Nov. 8, 2003
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3-seed Ohio State field hockey team (13-7; 4-2 Big Ten) was eliminated by the No. 2-seed Michigan State Spartans (15-4; 5-1 Big Ten), 3-0, Saturday in semifinal action of the 2003 Big Ten Tournament in University Park, Pa. The game marked the seventh consecutive year the Buckeyes have advanced to the semifinal round.
The 15th-ranked Buckeyes are awaiting a bid to the 2003 NCAA Field Hockey Tournament. OSU had several upsets throughout the season, including wins over then-No. 20 Northwestern, then-No. 9 Iowa and then-No. 5 Michigan. The NCAA selection show will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday via www.ncaasports.com. First-and second-round action takes place Nov. 15-16 in various campus locations and the finals are Nov. 21 and 23 in Amherst, Mass.
“Michigan State played a great second half as they took us out of our game and once we were out, we were unable to get back into it,” Anne Wilkinson, Ohio State head coach, said. “In the second half, we were able to get a little more patience and finish on some of the corners.”
The first half was a defensive battle as only five shots were posted between both teams. OSU was unable to create any offense in the first half as the Buckeyes tallied one shot and failed to obtain a penalty corner. Michigan State recorded four shots and three penalty corners.
Michigan State stepped up its tempo in the second half scoring three goals in 19 minutes. MSU’s Alexandra Kyser scored an unassisted goal off a rebounded shot at 42:16. Kyser soon followed with her second goal of the game at 47:26. The Spartans’ final goal to secure the victory was on a penalty corner by Jessica Miller, assisted by Annebet Beerman at 61:16.
Senior forward Vanessa Immordino (Sr.; West Essex, N.J.) and junior midfielder Lucy Clayton (Jr.; Scarborough, England) lead the Buckeye offense as they each recorded two shots.
Ohio State ended the game with five shots compared to Michigan State’s 16. Buckeye goalkeeper, Lindsay Williams (So.; Harrisburg, Pa.) recorded nine saves, while Spartan goalie Christina Kirkaldy tallied one.
Field Hockey Game Summary (Final) 2003 Ohio State Field Hockey Ohio State vs MSU (Nov 08, 2003 at State College, Pa)
Ohio State (13-7, 4-2) vs. MSU (15-4, 5-1) Date: Nov 08, 2003 Attendance: Weather:
Goals by period 1 2 Tot ——————————- Ohio State………. 0 0 – 0 MSU…………….. 0 3 – 3
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 42:16 MSU Kyser, Alexandra (14) (unassisted) – Rebound shot 2. 47:26 MSU Kyser, Alexandra (15) (Beerman, Annebet) 3. 61:16 MSU Miller, Jessica (5) (Beerman, Annebet) – Penalty corner play
Shots: Ohio State 5, MSU 16 Saves: Ohio State 9 (Williams, Lindsay 9), MSU 1 (Kirkaldy, Christina 1)