Sports Illustrated - No Small Feat
Boston Globe - Lerg is Breath of Fresh Air for Spartans
Oakland Press - Livonia's Lerg losing `little' label
Hobey Baker finalist (top 10) and top-five finalist for the James E. Sullivan Award, honoring the top amateur athlete in the country.
Voted First Team All-CCHA and CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year; named to the CCHA Scholar-Athlete team for the second consecutive season.
Stopped 64 of 68 shots (.941) in the NCAA West Regional at Colorado College and earned All-Tournament Team recognition; made 41 saves against the host Tigers in the first round, his season and career NCAA Tournament best.
In his NCAA Tournament career (eight games), Lerg now owns a 1.62 GAA, sixth-best in the NCAA record book; his career save percentage of .947 in tournament games ranks fifth, and his six career tournament wins is the fourth highest total all-time and tied for the most among MSU goalies. Lerg is one of only three Michigan State netminders to win NCAA Tournament games three consecutive seasons - Norm Foster won NCAA contests in 1984, 1985, and an NCAA title in 1986, and shares the MSU record of six NCAA Tournament victories with Lerg and Jason Muzzatti, who won six games from 1988-90.
Since Jan. 1, owns a 1.92 goals against average and .938 save percentage, with four shutouts. Three of his four shutouts have come on the road - at Ohio State (Jan. 19), at No. 1 Michigan (Jan. 25), and Bowling Green (March 1).
Overall on the season, owns a .926 save percentage (10th nationally), 2.22 goals against average (18th), and 24-11-5 record (.646, seventh) He ranks second in the nation in minutes played (2464:14), and ranks sixth in percentage of team minutes played, (96.3 percent).
In CCHA contests, ranked first in minutes played (1666:59), save percentage (.935) saves (786), shutouts (4) and goaltender victories (19); second in winning percentage (.714); third in goals against average (1.98). He is the only goalie in the league to play in every CCHA contest of the season. Six-time CCHA Goaltender of the Week, the most weekly awards of any netminder in the conference.
Ranks first among all Division I goaltenders in saves (1,136) and faces an average of 27.7 shots per game, the third-most of any CCHA netminder and 13th nationally. Only three goalies ranked in the top 15 in saves per game play for teams that are better than .500 (Lerg, Alex Kangas of Minnesota, and and Kevin Regan of Hockey East champion New Hampshire.)
Against the other top three teams in the CCHA in the regular season (Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame), he owns a 1.84 GAA and .943 save percentage, with a shutout at No. 1 Michigan on Jan. 25. Those three rank first, second, and 21st nationally in team offense.
Against the CCHA's top 15 overall scorers (excluding the three skaters who play for MSU) Lerg has allowed just seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points in a combined 28 games. Has allowed just two assists to nation's leading scorer, Michigan's Kevin Porter, in four games; Ryan Jones (Miami) was limited to an empty-net tally, and Bowling Green's Derek Whitmore was held without a point in that series. Did not allow a goal to any of the conference's top four goal scorers (Porter, Jones, Whitmore, Chad Kolarik of Michigan).
In his career (114 GP), Lerg has 10 shutouts, and 28 games in which he has allowed a single goal. He has allowed just two goals on another 30 occasions - a grand total of 69 of 114 games (61%) that he has allowed two goals or fewer.
Owns back-to-back shutouts of Ohio State (Jan. 19) and Michigan (Jan. 25), and ran a shutout streak of 190:54 in mid-January, which included all or part of 11 periods of hockey. The streak was snapped with a second-period power play tally on Jan. 26 against Michigan. In his career, Lerg has two shutouts against Michigan and has twice posted a 1-0 victory - the first was in the 2006 NCAA East Regional against New Hampshire. Both of Lerg's shutouts this season have come on the road.
Lerg moved into second place on the all-time career saves list on March 28 against Colorado College with a season-best 41 saves, surpassing former Spartan great Jason Muzzatti (2,928). Lerg's 2,956 saves is just 152 shy of the all-time record of 3,108 held by Dave Versical (1975-78).
Lerg's 4-0 shutout win over Bowling Green on March 1 was the 10th of his career, which puts him tied for fifth in that category. It was his fourth of the season, three of which have come on the road.
Occupies top-10 positions in several career netminding categories at Michigan State: save percentage (.922), second; saves (2,956), second; goals-against average (2.22), third; career shutouts (10), fourth; wins (67), fifth; games played (114), fourth. In 2007-08, his single-season marks of 2.22 GAA ranks ninth, 1,136 saves third, .926 saves percentage sixth, games played (41) third and four shutouts eighth. His previous single-season marks for wins in a season (26), is tied for fifth; games played, season (42) is tied for first; and his 1,042 saves in his sophomore season ranks fifth.
Voted the Detroit Free Press's "Michigan's Best" (reader vote) for 2007, honoring the state's top sports figure, beating out top-ten finishers Niklas Lidstrom of the Red Wings and Detroit Tigers Magglio Ordonez, Justin Verlander, and Curtis Granderson, and Chauncey Billups of the Detroit Pistons.
Participates in several community outreach programs - Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Lansing, Asthma Association, Children's Miracle Network, Make A Change (collecting money at football games for cancer research), Project Read at local elementary schools, "Jump Start Your Heart", Junior Spartan Tailgate, "Fall into Fitness" (promoting health and wellness), and Trick or Treating for Kids with Cancer. Tailgate, "Fall into Fitness" (promoting health and wellness), and Trick or Treating for Kids with Cancer.
Statistics and rankings current through games of March 29