The Indiana Field Hockey split a competitive weekend in Ohio with a win over No. 16 Ohio State and a close-overtime loss against No. 24 Kent State. The Hoosiers return home for the first time in three weeks for crucial matchups against Michigan State and No. 2 Michigan.
Friday afternoon’s matchup between IU and Michigan State will be the 28th-ever meeting between the two teams. MSU holds a 22-5 advantage, but the series is 3-3 over the past three seasons.
Michigan holds a 20-4 lead in the all-time series against IU heading into the teams’ 25th-ever matchup. IU’s last win in the series came in a 2016 contest in Ann Arbor.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
After a 5-0 loss to No. 1 Iowa last Friday, Michigan State bounced back to take down Miami (OH) 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. The Spartans are 7-3 on the season with wins over Kent State and Ohio. Merel Hanssen leads the way for Michigan State with six goals on the season.
Michigan is off to one of the best starts by any team in the nation this season. Last weekend, the No. 2 Wolverines bested No. 6 Northwestern and No. 3 Louisville at home to continue an undefeated start. Michigan will face No. 1 Iowa Friday before heading to Bloomington on Sunday. Sofia Southam has 15 goals to lead Michigan’s attack.
LAST TIME: 2020-2021 SEASON
IU spent the entire 2020-2021 spring season on the road in Head Coach Kayla Bashore‘s second year in charge. The Hoosiers finished the campaign 1-14 overall and in conference play. Then-junior Peyton Becker’s overtime winner on April 15th at Michigan State gave IU its first victory of the season.
Mary Kate Kesler returns as last year’s leading point scorer. The Louisville native scored seven points in a condensed-spring season.
After opting out for health and safety concerns, Hailey Couch returns to action as the team’s active goal scorer. In her sophomore season, Couch bagged 10 goals enroute to Second Team All-Big Ten honors.
IU’s 4-1 start was the best five-game start to a season since starting 5-0 in 2014.
The seven goals scored on the opening weekend matched the most IU’s scored in its first two games since scoring nine goals in the first two matches of 2014.
IU’s 17 penalty corners against Richmond were the most in a game since it had 17 against Northwestern on November 4, 2005.
Goalkeeper Arabella Loveridge has five victories in 13 appearances this season.
Midfielder Kira Curland has scored a team-high five goals in 14 games this season.
Curland’s five goals are the most by an IU freshman in a single season since Audra Heilman scored five in 2011.
Van Wonderen’s five assists are the most in a single campaign by an IU freshman since Mollie Getzfread had nine in 2016.
Freshmen have combined for 29 points for IU this season.
BEST OF THE BEST
This weekend will see IU play its ninth ranked opponents on the season. The Hoosiers are 2-6 so far against Top-25 teams with a win over No. 21 Miami and No. 16 Ohio State
Seven of the nine teams in the Big Ten are ranked in the NFHCA Coaches’ Poll released on October 12th.
9 of IU’s 19 opponents are in the latest version of the NFHCA Coaches’ Poll. IU will play seven of the top-eight teams in this week’s poll.
IU has recorded five shutout victories this season. That’s tied for the most in a single season in program history.
Against Ball State, Arabella Loveridge recorded her fourth clean sheet of the season. That breaks the program record for most shutouts by a goalie in a single season.
BIG TIME PERFORMANCES
The ranked win over No. 21 Miami (OH) was the first ranked victory for IU since beating No. 15 Wake Forest on Sept. 1, 2017.
IU’s 3-1 victory over No. 16 Ohio State on Oct. 8, 2021, was the first top-20 ranked road win for the program since beating No.12 Michigan in Ann Arbor on Oct. 14, 2016.
This is the first time since 2005 that IU has recorded two-ranked road victories in a single season.