Nov. 2, 1997
MSU Drops Regular-Season Finale to Michigan, 4-0
EAST LANSING, MICH. -- Michiganis Julie Flachs scored a hat trick as the No. 11 Wolverines defeated Michigan State, 4-0, claiming a share of the Big Ten Title.
MSU only trailed 1-0 at halftime, but U-M broke it open early in the second half, as Flachs and Kelli Gannon scored 37 seconds apart to give Michigan breathing room at 3-0. Flachs, who scored the Wolverines' first-half goal, added her third of the game with 14:32 remaining to wind up the scoring.
Michigan Stateis Beth George stopped nine shots in net, but couldn't overcome 15 Michigan penalty corners.
The loss drops the Spartans to 10-9, 3-7 in conference play. Michigan jumps to 15-5, 7-3. Both schools now head to Iowa City, Iowa, for the 1997 Big Ten Championships.
MICHIGAN STATE 0 0 -- 0
MICHIGAN 1 3 -- 4
UM - Julie Flachs (penalty stroke) 14:18
UM - Julie Flachs (Shelly Johnson, Erica Widder) 45:02
UM - Kelli Gannon (Amy Philbrook) 45:39
UM - Julie Flachs (Erica Widder, Lindsay Babbitt) 55:28
Michigan State: 6
Beth George -- 9
Amy Helber -- 3
Michigan State: 10-9, 3-7
Michigan: 15-5, 7-3