Field hockey readies for finish of Big Ten play



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Senior forward Maddie Latino drives to the Maryland goal Sept. 15 at the IU Field Hockey Complex. Latino ranks in the top 20 offensively among Big Ten Conference players. Bobby Goddin Buy Photos

After going 1-1 this past weekend to improve to 6-8 overall on the season, IU finishes off its season with four straight Big Ten Conference matchups.

This weekend, IU will play a pair of conference games in Bloomington at the IU Field Hockey Complex.

First, IU will play No. 3 Michigan at 3 p.m. Friday. Then, the Hoosiers will play Michigan State at 11:50 a.m. Sunday. 

"Every game is a battle that makes us better for the postseason," IU Coach Amanda Janney said.

IU is 4-1 at home this season, but none of those wins have come in conference play.

Friday's game will be one of the Hoosiers' toughest matches this season. Michigan is 11-2 this season and is undefeated in conference play.

"We're excited to play tough competition this weekend,” Janney said.

If IU wants to upset the Wolverines, the Hoosier offense will have to take advantage of its opportunities.

The Hoosiers rank 22nd nationally in earning offensive penalty corners. 

Senior forward Maddie Latino and sophomore midfielder Ciara Girouard also rank in the top 20 in scoring in the Big Ten.  

Conversely, the Michigan State game appears to be a more even match-up for IU.

The Spartans are 7-7 this season and 1-3 in conference play.  

The games are part of a busy Homecoming week for IU before the last two games of the regular season against tough opponents No. 25 Ohio State and No. 6 Penn State.

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