Field Hockey

    Weekend Preview: Hoosier Defense to Clash with Michigan State Offense on Saturday

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

    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.

    The Spartans (12-4, 3-1 Big Ten) are coming off two conference wins the last two weekends against Ohio State and Penn State. One interesting battle that will take place on Saturday will be the Spartans high-octane offense against the Hoosiers' stingy defense. Michigan State is averaging more than four and a half goals per game, second in the country

    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 Cardinal started the season 6-0 and earned their first national ranking since 2001, but have gone 1-4 since then, including losses to Northwestern and Wake Forest at home in their most recent contests.

    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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