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IU field hockey falls 4-2 to Michigan State in Big Ten Tournament on Tuesday

<p>Now-junior forward Hailey Couch keeps the ball away from Michigan State then-senior back Baily Higgins Oct. 5, 2018, at the IU Field Hockey Complex. IU fell 4-2 to Michigan State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Tuesday. </p>

Now-junior forward Hailey Couch keeps the ball away from Michigan State then-senior back Baily Higgins Oct. 5, 2018, at the IU Field Hockey Complex. IU fell 4-2 to Michigan State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Tuesday.

IU field hockey fell 4-2 against Michigan State in the first round of the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament on Tuesday in Iowa City, Iowa. 

The Hoosiers, who defeated the Spartans 3-2 in an overtime match Thursday, couldn’t match their offensive output this time. Six Hoosiers recorded shots in the matchup as IU spread its offense around the pitch. 

Michigan State opened up scoring with a goal in each of the first two quarters, holding IU scoreless in the first half in the process. 

Sophomore midfielder Kennedy Reardon scored off of a penalty corner in the third quarter, and junior midfielder Mary Kate Kesler caught the Spartans’ goalkeeper off guard with a fourth quarter goal.

The Hoosiers also allowed two Michigan State goals in the second half as the Spartans found the back of IU’s net in each of the match’s four quarters. 

IU senior goalkeeper Sachi Ananias recorded nine saves in the match, with Michigan State taking a total of 20 shots. 

The loss ends IU’s season. The Hoosiers will return to play this fall for the 2021 season. 

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