2009 NCAA Field Hockey Championship Central
Nov. 15, 2009
The Michigan State Spartans saw their season come to an end Sunday afternoon following a competitive 3-2 overtime loss to the tournament's No. 2 seed Virginia Cavaliers. Chantae Miller and Jantine Steinmetz scored goals for the Spartans, while MSU keeper Elissa Unger recorded 11 saves against the high-powered Virginia offense.
Michigan State finish the season 18-4 overall and were the Big Ten Champion and Big Ten Tournament Champion.
Winston-Salem, N.C. Regional
Charlottesville, Va. Regional
Sunday, Nov. 15
Spartans advance to second round, Hoosiers eliminated
Michigan State, behind three goals from Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Floor Rijpma, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship with a 7-0 win over Delaware on Saturday afternoon in the Charlottesville Regional. The Spartans (18-3) move on to Sunday's 2 p.m. ET matchup against Virginia, which defeated Richmond 3-0 earlier on Saturday.
The Spartans are the last Big Ten team remaining, however, after the Indiana Hoosiers lost a hard-fought 2-0 contest to Wake Forest in their first round match in the Winston-Salem Regional. Indiana's Alex Mann recorded five saves as the Hoosiers finished the season as the Big Ten Tournament runner-up and a 14-7 overall record.
Ohio State falls in NCAA Championship opener
In Saturday's opening round of the NCAA Championship, the Ohio State Buckeyes dropped a 4-1 contest to third-seeded North Carolina in the Wake Forest Regional. The Buckeyes' goal came off the stick of Aisling McKeon in the 53rd minute.
Ohio State finishes its season 13-7 overall. North Carolina advances to face the winner of the day's next match between Wake Forest and Indiana at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday. The Hoosiers, who enter the tournament at 14-6 overall, faceoff against the Demon Deacons at 2 p.m. ET for the second time this season, having lost a Sept. 13 contest, 5-2.
Also at 2 p.m. ET, Michigan State (17-3) opens play in the Charlottesville Regional against Delaware (14-5). The Spartans won an earlier meeting this season against the Blue Hens, a 7-2 decision on Aug. 29. The winner of that contest will meet the winner of Virginia-Richmond at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Three Big Ten Field Hockey Teams Open Play Saturday at the NCAA Championship
Three Big Ten teams join in the quest to become the first NCAA Champion of the new season when Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State open play in the 2009 NCAA Field Hockey Championship, which begins Saturday.
Big Ten Champion and Big Ten Tournament Champion Michigan State (17-3) opens play in the Charlottesville Regional, where the Spartans will face Delaware at 2 p.m. ET Saturday. The winner between the Spartans and Blue Hens will face the winner of Virginia-Richmond at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Ohio State, which earned an at-large bid to the tournament, will face North Carolina in the Winston-Salem Regional at 11:30 a.m. ET on Saturday. With a win, the Buckeyes (13-6) would move on to face Wake Forest or Indiana in the second round at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.
The Hoosiers (14-6) also earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship after finishing as the 2009 Big Ten Tournament runners-up last weekend. The Hoosiers will face Wake Forest in the Winston-Salem Regional at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday. The winner of that game will move on to face the winner of the Ohio State-North Carolina matchup at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Complete coverage of all the Big Ten teams in the NCAA Championship can be found through this link at bigten.org.