Two B1G road competitions on the bridge for field hockey


Michigan State (7-3, 0-3 B1G) at Indiana (7-7, 1-4 B1G)
Dated: Friday October 15th
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Site: IU Field Hockey Complex (Bloomington, Indiana)
Live Statistics: SIDEARM statistics
To concern: B1G +
Play Notes: Michigan State | Indiana

Michigan State at No.6 Northwest (10-4, 1-3 B1G)
Dated: Sunday 17th October
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Site: Lakeside Field (Evanston, Illinois)
Live Statistics: SIDEARM statistics
To concern: B1G +
Play Notes: Michigan State | North West

EAST LANSING, Michigan – Entering the home stretch of the regular season, the Michigan State field hockey team is set to embark on a two-game road trip this weekend for a pair of Big Ten Conference games. .

The Spartans begin the weekend Friday in Indiana, with that meeting scheduled for 3 p.m. in Bloomington. MSU then travels to Evanston, Ill. For a 1 p.m. showdown with No.6 Northwestern on Sunday.


After being beaten at home last Friday, 5-0, by the Iowa No.1, the Spartans responded with a road victory in Miami on Sunday that included three first-half goals and one late goal. of the senior team. Maddie mcdonough to ensure the 4-3 victory. In a game that saw junior Merel hanssen racking up four points, McDonough’s 57th-minute goal brought the score to 4-2 MSU and turned out to be the game winner when Miami scored 16 seconds later. The victory ended Michigan State’s non-conference list with a perfect 7-0 record.


In arguably the best field hockey conference in the country, MSU will begin its final Big Ten game streak with Friday’s contest in Indiana, with the conference placing seven teams in the NFHCA Top-25 poll this week, including four in the top. -5. The league also has all nine teams with an overall record of 0.500 or better at the start of the weekend, with Iowa and Michigan currently undefeated this season.


An influx of new MSU midfielders this season allowed Hanssen to play more on the Spartan attack, which resulted in the Dutch product becoming Michigan state’s offensive hub in 2021. The junior leads the Spartans in all three offensives. categories (17p, 6g, 5a), and has racked up a pair of performances with more than four points, including MSU’s most recent victory over Miami (Ohio) where she scored one goal and had two career-best assists.


Of the 25 players in the Spartans roster, all 25 have played this season while 21 have played seven or more games, including both goalies. On the scoresheet, 14 players have scored at least one point this season, with 13 of those Spartans scoring one goal this season and 11 players scoring multiple goals. The 11 multiple scorers this season are the most since the 2007 team had 11 players with multiple goals.


Coming in on Friday, MSU ranks in the nation’s top 10 in defensive saves, goals per game, points per game and shutouts per game. The team’s six defensive saves are eighth in the country and the best among the Big Ten schools, while the 0.40-per-game shutouts are 10th in the country and second in the league. Offensively, the Spartans’ 3.30 goals per game rank eighth in Division I, and MSU’s 8.80 points per game rank ninth among the domestic leaders. Additionally, a team average of 5.90 saves per game ranks first in the Big Ten and 23rd in the NCAA. Individually, Hanssen ranks 23rd nationally with 1.70 points per game, and senior that of Monique Jardell The save percentage of 0.763 is 21st among NCAA goaltenders.


The Hoosiers won four of their first five games to start the season, including a 1-0 win over then-ranked Miami on September 3. Indiana’s last three games have all been close against ranked opponents, as a 1-0 double overtime. loss to then-No. 6 Rutgers was followed by a 3-1 victory over No. 16 Ohio State last Friday and a 2-1 overtime loss to No. 24 Kent State on Sunday. Kira Curland was the Hoosiers’ top scorer with five goals, while Yip van Wonderen had five assists in addition to a game-winner. Arabella Loveridge has been the workhorse at the net, making 39 saves in 13 games while registering four shutouts.


In the all-time series, the Spartans hold a 25-7 lead over the Hoosiers, but the series has been a little more even recently, as MSU has won six of the last ten meetings. The last contest between the two was in the first round of the Big Ten tournament last season, where then in second year Celina Riccardo two goals propelled MSU to a 4-2 victory.


The No.6-ranked Wildcats opened the campaign by taking on ranked opponents in each of their first seven games, winning all but one (a 2-1 loss to Boston College, then No.7, on September 5) . Northwestern has calmed down a bit with losses in three of its last five games, including back-to-back 2-1 overtime losses to Penn State and Michigan. Bente Baekers leads all B1G players with 0.67 assists per game and 34 points, while the team has the second-best assists per game average in the country (3.29). Annabel Skubisz was the main goalie with 40 saves and eight wins in 12 starts, but Jamie Marold also had two wins in seven appearances.


Northwestern has the advantage in 67 all-time games, 43-24, with a 22-9 advantage over MSU in games played at Evanston. The two teams met once last season in Virginia Beach, when the February 27 game ended in a 3-1 victory at the NU despite being junior at the time. Isa van der Weij scoring the game’s first goal in the fourth minute.


The Greens and Whites return to East Lansing for two league games next week, hosting Maryland on October 22 and Penn State on October 24. Friday’s game will be Michigan State’s annual Pink Game, while Sunday is Senior Day. The Sunday contest with the Nittany Lions will also be broadcast live on the B1G network at 2 p.m. ET.


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