Field Hockey Wraps Up Regular Season
The Spartans will host No. 25 Iowa Friday before traveling to No. 8 Northwestern Sunday.
PDF Game Notes: MSU vs. Iowa
The Michigan State field hockey team wraps up its regular season this weekend, with Big Ten matches against No. 25 Iowa and No. 8 Northwestern.
Friday night the Spartans host No. 25 Iowa in the final home match of the regular season. The match will also serve as Senior Day for the six Spartan seniors, and will be played at Ralph Young Field at 3 p.m.
BTN Plus will be streaming the game live. Fans can watch the live stream by clicking here.
MSU will travel to No. 8 Northwestern on Sunday to wrap up the regular season. That match will be played at 1 p.m. at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill.
Sunday’s match will also be broadcast on BTN Plus.
Live stats for both matches will also be available.
MSU is coached by Helen Knull. Knull is in her sixth season at the helm of the Spartan field hockey program.
The Spartans claim an 8-8 overall record while sitting at 2-4 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.
MSU has faced at least one ranked opponent in every weekend of play with one exception: the weekend in Ohio (at Miami and Ohio State).
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 16 games, the Green and White is averaging 1.94 goals per game while allowing 2.56 gpg. The Spartans claim a shots on goal percentage of .552.
The Spartans are fourth in the Big Ten in total shots with 261.
As a squad, MSU ranks 28th in the nation in defensive saves with four.
The Spartans rank at an impressive 18th in the nation in saves per game with 7.20.
The Green and White is averaging 16.3 shots per game and has tallied 26 total assists.
Redshirt senior midfielder Kendal Anderson leads the team with seven goals to go along with two assists, registering 16 points, second-best on the squad. The Shaker Heights, Ohio native ranks ninth in the conference in shots with 47, (2.94/game).
Senior forward Sophie Macadré sits second on the team in total goals with six. The New Zealand native adds a team-high seven assists, leading the team in total points with 19. Macadré sits 10th in the Big Ten in assists (0.44/game).
Redshirt senior back Simone Vagnoni has catapulted herself into being tied for second on the team in goals with six, after scoring a goal in each of the last three games. The captain has been dominant in the past three contests, tallying a single goal in each outing. Vagnoni adds two assists to her season total, registering 14 points (third on the team), and plays an integral part of the Spartan backline. Vagnoni was named as an alternate for the Victory Sports Tours/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Senior Game.
Sophomore midfielder Makenzie Brown has three goals and is the only Spartan this season to score twice in one game. The Scotland native tallied two goals in a span of less than 20 seconds in the match against Yale on Sept. 17.
Junior back Bailey Higgins has been an integral part of the Spartan backline, starting in every game this season. Higgins is second on the team in assists with five.
Senior forward Grace Santi has two goals in 2017, fourth-best on the team. The senior also adds one assist, tallying five points.
Freshman forward Lia Sinisi is the only freshman to start in all 16 games for the Green and White.
Redshirt senior back Lauren Bonness, sophomore forward Kelsey Keener, freshman forward Meredith Ross, and sophomore back Hannah Ackers 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 .735.
Miller leads the team with 60 total saves and claims a save percentage of .706, seventh-best in the Big Ten. The senior captain has recorded over 780 minutes in net, ranks eighth in the Big Ten in saves and ninth in saves per game with 3.80.
Fletcher ranks sixth in the conference in saves per game with 4.90. The freshman has a save percentage of .742 (sixth in the Big Ten).
Last Time Out:
MSU had two tough matches last weekend, first hosting No. 18 Rutgers before heading to Indiana.
The Spartans fell to the Scarlet Knights on Friday night in a 3-2 battle.
RU was able to take a 1-0 lead early in the game before MSU answered, evening the score at 1-all.
Santi found the back of the net at 16:56 when she drew the goalkeeper out of the net and slid it past the right glove of the Rutgers’ defender.
The Scarlet Knights claimed the next two goals, the first coming at 30:19 and the second at 34:56 to take a 3-1 lead into halftime.
The Spartans made it a one-goal game in the 44th minute, when Simone Vagnoni netted one off the penalty corner from the top of the circle, making it 3-2. Madison O’Neill was credited with the assist on the goal.
On Sunday, the Spartans rebounded with a 3-2 victory at Indiana.
At 14:28, Cara Bonshak controlled the ball, dribbling it past an IU defender and shot it into the circle to Kendal Anderson, who found a slicing Lauren Bonness, who cut into the left side of the goal and fired it past the goalkeeper, giving MSU a 1-0 lead.
