Spartan Sports Roundup
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Oct. 7, 2008
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.
More than 150 student-athletes and athletic department staff participated in the recent "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" in Holt on Friday, Oct. 3.
The women's gymnastics team will be participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Saturday, Oct. 11. The team did a "fashion show" at the kick-off breakfast in August, and have in the past lead stretches before the walk.
Last Week: The MSU men's and women's teams ran at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind., on Friday and for the second straight week the women's team took first place. The men's team took 23rd overall. Neither the men's or women's squads sent their top six runners.
This Week: The Spartans are off this week before returning to action Oct. 18 at Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind.
Notes: Friday's first place finish was the second straight for the Spartans women's team ... Laura Portis' (Richland, Mich.) fifth place finish and Ashley Casavant's (Indianapolis, Ind.) seventh place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational were both career bests ... The Spartans have had two Big Ten Runners of the Week this season (Nicole Bush and Lisa Senakiewich) ... The Spartans women's team is ranked eighth in the nation in the USTFCCCA natural poll while the men's team is ranked third in the Great Lakes region.
Last Week: The 8th-ranked Spartans recorded two wins over the weekend, improving to 11-1 on the season and extending their win streak to eight-straight games. On Friday, junior Floor Rijpma (Bunnik, Netherlands) led the team with a career-high four goals in a 9-1 win over Indiana. The win tied the MSU record for most goals scored in a conference game. The last time Michigan State scored nine goals against a Big Ten team came in 2000, a 9-0 shutout of the Hoosiers. Michigan State returned to action on Sunday, posting a 9-0 shutout of Temple, the second for the Spartans this season. Seven different players scored for MSU, with junior Jeamie Deacon (Wexford, Ireland) leading the team with five points. Classmate Elissa Unger (Reading, Pa.) made a season-high nine saves in goal for her 11th win of the season.
This Week: The Spartans travel to Evanston, Ill. for two games. The first matchup is on Friday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. against Big Ten foe Northwestern. Michigan State will then take-on third-ranked Wake Forest on Saturday at 2 p.m. in a neutral site showdown.
Notes: The Spartans are now 11-1 overall, 2-0 in the Big Ten. MSU has started the season at 11-1 two other times - 2002 and 2004. In both seasons, the Spartans advanced to the NCAA Semifinals ... Unger has a .766 save percentage and 1.24 goals against average (GAA). She is second in the Big Ten in save percentage, is third in saves (49), and third in GAA. She ranks 11th nationally in GAA, and is 19th in save percentage ... Rijpma leads the team in scoring with 29 points and 13 goals. She earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring 10 points in two games this past weekend. The honor was the first of her career. She is 15th nationally in points per game and is tied for ninth in goals per game. In the Big Ten, she is tied for first in points and points per game, is second in goals per game and third in goals ... Deacon is second with 25 points and freshman Chantae Miller (East Amherst, N.Y.) is third on the team with 23 points. Both are tied for second on the team in goals with eight. Deacon has an eight-game point streak, and is sixth in points and tied for third in assists in the Big Ten. She is tied for 15th nationally in assists per game, and is tied for 38th in points per game. Miller is tied for seventh in the Big Ten in points and is tied for eighth in points per game ... Senior Gwen Riley (Louisville, Ky.) is tied for second on the team in assists with nine this season. She tied for third in the Big Ten in both assists and assists per game ... Junior Angela Pagura (Columbus, Ohio) leads the team with three game-winning goals and is tied for first in the category in the Big Ten ... Michigan State is ranked second nationally in goals per game (4.75), is third in scoring margin (3.45) and second in points per game (13.25). MSU is also second nationally in winning percentage. The Spartans rank first in scoring margin, shots (253) and in goals scored (57) in the Big Ten. MSU sits atop the Big Ten with a .917 win percentage and the fewest losses so far this season.
This Week: The Spartans finished the first day of the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic on Monday in a tie for third, four strokes behind Minnesota. Senior Randy Hutchison (Traverse City, Mich.) is in a three-way tie for first individually with 18 holes to play. The final round begins Tuesday morning at 9:50 a.m.
Last Week: Placed 10th at the 18-team Tar Heel Invitational, in which 10 teams were ranked in the top 25 of the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings. The Spartans shot a 915 (309-305-301) at the par 72, 6,285-yard UNC Finley Course, placing ahead of several top programs, including No. 14 Florida State and No. 19 South Carolina.
This Week: The Spartans are idle this week as they prepare for the Lady Northern Invitational Oct. 18-19 in West Lafayette, Ind.
