Last Saturday, Michigan State University began their 2013 season with a 2-1 win in an exhibition match against University of Michigan. Captain Kristen Henn scored the game-winning goal with less than four minutes left in the game.
Their journey continues as the MSU field hockey team travels west for a set of three games against University of California, Pacific University, and Stanford University. They begin this weekend when they take on California on Friday at 10 PM Eastern. Their set continues on Sunday at 5:30 PM Eastern against Pacific and finishes on Monday playing against Stanford. All three games will be played on Stanford's campus.
Throughout the season, the team will face eight NCAA tournament teams in their 19 game schedule. MSU will be up against such teams as Syracuse, Princeton, Northeastern, Miami, Michigan, and Old Dominion to name a few.
This year the roster features 11 freshmen, three sophomores, seven juniors, and five seniors. The students come from all across the country and world, two players originating from Scotland. Team captain is senior midfielder Kristen Henn, from Kentucky, who is returning to the lineup having played 65 games during her career at MSU.
The coaching staff includes head coach Helen Knull, assistant coaches Molly Maloney and Jennifer Sciulli, student manager Rachel Roberts, and athletic trainer Kirstin Robinson.
Michigan State’s statistics from the 2012 season are as follows: overall they went 10-10, in conference games 2-4, and non-conference 8-6. As the Spartans take on California on Saturday, MSU can only hope they bring their green and white spirit to bring home a victory.
The Spartans first home game of the season is September 6th at 4 PM against Syracuse.
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