Nov. 12, 2013
|NCAA TOURNAMENT: Michigan State vs. Miami|
|Dates||Wed, Nov. 13, 2013|
|Game Time||2 p.m.|
|Location||East Lansing, Mich..; Ralph Young Field|
|Tickets||Spartan Ticket Office
Public - $7; Youth/Senior $5
Everyone regardless of age must have a ticket
|Game Notes||MSU | Miami|
|Social Media||@MSUFieldHockey | Facebook|
|Parking||Parking will be available in Lot 79 (Spartan Stadium), Lot 63 West (Breslin), and Lot 62 West (IM West). All are pay lots.|
Michigan State has earned its ninth NCAA Tournament bid in program history, and the Spartans, (12-9) will host Miami on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in a play-in game. The Spartans, who captured their fourth Big Ten title in program history, will host a play-in game on Wednesday at 2 p.m. against the Red Hawks, the champions of the Mid-American Conference. The winner will play No. 2 seed Syracuse on Saturday in the First Round.
ROAD TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP
After starting 3-6, Michigan State closed out the season winning nine of its last 12 games, highlighted by a season- high four-game winning streak to end the season that resulted in winning the Big Ten Tournament. As the three seed entering the tournament, MSU defeated Indiana 6-0 in the first round, advancing to play Ohio State. It took two extra periods for the Spartans to earn the 3-2 double-overtime victory over the Buckeyes. MSU advanced to its fourth Big Ten Tournament championship game in school history, taking on Iowa. Needing a win to earn a bid into the NCAA tournament, the Spartans erased a 2-0 halftime deficit by scoring three unanswered goals, as Tournament MVP Abby Barker scored twice and senior Adelle Lever capped the victory with the game -winner with seven minutes remaining in regulation. It was MSU's fourth Big Ten Tournament title in program history, and first since 2009.
The RedHawks (12-9) won the Mid-American Conference Tournament for the second season in a row, earning the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. After a rule change that expanded the tournament field to 19 teams, the MAC now has an automatic bid, sending Miami to the tournament for the first time in school history.
When The RedHawks and Spartans met earlier this season, Miami won 2-0, and were only one of two teams to shut out MSU this season. The other was No. 2 seed Syracuse, who the winner of Wednesday's matchup will face in the First Round on Saturday.
Five Michigan State field hockey players were named to the All-Big Ten teams, as announced by the Conference office on Nov. 7. Junior forward Abby Barker was a First Team All-Big Ten selection and Becky Stiles, Katherine Jamieson and Molly Cassidy were all selected to the Second Team. Senior Katherine Jamieson was recognized as MSU's Sportsmanship Award Honoree.
SPARTAN SENIORS Molly Cassidy and Kristen Henn were selected to play in this year's Front Rush / NFHCA Division I Senior Game. The game will be held on Saturday, November 23rd at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex in Virginia Beach, VA. Game time is 2:15 p.m.
RELYING ON EXPERIENCE
Senior midfielder Kristen Henn serves as the team captain. She is serving in this capacity for the third season for the Spartans.
MSU's roster features 12 underclassmen (11 freshmen, three sophomores), which means Michigan State will lean heavily on experience and team leadership. There are seven juniors and seniors on the roster that have started in all 21 games to start the season, and the top seven point scorers on the team are all upperclassmen.
USA FIELD HOCKEY
Allie Ahern, Becky Stiles and Abby Barker were among the top field hockey players in the country competing at the USA Field Hockey U-21 National Championships this past June. Stiles and Barker competed at the US Field Hockey National Championships in late May, vying for a spot on the U-21 team. Stiles competed for Team New Jersey, and Barker for the Midwest/California Squad.
The winner of Wednesday's play-in game will travel to take on No. 2 seed Syracuse in Saturday's first round matchup.