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Deacon, Rijpma Lead Spartans to Convincing Victory

Sept. 23, 2007

Final Stats

East Lansing, Mich. - Sixth-ranked Michigan State got goals from six different players as it posted a 6-0 victory over visiting New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon on Ralph Young Field. The Spartans improve to 9-1 with the victory, their second consecutive shutout and fourth of the season. New Hampshire falls to 6-4 with the loss.

"Unlike yesterday, where we started the game a little tentative, I think we had a really good start to the game," noted head coach Van de Kerkhof. "We were able to get a lot of our players into the game today, and that is always good. It was a good home weekend for us."

Jeamie Deacon led the offensive attack with a goal and a pair of assists, while sophomore Floor Rijpma had a goal and an assist to her credit.

The Spartans put four goals on the board in the first half. The team opened the scoring just 11:26 into the contest, as freshman Jantine Steinmetz potted her team-leading ninth goal of the season. Less than five minutes later, Michelle Ciliberti redirected a Deacon blast for her third of the season. MSU put two on the board in the final three minutes of the frame, the first from Rijpma at 32:23. Charlotte van der Laag posted her second goal of the season at 34:52 to send the Spartans into the intermission with the four goal lead.

Deacon, after a pair of assists in the opening frame, got one on the board herself when she converted a penalty shot at 45:34. Becky Manning capped the scoring at 57:22, off a feed from Rijpma.

Elissa Unger recorded the win for MSU, making one first-half save before making way for backup goalie Brittany Miller, who kept UNH off the board in the second half.



Manning and Steinmetz now share the team lead in scoring with nine goals, while Jeamie Deacon's seven-point (2g, 3a) weekend has her atop the team scoring charts with eight goals and seven assists on the year.

The Spartans have a busy week ahead, traveling for all three contests. MSU will face off with Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant on Wednesday in a midweek tilt before a weekend trip to North Carolina. The Spartans will take on Davidson on Friday (6:30 p.m.) before a showdown with fifth-ranked Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon.

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