Spartans Head to Ohio for Two Matches
Michigan State hits the road to face Miami and Big Ten opponent Ohio State.
The Michigan State field hockey team hits the road for two games this week, beginning with Miami (Ohio) Friday night before heading to Ohio State for a Big Ten matchup on Sunday.
The Spartans will face Miami in a 3 p.m. ET match Friday afternoon at the Miami Field Hockey Complex in Oxford, Ohio.
Sunday afternoon, the Green and White will head east to Columbus to face Big Ten opponent Ohio State. That match is slated to begin at 1 p.m. ET.
Both games will have live stats available for fans to follow along. Ohio State will also have a live video stream.
Stats for Miami can be found by clicking here.
The Spartans hold a record of 4-5 overall and 0-1 in Big Ten play. The Spartans split competition last weekend, falling to No. 8-ranked Michigan Friday night 6-0, before bouncing back in a big way Sunday, defeating Yale, 4-0, earning its first shutout of the year.
All of MSU’s losses have come against ranked opponents this season, the highest ranked opponent being Michigan at No. 8.
This week’s matches will mark the first weekend MSU has not faced at least one ranked opponent in a weekend series.
MSU has a tough schedule to kick off the 2017 season. In the months of August and September, the Spartans play eight of 12 games on the road. Six matches will be/have been nationally ranked opponents.
The Spartans have earned two overtime victories, including a double overtime win at Cal where MSU defeated the Bears by a final score of 5-4.
Through the first nine games, the Spartans are averaging 2.00 goals per game with a shots on goal percentage of .555.
MSU is averaging 14.2 shots per game, third-best in the Big Ten.
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 points (10), shots (29), goals (5), and shots on goal (20). 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, ranking second on the team in total goals with three, and third on the team in assists with two. The senior has eight points (third-best on the team), and has registered 10 shots on goal for the Spartans, (second-best on the team).
Sophomore midfielder Makenzie Brown registered two goals in the match against Yale (Sept. 17). Brown is the first Spartan two score two goals in a game this season.
Senior goalkeeper Katie Miller leads the goalkeeper race with 37 total saves and a save percentage of .661. The senior has recorded over 470 minutes in net for the Green and White.
Eight separate Spartans have scored goals this season, including Anderson (5), Vagnoni (3), Brown (3), senior forward Sophie Macadré (3), sophomore forward Kelsey Keener (1), redshirt senior midfielder Lauren Bonness (1), freshman forward Meredith Ross (1), and sophomore back Hannah Ackers (1).
Last Time Out:
After being shutout in the Big Ten opener, 6-0, at No. 8 Michigan, the Spartans rallied in a big way, earning their first shutout of the season in a 4-0 victory over Yale.
Six separate Spartans earned points in the victory over Yale, and three different athletes scored goals. Brown led the attack, scoring two goals on four shots in the match, earning her second and third goals of the season. The sophomore’s two goals came just 20 seconds apart, the first score coming off a penalty corner on assists from Macadré and junior back Bailey Higgins. On the second goal, Brown controlled the ball off the mid-field faceoff, taking the ball into Bulldog territory and firing a one-timer into the net. Also scoring goals for MSU were Anderson and Macadré. Anderson collected her fifth goal while Macadré tallied her third. The four Spartans earning assists in the game included Higgins, Macadré, junior forward Madison O’Neill, and sophomore forward Kelsey Keener.
MSU holds a 14-6-1 series advantage over the Redhawks of Miami.
The first meeting between MSU and Miami of Ohio dates back to Nov. 7, 1980. The Spartans fell in the first match in double overtime, 2-1.
Last time the two teams met was on Sept. 24, 2016, where the Spartans lost 2-0 at home.
Ohio State and MSU have battled for many years, dating back to the first match on Oct. 15, 1976 when MSU defeated the Buckeyes, 3-1.
The Buckeyes are currently leading the series, 37-23-3 over the past 41 years.
The last time the two teams faced off was on Sept. 25, 2016. The Spartans came out on top in that match, defeating the Buckeyes 4-2 in East Lansing.
The Redhawks hold an overall record of 4-4 and sit undefeated at 2-0 in the Mid-American Conference.
Head coach Inako Puzo is in his seventh season at the helm for the Miami field hockey program.
Miami has won its last two games, tallying nine total goals between the two victories.
Miami averages 3.00 goals per game and has outscored its opponents 24-14.
Junior midfielder Paula Portugal leads the offensive attack with seven goals, collecting 18 points and freshman forward Alexis Nugent adds four goals and 10 points for the Redhawks.
Sophomore Rosie Kalis and junior Maddie Passarella have each seen time in the net this season, with Passarella recording 568 minutes in net. Passarella claims a goals allowed average of 1.72 and a save percentage of .659.
Scouting Ohio State:
The Buckeyes sit at 4-3 overall (0-1 Big Ten) this season.
Jarred Martin is in his first season as head coach for OSU.
OSU split in its last two games, losing at Northwestern, 3-2 in overtime, before blanking Ohio 3-0.
As a squad, the Buckeyes average 2.29 goals per game to go along with 14.0 shots per game.
OSU has outscored its opponents, 16-11.
Ten different Buckeyes have scored this season, led by senior forward Maddy Humphrey with six.
Senior goalkeeper Liz Tamburro has played all minutes in net for OSU, averaging 1.53 goals allowed and a save percentage of .725.
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 foreign 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.
“We are looking forward to getting on the road for two clutch matches,” said head coach Helen Knull. “I think that Sunday was a step in the right direction for us as we managed to control game tempo, see three different Spartans score four goals and our goal keeping unit combined had a shutout on the day. That momentum we are looking to capitalize on against a solid Miami and Ohio State team, but the key for us is to execute our own game plan and play tough hockey for 70 minutes.”