Notes: Junior Laura Kueny (Whitehall, Mich.) led the Spartans at the Tar Heel Invitational, tying for 17th place with an 8-over 224 (75-75-74). It marks her 11th career top-20 finish. Kueny is currently ranked 47th in the Golfweek/Sagarin individual ratings ... freshman Lindsey Solberg (Verona, Wis.) and Aimee Neff (Carmel, Ind.) tied for 28th with scores of 227 (+11). Solberg's second round score of 72 was the top individual round for the Spartans at the tournament ... following the tournament, MSU's second of the season, the Spartans sit at No. 22 in the Golfweek/Sagarin team ratings ... MSU is the second-highest ranked team in the Big Ten behind No. 17 Ohio State.
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Last Week: The Spartans played just once last week, defeating Wisconsin, 1-0, at DeMartin Stadium on Sunday Oct. 5. Sunday's game also served as the dedication day for DeMartin Stadium as prior to the game there was ceremony honoring Doug and Valerie DeMartin for their generous gift.
This Week: The Spartans travel to South Bend, Ind., to take on eighth-ranked Notre Dame on Wednesday and return home to host No. 20 Indiana on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Notes: Doug DeMartin (Mason, Mich.) now has 31 career goals, putting him alone in seventh place on MSU's career goals list ... Through Sept. 29, he was tied for the first in the nation in points and goals ... Currently, his 10 goals and 22 points this season lead the Big Ten ... DeMartin is one of two Spartans to reach double figures in goals in a season since 1986 (Jordan Gruber, 12 goals, 2004 and DeMartin, 12 goals, 2007) ... Sophomore goalkeeper Avery Steinlage (Grand Haven, Mich.) is now 4-1 since starting his first career game vs. Buffalo (Sept. 12) ...His six saves against Wisconsin were good for his second shutout of the season ... Steinlage's 5.0 save-per-game average rank first in the conference and is .882 save percentage is second in the Big Ten.
Last Week: MSU suffered two road losses to No. 21 Illinois, 3-0, and Purdue, 2-0, on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
This Week: The Spartans continue their tough conference schedule with two home games this weekend. Friday, MSU will host Ohio State at 4 p.m. and then take on Penn State at 12 p.m. on Sunday.
Notes: Despite being shutout twice this weekend, freshman Laura Heyboer (31 points, 12 goals), junior Lauren Hill (23 points, 9 goals) and sophomore Cara Freeman (19 points, 8 goals) continue to rank 1-2-3 in the conference in goals and points ... Through Sept. 29, Heyboer's 31 points ranked first in the nation ... The Spartans 33 goals this season are the most by a MSU team since the 2004 season when the team scored 34 goals ... MSU's 10 wins in 11 games this season is the fastest any Spartan team has reached the 10-win plateau in program history ... Junior forward Lauren Hill (Northville, Mich.) has nine goals this season and 25 for her career, while her 23 points this season give her 59 for her career - both put her in ninth place on the MSU all-time list goals and points list ... Lauren Sinacola's 10 assists lead the conference and put her in a tie for fourth on the MSU single-season assist list.
This week: The Spartan men's tennis team will travel to South Bend, Ind. where they will compete in the Notre Dame Invitational. The invite starts Friday, Oct. 10, 2008 and play ends Sunday, Oct. 12.
This Week: The Michigan State women's tennis team returns to action on Oct. 10 at the Wildcat Invitational in Evanston, Ill. Senior captain Stephanie Kebler (Okemos, Mich.) looks to build upon her final session heroics at the Spartan Invitational last week. In her final match against Charlotte Gibbons of Cleveland State, Kebler battled back to win the second and third sets after dropping the first set, 4-6. The Spartans recorded 22 total team victories at the Spartan Invitational. Also competing at the Wildcat Invitational will be DePaul, Illinois, LSU, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Wisconsin and host Northwestern.
This Week: The Michigan State rowing program continued its fall slate by topping both Ohio State and Michigan in a series of five controlled races on Griggs Reservoir in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday. Each team was divided into three flights and competed in five races. Each race was designed to simulate real-race conditions, but each was limited to a maximum of 26 strokes per minute and from the customary 2,000 meters to 1,200. Each race lasted roughly five minutes. Thus far, the fall rowing slate has gone well for the Spartans as they have won every race. Last time out, MSU took all five races from Michigan on Belleville Lake on Sept. 21.
Next Up: MSU will continue the fall schedule with a series of home races on the Grand River against Michigan for the third time this season on October 26 and 27.
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This Week: The Spartans will have their annual Green and White meet on Friday night and will open the season Saturday when they host Minnesota at 2 p.m. at IM West. Saturday's meet with the Gophers will include only the women.