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Field Hockey Set to Begin Big Ten Tournament Play

Oct. 27, 2017

PDF: MSU Game Notes

The Michigan State field hockey team wrapped up its regular season with an 8-10 overall record and a 2-6 mark in conference play.

The Spartans earned the No. 7 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and will square off with No. 2 seed Maryland Sunday at 1 p.m. in College Park, Maryland.

The game will be broadcast on BTN Plus. 

Live stats will also be available to follow along with here.

Tournament History

Michigan State holds a 17-19 record all-time in the Big Ten Tournament, including a 9-13 mark in first round games, 4-6 in the second round, and a perfect 4-0 when it reaches the final.



The Spartans four tournament titles came in 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2013.

Series Notes

This will be just the second time that the Spartans and Terrapins meet in the Big Ten Tournament. The first and only meeting in postseason play came in 2015 in the first round where Maryland defeated MSU by a final of 3-2.

Sunday's meeting marks the eighth time the two programs have met in each school's history. The Terps stand undefeated in the series, holding an 8-0-0 advantage over the Spartans.

Meetings with Maryland

The Spartans will see Maryland for the second time this season on Sunday. MSU hosted Maryland in a Big Ten match on Oct. 6. The Terps earned a 4-1 victory over MSU in that meeting.

Senior forward Sophie Macadre tallied the lone goal in that game, while goalkeepers senior Katie Miller and freshman Mairi Fletcher combined for nine saves on the day.

MSU Notes

Head coach Helen Knull is in her seventh season at the helm of the Spartan field hockey program.

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 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 18 games, the Green and White is averaging 1.89 goals per game while allowing 3.11 gpg. The Spartans claim a shots on goal percentage of .552.

The Spartans are fifth in the Big Ten in total shots with 279.

The Spartans rank at an impressive 19th in the nation in saves per game with 6.83.

The Green and White is averaging 15.5 shots per game and has tallied 28 total assists.

Redshirt senior midfielder Kendal Anderson is ninth in the Big Ten and leads the Spartans in goals with nine. The Shaker Height, Ohio native adds two assists, garnering at team-leading 20 points on the year. Anderson has been on a streak as of late, tallying three goals in the last two games, recording at least one point in 10 games this season.

Macadre sits at second on the team in total points with 19, combining for six goals (second on the team) and a team-leading seven assists.

Redshirt senior back Simone Vagnoni was on a three-game scoring streak leading up to last weekend's matches. The Collegeville, Pennsylvania native is tied for second on the team in total goals with six. Vagnoni adds two assists, registering 14 points (third on the team). The captain was named as an alternate for the Victory Sports Tours/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Senior Game on Nov. 17 in Louisville.

Sophomore midfielder Mackenzie Brown has three goals and is the only Spartan to score twice in one game this season. 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 recorded three goals, tied for third on the team.

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 .694.

Miller leads the team with 66 total saves and claims a save percentage of .680, eighth-best in the Big Ten. The senior captain has recorded over 850 minutes in net, ranks eighth in the Big Ten in saves and ninth in saves per game with 3.70. Miller ranks 30th in the nation in goalie win-loss percentage at .556.

Fletcher ranks fifth in the conference in saves per game with 4.70. The freshman has a save percentage of .683 (ninth in the Big Ten).

MSU has gotten production from up and down the lineup, as 14 different Spartans have registered a point, while 10 different players have tallied goals.

The Spartans faced a challenging slate in 2017, taking on 10 ranked opponents as part of their 18-game schedule.

MSU lost four decisions by one goal this season, all coming from ranked teams.

Scouting Report - Maryland

Maryland's field hockey program is led by 30th year head coach Missy Meharg.

The Terrapins finished the regular season 12-5-0 overall and 6-2-0 in the Big Ten, good for the No. 2 seed in the tournament.

Maryland closed out the regular season on a six-game winning streak.

Lein Holsboer leads the Terps' scoring attack, collecting 10 goals on the year to go along with nine assists for a team-leading 29 points. Holsboer ranks sixth in the conference in goals and eighth in the league in assists.

Bodil Keus has eight goals for Maryland, while Linnea Gonzales adds seven.

Sarah Holliday is the likely keeper in net for the Terrapins. Holliday's 81 saves ranks fourth in the Big Ten while her save percentage of .771 ranks third.


“Time for the post season! The Spartans are excited to head to Maryland on Sunday for our first game in Big Ten Tournament play,” said head caoch Helen Knull. “Maryland is a great team, but we are ready to execute and make a run in the Big Ten Tournament. Our goal is to be home and playing on Ralph Young Field the weekend of Nov 3-5th. It is about us playing Spartan Hockey for 70 minutes and leaving everything we
have on the field.”

Up Next

The winner of Sunday's game will advance to the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 3, to take on either No. 3 Penn State or No. 6 Iowa in a 1:30 p.m. match. MSU is hosting the semis and finals at Ralph Young Field. 


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