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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State (3-1) will take on two ranked teams this weekend at Ralph Young Field. On Friday, Sept. 7, MSU will take on No. 6 Virginia; followed by a match up against No. 14 Northeastern on Sunday, Sept. 9.
In the game against Stanford, the Cardinal scored the first goal as MSU struggled in the first half as Stanford held a 1-0 lead at intermission. The Spartans rallied to come back from the deficit to score twice in the second half for a win. Katherine Jamieson and Heather Howie scored their first goals of the season.
In the match up against Miami (Ohio) Kristen Henn scored the only goal of the game as a result of a penalty corner. Jamieson inserted the ball to stopper Alli Helwig, and Henn buried the goal from the top of the circle.
Molly Cassidy tallied 17 saves over the weekend for the Spartans.
Paige Selenski leads Virginia with 10 goals and six assists for the season (26 points). Elly Buckley has tallied eight goals and four assists (20 points) for the Cavaliers. In goal for Virginia are Jenny Johnstone and Rebecca Holden. Johnstone has a 2.45 goals against average and a .529 save percentage, while Holden's stats are 2.49 and .571.
After two years (2009, 2010) of losing to Virginia in the NCAA tournament, the Spartans took revenge last season with a 3-0 shutout against then-No. 7 Virginia. The matchup was Cassidy's first shutout of the 2011 season. Abby Barker, Adelle Lever, and Elizabeth Helffrich all scored for Michigan State.
Virginia’s head coach Michelle Madison coached for Michigan State from 1993-2005, with an overall record of 155-116-2.
Looking at Northeastern
The Huskies most recently took on Dartmouth (Sept. 2) a 4-1 win.
Crystal Poland is Northeastern's leading scorer with six goals and one assist (13 points). Deirdre Duke, Lindsay Bennett, and Caroline Judge have each scored one goal for the Huskies. Lizzie Priest, Northeastern's goalkeeper, has a 1.75 goals against average and .826 save percentage.
Michigan State takes on Northeastern for the second year in a row. Last year the Spartans fell to the Huskies in a 5-0 loss. Cassidy finished the game with 12 saves.
MSU Makes the Rank
The Spartans, who were unranked in the preseason, received 116 points in the voting for the poll. Michigan State was last ranked in the preseason poll of 2011 (No. 13).
Becky Stiles International Travel
Stiles will miss this weekend's Northeastern game, Sept. 9, due to her travel for Team USA. She will return to the field on Sept. 28 for the game against Indiana.
Big Ten Stats
Big Ten Player of the Week
Cassidy tallied 11 saves against Stanford on Aug. 31, a season high for herself as well as the Big Ten. Cassidy recorded her first shutout of the season against Miami (Ohio), 1-0 on Sunday, Sept. 2, recording six saves during the game. 1
Cassidy's current goals against average is 0.97 and she has a save percentage of .900.
Cassidy leads the Big Ten in saves this season (27), average saves per game (6.75), save percentage (.900), and goals against average (0.97).
This is Cassidy's fifth Defensive Player of the Week award during her career at Michigan State. She received her last Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 18, 2011.
Home Game Stretch
MSU on BTN
The Michigan State vs. University of Virginia game will be streaming live on BTN2go.com and will air on the Big Ten Network at a later date.
During the first round on Friday, Sept. 14, Central Michigan will take on Louisville at 4 p.m. Later in the day at 6 p.m., Michigan State will take on American. On Sunday, Sept. 16, the consolation round will begin at 11 a.m. and the finals at 1 p.m.
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