No. 7 MSU Field Hockey To Open Home Season Thursday

Sept. 17, 2003

East Lansing, Mich. - The Michigan State field hockey team opens its home season Thursday, Sept. 18 at the MSU Field Hockey Complex in East Lansing. The Spartans will host Central Michigan (1-3) at 5:00 p.m. as MSU looks for its third consecutive victory and fifth of the season.

Coming Home: MSU opens its home season Thursday, Sept. 18 at the MSU Field Hockey Complex, adjacent to Spartan Stadium.

Spartans Seventh: The Spartans enjoy a national seventh place ranking in the current STX/NFHCA poll. New rankings are released each Tuesday and can be found at

Scouting the Competition Central Michigan: MSU opens its home season, hosting in-state rival Central Michigan Thursday. MSU is 30-13-4 all-time vs. Central. The Chippewas fell to Syracuse Sept. 12 by a score of 3-2. The Chips defeated Cornell Sunday 3-1 for their first win of the season. Like the Spartans, the Chippewas have played four games on the road and will open the season with seven-straight road games. Head coach Cristy Freese is in her 18th season with the Chips. She led CMU to a 14-7 record in 2002. Freese was awarded the Mid-America Conference Coach of the Year award in '02. After finishing the season 17th in the national poll, CMU is currently out of the top 25.

View From the Top: MSU currently leads the Big Ten with 60 points, an average of 12 points per game (22g, 16a). The Spartans are tied for first with rival Michigan with 22 goals, though Michigan has played one more game than State. The Spartans' 4.40 goals per game average also leads the conference.

On The Road Alone: Michigan State is the only Big Ten team yet to open its home season. Michigan has played four home games as the Wolverines are 4-2 on the year. Indiana (4-0), Northwestern (3-1), Ohio State (3-2) and Penn State (5-1) have each played two games on their home turf. Iowa (2-2) has played just one home contest.

Quick Shots From Spartan Field Hockey

* Michigan State's 9-1 victory over Providence is the most goals the Spartans have scored since a 12-1 rout of Rutgers on Sept. 14, 2002.

* Veerle Goudswaard, a junior transfer from James Madison University, scored her first goal of the season against Southwest Missouri State on Sept. 13.

* Alexandra Kyser leads the team with 14 points on the season, six more than her closest teammate.

* Annebet Beerman broke into the top five in career points for Michigan State with her game-winning goal against SW Missouri.

Quick Shots From the Big Ten

* MSU has forced the most penalty corners in the Big Ten as the Spartans are tied with Penn State, having forced 51 corners in five games while the Nittany Lions have forced the same number in six games.