Field Hockey

    Weekend Preview: Hoosiers Make Big Ten Network Debut on Sunday

    Go Hoosiers! Alina Valenti
    Go Hoosiers!
    Alina Valenti
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 4, 2007

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana field hockey returns home for two games this weekend after playing its last three games on the road, two of which were against Big Ten opponents. On Friday, Oct. 5, the Hoosiers welcome Miami University to the IU Field Hockey Field at 3 p.m. Then on Sunday, Indiana returns to Big Ten action when the Penn State Nittany Lions pay a visit to Bloomington for a 1 p.m. game on the Big Ten Network.

    Sophomore Meg O'Connell scored the Hoosier's only goal in their 2-1 overtime loss at No. 6 Iowa last Sunday. Goalkeeper Haley Exner made a season-high nine saves in the losing effort for IU.

    Exner has been consistent in goal all season, not allowing an opponent to score more than two goals in any game thus far. The defense in general has been excellent, giving up a total of ten goals so far this season, the fewest ever allowed through ten games in IU history.

    Scouting Miami
    The RedHawks enter the weekend with a 4-7 overall record and a 2-2 mark in Mid American Conference play. Last weekend, they split their two games, picking up a 5-3 victory at Central Michigan and then dropping a 4-2 decision at the University of Michigan.

    Alyssa Nye leads the team with four goals while three other players have three goals. Nye also leads the RedHawks with four assists for a total of 12 points. Teja Kammler has come through in the clutch for Miami with two game-winning goals.

    In goal, Megan Stengel has appeared in ten games and has a 2.60 goals against average while making 37 saves. Backup Kelsey Dean has appeared in four games and made one start while posting a 1.78 goals against average.

    Katie Kanara, a goalkeeper for Indiana form 2001-04 and a two-time Big Ten All-Tournament team selction, is not an assistant coach with the RedHawks.

    Scouting the Nittany Lions
    Penn State (8-4, 1-1 Big Ten) comes into the game on Sunday on the heels of a 3-1 victory at home against the Syracuse Orange. Penn State scored three goals in the first half and used that momentum to hold off Syracuse for the win. Goalkeeper Jen Beaumont, the current Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, needed to make just two saves to get the win.



    Beaumont has given up 12 goals through 12 games and has a 1.38 goals against average and three shutouts.

    Brittney Long tops the Nittany Lion goal scored column with eight while three others have added five. Jen Long has assisted on eight goals and Allison Scola has pitched in with six assists.

    NOTE: The start time for the Hoosiers' game with Michigan State on Oct. 20 has been changed to 4 p.m. It was originally scheduled for 1 p.m. but has been adjusted to avoid conflicts with the football game with Penn State on the same day starting at noon.


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