2009 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament Central
Nov. 8, 2009
After falling behind early to start Sunday’s championship game of the 2009 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament, the No. 1 seed Michigan State Spartans scored three times before halftime to win its third Big Ten Tournament Championship with a 3-2 victory over third-seeded Indiana. The win gives Michigan State the Big Ten’s automatic berth into the NCAA Championship, which opens Nov. 14.
2009 Big Ten Tournament hosted by Michigan State
Thursday, Nov. 5
Friday, Nov. 6
Sunday, Nov. 8
All times are Eastern
The tournament semifinals and final will be televised live by the Big Ten Network
The Big Ten Tournament final is set as No. 1 Michigan State will face No. 3 Indiana for the Big Ten Tournament Championship and an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship. The tournament final will be broadcast live by the Big Ten Network at Noon ET.
No. 3 Indiana secured a spot in Sunday's final of the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament with a 3-1 victory over No. 7 Penn State on Friday afternoon. Indiana (14-5) scored twice in the span of four minutes in the second half to break a 1-1 tie and assume control of the match.
Penn State's Kelsey Amy scored in the first half to tie the game. Amy finished the tournament with three goals for the Nittany Lions (7-13).
The top-seeded Michigan State Spartans scored four first-half goals to propel them to Sunday's championship game after defeating No. 4 Iowa, 5-1, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament. Michigan State's Manouk Vernij scored twice to pace the Spartans, who move to 16-3 on the season.
Iowa's Tricia Dean scored her second goal of the tournament in the second half on Friday to give the Hawkeyes (9-10) their lone goal.
Michigan State will face the winner of Friday's second semifinal between No. 3 Indiana and No. 7 Penn State. In the only meeting of the season between the Hoosiers and Nittany Lions back on Oct. 23, Indiana earned a 4-1 victory. The second semifinal will be broadcast live by the Big Ten Network.
Day 2 of the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament begins at 12:15 p.m. ET when No. 1 seed and the 2009 Big Ten Champion Michigan State Spartans face No. 4 Iowa in Friday's first semifinal, which will be televised live by the Big Ten Network. On Thursday, Iowa defeated No. 5 Michigan, 5-3, for its record setting 10th-straight Big Ten Tournament victory. In the team's first meeting this year on Oct. 16, Michigan State defeated Iowa 3-0.
In the second semifinal scheduled for 2 p.m. ET, No. 3 Indiana will face No. 7 Penn State. That contest will also be televised live by the Big Ten Network.
In final game of Day 1 of the 2009 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament, third-seeded Indiana scored twice in each half en route to a 4-2 win over the sixth-seeded Northwestern Wildcats. Morgan Fleetwood accounted for two goals and the Hoosiers (13-5) advance to Friday's semifinals where they will face Penn State at 2 p.m. ET.
Stephanie Fortson and Kaylee Pohlmeyer scored for the Wildcats (12-8).
In Friday's first semifinal, No. 1 seed Michigan State will face No. 4 seed Iowa at 12:15 p.m. ET. Both semifinal matches will be televised live by the Big Ten Network.
In the second game of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday, Penn State's Kelsey Amy scored two first-half goals to help No. 7 Penn State defeat No. 2 Ohio State, 2-1. The Nittany Lions (7-12) move on to face the winner of No. 3 Indiana and No. 6 Northwestern in Friday's second semifinal.
Ohio State's Berta Queralt scored for the Buckeyes (13-6), cutting the lead to 2-1 in the second half.
In Thursday's final matchup, No. 3 Indiana will face No. 6 Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. ET.
In the Big Ten Tournament opener Thursday, No. 4 Iowa got three goals from senior Meghan Beamesderfer and the Hawkeyes moved to the semifinals with a 5-3 victory over No. 5 Michigan. The Hawkeyes (9-9) will face No. 1 seed Michigan State in one of Friday's semifinals.
The Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament begins at 11 a.m. ET with No. 4 Iowa facing No. 5 Michigan. Live scoring throughout the tournament can be found at msuspartans.com, along with postgame box scores and postgame audio interviews.
In the teams' previous meeting this season, a Sept. 25 contest in Ann Arbor, Mich., Iowa earned a hard-fought 3-2 victory.