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No. 20 Spartan Field Hockey Travels to Ohio

No. 20 MSU has held a spot in the NFHCA Poll for the past five weeks.

Oct. 4, 2012

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EAST LANSING, Mich. -The No. 20 Michigan State field hockey team travels to face No. 16 Ohio State, Oct. 5 at 3. p.m., and Ohio University, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.  MSU enters the weekend 6-6 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten. 

Reflections on Last Weekend
The Spartans shutout Indiana, 3-0, and fell to University of the Pacific, 3-2, last weekend at Ralph Young Field.

In the match against the Hoosiers on Friday, Jessica Lindner scored the first Spartan goal in the 19th minute off a defection from forward Abby Barker’s saved shot.  Barker then went on to score two goals in the second half for MSU.  At 56:22, with a pass from Katherine Jamieson, Barker scored from one yard off of an Indiana defender into the cage. Less than ten minutes later, Allie Ahern assisted Barker as she netted the ball into an empty-net off a breakaway.  Molly Cassidy tallied eight saves as well as her second shutout of the season.  The Green and White recorded its first shutout of the season against Miami (Ohio), 1-0, on Sept. 2.

The Last Meeting
Ohio State1  
Michigan State2SO
October 14, 2011
East Lansing, Mich.
Spartans Top Ohio State, 2-1, in Penalty Strokes
The Michigan State field hockey team (7-9, 1-3 Big Ten) picked up its first conference win at home in an exciting fashion, dropping No. 17 Ohio State in a match that went into penalty strokes. In the 2-1 victory, goaltender Molly Cassidy notched 14 saves, tying her career high. Freshman forward Allie Ahern scored the lone regulation goal for the Spartans, as well as the game-winning penalty stroke.

The Last Meeting
Michigan State6
October 3, 2010
East Lansing, Mich.
Spartans Down Ohio, 6-4
The No. 6 Michigan State field hockey rebounded from a Friday loss to down Ohio, 6-4, today at Ralph Young Field. Senior forward Sabine van den Assem scored a hat trick and had one assist for the Spartans in their tenth win of the season (10-2, 1-1 Big Ten).

Against Pacific, Allie Ahern scored the first goal of the game in the 20th minute with a hard shot from 10 yards out.  The Tigers then took the lead with three goals in a five-minute span.  Barker scored the final Spartan goal by tipping the ball into the net off a rebound from Lindner’s saved shot.   Cassidy recorded eight saves for MSU.

Observations on Ohio State
No. 16 Ohio State enters the weekend 8-4 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten.  Last time out, OSU fell to Iowa, 2-1. 
Leading the Buckeyes on offense is Danica Deckard with 11 goals and four assists (26 points) and Berta Queralt with nine goals and three assists (21 points).  In the box for Ohio State is Emma Voelker with a .721 save percentage and 1.42 GAA. 

Michigan State is 18-36-3 all-time against the Buckeyes.  The Spartans have won four of the last five meetings.  Last year the game was decided by penalty strokes, with the Green and White defeating OSU, 2-1.  Allie Ahern scored the only goal during regulation as well as the deciding penalty stroke.  Adelle Lever and Jessica Lindner also scored on strokes, and Molly Cassidy tied her career high of 14 saves.

Outlook on Ohio

Ohio University comes into the weekend 6-5.  The Bobcats will face Ball State on Saturday, Oct. 6, before their match against the Spartans.  Last weekend, Ohio traveled to Philadelphia and gained a win against St. Joseph's, 2-0. On Wednesday, the Bobcats upset No. 15Wake Forest 3-2 in a double overtime match.

The Bobcats have two players with more than 10 points, Taylor Brown and Luli Gomez Trevel.  Brown has tallied 17 points on six goals and five assists while Trevel has notched 13 points on six goals and one assist.  Goaltending for Ohio is Brittany Walker with a .746 save percentage and 1.87 GAA.

The most recent meeting between MSU and Ohio was a 6-4 win for the Spartans in 2010.  Kristen Henn scored one of the four goals and Molly Cassidy tallied three saves in the match.  The Spartans lead the all time series, 12-1.  

Scoring Spartans
Forward Abby Barker has recorded 11 goals this season and two assists (24 points).  The forward scored three of five MSU goals over the weekend as well as assisting on one. 

Heather Howie trails behind Barker with four goals and one assist (nine points). Allie Ahern has scored two goals and one assist (five points).

Goaltender Molly Cassidy possesses a .814 save percentage and 1.55 goals-against average.

MSU in Rankings
Michigan State rose to No. 20 in the 2012 Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I National Coaches Poll on Oct. 2.  The Spartans were ranked No. 22 last week.

On The Road Again

The Spartans begin their series of away games this weekend when they travel to Columbus and Athens.  The team will then travel to Michigan, Kent State, Northwestern and Central Michigan before returning to East Lansing for the final regular season game against Penn State.

What’s Trending
So far this season MSU in combined first halves has tallied nine goals, 61 shots, 24 corners, and 44 saves.  Continuing the strength into the second half, the Spartans have notched 10 goals, 64 shots, 28 corners, and 39 saves. 
Opponents while playing MSU in the first half have totaled eight goals, 88 shots, 48 corners, and 28 saves.  In the second half of matches opponents have completed 10 goals, 79 shots, 51 corners, and 23 saves. 

Big Ten Hot Shots
Molly Cassidy leads goaltenders in the Big Ten in saves (83), saves per game (6.92) and save percentage (.814).  Cassidy is ranked fifth in GAA at 1.55.
Abby Barker ranks third in the Big Ten in goals (11), as well as sixth for shots (39) and points (24). 
Alli Helwig is titled second in the conference in defensive saves (3).

MSU Coaching Staff
Helen Knull is in her second season as head coach and her seventh season on the coaching staff at MSU.  Knull served as an assistant and associate head coach at Kent State 2003-2005 after she competed for the Golden Flashes as a four-year starter.  She was named All-American in 2001 and 2002, and was team captain in 2002.

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.

Next Up
Michigan State continues its road games through next weekend.  Friday, Oct. 12, MSU heads to Ann Arbor to face rival Michigan before heading to Kent, Ohio for a matchup against Kent State on Sunday, Oct. 14. 
The MSU game against Michigan will be televised on the Big Ten Network.



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