No. 22 MSU Field Hockey Returns to East Lansing
Sept. 27, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. -The No. 22 Michigan State field hockey team returns to Ralph Young Field for Big Ten play on Friday, Sept. 28 against Indiana at 3 p.m. followed by a matchup on Monday against Pacific at noon. The Spartans enter the weekend 5-5 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten.
Reflections on Last Weekend
Michigan State’s game against the Hawkeyes was the Spartans’ first Big Ten contest of the season. The Spartan back line was on its game, as the Hawkeyes outshot MSU, 18-7 – yet the lone goal of the day for Iowa came in the 38th minute from Jessica Barnett off a penalty corner. Midfielder Alli Helwig tallied her third defensive save of both the season and her career, and redshirt junior Molly Cassidy recorded eight saves.
In the matchup at Duke, Heather Howie scored her fourth goal of the season three minutes into the game, off an assist from Abby Barker. The Blue Devils then tied up the score at 18:44 on a deflection. Barker put MSU back in the lead in the 23rd minute when she put back a rebounded off a save. Duke then rallied to score three goals in a seven-minute span take a commanding lead, and held on for the win. Cassidy saved eight shots for the second straight game.
Interest in Indiana
Morgan Fleetwood leads Indiana with six goals and four assists (16 points). Audra Heilman, Mariella Grote, and Nicole Volgraf have each scored three each this season. Heilman is tied with Fleetwood with four assists at four (10 points), and Grote is third in scoring overall with three assists and nine points. In the cage for the Hoosiers are Viki Green and Maggie Olson. Green’s record in goal is 5-0 with a .688 save percentage and 2.70 GAA. Olson owns a .700 save percentage and 1.88 GAA, with a 1-2 record.
MSU leads in the all-time series with Indiana, 16-3. The Spartans and Hoosiers last played at Ralph Young Field in 2010, a 2-0 shutout win for MSU. Last season in Bloomington, the Hoosiers won a 4-2 contest. Barker scored both Spartan goals in the matchup, while Cassidy recorded five saves.
Plotting against Pacific
Leading the Tigers in scoring are Paige Counsman and Emily Tregoning, each with 10 points. Counsman has four goals and two assists, while Tregoning has tallied three goals and four assists. With nine points each are Melissa Maultsby, (4g, 1a) and Jenna Vivian, who has assisted on three goals while scoring three of her own as well.
Maggie Corder and Molly Macierz have seen the most time in goal. Corder is 3-1 on the season, with a .688 save percentage and 2.90 GAA. Macierz has a .667 save percentage and 5.00 GAA with a 0-4 record.
Michigan State leads the series with Pacific 7-1. They last met in 2010, a 10-0 shutout win for the Spartans.
Goaltender Molly Cassidy owns a .816 save percentage and 2.00 goals against average.
MSU in Rankings
Big Ten Hot Shots
Abby Barker is titled seventh in the Big Ten in both goals (eight), and goals per game (.80).
Goaltender Molly Cassidy leads the Big Ten in saves (71) and saves per game (7.10). Cassidy ranks second in save percentage at (.816).
MSU Coaching Staff
Molly Maloney enters her fifth year as an assistant coach, and she works extensively with the team’s goalkeepers. Maloney served as the graduate assistant coach at Central Michigan University before coming to Michigan State. Maloney was a four-year letterwinner at Michigan and helped the team to the 2001 NCAA Championship. She holds the record at Michigan for most shutouts in a season, (9).
This is the second year for Shawn Hindy as an assistant coach at Michigan State. He was formerly head coach at Leighton Area High School (2006-2010) and the US Women's National Indoor Team (2007-2010). Hindy also was a member of the US Men's National Team from 1995-2007 and three-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.
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