Nov. 12, 2013
| NCAA TOURNAMENT: Michigan State vs. Miami
||Wed, Nov. 13, 2013
| Game Time
|| 2 p.m.
|| East Lansing, Mich..; Ralph Young Field
||Spartan Ticket Office
Public - $7; Youth/Senior $5
Everyone regardless of age must have a ticket
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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.
The Last Meeting
October 6, 2013
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.
MSU NOTESThe MSU field hockey program will make its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since a stretch of four straight postseason appearances from 2007-2010. Michigan State is 8-8 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.Michigan State is 6-2 all-time in its opening round game of the NCAA Tournament.MSU is currently on a four-game winning streak, its longest of the season. After a slow 3-6 start to the season, the Spartans have won five of six and nine out of their last 12.Michigan State is one of two Big Ten teams to make the tournament, the other being Big Ten regular season co-champion Penn State.The Spartans played six teams during the regular season that made the 19-team tournament field.With Sunday's win, Michigan State improved to 4-0 all-time in Big Ten Championship games.Abby Barker was named the B1G Tournament MVP. She scored five of MSU's 11 goals in three games over the course of the weekend. Barker was joined on the All-Tournament Team by goalkeeper Molly Cassidy.Sunday's 3-2 comeback win over Iowa marked the first time this season that the Spartans won a game in which they didn't score first. Michigan State had scored first in all 11 of its previous wins.Seventeen different players have recorded at least a goal or an assist this year for the Spartans. Abby Barker leads the attack with 16 goals while Allie Ahern has recorded 11. The two have combined for 10 game-winning goals this season, with Barker's six ranking the third most in the Big Ten.Barker ranks third in the Big Ten in points (34) and third in goals scored (16). Ahern is also on the leader board in the Big Ten in scoring, ranking ninth in points (25) and seventh in goals (11).Jenni Smith leads the team and is third in the Big Ten with 11 assists, while Katherine Jamieson is second on the team with eight. MSU has recorded 47 assist as a team, the most in the Big Ten.Michigan State has had three different players record a hat trick this season in four different games. Abby Barker recorded a hat trick in both games against Indiana, while Allie Ahern (Pacific, 9/1) and Katherine Jamieson (Iowa, 11/2) have both accomplished the feat.Jamieson was selected as the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for her seven point effort against the Hawkeyes (11/2). Her seven points in a game was the third highest mark in the Big Ten this season, and she became the first Offensive Player of the Week for Michigan State since Floor Rijpma (Nov. 2, 2009).Junior back Jenni Smith has had a recent point surge, tallying eight assists over the last six games. Smith was the other Spartan to be given a weekly award from the conference this season, as she was Co- Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 15.On the defensive side, goalkeeper Molly Cassidy has made 94 saves this season, the second most in the Big Ten. Cassidy turned away a season high 12 shots against Penn State (10/19) and recorded her first shutout of the season against Northeastern (9/20). MSU's five team shutouts ranks third in the Big Ten, while Michigan State goalies have combined for 103 saves this season, the second most in the conference.Alli Helwig has made four defensive saves for MSU this season and Kristen Henn is the only other Spartan defender to record one. Freshman Adrea Donaldson, Megan Fenton, Kristen Matuala and Shelby Supica have all picked up their first career goals in the Green and White.
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.