Spartan Sports Roundup
Sept. 9, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
Spartan Sports Roundup provides a brief overview of the Olympic sports teams in action. Read a recap of last week's action, look ahead to this week's action and find key notes on each team in this weekly recap.
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Last Week: The men's soccer team dropped a pair games at the University of New Mexico Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M. last weekend. Friday night, the Spartans fell to No. 21 New Mexico, 3-2. After missing the first two games of the season due to an injury, senior Louis Stephens III (Saginaw, Mich.) scored his first goal of the season in the loss. On Sunday, MSU fell to UC-Davis, 4-2. Senior Doug DeMartin (Mason, Mich.) recorded his second two-goal game of the season in the loss. DeMartin and classmate David Hertel (Holland, Mich.) were named to the all-tournament team.
This Week: The Spartans will take part in the Wolverine Classic, but will play both games at DeMartin Stadium, rather than in Ann Arbor as originally scheduled. Friday, MSU will take on Buffalo at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday will host Illinois-Chicago at 2:30 p.m.
Notes: DeMartin scored three times this weekend, bringing his season-goal total to five. He tied for the Big Ten lead in goals and is the conference-leader in points with 11 ... His two-goal performance against UC-Davis was his second two-goal game of the season and sixth multi-goal game of his career ... All three of the Spartans' losses this season have come against teams that competed in last year's NCAA Tournament. MSU will take on five more teams this season that also played in last season's NCAA Tournament.
Last Week: The women's soccer team remained perfect with two shutout wins in their first homes games of the season. Friday, MSU downed Eastern Michigan 3-0, and then defeated Loyola, 2-0, on Sunday. The Spartans now have four consecutive shutout wins, tying a mark by the 2002 team that blanked all four opponents in a 4-0 start.
This Week: MSU will host two more games this weekend at DeMartin Stadium. On Friday the Spartans will host Western Michigan at 4 p.m. and on Sunday, they will take on Kent State at noon.
Notes: MSU's 5-0 start is the fourth such in school history ... The best starts in program history include the 2004 squad (6-0) and 2000 team (7-0-1) ... In her first year as starting goalkeeper, junior Lindsey Wrege (Portage, Mich.) has allowed just one goal this season and her current shutout streak stands at 417:10 ...Wrege earned Big Ten Defensive Co-Player of the week honors for her efforts this past weekend ... Freshman forward Laura Heyboer (Hudsonville, Mich.) is the Big Ten leader in goals (six) and points (15) while junior Lauren Hill (Northville, Mich.) is third in goals (five) and points (12). Junior midfielder Lauren Sinacola (Rochester, Mich.) is the conference leader in assists with seven ... MSU has outscored its five opponents by a 16-1 margin.
Last Week: The 10th-ranked Spartans hosted Stanford and Syracuse in non-conference games. On Wednesday, Michigan State posted a 3-2 win over Stanford in overtime. Senior Geraldine Raynor (Maronoera, Zimbabwe) and junior Floor Rijpma (Bunnik, The Netherlands) tallied goals for the Spartans, and Jeamie Deacon (Wexford, Ireland) scored the overtime game-winner. On Sunday, the Spartans fell to 18th-ranked Syracuse, 3-1. Redshirt freshman Angie Lucik (Emmaus, Pa.) scored her first collegiate goal, and Jantine Steinmetz (Amstelveen, Netherlands) assisted.
This Week: Michigan State travels to New England for two matchups. The Spartans face 14th-ranked Boston University on Saturday, and New Hampshire on Sunday. MSU holds a 1-1 all-time record against the Terriers, and a 3-0 record against the Wildcats.
Last Week: After having last weekend off, MSU will host the Spartan Invitational Friday at Forest Akers Golf Course. The Spartan Invitational also features 10-20 colleges, 80 plus high schools and more than 3600 runners are expected to compete.
This Week: The women's team finished fifth at last year's NCAA Championships and returns senior All-American Nicole Bush (Wyoming, Mich.) who placed fifth individually at last year's NCAA Championships. This summer, Bush nearly qualified for the Olympics in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing fourth at the U.S. Olympic trials. The top-retuning runner on the men's team is junior Max Goldak (Chesterton, Ind.) who earned All-Region honors last season.
This Week: Simone Jardim, a former assistant coach at the College of William and Mary, has been hired as the women's tennis head coach at Michigan State. Jardim brings an impressive and thorough resume to MSU after serving as an assistant coach at both the College of William and Mary and Fresno State. She replaces Erica Perkins, who accepted a position with the United States Tennis (USTA) Association in July.
This week: This week: The Spartan men's tennis team opens up the fall season this weekend at the Indiana Fall Invite. The Spartans return six letterwinners from the 2007-2008 campaign. Among those returning, senior John Allare (Maineville, Ohio) posted a 13-16 record in singles play and a 14-14 record in doubles last season, junior Brendan Kinkopf (Cleveland, Ohio) went 2-2 in singles, and doubles partners Alex Forger (Okemos, Mich.) and Billy Gardner (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) defeated the then-No. 7 doubles team of Jason Jung and Mike Sroczynski of Michigan in Ann Arbor last March.