of the circle.
The Michigan State defense was strong in the first half, as Iowa outshot MSU 12-4. Cassidy tallied seven saves in the first period.
Iowa tied up the score in the 46th minute, Dani Hemeon scored off a penalty corner from the left edge of the circle. Jessica Barnett assisted on Hemeon’s game-tying goal.
The rest of the half was scoreless, forcing the game into an extra period. In the 80th minute, Hawkeye Natalie Cafone deflected the ball into the net from near the post to advance Iowa into the semifinals of the tournament.
The MSU defense was notable in the contest, as the Hawkeyes fired 24 shots while the Spartans recorded 5. Cassidy tied her season-high of 12 saves.
The Hawkeyes tallied 14 corners while the Spartans notched a season-low of one in the contest.