Sept. 18, 1997
MSU's Fernandez, Hiscox Double Up to Beat CMU, 4-2
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Seniors Emma Fernandez and Rayna Hiscox each scored two goals to lead 12th-ranked Michigan State to a 4-2 field hockey victory over Central Michigan on Sept. 17.
After a 30-minute scoreless deadlock, Fernandez snapped a shot past CMU (4-3) goalkeeper Kristin Novinger to put MSU (6-2) up 1-0 at halftime. Fernandez then upped the Spartan lead to two with a goal seven minutes into the second half, her fourth goal of the season.
After Central Michigan's Cheryl Eglin scored to close the gap to 2-1 with 16:58 remaining, Hiscox carried the Spartans home with two goals in the final 13 minutes. MSU's leading scorer this season with 10 goals and 22 points through eight games, Hiscox put the Spartans up 3-1, taking a pass from Sofie Frankenhuis. With the Spartans up 3-2 with 1:15 left, Hiscox put the game out of reach by scoring her tenth goal of the season.
- Freshman Sofie Frankenhuis picked up two assists, giving her a team-leading five on the season. Beth George picked up her sixth win of the season, making four saves.
- Senior Jill Lusher picked up an assist, giving her a point in each of her two games back in the lineup. She notched a goal and an assist in a 2-1 victory over Kent on Tuesday.
- Michigan State has now won ten straight non-conference home games, dating back to a 2-1 loss to Syracuse on Sept. 8, 1995.
- Hiscox has five multiple-goal games this season.
- Hiscox now has 40 career goals, ranking third on MSU's all-time list. She trails #2, Ann Marie Whalen, by three. Nance Lyons is the all-time leader with 75.
- With her two goals, Fernandez moved into a tie for fifth place all-time on Michigan State's all-time scoring list with 25.
- The senior forward trio of Lusher (5), Hiscox (9) and Fernandez (7) accounted for 21 of MSU's 26 shots.
- The victory extends MSU's winning streak to seven games over the Chippewas, as the Spartans are 26-12-4 in their series.
- Michigan State opens the Big Ten portion of their schedule on Sept. 26-28, as they host Northwestern and Iowa, respectively.
MICHIGAN STATE 1 3 -- 4
CMU 0 2 -- 2
MSU - Emma Fernandez (Jill Lusher, Sarah Wilson) 5:00
MSU - Emma Fernandez (Sofie Frankenhuis) 27:55
CMU - Cheryl Eglin 16:58
MSU - Rayna Hiscox (Sofie Frankenhuis) 13:01
CMU - Megann Burns 3:34
MSU - Rayna Hiscox (Deirdre McLinden) 1:15
Michigan State: 26
Central Michigan: 9
Michigan State: Beth George -- 4
Opponent: Kristin Novinger -- 14; Carole Ewert - 0
Michigan State: 6-2