Spartans Set for a Pair of Matches, Including Pink Game Friday
MSU hosts No. 17 Maryland Friday before traveling to Central Michigan Tuesday.
PDF: Michigan State Game Notes
The Michigan State field hockey team will host No. 15- ranked Maryland Friday in its annual Pink Game at Ralph Young Field with the face-off scheduled for 4 p.m. On Tuesday, the Spartans will travel to in-state opponent Central Michigan to compete in a non-conference match slated to begin at 4 p.m.
Friday afternoon, the Spartans welcome Maryland to Ralph Young Field to compete in a Big Ten match slated for 4 p.m. That match will be broadcast on BTN Plus (subscription required).
Fans can watch the live stream on BTN Plus by clicking here.
Live stats for the game against Maryland will also be available for fans to follow along. Those stats can be found here.
The game at Central Michigan will feature both a live stream as well as live stats.
The Spartans claim a 6-6 overall record while sitting at 1-2 in the Big Ten.
Michigan State was on a three-game win streak, before falling to No. 4-ranked Penn State on Friday, Sept. 29 in East Lansing.
All of MSU’s losses this season have come at the hands of nationally ranked opponents, with the highest being Penn State at No. 4.
The Spartans’ August and September was filled with a tough road schedule, with eight of 12 games on the road.
MSU has faced at least one ranked opponent in every weekend of play with the weekend in Ohio (at Miami and Ohio State) being the only exception.
The Spartans have competed in three overtime games this year, two of which have gone into double overtime and one of which took a shootout to decide a winner.
MSU is undefeated in overtime games, posting an impressive 3-0 record.
Through 12 games, the Green and White is averaging 1.83 goals per game while allowing 2.67 gpg. The Spartans claim a shots on goal percentage of .550.
As a squad, MSU ranks 14th in the nation in saves per game with 7.67 and 35th in the country with a save percentage of .742.
The Spartans have earned four defensive saves on the season, good for 24th-best in the nation.
MSU sits at fourth in the Big Ten in shots with 171, averaging 14.25/game.
Redshirt senior midfielder Kendal Anderson leads the Green and White with six goals in 2017 to go along with one assist, registering 13 points. The Shaker Heights, Ohio native ranks ninth in the conference in shots with 34, (2.83/game). Anderson also sits at ninth in total goals with six.
Senior forward Sophie Macadré is second on the team in goals with five this season. She adds three assists to her goal count, tallying 13 points.
Redshirt senior back Simone Vagnoni and sophomore midfielder Makenzie Brown sit tied at third on the team with three goals apiece. Vagnoni adds two assists to her stat total. Brown is the only Spartan this season to collect two goals in one game. The Scotland native tallied two goals in less than 20 seconds in the match against Yale on Sept. 17.
Junior back Bailey Higgins leads the team in assists with four. The junior sits at ninth in the conference in assists.
Redshirt senior back Lauren Bonness, sophomore forward Kelsey Keener, freshman forward Meredith Ross, sophomore back Hannah Ackers, and senior forward Grace Santi have each recorded one goal for the Green and White.
Miller leads the goalkeeper race with a save percentage of .712 while totaling 52 saves and recording over 605 minutes in net. The senior captain is fourth in the Big Ten in saves.
Fletcher leads the conference in saves per game with 5.60. The freshman has a save percentage of .780 (fourth in the Big Ten) and ranks 10th in the Big Ten in saves with 39.
Last Time Out:
In a back and forth defensive battle, the Michigan State field hockey team was stopped by No. 4-ranked Penn State, 1-0, last Friday.
In the match, freshman Mairi Fletcher earned the start for the Green and White, before being relieved by senior Katie Miller to start the second half. Fletcher allowed one goal and faced a strong offensively attacking PSU team, tallying 10 saves in the first half.
Penn State scored the lone goal just four minutes into the game. The Nittany Lions spread out in front of the net and slid one by the left pad of the Spartan goalkeeper, taking a 1-0 lead.
The Spartans had many scoring opportunities, including one with just 15 seconds remaining; however, they were unable to find the back of the net.
MSU played very strong defensively, recording 14 saves on the night.
The Spartans and the Terrapins have met six times over the course of the series, with Maryland boasting a 6-0-0 record over MSU.
The two teams first met on Sept. 17, 1982, where Maryland defeated MSU by a final of 4-0.
MSU and Maryland last met on Oct. 7, 2016. The Terps defeated the Spartans 3-1 in that meeting.
Central Michigan and Michigan State have faced off 63 times over the course of 44 years. Tuesday marks the 45th year of the in-state rivalry.
MSU holds a dominating 45-14-4 series advantage over the Chippewas.
The inaugural meeting took place in 1972, where CMU defeated MSU, 2-1.
The two teams last met in East Lansing on Sept. 1, 2016, where the Green and White dominated the Chippewas, 7-1.
MSU is on a nine-game win streak, dating back to 2008.
Since the new millennium, the Spartans hold a 19-2 advantage.
Scouting the Terrapins:
The Terrapins of Maryland hold a season record of 6-5 and 2-2 in conference play.
Missy Meharg is in her 31st season at the helm of the Maryland field hockey program.
As a team, the Terps average 2.36 goals per game while allowing 1.45 gpg.
Maryland boasts a .588 shots on goal percentage to go along with 20.1 shots per game. They have also tallied 18 assists this season.
In its last game, Maryland fell to Michigan in a 3-2 double overtime game.
Senior midfielder Lein Holsboer leads her team with seven total goals, and ties for second on the team with two assists, totaling 16 points.
Sophomore defender Bodil Keus and junior forward Linnea Gonzales each have four goals, tying for second on the team. Keus leads the team in shots with 36.
Junior goalkeeper Sarah Holliday has started in all 11 contests for the Terps, tallying 48 saves and holding a save percentage of .750.
Scouting the Chippewas:
The Chippewas hold an overall record of 0-11 in 2017 and post a 0-2 record in the Mid-American Conference.
Molly Pelowski is in her third season as head coach for the Chippewas.
As a team, the Chippewas average .27 goals per game while allowing 3.00.
CMU owns a shots on goal percentage of .492 and averages 5.5 shots per game.
In its last game, CMU fell at Louisville by a final of 2-0.
The Chippewas have three athletes who have each scored one goal this season; senior midfielder Carly Brengosz, freshman back Ali Huddleson and sophomore forward Jasmine Banks each have a goal to lead the team in goals scored.
Banks adds two assists to her goal total to lead the team with four points.
Junior goalkeeper Lily Amadio has started in net in all 11 games for the Chippewas, tallying 86 saves and a save percentage of .729.
“We are excited about the last six games of the regular season as a lot is to be determined by the outcomes of the games for the Big Ten Tournament,” said head coach Helen Knull. “We are looking forward to welcoming Maryland to East Lansing as we have been on the road for that match-up the past two seasons. It will be a good to have a few days between Friday’s contest and Tuesday vs. Central Michigan University as we can recover, prepare, and get ready for our last non-conference game of the season.”