Spartans Honor Seniors To Close Out Season Wednesday
Six seniors will be honored against Northwestern at 6 p.m.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State hosts Northwestern for its final match of the season. Kick is set for 6 p.m., and the match will be streamed on BTN Plus.
The Spartans honor six spectacular seniors:
#0 Savanna Wojtanowski, goalkeeper (Management)
#7 Madison Duncan, defender (Mechanical Engineering)
#10 Kristelle Yewah, forward (Kinesiology)
#15 Jamie Cheslik, forward (Communication)
#22 Brielle Leon, midfielder/defender (Human Biology)
#29 Morgan McKerchie, midfielder (Electrical Engineering)
These seniors have posted a cumulative GPA of 3.39. With five Academic All-Big Ten honorees and two Big Ten Distinguished Scholars these student-athletes have shown their excellence in the classroom as well as having a heart for giving back to the community. These individuals have given their time and commitment to the surrounding community in various service projects throughout the years.
LAST TIME OUT
The Spartans played to a 0-0 draw on Saturday, Oct. 21 against the Maryland Terrapins in College Park. The Terps held an advantage in shots, 14-6, but redshirt sophomore goalkeeper made all seven saves that came her way to shut out the Maryland offense. The draw was MSU's first tie of the season.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
In its last match, Northwestern defeated Nebraska, 1-0, on Saturday, Oct. 21. Freshman Kayleigh Stahlschmidt netted a goal in the 65th minute to lift the Wildcats over the Huskers. The match marks a three-game winning streak for Northwestern, the longest active streak in the conference.
Junior midfielder Marisa Viggiano leads the Wildcats in points with 10 points off two goals and six assists.
Northwestern's leading goalkeeper is Lauren Clem, who has started in all 17 matches. Clem has earned a 0.86 goals against average, and a .831 save percentage. She has claimed eight shutouts, tied for third in the B1G.
Michigan State is 13-9-1 overall in career meetings with Northwestern, and 6-3-1 in matches at home. In their last meeting, the Wildcats defeated the Spartans in overtime, 1-0, on October 6, 2016.
Freshman midfielder Danielle Stephan leads the team in assists with six, and has started in all 17 games for the Spartans. Stephan scored her first career goal against No. 17 Wake Forest on Sept. 7 and has seen 1,278 minutes on the field this season.
Forward Alexandra Thomas has played in 11 games this season and has scored three points on two shots. Thomas scored the lone goal in the Spartans' loss to Minnesota on Sept. 24 and tallied an assist against Iowa on Oct. 1.
Midfielder Bella Jodzis has come in off the bench in 15 games, playing 449 minutes in total and taking two corners for MSU. Defender Athena Biondi has seen action in seven games, playing a season-high 57 minutes against Purdue on Sept. 17.
MICHIGAN STATE NOTES
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Reilley Ott has started in all 17 matches for the Spartans, making 101 saves overall for the season. Ott is currently first in the B1G in saves per game (5.90), and second in overall saves. Ott made a season-high 11 stops against Michigan on Oct. 15, and owns a 1.90 goals against average.
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Savanna Wojtanowski came in off the bench against No. 17 Wake Forest (Sept. 7), playing in 80 minutes for the Spartans and making seven saves. Wojtanowski also saw action in the second half against Minnesota (9/24) and versus Penn State (10/8).
Senior forward Jamie Cheslik leads the team in goals and points, generating six goals and four assists for 16 points overall and passing her point total from last season. Cheslik also has a team-high three game-winning goals that came against Samford (Aug. 27), Oakland (Sept. 3), and Iowa (Oct. 1).
Junior forward Lexy Warner is a consistent contributor for the Spartans, scoring three points off a goal and assist against Michigan (Oct. 15), and netting two goals against Iowa (Oct. 1).
THE BIG TEN CONFERENCE
Ohio State remains in first place in the Big Ten, earning the conference champion title. Penn State is in second place, with a chance to tie with Ohio State for the conference title this week.
Eight teams will play in the Big Ten Championships. On Oct. 29, the quarterfinal matches will be played at the highest seeds. The semifinal and finals will be played Nov. 3-5 in Westfield, Indiana.