Nov. 4, 2010
EVANSTON, Ill. - Led by the scoring efforts of the Spartan senior forwards, the No. 10 Michigan State field hockey team (15-4, 3-3) topped Northwestern, 3-1, to advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. This was the Spartans' third win over the Wildcats (11-9, 3-3) this season with two of the victories occurring in Evanston. MSU will face top-seeded Ohio State tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET in a Big Ten Network-televised match.
Senior forward Jantine Steinmetz got the ball rolling for the Spartans when she was able to connect off of a pass from sophomore midfielder Kristen Henn at 6:51 to put the Spartans on the board. Steinmetz then set up fellow senior forward Camille Dagorn to tally her third goal of the season at 23:33 off of a penalty corner. Steinmetz now leads the team with eleven goals and nine assists.
The Wildcats were able to tally their lone goal of the game when they were awarded a penalty stroke in the second half. Nikki Parsley was able to convert her attempt at 46:48.
With time winding down, senior forward Sabine van den Assem was able to secure Michigan State's victory when she recorded her eleventh goal of the season at 67:45. It came off assists from senior Amanda Huck and junior midfielder Angie Lucik.
The Wildcats stayed close with Michigan State throughout the game with MSU only edging them in shots, 7-6, and corners, 4-2. Abbey Huck saw some time in net for the Spartans, but freshman goaltender Molly Cassidy picked up the win with her three-save performance.
The Spartans must now prepare to face top-seeded Ohio State tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET. Michigan State dropped this season's match to the Buckeyes, (5-1), back on Oct. 15. Ohio State leads the overall series, 34-17-3. In Big Ten Tournament history, Ohio State holds a slim edge over Michigan State, 2-1. The Spartans won their lone tournament game against the Buckeyes in 2003, (3-0), in the semifinals en route to capturing the tournament title.
OSU shares a piece of the 2010 Big Ten regular-season title with Michigan after recording identical 5-1 records. The Buckeyes were picked as the number one seed of the tournament thanks to 2-1 regular-season win over the Wolverines.