Weekend Preview: Hoosier Defense to Clash with Michigan State Offense on Saturday
Oct. 19, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - As part of the Homecoming festivities this weekend on the Indiana campus, the Hoosier field hockey team will host the seventh ranked Michigan State Spartans at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Indiana will then take Sunday off before playing a rare Monday afternoon game at the IU Field Hockey Field against Stanford at 1 p.m.
Indiana (6-7, 0-4 Big Ten) has not been able to get its offense on track in the last two games, getting shutout at home against Penn State and on the road at Michigan. It is just the third time since the start of the 2003 season that Indiana was held off the board in two consecutive games.
On the defensive side of things, Indiana continues to rely heavily on the goalkeeping of senior Haley Exner and here 1.14 goals against average, which ranks ninth in the NCAA this season. The defense has also yet to allow more than two goals in any one game this season.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
Jantine Steimetz leads the Big Ten with 13 goals scored while Jeamie Deacon, the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and three-time winner of the award this season, is next with 11 goals. Amy Schneider leads the conference with 12 assists and Deacon has eight for Michigan State.
The Stanford offense is led by Jess Zutz, who has eight goals and 18 points this season and Xanthe Travlos' four assists.
Madison Bell has played every minute in goal for the Cardinal this season, making 57 saves and posting two shutouts.
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