No. 21 Field Hockey Concludes Regular-Season Schedule
Oct. 25, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. –The No. 21 Michigan State field hockey team will conclude its regular-season schedule with a home game against No. 5 Penn State on Saturday at 12 p.m.
“Penn State will be a tough game on Saturday, they are a quick team,” said head coach Helen Knull. “This game is all about seeding for the tournament, we are looking to finish strong.”
Reflections on Last Weekend
Sophomore Abby Barker’s two goals led Michigan State to its overtime win against Central Michigan. Barker’s first goal came on her third shot in a row, with the first two saved by the CMU goaltender. The Chippewas came back in a similar fashion with two shots on goal prior to tying up the score at 1-1 with a goal by Skylar Vannatta. With a scoreless second half, Barker’s game-winning goal came with 1:32 expired in the extra period. After a pass from Heather Howie, Barker shot the ball into the cage as Netto came out of the box. Cassidy recorded eight saves for the Spartans.
Penn State has five players on the roster with more than 20 points tallied this season. Leading the Nittany Lions and ranking second in the Big Ten with 50 points is Kelsey Amy, who has scored 21 goals and assisted on eight. Ashtin Klinger follows Amy with 24 points from 11 goals and two assists, third in scoring goals is Brittany Grzywacz with 10 goals and one assist (21 points). Whitney Reddig leads Penn State in assists (14) and has scored three goals (20 points), close behind is Laura Gebhard with 12 assists and five goals (22 points). Ayla Halus, goaltender for Penn State, has a 1.65 GAA and .727 save percentage.
Penn State’s Brittany Grzywacz leads the Big Ten in defensive saves (5). Amy leads shots per game (109) while ranking second in points per game (3.12), goals (21), and goals per game (0.89).
Michigan State is 10-24 all-time against Penn State. Last year, Penn State recorded a victory, 4-1, where Molly Cassidy made nine saves. The Spartans last defeated Penn State, 5-1, in 2009.
Sophomore Abby Barker leads Michigan State with 16 goals and three assists (35 points). Heather Howie has totaled 13 points with five goals and three assists. Allie Ahern has scored five goals and tallied two assists (12 points).
Redshirt junior Molly Cassidy owns a 1.47 GAA and .800 save percentage.
Michigan State has won three of five games that have gone into overtime.
Goalkeeper Molly Cassidy ranks first in save percentage (.800), saves per game (6.00), and saves (108). Cassidy ranks third in shutouts (4.0) and in GAA (1.47). The goaltender also ranks seventh in the NCAA in save percentage.
A fifth year senior from Middleburg, Va., Chelsy Coil has recorded two goals and one assist for the Spartans in her career as a forward. Coil’s goals came in back-to-back games against California and Louisville in 2011. The forward has played in 43 games and was a three-time recipient of the team Spirit Award from 2008 – 2010. The forward will receive her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in May 2013.
A senior from Cleveland, Ohio, Lizzie Helffrich tallied four goals in her 47 career games for Michigan State. Helffrich helped the Spartans in their victory against Miami, 2-1, in 2011 with her game-winning goal. She scored a career high of three goals in the 2011 season. Helffrich was honored as a member of the Academic All-Big Ten Team as well as the NFHCA National Academic Squad in 2010 & 2011. She will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
As a fifth-year senior from Bethlehem, Pa., Christie Jones plays midfield for Michigan State. Jones has seen action in 49 games as a Spartan and was a part of the Big Ten Championship team in 2009. This season she assisted on a goal during the matchup against Pacific. Jones will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in communications.
A senior forward from Louisville, Ky., Jessica Lindner has seen action in 74 games during her Spartan career. The forward has scored five goals and assisted on seven, and most recently she scored during the shutout win over Indiana. This season she assisted on a goal during the victory against Louisville and the game against Pacific. In 2010 and 2011 Lindner was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a member of the NFHCA National Academic Squad. Lindner was also chosen as the team’s spirit award winner in 2011. She will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in human biology.
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