Field Hockey Begins Home Games at Ralph Young Field
Aug. 30, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State will begin their home contests this weekend, against the Stanford Cardinal on Friday, Aug. 31 at 3 p.m., and against the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 4 p.m.
“Opening the season last weekend we played a little tentatively,” said head coach Helen Knull. “By our game on Sunday, the team had relaxed and began a mental shift of playing Spartan field hockey. They have energy and confidence going into this weekend after coming off of a win against Maine on Sunday. It is going to be an electric atmosphere on Friday with MSU football beginning their season at home as well.”
The Boston College Eagles scored their only goal at 3:50 in the first half by Virgyina Muma off a rebound of a wide shot that hit the right goal post. In the few minutes prior to the goal, Molly Cassidy faced three shots on goal, all of which she saved. The Spartans took two shots during the game, both in the second half.
Hope Burke and Alex McCawley lead Stanford in scoring with three goals each. Returning defender Kelsey Harbin, a sophomore, has been selected to the US U21 squad along with MSU's own Becky Stiles.
The Spartans lead the all time series record with Stanford at 7-3. Last year, the Spartans fell to Stanford at home 3-0. Cassidy recorded eleven saves in that match up.
Looking at the Redhawks
Goalkeeper Sarah Mueller opened the season strong, tallying 14 saves against Louisville. Emily Gruessner scored the lone goal for Miami last weekend against Louisville.
Allie Ahern scored her first goal of the season last weekend against Maine.
Molly Cassidy saved ten shots over the past weekend; only allowing one goal in each game. Cassidy’s current goals against average is 1.31 and she has a save percentage of .833.
Becky Stiles in U21
Lever started in all 20 games last season and tied for second in the Big Ten with four defensive saves. She was also named Second Team All-Big Ten.
Cassidy begins her third year as starting goalkeeper for the Spartans. In 2011, she led the Big Ten with an average of 7.5 saves per game. She was also honored as a member of the Longstreth/NFHACA Division I All-West Region Second Team.
Stiles started in every game at center midfield in her freshman season. She tallied three assists as well as scored the overtime game-winning goal against Kent State.
Michigan State will face No. 5 Duke, No. 8 Virginia, No. 11 Stanford, No. 17 Boston College, No. 21 Northeastern, No. 22 Maine, and No. 25 American in their non-conference portion of the schedule. Teams currently ranked in the Big Ten include No. 9 Penn State, No. 10 Michigan, No. 12 Iowa, No. 15 Ohio State, and No. 20 Northwestern.
An additional possible ranked opponent will be No. 23 Louisville during the Auto-Owners Insurance MSU Invitational.
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