Spartan Sports Roundup
Oct. 21, 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.
The "Make a Change" initiative collected more than $800 at the football game vs. Ohio State last week. The initiative, started by former football player John Masters and currently being spearheaded by redshirt junior Joel Nitchman, benefits cancer research.
On Sunday, Oct. 26, four teams will participate in the annual Trick or Treat event at Toys R Us in Okemos. The event brings in children who are patients at Sparrow Hospital for a fun event where they Trick or Treat throughout the store, and the teams hand out Halloween candy. Teams scheduled to participate are men's basketball, hockey, volleyball, and women's soccer.
Student-Athletes from several teams are being trained at Sparrow Hospital this week so they can become volunteers in the Spartan Buddies program. Started in 2005 by former hockey player Drew Miller, Spartan Buddies is a program where student-athletes visit sick children (some critically or terminally ill) in the pediatrics ward at Sparrow.
Last Week: The Spartan men's and women's teams competed at Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. The ninth-ranked Spartan women's team ran to a fourth place finish at Pre-Nationals on Saturday. Senior Nicole Bush (Wyoming, Mich.) was the top Spartan finisher, taking sixth place with a time of 20:19.1, while senior Lisa Senakiewich (Davison, Mich.) followed in 17th place with a time of 20:38.7. On the men's side, sophomore Patrick Grosskopf (Corunna, Mich.) was the first Spartan to cross the finish line, running the race in 24:28.3.
This Week: MSU will compete at the EMU Open on Saturday in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Notes: The Spartan's women's team has two first-place finishes this season (Colonial Inter-Regional and Notre Dame Invitational) ... Both Bush and Senakiewich have earned Big Ten Runner of the Week awards this season ... Senakiewich won her first career cross country title at this year's Colonial Inter-Regional ... As a team, the 30th-ranked Spartans placed 14th ... Sophomore Spencer Beatty (Harbor Springs, Mich.) has been the Spartans' top finisher in consecutive races this year (Spartan Invite and Colonial Inter-Regional).
Last Week: The fourth-ranked Spartans posted a 1-1 record. On Friday, MSU suffered its first Big Ten loss, falling to Michigan, 1-0. Michigan State snapped a two-game losing streak on Saturday with a 2-1 double-overtime win over Ohio University. Freshman Chantae Miller (East Amherst, N.Y.) recorded both goals for the Spartans and tallied her second multi-goal game of the season.
This Week: The Spartans host Big Ten rival Iowa on Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will air as a tape-delay broadcast on the Big Ten Network at 3 p.m.
Notes: The loss to Michigan was the first time the Spartans had been shut out this season, and first time since Sept. 30, 2007 when they fell to Wake Forest, 2-0 ... The game against Ohio was the third overtime game for the Spartans this season, and the team has yet to drop a game in extra time ... Miller's two goals propelled her into the team lead for points (31). She is second on the team in goals with 11, behind junior Floor Rijpma (Bunnik, Netherlands), who has 13. Miller ranks second in points, fourth in points per game and sixth in goals in the Big Ten. She also leads the team and conference in game-winning goals with four. Miller is tied for 25th nationally in points per game. Rijpma is tied for second in goals, tied for fourth in points and is fourth in goals per game in the conference. She is tied for 23rd nationally in goals per game and 32nd in points per game ... Senior Gwen Riley (Louisville, Ky.) leads the team with 10 assists and is fourth in points (24). She is tied for fourth in assists in the Big Ten ... Junior Elissa Unger (Reading, Pa.) has a .750 save percentage and 1.55 goals against average (GAA). She is second in the Big Ten in save percentage, is third in GAA and fourth in saves (60). Unger ranks 12th nationally in GAA, and is tied for 23rd in save percentage ... Junior Jeamie Deacon (Wexford, Ireland) is third on the team in points (27) and is tied for second in assists (9) ... Michigan State is ranked third in scoring margin (2.59), fourth in points per game (11.06) and tied for fourth nationally in goals per game (3.94). MSU is eighth nationally in winning percentage, and is 11th in the latest NCAA RPI ... The Spartans rank first in scoring margin, shots (326), and in goals scored (63) in the Big Ten. MSU is tied for second in the Big Ten with a 3-1 record and has the best overall record.
Last Week: The Spartans tied for eighth at The Prestige, held at the Greg Norman course at PGA WEST in La Quinta, Calif. The Spartans finished the first round in 16th place at 39-over par, but responded to shoot three-under par as a team over the final 36 holes to move up the final leaderboard. Individually, MSU had two top-20 finishes, with junior Jack Newman (Des Moines, Iowa) tying for 15th and sophomore Payne Gniewek (Trenton, Mich.), tying for 20th.
This Week: The Spartans do not compete this week.
Notes: Michigan State is ranked No. 17 by Golfweek/Sagarin and No. 24 by Golfstat ... It was Newman's third top-20 finish in four events this season and the 11th in his career ... Gniewek has now matched his total of two top-20 finishes from last season in only four tournaments.
Last Week: Placed second at the Lady Northern Invitational, hosted by Purdue University. The 14-team tournament, featuring every Big Ten team along with Notre Dame, Iowa State and Toledo, serves as a preview to the Big Ten Championships, which will be held at the same course on April 24-26, 2009. The No. 20 Spartans shot a 308 in Sunday's final round to finish with a team score of 912 (302-302-308), finishing 17 shots behind host and 22nd-ranked Purdue (303-290-302--895).
This Week: The Spartans are idle this week as they prepare for the Hooters Match Play Tournament Nov. 2-4 in Orlando, Fla.
