Nov. 13, 2010

Courtesy of Michigan State Athletics

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - In a match that mirrored last year's contest, the No. 11 Michigan State field hockey team (15-6) fell to No. 3 Virginia, 3-2, in overtime in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Cavaliers (17-3) eliminated the Spartans in the NCAA regional final last year in overtime, also by a score of 3-2. Freshman goaltender Molly Cassidy finished the season strong with a 13-save performance.

The Cavaliers were the first to get on the board at 8:33, when Paige Selenski converted on her penalty stroke attempt. Roughly two minutes later, junior midfielder Angie Lucik tallied her first goal of the season on a rebound off of the post. The Spartans were able to take the lead at 29:43 when senior forward Sabine van den Assem scored on a penalty corner off of assists from senior back Joelle van Ierland and Lucik.

Virginia came out strong the second half, tallying 11 of their 22 shots after the intermission. During her 13-save performance, Cassidy led a tough Spartan defense that held their ground through most of the game. Sophomore back Corey Block recorded her second defensive save of the year against Virginia.

At 44:27 Elly Buckly was able to net the equalizer that would eventually send the match into overtime. Buckly scored her second goal of the game in the overtime period at 76:08 to secure the Cavaliers advancement to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Michigan State edged Virginia in penalty corners (5-4) but were dominated in shots (22-9).

This was MSU's fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament and eighth appearance overall. The Spartans finished their season with a 15-6 overall record and 3-3 in the Big Ten.