Oct. 23, 2012
Missouri State Bears (4-11-0) vs. Saint Louis Billikens (1-16-0)
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 24
Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Site: Plaster Field
Live Stats: MissouriStateBears.com
The Missouri State field hockey squad (4-11-0) will put a bow on the 2012 season with a game against the Saint Louis Billikens on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Plaster Field. The Bears will recognize seniors Reiann Stoute and Chelsey Medlock prior to the start of the game.
The Bears lost a pair of match-ups last weekend, including a hard-fought, 4-3 overtime defeat at the hands of conference foe Kent State. The loss knocked the Bears out of contention for a top-four conference finish and a trip to the MAC Championship. The Bears held a 3-2 lead until the Golden Flashes sent the game into the extra period by scoring a goal with just over a minute remaining in regulation. The teams remained tied for almost 14 minutes of the 15-minute overtime, but Kent State scored to take the road victory.
Missouri State was defeated by nationally ranked Northwestern by a score of 6-0 on Sunday. The No. 8 Wildcats were led by four goals from the nation’s top goal-scorer, senior Chelsea Armstrong.
Series at a Glance
The Bears are 58-28-2 all-time against Saint Louis, including a 4-2 victory over the Billikens earlier this season in St. Louis, Mo.
A pair of freshmen led the Missouri State charge, as midfielder/forward Olivia Nicotera scored the first two goals of her college career while midfielder Sydney Richelieu added another. Junior midfielder Laura Tavares chipped in a goal of her own to cap the MSU scoring.
The Bears have won eight of the last 10 meetings with the Billikens.
♦ Wednesday’s game will be the final contest for seniors Reiann Stoute and Chelsey Medlock, who have started 69 and 63 games in their careers, respectively. Stoute and Medlock rank first and second, respectively, in starts among active MSU players.
♦ Both seniors have had career years. Medlock has set single-season career highs in shots, points, assists and defensive saves. Stoute has set a career high in shots and matched career highs in goals, assists, points and defensive saves.
♦ With 10 defensive saves, Stoute is in the running to lead all Division I players in that category, as she heads into MSU’s final game tied atop the leaderboard with Pacific’s Emily Trudeau.
♦ Hillary Lawless’ goal against Kent State on Friday gave her 56 career points, which moved her into seventh place and past Bears head coach Gabby Gomez Sosa on Missouri State’s career points list. Lawless is just two points behind former Missouri State standout Casey Bayliss for sixth place on the list.
The Last Meeting
September 7, 2012
St. Louis, Mo.
Field Hockey Bears Best the Billikens
The Missouri State field hockey team is winless no more, as the Bears (1-3) defeated the Saint Louis Billikens by a score of 4-2 on Friday in St. Louis, Mo.