Spartan Field Hockey Hosts Tournament
Sept. 13, 2012
The Michigan State field hockey team hosts the Auto-Owners Insurance MSU Invitational tournament at Ralph Young Field. The tournament will feature Central Michigan, Louisville, American, and Michigan State.
During the first round on Friday, Sept. 14, Central Michigan will take on Louisville at 4 p.m. followed by Michigan State vs. American at 6 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 16, the consolation round will begin at 11 a.m. and the championship round at 1 p.m.
Reflections on Last Weekend
Against UVA, the visitors scored less than three minutes into the game, but sophomore Abby Barker scored the game-tying goal on a breakaway from 30 yards out in the eighth minute of the match. It took nearly 80 more minutes of scoreless action to determine a winner - the final goal of the game was scored in the 87th minute by the Cavaliers.
In the matchup against Northeastern, Barker again scored the lone goal of the game for MSU. Trailing 1-0, her goal was scored in the first two minutes of the second half after receiving a pass from Heather Howie; Barker then dribbled the ball into the circle and cleared the way for a goal.
Redshirt junior Molly Cassidy tallied 20 saves over the weekend for the Spartans. Cassidy recorded a season high of 12 saves against Northeastern, which also ties the single-game season high in the Big Ten this season.
“Defensively, we have been a force to be reckoned with,” said head coach Helen Knull. “We are looking to go 2-0, especially because it is the weekend before we begin Big Ten games. To do this, we can’t have lulls and need to step up on our finishing.”
Leading American’s offense with three goals ( six points) is junior Alex McMackin. Gina Hofmann leads the Eagles in assists, (2), and has also scored one goal (four points). Ashley Dalisera, American’s goalkeeper, has a 1.69 goals against average and .788 save percentage.
This will be the sixth meeting between Michigan State and American. Their last matchup was in 2009, a 5-1 win for the Spartans.
How Louisville is Looking
Leading on the stat sheet for the Cardinals are Becca Maddock and Erin Schneidtmiller, who have both tallied four goals this season. Amber Thomas and Haley Jurich have scored two goals each. Erin Conrad has a 1.66 goals against average and .744 save percentage.
Over the last five years, the Spartans have had four meetings with the Cardinals, recording a 3-1 record. Their most recent meeting last year was a 2-1 loss for MSU. Chelsy Coil scored the Spartan goal and Molly Cassidy notched six saves.
In-State Rival Central Michigan
Bailey McKeon and Erin Dye lead the Chippewas with four goals each this season. Dye also tallied one assist (nine points). Anastasia Netto guards the net for Central Michigan with a 2.20 goals against average and a .719 save percentage.
Michigan State leads the all-time series, 39-14-4. MSU has won four straight, including a 2-1 victory last season where the game-winning goal was scored by Katherine Jamieson.
On the season, Cassidy currently owns a .855 save percentage and 1.67 goals against average.
MSU Jumps in Rankings
Big Ten Hot Shots
Michigan State ranks second with the least amount of goals scored against them, 8, and with goals allowed per game, 1.33.
Sophomore midfielder Alli Helwig has tallied her first two defensive saves in her career for the Spartans. The two defensive saves rank her at number two in the Big Ten for defensive saves. Hewlig recorded both defensive saves over this past weekend, one against Virginia and the other while playing Northeastern.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Molly Cassidy holds the number one spot in the Big Ten in saves (47), saves per game (7.83), and most saves in a game (12 vs. Northeastern). Cassidy ranks second in save percentage at .855 and at third in goals against average.
Cassidy was also named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 4, her sixth Defensive Player of the Week award at Michigan State.
Becky Stiles International Travel
Stiles will return to the field on Friday, Sept. 28 for the match up against Indiana. Stiles will miss a total of five games during the tournament.
Play Day Clinic
Registration for the Play Day will occur the day of the event and is available to males and females between the ages of 10-18, and no experience is necessary for the individuals. MSU field hockey players and coaches will lead the drills, game play, and goal-keeping training.
Information on registering is available on the field hockey page on msuspartans.com.
MSU Coaching Staff
This is the second year for Shawn Hindy as an assistant coach at Michigan State. He was former head coach at Leighton Area High School (2006-2010) and US Women’s National Indoor Team (2007-2010). Hindy also was a member of the US Men’s National Team from 1995-2007 and 3-time Male United States Field Hockey Player of the Year (2000, 2002, 2004). Hindy still partakes in field hockey as a member of the Men’s National Indoor Team.
Molly Maloney enters her fifth year as the assistant coach for goal keeping. Maloney served as the graduate assistant coach at Central Michigan University before coming to Michigan State. While in college, she competed for the University of Michigan and was a 2001 National Champion. She holds the record at Michigan for most shut outs in a season.
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