Oct. 21, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich.-The No. 9 Michigan State field hockey team (12-4, 1-3) will host Indiana (9-5, 1-3) in a Big Ten televised tilt on Saturday at 1 p.m. This will be the Spartan's first televised appearance this season.
Last Time Out
The Spartans ended their weekend with a thrilling 2-1 non-league victory over Northwestern at home on Sunday. Down 1-0 going into the second half, sophomore midfielder Kristen Henn was able to knock in the equalizer for the Spartans off of a pass from senior forward Jantine Steinmetz. With less than three minutes left in regulation Steinmetz was found senior Amanda Huck near the cage where she was able to deflect in the game-winning goal. The competition did not count towards conference standings; the two rivals face off in their Big Ten match on Sunday, Oct. 31 at Northwestern.
Scouting the Hoosiers
Indiana enters Saturday's Big Ten matchup with a conference record of 1-3. They are currently on a three-game winning streak after beating Villanova at home, 2-1. The Hoosiers recorded their first conference win when they topped Iowa 2-1 in a home match that went into overtime. Indiana's offense is led by Brenna Moeljadi who has tallied five goals and four assists this season and Morgan Fleetwood who has recorded three goals and six assists. Shareyna Chang scored the game-winner against Villanova for her fifth tally of the season.
Second Half Scoring
Michigan State continues to bring momentum into their second half of play, as the team has scored most of their goals in the second thirty-five minutes. The Spartans recorded both of their goals against Northwestern in the second half, with Henn's tally coming at 42:05 and Huck's game-winner at 67:47. MSU has scored 27 out of their 45 goals this season in the second half and have shot at their opponent's cage 123 times after the intermission. The Spartan defense has also been stepping up during the second thirty-five minutes of play, with freshman goaltender Molly Cassidy recording 47 of her 78 saves in the second half.
Leading the Way
The Spartan offense is lead by senior forwards Jantine Steinmetz and Sabine van den Assem. Steinmetz has recorded seven goals and eight assists along with two game-winners. Van den Assem has tallied nine goals and four assists this season. Right behind the dynamic seniors is sophomore midfielder Kristen Henn who has scored nine times and assisted on one goal. Three of Henn's eight goals were game-winners, which is the highest total on the team. Senior back Joelle van Ierland recorded her second defensive save of the season against the Wildcats. She now has nine career defensive saves.
Michigan State is ranked ninth in the Kookaburra/NCFHA Division I National Coaches Poll this week. The Spartans lost to then-No. 6 Ohio State last Friday, 5-1. The conference loss bumped MSU to a 5-3 record against ranked opponents. MSU has posted wins over No. 9 Wake Forest (3-1), No. 10 Duke (1-0), No. 19 Stanford, (3-2), No. 12 James Madison (1-0) and No.13 Boston University, (6-1).
Home Sweet Home
The Spartans will play a total of 10 games at home in East Lansing at the Ralph Young Field this season. MSU had a six-game at home winning streak that was snapped by Penn State when the Nittany Lions topped the Spartans 4-1 on their home turf. MSU has an impressive 8-1 record on their home field and are 4-3 when playing outside of East Lansing.
Sabine van den Assem's penalty stroke in the tilt against Ohio State last Friday was the second stroke opportunity the Spartans had this season. Senior forward Jantine Steinmetz recorded MSU's only goal against Michigan in this manner when the Spartans visited Ann Arbor on Oct. 1. Michigan State lost the contest against the Wolverines, 2-1. Both penalty strokes wound up being the only tallies for the Spartans in their losses to Big Ten rivals, Ohio State and Michigan.
Around the Big Ten
No. 12 Michigan currently sits atop the Big Ten rankings with an undefeated record of 4-0 in conference play. Michigan State is third in the conference in goals scored with 43 and a scoring average of 2.69 goals a game. They rank second in shots attempted with 252. Freshman goaltender Molly Cassidy leads the Big Ten with five shutouts. Senior forward Jantine Steinmetz's 59 shots are good for fourth in the conference and Sabine van den Assem and Kristen Henn's nine goals a piece puts them tied at fifth.
Game Day Goings-On
Saturday's matchup against the Hoosiers will also serve as the field hockey team's annual breast cancer awareness game. MSU field hockey shirts will be available for purchase and there will be a table set up for donations. Both teams would like to help promote awareness and educate fans on the prevention of breast cancer.
Following the contest, Michigan State will host its annual Fall Play day, which provides young girls from around the state of Michigan a chance to learn from and play with the Spartan field hockey team. Drills and scrimmages will take place immediately after the conclusion of the match and last for two hours. The brochure is located at the top of the page and the fee can still be paid prior to the event.