Notes: Junior Laura Kueny once again led MSU with a 5-over 221 (77-72-72) at the Lady Northern Invitational, tying for second place ... it marks Kueny's seventh career top-five finish ... sophomore Aimee Neff also placed in the top 10 for the sixth time in her career, finishing eighth with a 227 (+11) ... Michelle Bowles carded a season-best tournament score of 234 for her first career top-20 finish ... the sophomore finish tied for 20th after firing a 79 in the final round ... freshman Lindsey Solberg has placed in the top 30 in all three of her first collegiate tournaments, closing the Lady Northern in a tie for 26th place.
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Last Week: MSU picked up two wins over ranked opponents, defeating No. 14 UIC, 3-1 on Wednesday, and No. 18 Michigan, 1-0 on Saturday in Ann Arbor.
This Week: The Spartans will take on two non-conference opponents this week at DeMartin Stadium. Wednesday, MSU will host Cincinnati at 3 p.m. and Valparaiso on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Notes: For the second time in consecutive season, MSU defeated ranked opponents (No. 14 UIC and No. 18 Michigan) in back-to-back games as last season, the Spartans defeated No. 3 Notre Dame (1-0) and No. 18 Michigan (5-0) in consecutive games ... The Spartans lead the Big Ten in wins with a 4-1 record ... Senior Doug DeMartin (Mason, Mich.) earned his second Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season on Monday for his two-goal performance last week ... The Mason, Mich. native continues to lead the Big Ten in points (28), and goals (13) ... With two goals against UIC last week, DeMartin now has 34 career goals, moving him into fifth place on MSU's career goals list ... His 76 career points are 10th on the MSU all-time list. DeMartin's 13 goals this season are the most by a Spartan since Tom King scored 15 in 1982 ... Sophomore goalkeeper Avery Steinlage (Grand Haven, Mich.) earned his first-career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week accolade on Monday ... He now has four shutouts this season and MSU is 7-2 since he started his first-career game vs. Buffalo (Sept. 12) ... His 5.80 save-per-game average leads the conference and his four shutouts rank second in the Big Ten ... Senior Zac Scaffidi (Geneva, Ill.) is tied for first in the conference in assists with six.
Last Week: The Spartans split a pair of road games, defeating Northwestern, 3-0, on Friday and then falling to Wisconsin, 2-0, on Sunday.
This Week: MSU will travel to Indiana on Friday to take on the Hoosiers at 7:30 p.m. and then return home to host South Dakota State at noon on Sunday.
Notes: The Spartans are ranked No. 30 in this week's latest SoccerBuzz.com poll ... MSU's 13 wins this season are the most since Big Ten women's soccer began in 1994 and the most since the 1991 season when it won 14 games ... Freshman Laura Heyboer (Hudsonville, Mich.) continues to lead the Big Ten in points with 44, and goals with 18 ... Her 44 points and 18 goals both rank third on the school's single-season list and are the most for an MSU player since Big Ten play began in 1994 ... MSU is a perfect 9-0 at home this season, their best record in East Lansing since 1989 when the went 10-0 ... The Spartans' 41 goals this season are the most by a MSU team since the 1994 season when the squad scored 45 goals ... Junior Lauren Hill (Northville, Mich.) (30 points, 11 goals) continues to rank second in the conference in goals and points. She has eleven goals this season and 27 for her career, putting her alone in eighth place on MSU's all-time list; five game-winning goals this year give her 11 for her career and push her into a tie for second in program history. Hill's 30 points give her 66 for her career, placing her in eighth on the school's all-time chart ... Lauren Sinacola's (Rochester, Mich.) 10 assists continue to lead the conference and put her in a tie for fourth on the MSU single-season assist list ... Junior goalkeeper Lindsey Wrege (Portage, Mich.) has seven shutouts this season which put her in a tie for fourth on the MSU single-season list.
Last week: Seniors Alex Forger (Okemos, Mich.) and John Allare (Maineville, Ohio) represented the Michigan State Spartans at the ITA Midwest Regionals this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio. Both competed in singles play, where Forger opened competition with a win over Gregory Holm of Iowa, but along with Allare, fell out of the tournament with a second-round loss.
This Week: The Michigan State women's tennis team has qualified seven members for the ITA Midwest Regional Championships; which will be hosted by the Spartans and held at the Michigan State Indoor Facility Oct. 23-28. Qualifying for the singles main draw are Stephanie Kebler (Okemos, Mich.) and Manon Noe (Liancort, France). Also representing the green and white will be Lindsey Lonergan (Cincinnati, Ohio), Whitney Wilson (Evansville, Ind.), Ana Milosavljevic (Johannesburg, South Africa), Elena Ivanova (Moscow, Russia) and Dana Guentert (Lilburn, Ga.) in the singles qualifying draw. Three doubles tandems have also qualified to represent the Spartans in the doubles main draw.
This Week: The 2009 Michigan State rowing program will continue its slate of fall races this weekend in its only home races of the fall on Sunday morning. The Spartan novices will square off against Michigan in a series of controlled races on the Grand River. Each crew will compete in five races that are capped at 26 strokes per minute. The distance of the races will also be trimmed from the customary 2,000 meters to 1,200. Each race will last roughly five minutes. The races are used to simulate race conditions for the novice boats.
Last Week: The Spartan womens team fell to Illinois 199-154 in a two-day dual meet with the Fighting Illini.
This Week: The MSU men's and women's teams will host a dual meet with Iowa on Saturday at McCaffree Pool at noon.
Notes: Sophomore Rebecca Ebner (Okemos, Mich.) remains perfect this season in the butterfly as she has won all four events she has competed in ... Senior Danielle Williams (Dorchester, Ontario) has also won all four diving events she has competed in this season ... Three Spartan women's divers, Williams, freshman Sarah Clay (Fishers, Ind.) and junior Kayla Kalmbach (Grand Rapids, Mich.) have all qualified for NCAA Zones.