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Spartan Sports Updates for mid-May, 2017
May 15th, 2017 by 89 Chemistry

ITEM:  MSU Men’s Golf has teed off in its second consecutive NCAA Regional.   A preview is here, and the leaderboard (which will be occasionally updated) is here:

 

ITEM:  MSU Track had its best day of the B1G Championships Meet yesterday.   Quoting (with minor editing) from the msuspartans.com release:

“Sophomore Justine Kiprotich captured the first gold medal of the 2017 Big Ten Outdoor Championship by winning the men’s 1,500m.   Kiprotich won his first career Big Ten title with a time of 3:48.72.   He was just shy of his personal best time of 3:42.36 at the Virginia Challenge in April.   The sophomore was a runner-up last season.

“’Justine has turned into one of the best milers in the region, and clearly has a chance to be an NCAA finalist,’  said MSU Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Walt Drenth.   ‘To be a Big Ten champion as a sophomore is amazing.   I am seeing a guy really maturing.   He has a good race savvy.   He made a bold move with about 500 or 600 meters to go to get into running position.   When he got to the front with a little over 200 meters to go, he just powered away from the field.'”

…   “Senior Sherod Hardt had a solid showing in his final Big Ten Championship, finishing third in the men’s 5,000m.   Hardt clocked in with a time of 14:25.10.”

…   “’One of the hallmarks of a really good team is to be good at the end of the meet, in the 4×400 and the 5,000, it is a long weekend.   Some kids have doubled and some kids have waited their turn, but you still have to be mentally tough.   I was really pleased with how Sherod battled through the whole race.   He ran a tough race from start to finish,” Drenth said.'”

NCAA First Round participants will be announced on Thursday.

 

ITEM:  The newest version of Ralph Young Field — upon which MSU Field Hockey plays — is now being prepared.

 

ITEM:  MSU Softball was the best B1G team left out of the NCAA Tournament field.   It therefore was the B1G’s automatic qualifier for the inaugural National Invitational Softball Championships (analogous to the NIT, but with 48 teams).   The opening rounds are double-elimination in four-team regionals; MSU plays Murray State tomorrow at 5 PM ET and will play at least once on Wednesday.   The Region 3 winner will advance to a six-team Finals that will begin on Sunday.   The msuspartans.com story is linked here.

 

ITEM:  The first and second MSU Rowing Varsity Fours both finished fourth in the B1G Championships yesterday.   The NCAA field will be announced late tomorrow afternoon.

 

ITEM:  MSU Baseball will play at CMU tomorrow [4:05 PM ET] and begin a series at Michigan on Thursday.   Those three games will conclude MSU’s regular season.

 

ITEM:  The NCAA Women’s Golf National Championships begin Friday.

 

Go Green!

The 2016 AP Preseason Football Poll, and Other Notables
Aug 21st, 2016 by 89 Chemistry

  • When does an exhibition game matter?   It matters when Spartans defeat Gulos!
  • The 65-59 Detroit Tigers won today.
  • (Someone else can provide Draymond Green’s stats from today’s Olympic Gold Medal win of Team USA; I could not find them.   I only know that he scored two points.)
  • Sports Illustrated–you know, the magazine that cursed Jim Harbaugh with a cover declaring Michigan football Playoff-bound?   Well, one of their writers predicts the Gulos will finish third in the B1G East Division; MSU will be co-Division Champ with OSU; and OSU will advance due to tiebreaker rules.
  • The foregoing mentioned the MSU – Notre Dame game as key for both teams.   The early prognosis was that this would be MSU’s toughest game on the schedule.   Fallout from some recent gallivanting may make the game tougher for the Irish.
  • The AP Poll begins with the Spartans ranked 12th; the Buckeyes & Gulos 6th & 7th; and seven teams with at least one first-place vote (including one each for the Buckeyes & Gulos).
  • Graham Couch argues that the Spartans’ preseason rankings are not a sign of disrespect so much as acknowledgment of how much Spartan awesomeness from 2015 is not suiting up for the Green and White this year.   While his narrative may be cringe-worthy at times, we have to admit he has made progress since writing, “Kirk Cousins isn’t even close [to being the best college QB in the state of Michigan]”.
Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble …
Nov 17th, 2013 by I Believe

Spartans’ impact on B1G, national stage not limited to football, men’s basketball

The fearsome MSU field hockey team plays for a berth in the NCAA Final Four today in Syracuse, N.Y. It would be the Spartans third Final Four in program history.

The fearsome MSU field hockey team plays for a berth in the NCAA Final Four at 2 p.m. today in Syracuse, N.Y. It would be the Spartans’ third Final Four appearance in program history.

The No. 20 MSU men's soccer team faces IU at 11 a.m. today on the Big Ten Network in the B1G tournament championship. The Spartans lead the Big Ten in fewest goals allowed (14), goals against average (0.69), total shots (302), total assists (39) and assists per game (2.05) and leads the conference with 11 shutouts.

The No. 20 MSU men’s soccer team leads the Big Ten in fewest goals allowed (14), goals against average (0.69), total shots (302), total assists (39) and leads the conference with 11 shutouts.

