Field Hockey to Face No. 8 Michigan, Yale This Weekend
MSU opens Big Ten play with Michigan Friday.
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The Michigan State field hockey team hits the road Friday night to begin Big Ten play against in-state rival, No. 8-ranked Michigan, before returning home Sunday afternoon to host Yale.
Friday night, the Green and White travel to Phyllis Ocker Field in Ann Arbor to face No. 8-ranked Michigan. The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on BTN Plus. The link to stream the match at Michigan can be found here.
The Spartans will return home for one match on Sunday afternoon, playing host to Yale. That match will be played at 12 p.m. at Ralph Young Field.
MSU currently sits at 3-4 overall (0-0 Big Ten) this season after going 0-2 last weekend. Both of the Spartans’ losses last weekend came against two tough, ranked opponents in No. 25 Old Dominion (3-2 loss), and No. 10 Virginia (6-1 loss).
All four of MSU’s losses have come against ranked opponents this season.
The Spartans have two overtime victories in 2017, including a double overtime win at Cal where MSU defeated the Bears by a final score of 5-4.
In the first seven games of the season, the Spartans are averaging 2.00 goals per game.
MSU averages 13.7 shots per game and has dished out 10 total assists on the year.
MSU has received production up and down the lineup, as 12 different Spartans have tallied points on the year. Eight separate individuals have scored a goal for the Green and White.
Redshirt senior midfielder Kendal Anderson leads the Spartan attack in four different categories, including points (eight), shots (22), goals (four), and shots on goal (15). The senior also has recorded a game-winning goal, coming in the double overtime victory at Cal (Aug. 28).
Redshirt senior back Simone Vagnoni has been a force to be reckoned with for the Spartan back line, tallying three goals on the year (second-best on the team) and leading the team in assists with two. The senior has eight points (tied for team lead), and has registered eight shots on goal for the Spartans, (third-best on the team).
Eight separate Spartans have scored goals this season, including Anderson (4), Vagnoni (3), senior forward Sophie Macadré (2), sophomore midfielder Makenzie Brown (1), sophomore forward Kelsey Keener (1), redshirt senior midfielder Lauren Bonness (1), freshman forward Meredith Ross (1), and sophomore back Hannah Ackers (1).
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Ackers and Anderson each tallied a goal for the Green and White in the loss to No. 25 Old Dominion. Ackers’ goal marked the first of her career as a Spartan. Anderson registered her fourth goal of the season at ODU. Goalkeeper Katie Miller earned six saves on the game.
The match at ODU marked the Spartans’ third ranked opponent of the young season. MSU traded goals with the Monarchs, with both Ackers and Anderson tallying one each for the Green and White. Vagnoni, junior back Bailey Higgins each earned an assist in the match. With time winding down and the score tied at 2-all, ODU was awarded a penalty corner. The Monarchs played a rebound off the initial shot, and found the back of the net with just 11 seconds to play in the game, winning it 3-2.
Vagnoni had the lone goal for MSU (unassisted) against No. 10-ranked Virginia, claiming her third goal of the season. Goalkeeper Mairi Fletcher earned her first start of her career, tallying a career-high 18 saves on the day. Miller entered the game in the 62nd minute, relieving Fletcher.
In the match, the Spartans faced an offensively charged Virginia team. The Cavaliers outshot the Spartans 50-7, including 26 shots on goal to three for the Green and White.
The MSU-UM series has a long-running history, dating back to 1972. The Spartans trail in the series, 25-40-7.
The Spartans faced Michigan in an exhibition match on Aug. 19 in Ann Arbor. MSU was shut out in the exhibition loss, 4-0.
Last time the two teams met in season play, MSU fell in double overtime, 2-1 in the 2016 Big Ten Tournament in College Park, Md.
The overall series record between MSU and Yale sees the Spartans with a 2-0-0 advantage.
Sunday will mark the first match between the two teams in 10 years.
The last time the two faced off was Sept. 16, 2007 when the Spartans dominated in a 6-1 victory.
The No. 8 Wolverines currently hold a record of 4-2 on the season (0-0 overall).
UM’s last victory came in dominant fashion, claiming a 9-0 victory over UC Davis last weekend.
The Wolverines average 3.50 goals per game and have outscored their opponents 21-9 in 2017.
Senior Sam Swenson and freshman Sidonie LaPlante have split time in goal for the Wolverines, recording a goals allowed average of 1.51 and a total save percentage of .727.
Sophomore Meg Dowthwaite leads the team in goals this season with six and junior Emma Way adds four.
The Bulldogs sit at 2-1 (0-0 Ivy League) this season.
Yale has scored 13 total goals, with senior Carol Middough leading the pack with four.
Freshman Sydney Terroso has been in net all three games for Yale, claiming a .680 save percentage and a 2.67 goals allowed average.
As a team, Yale is averaging 17.3 shots per game along with 4.3 goals per game.
Junior back Amanda Robinson faced off against her sister, Rachel, in the match against Virginia. The game marked the first time the sisters met on their opposing teams.
The Spartans currently have four athletes on the roster from three different countries and eight states. Fletcher and Brown both come from Glasgow, Scotland; Miller from Country Kildare, Ireland; and Macadré from Wellington, New Zealand. The rest of the roster is made up of athletes from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Kentucky, Virginia, California, Ohio and Connecticut.
The 2017 season marks the fifth consecutive year the Spartans have had twins on the team. The Abbott twins, Caitlin and Mary Claire, first wore the Green and White in 2013. The Cole twins, Meghan and Maggie, are now on the Spartan squad as sophomores.