Clark Named Big Ten Defensive Player Of the Week
Nov. 7, 2011
East Lansing, Mich. - Senior goalkeeper Jeremy Clark (Sterling Heights, Mich.) earned the Big Ten's Defensive Co-Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week, as announced by the Big Ten office on Monday.
To earn this week's nod, Clark made six saves as he recorded his second straight shutout, a 1-0 victory on the road at No. 6 Akron. The Spartan victory snapped the defending National Champions' 48-game home unbeaten streak, which dated back to the 2007 season; it was the longest active streak in the NCAA.
Since Oct. 5, MSU has gone 5-1-2, fueled in great part by the play of Clark, who has posted a 0.58 GAA with four shutouts and an .868 save percentage over those eight games.
Last week, Clark made three saves in a midweek victory over in-state rival Western Michigan (Oct. 26), and was stellar in the Spartans' showdown on Sunday, Oct. 30 with archrival Michigan. The Spartan keeper made five saves over the final five minutes of the game and nine on the day overall, to anchor Michigan State to the 1-0 victory over the Wolverines.
Michigan State is preparing for the Big Ten Tournament this week, which begins on Wednesday in Ann Arbor. MSU will tangle with Indiana on Wednesday in quarterfinal action. Earlier this season, MSU rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the then-No. 17 Hoosiers (2-2) on the road in Bloomington.
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