The No. 20 women's basketball team hosts No. 21 Dayton at 2 p.m. today in the Breslin Center. The Spartans (1-1) will be the just the fourth team in the nation to have played two ranked teams so far this season. The Spartans lost 81-62 at No. 6 Notre Dame on Monday, but defeated Canisius 102-54 Friday night.

The No. 20 women’s basketball team hosts No. 21 Dayton at 2 p.m. today in the Breslin Center. The Spartans (1-1) will be the just the fourth team in the nation to have played two ranked teams so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 a.m. — The No. 11 (RPI) MSU men’s soccer team (12-4-3, 3-2-1) takes on Indiana in the B1G Tournament title game in Columbus. The Spartans defeated IU 3-2 (2OT) in Bloomington during the regular season. MSU is 19-19-2 all time in the B1G Tournament and 0-2 vs. the Hoosiers in the championship game.  Nationally, MSU has the third-best save percentage (.874), is tied for No. 5 in assists per game (2.17), tied for sixth in shutout percentage (.56) and tied for seventh in total assists (39). The Spartans are 20th with 5.39 saves per game, No. 22 in points per game (5.50) and tied for 22nd in total points (99). The Spartans are led by #10 Jay Chapman (20 points on 6 goals and 8 assists), #27 Fatai Alashe (19-6-7), #9 Sean Conerty (16-5-6) and #3 Kevin Cope (10-3-4).

2 p.m. — The No. 23 Spartans face No. 7 UConn (18-4) for a berth in the NCAA Field Hockey Final Four. MSU ended Syracuse’s 45-game home win streak Saturday with a 2-1 victory over the Orange despite being outshot 21-4. UConn reached the quarterfinal game by defeating No. 10 Boston College 2-1 in overtime, avenging a regular-season 4-3 OT loss to the Eagles. The Huskies are led by Chloe Hunnable, who tallied her 50th career goal in the win over BC, and Sophie Bowden. (Both are imports from the UK.)  Anne Jeute scored the game-winner for UConn, which outshot the Eagles 22-8. Sarah Mansfield is the Huskies’ netminder. The Spartans are led in scoring by #5 Abby Barker, who has 38 points on 18 goals and two assists, #17 Allie Ahern (30-13-4), #14 Katherine Jamieson (23-7-9) and #11 Jenni Smith (15-2-11). Goaltender Molly Cassidy (#2) has three shutouts and a goals-against average of 1.76.

2 p.m. — Coach Suzy Merchant’s Spartans try to improve their record to 2-1 today in a battle with No. 21 Dayton at the Breslin Center. The Flyers, who are 2-1 on the season, enter the weekend ranked No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches’ poll and No. 23 by the Associated Press. Dayton is coming off a 94-80 win over Akron on Friday night, following an opening 89-54 win over UC Riverside and a 97-93 overtime loss at Iowa. The five Dayton starters are all averaging over 14 points per game, led by 18.3 points from Amber Deane. Deane played at the same high school as current Spartans Madison Williams and Aerial Powers. Michigan State leads the all-time series against Dayton, 7-4. The Spartans are 4-0 at home against the Flyers, Last season on Dec. 8, the No. 18-ranked Flyers topped MSU 60-53 in UD Arena.

Senior Lauren Wicinski recorded 18 kills in the Spartans' sweep of Iowa Saturday night, giving her 2,304 for her career, moving her past MSU all-time leader Jenna Wrobel. Wicinski's career total is third all-time in the B1G and 16th all-time in the NCAA record book .

Senior Lauren Wicinski recorded 18 kills in the Spartans’ sweep of Iowa Saturday night, giving her 2,304 for her career, moving her past MSU all-time leader Jenna Wrobel. Wicinski’s career total is third all-time in the B1G and 16th all-time in the NCAA record book .

 

Football notes

The victory over Nebraska was the seniors’ 38th, making this the winningest class in school history.

MSU is tied for the most conference wins since 2010 and have a B1G-leading 33 wins during the last five years.

The name of the fake-punt play was “Charlie Brown.”

Outside linebacker Denicos Allen: “This win is even bigger because we had never beaten Nebraska and to come to Lincoln and do it is a huge accomplishment for this team and this program. This is definitely a step higher than a program win because this game had a lot to do with who plays in the Big Ten Championship Game. We took a step closer to the Big Ten Championship and a step closer to the Rose Bowl. We’re definitely feeling like we have a chance to be something special.”

Coach Dantonio: “The reality is, we have played for a championship in 2008 at the end of the season, 2010, 2011 and now, in 2013, we will have a chance to play for a championship. On the last game of the season, it is a Legends Division Championship any way you cut it. Those are big positive steps for a program from when we came here. It shows we have a solid foundation, but we need to continue to coach and play up, and continue to climb the ladder. You want to be where we are at, at the end of the season. I think it was a statement for a lot of people, for recruits and for everybody else.”

And … 

The Michigan State women’s cross country team earned an at-large big to the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships. The women finished third overall at the Great Lakes Regionals on Friday with a total of 73 points. The women, who are ranked sixth in the USTFCCCA poll, have now qualified for the NCAA Championships for the 15th-straight season, the longest active streak in the Big Ten.

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