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

Scoring

First Half:

UM - Julie Flachs (penalty stroke) 14:18

Second Half:

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

Shots
Michigan State: 6
Michigan: 16

Saves
Michigan State:
Beth George -- 9
Michigan:
Amy Helber -- 3

Records
Michigan State: 10-9, 3-7
Michigan: 15-5, 7-3