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Oct. 3, 1997

Lusher's Six Goals Lifts MSU to 6-0 Field Hockey Victory

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State senior Jill Lusher poured in all six MSU goals during the Spartans' 6-0 rout of St. Louis, Friday at Spartan Stadium.

Lusher notched a hat trick in each half, lifting the Spartans to their eleventh consecutive non-conference home victory. The win raises the Spartans to 8-3 (1-1 in Big Ten) on the season, while the Billikens drop to 2-7.

A senior from Escondido, Calif., Lusher matched her three first-half goals with a trio of tallies within a two-and-a-half minute span late in the second half. With her six scores, Lusher leapfrogged from eleventh to fifth on the Spartans' all-time goal-scoring chart, as she has accumulated 28 for her career.

"She did the simple things she took it to the goal and shot it. She has terrific skills she just took it past each defender and beat the goaltender. She has a great ability to handle the ball," said Michigan State Head Coach Michele Madison.

Lusher's play was not a solo act however, as MSU's passing attack also netted a big day for seniors Rayna Hiscox and Sarah Wilson, who picked up three assists a piece. As a team, MSU peppered St. Louis netminder Tina Bayers with 25 shots.

Our whole focus was to re-establish our passing game and to not play St. Louis' game. "We got it done today," remarked Madison.

Overshadowed by the spectacular play of Lusher is that of the MSU defense. The Spartans did not allow a single shot in the first half, as they kept the ball in St. Louis zone for much of the afternoon. Spearheaded by junior Melissa Pryor, the defense allowed the Billikens just three shots and two penalty corners for the game.

Pryor was strong in the backfield and Jill (Lusher), Rayna (Hiscox) and Sarah (Wilson) combined to take care of the scoring, stated Madison.

The Spartans gear up for Sunday's showdown with arch-rival Michigan. Ranked 2-3 in the region, the U-M-MSU rivalry has more than in-state bragging rights at stake, as both teams have legitimate Big Ten title hopes. The game will start at 1 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.

MICHIGAN STATE  3   3       --  6
ST. LOUIS       0   0       --  0
First Half:
MSU - Jill Lusher (Sarah Wilson)  18:56
MSU - Jill Lusher (Sarah Wilson, Sofie Frankenhuis)  8:41
MSU - Jill Lusher  2:49
Second Half:
MSU - Jill Lusher (Rayna Hiscox, Sarah Wilson)  12:00
MSU - Jill Lusher (Rayna Hiscox)  11:07
MSU - Jill Lusher (Rayna Hiscox)  9:36
Michigan State: 25
St. Louis: 3
Michigan State:
Beth George - 3
St. Louis:
Tina Bayers - 11
Michigan State:  8-3, 1-1
St. Louis: 2-7

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