Oct. 19, 1997

Women's Field Hockey Stops Northwestern

EAST LANSING, Mich.-The 20th-ranked Michigan State field hockey team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over Northwestern in Evanston, Ill.

The score remained knotted at two for much of the second half before Spartan freshman Sofie Frankenhuis scored her second of the game with just 6:49 remaining in the second half. Senior Rayna Hiscox put the game out of reach with her team-leading 13th goal of the season three minutes later.

The victory snaps MSUis longest losing streak of the year at three games, as the Spartans captured their tenth win of the season. They now stand at 10-6, 3-4 in the Big Ten. Northwestern drops to 6-10, 2-5.

Northwestern jumped out to an early lead as Julie Lind scored just 54 seconds into the contest. MSUis Deirdre McLinden answered with her first goal of the season, tying the game at one with 24:49 remaining in the first half. After another Lind score, Michigan State again replied, as Frankenhuis knotted the game at two with her first goal of the season with 6:32 remaining in the first half.

Spartan junior netminder Beth George made ten saves en route to her tenth win of the season. She has played every minute in net for MSU this season. The Spartans defeated the Wildcats in both of their meetings this season, as MSU also won a 3-2 overtime decision on Sept. 26 in East Lansing. This marks the first time since 1992 that MSU has taken both regular-season meetings of the two schools.

MICHIGAN STATE  2   2       --  4
NORTHWESTERN    2   0       --  2
Scoring
First Half:
NU n Julie Lind  :54
MSU n Deirdre McLinden  (Jill Lusher) 10:11
NU n Julie Lind  (Tess Burigatto)  14:35
MSU n Sofie Frankenhuis  28:28
Second Half:
MSU n Sofie Frankenhuis  (Rayna Hiscox, Sarah Wilson)  28:11
MSU n Rayna Hiscox  (Gretchen Doherty)  31:48
Shots
Michigan State:  13
Northwestern: 17
Saves   
Michigan State:
Beth George -- 10
Northwestern:
Jessica Yates n 6
Annie Scuili -- 0
Records
Michigan State:  10-6, 3-4
Northwestern:  6-10, 2-5