The third-seeded Northwestern field hockey team claimed its first Big Ten Tournament title Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 win over top-seeded Maryland at Phyllis Ocker Field. With the victory, Northwestern (16-6, 6-2 Big Ten) earned the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.
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.
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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.
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.