Spartans Square Off with No. 18 Rutgers and Indiana
Friday night's match to be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
PDF: Game Notes
The Michigan State field hockey team is scheduled to host No. 18-ranked Rutgers Friday afternoon in a Big Ten match at Ralph Young Field slated to begin at 4 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
Sunday the Spartans hit the road to take on Indiana in a conference match set to start at 11:50 a.m. That match will be broadcast on BTN Plus (subscription required).
Friday’s match will also have live stats available which can be found here.
Fans can find the stream for the match at Indiana by clicking here.
Live stats for Indiana will also be available here.
MSU is coached by Helen Knull. Knull is in her sixth season at the helm of the Spartan field hockey program.
The Spartans claim a 7-7 overall record while sitting at 1-3 in the Big Ten.
All of MSU’s losses this season have come at the hands of nationally ranked opponents, 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 14 games, the Green and White is averaging 1.86 goals per game while allowing 2.57 gpg. The Spartans claim a shots on goal percentage of .576.
As a squad, MSU ranks 30th in the nation in save percentage at .563.
The Spartans rank at an impressive 13th in the nation in saves per game with 7.85.
The Green and White is averaging 15.9 shots per game and has tallied 20 total assists.
Redshirt senior midfielder Kendal Anderson is tied for team-leader for the Green and White with seven goals in 2017 to go along with one assist, registering 15 points. The Shaker Heights, Ohio native ranks sixth in the conference in shots with 43, (3.07/game). Anderson also sits tied for fifth in the Big Ten in total goals.
Senior forward Sophie Macadré has propelled herself to tying for team-leader in total goals alongside Anderson. The New Zealand native has seven goals to go along with four assists, tallying a team-leading 18 points. Macadré is tied for fifth in the Big Ten with her goal count and is tied for seventh in the league in points.
Redshirt senior back Simone Vagnoni is third on the team with four total goals. Vagnoni adds two assists to her season total and plays an integral part of the Spartan backline.
Sophomore midfielder Makenzie Brown has three goal and 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 five.
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.
Senior Katie Miller and freshman Mairi Fletcher have both seen time in net for the Spartans, combining for a save percentage of .746.
Miller leads the goalkeeper race with 56 total saves and claims a save percentage of .709, eighth-best in the Big Ten. The senior captain has recorded over 675 minutes in net and is seventh in the Big Ten in saves and ninth in saves per game with 4.00.
Fletcher leads the conference in saves per game with 5.10. The freshman has a save percentage of .767 (fifth in the Big Ten) and ranks seventh in the Big Ten in saves with 56.
Last Time Out:
MSU defeated Central Michigan University in dominant fashion, 3-0, Tuesday afternoon in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
The Spartans dominated the shot count on the afternoon, tallying 38 shots to just six from the Chippewas. The Green and White earned 10 penalty corners compared to one earned by CMU.
Fletcher spent the first half in net for the Spartans, collecting one save on the afternoon. Miller replaced Fletcher in net for the second half of play, assisting in the shutout for the Green and White.
The Spartans took an early lead in the game, when Anderson netted the first goal of the game, taking advantage of a loose ball in front of the net. The redshirt senior chipped the ball in, sliding it past the left glove of the Chippewas’ goalkeeper, off a Santi helper.
The Spartans earned four consecutive penalty corners over a three minute span in the 29th minute. On the fourth attempt, senior forward Macadré fired a shot in off the rebound and found the back of the net, giving the Spartans a 2-0 lead. Macadré capitalized after O’Neill hit the left post off the initial shot, sending the ball ricocheting across the net and into the stick of the senior.
The second half was heavily controlled by MSU, although the Spartans would not find the back of the net until the 62nd minute. MSU earned its ninth penalty corner of the afternoon, with Vagnoni capitalizing on the penalty, earning the third goal for MSU. Vagnoni scored her fourth goal of the year, firing the shot from the top of the circle. Macadré and Higgins both registered an assist on the Vagnoni goal.
The Spartans and the Scarlet Knights have met 12 times over the course of the series, dating back to 1986.
MSU holds an 8-3-1 series advantage over Rutgers.
The Spartans have own the last eight meetings, with the most dominant win coming on Sept. 14, 2002 when the Green and White defeated Rutgers 12-1.
Rutgers last beat MSU on Sept. 16, 1989, 4-0.
The two teams last met on Oct. 14, 2016. MSU claimed a 4-3 victory in that match.
MSU and Indiana have met a total of 25 times, dating back to Oct. 16, 1976. The Spartans won the initial meeting, 2-1.
The Spartans lead the series, 21-4-0.
The two squads last met on Oct. 16, 2016 in East Lansing, The Spartans defeated the Hoosiers 1-0 in that match.
Scouting the Scarlet Knights:
The Scarlet Knights of Rutgers hold a season record of 8-5 and 2-2 in conference play.
Meredith Civico is in her sixth season at the helm of the Rutgers field hockey program.
As a team, the Knights average 2.31 goals per game while allowing 1.77 gpg.
Rutgers boasts a .557 shots on goal percentage to go along with 11.5 shots per game. The team has registered 24 assists this season.
In its last game, Rutgers fell to No. 12 Stanford in a neutral site match in Ann Arbor, 2-1 in overtime.
Freshman Daphne Groothuis and junior Linde van Schaik each have seven goals on the season, leading the Knights’ offensive attack. Groothuis adds a team-leading six assists totaling 20 points, while van Schaik has tallied four assists, collecting 18 points.
Redshirt sophomore Austyn Cuneo is second on the team in goals scored with four. Cuneo also adds four assists to her season total, collecting 12 points.
The Scarlet Knights have had three different goalkeepers see time in net this season, with freshman Gianna Glatz leading the charge, owning over 877 minutes in goal. The freshman registers a save percentage of .727 and a goals allowed average of 1.68.
Scouting the Hoosiers:
The Indiana Hoosiers hold a record of 6-8 overall with a conference record of 0-4.
Head coach Amanda Janney is in her third season with the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers are averaging 1.86 goals per game while giving up 2.71 gpg.
Indiana has a shots on goal percentage of .528 and fire 12.6 shots per game.
In Indiana’s last match, they defeated Ohio, 3-2. Prior to that victory, the team was on a five-game losing streak.
Senior Maddie Latino leads the Hoosiers’ offense with nine goals this year, registering a team-high 18 points.
Sophomore Ciara Girouard adds six goals to the team total, also collecting one assist for 13 points.
The Hoosiers have played three different athletes in net this season, with redshirt senior Katie Johnson leading the trio with over 954 minutes in net. Johnson has recorded 70 saves and has a goals allowed average of 2.57 along with a save percentage of .667.
Simone Vagnoni and Katie Miller are captains for the 2017 team.
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.