The Hoosiers tied the game at 1-all in the 49th minute after being awarded a penalty stroke.
At 58:57, the Spartans scored their second goal of the day off a penalty corner. Simone Vagnoni found the back of the net from the left side of the circle, giving her team a 2-1 lead. Macadré and Madison O’Neill were credited with the assists off the penalty corner goal.
The third goal of the afternoon came from Bonshak. The freshman played the ball after it was deflected out of the upper left side of the circle. The Allentown, Pa. native played the ball back into the circle and fired it in low, giving MSU a two-goal lead with just under nine minutes to play.
The Hoosiers earned a penalty corner as time expired and played the corner when the clock hit zero. The Hoosiers scored on the penalty corner, making it a 3-2 final.
The Spartans and the Iowa Hawkeyes have met 65 times throughout the duration of their series, and the Hawkeyes hold a series advantage of 49-15-1.
In the first game of the series, dating back to Oct. 21, 1977, the two teams tied in a 2-2 draw.
The Spartans hold a 3-2 advantage over the last five meetings.
The last time MSU defeated Iowa was on Oct. 17, 2014 in East Lansing by a final of 2-0.
Northwestern and MSU have battled 63 times over the course of the series, dating back to Oct. 20, 1977.
The Spartans trail in the series, 39-24-0, and NU has won six straight.
The last time the Spartans defeated Northwestern was on Nov. 4, 2010 when the Green and White claimed a 3-1 victory.
Scouting the Hawkeyes:
The No. 25-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes hold a season record of 10-5 and are 1-5 in conference play.
Lisa Cellucci is in her fourth season at the helm of the Hawkeye field hockey program.
As a team, the Hawkeyes average 2.40 goals per game while also allowing 2.40.
Iowa boasts a .599 shots on goal percentage to go along with 10.8 shots per game. The team has registered 38 assists this season.
In its last game, the Hawkeyes fell at home to No. 3 Michigan by a final of 3-2, its third-straight loss.
Sophomore Katie Birch leads her team in goals with 13 while adding six assists, totaling 32 points. The midfielder owns a shots on goal percentage of .667 and has collected all of the Hawkeyes’ penalty strokes on the season, going 3-for-4. Birch is second in the Big Ten in four different categories, including shots (61), shots per game (4.07), goals (13), and goals per game (0.87).
Freshman Maddy Murphy is second on the team in goals, totaling nine on the year.
Senior Katie Jones has spent every minute in net for Iowa, totaling over 1,058 minutes. The goalkeeper boasts a goals against average of 2.38 and a save percentage of .629.
Scouting the Wildcats:
The No. 8-ranked Northwestern Wildcats are 12-4 overall and own a 5-1 mark in Big Ten play.
Tracey Fuchs is in her ninth year as head coach at Northwestern.
The Wildcats average 3.06 goals per game and allow 1.81 gpg.
They claim a .646 shots on goal percentage to go along with 16.2 shots per game.
As a squad, the Wildcats have tallied 43 assists on the season.
Redshirt junior Pascale Massey leads the Wildcats in goals this year with nine, while junior Puck Pentenga adds eight. The two have combined for 52 of the team’s 141 total points this season.
Pentenga leads the Big Ten in shots (85) and shots per game (5.31), as well as assists (14).
The Wildcats have three goalkeepers who have seen time in net this year in sophomore Caroline Hughes, redshirt sophomore Annie Kalfas, and freshman Florien Marcussen.
Kalfas leads the goalkeeper race, totaling over 1,063 minutes in net while claiming a save percentage of .745. the sophomore has 70 saves this year and registers a GAA of 1.58.
“It is hard to believe we are already down to the last weekend of conference play and our final home game of the regular season," said head coach Helen Knull. "There is a lot to play for in the Big Ten conference as seeding is to be determined by the outcomes of the final weekend. As a team, we have been improving each week and are looking to make more adjustments as we play Iowa and Northwestern. On Friday, we will recognize our senior class of Kendal, Simone, Lauren, Grace, Sophie and Katie. A group of remarkable Spartans who have left their mark on the program and we will enjoy celebrating them.”
Simone Vagnoni and Katie Miller are captains for the 2017 team.
Hannah Ackers’ sister, Chandler, played her collegiate field hockey career at Iowa.
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 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 remainder 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.