Michigan State upset No. 2 Syracuse, 2-1, and Penn State fell to Princeton, 5-4, Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA field hockey tournament. The Spartans’ win over the Orange snapped Syracuse’s 45-game home winning streak. Michigan State will take on Connecticut at 2 p.m. ET Sunday. The winner of the game advances to the national semifinals.
Two Big Ten teams will compete in the NCAA Field Hockey Championship, it was announced on Sunday night. Michigan State and Penn State earned berths to the 16-team tournament, with the Spartans opening play on Wednesday and the Nittany Lions participating on Saturday.
Third-seeded Michigan State topped fifth-seeded Iowa, 3-2, to claim the 2013 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament Championship on Sunday afternoon. The Spartans rallied from a 2-0 deficit, and Adelle Lever scored the go-ahead and eventual game-winning goal on a highlight play in the 62nd minute. Abby Barker accounted for Michigan State’s first two goals.
Michigan State trailed Iowa, 2-0, in the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament finals, but the Spartans scored three unanswered goals to rally and claim the championship. And no goal was more impressive than Adelle Lever’s go-ahead and eventual game-winner. Watch Lever put the Spartans ahead in this post.
The 2013 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament championship game is set as Michigan State and Iowa won semifinal games today to advance to Sunday’s title match. No. 5 seed Iowa topped No. 1 seed Penn State 4-3 in overtime while it took two overtimes for No. 3 seed Michigan State to edge No. 7 seed Ohio State 2- 1.
The Big Ten announced Thursday its 2013 Field Hockey Players to Watch List. The list is highlighted by 12 returning All-Big Ten selections and the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year (Penn State’s Brittany Grzywacz).
Three Big Ten teams made the field of 16 for the 2012 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship tournament. Penn State won the Big Ten’s automatic spot and is the NCAA tournament’s No. 4 overall seed. Iowa and Michigan were chosen as at-large teams.