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Icer receives defensive honors

November 8, 2000

After beating the No. 1 team in the nation on the road Saturday, the Spartan hockey team jumped two spots in the national polls released this week.

Ranked No. 6 before beating top-ranked Michigan 1-0 in Ann Arbor last weekend, the Spartans (5-1-1 overall, 4-1 CCHA) now sit in fourth place in both the USA Today and U.S. College Hockey Online polls.

Boston College, Minnesota and U-M are ahead of MSU in both polls. The Golden Gophers (7-0-1) are No. 1 in the USCHO poll, followed by Boston College (7-1) and U-M (6-1-2). The Eagles lead the USA Today poll, with Minnesota in second and the Wolverines in third.

CCHA rivals Western Michigan and Northern Michigan both made their debuts in the top-15 rankings this week.

Western (6-1-1) is 13th in both polls, while Northern (5-1-3) is 12th in the USA Today poll and tied for 14th in USCHO.

The Spartans will host Northern at Munn Ice Arena on Thursday and Friday. Both games begin at 7:05 p.m.

MSU sophomore goaltender Ryan Miller earned CCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second straight week following the win over U-M.

Miller stopped all 31 shots the Wolverines fired at him in Yost Ice Arena. Miller won the award two weeks ago after he won two games and made 65 saves in a series against Notre Dame.


The 10th-ranked wrestling squad competed for the first time last weekend, placing seven wrestlers in the top six of their respective weight classes at the Eastern Michigan Open.

No Spartans won their weight class, but three finished in second place - junior Chris Williams at 125 pounds, sophomore Charles Sageman at 149, and junior Rashaad Evans at 184.

Williams finished second to Michigan’s A.J. Grant, after beating his opponents by a combined score of 31-8 to reach the championship round.

Sageman had to go through MSU teammate and sophomore Karl Nadolsky to reach the championship match, where he fell 9-3 to Jake Percival of Ohio.

Evans, a junior college transfer, placed second in his debut as a Spartan grappler, after outscoring his opponents 19-9.

Senior Joe Contant (184) and freshman Nathaniel Mesyn (174) finished third in their weight classes, while Nadolsky came in fourth at 149.

Sophomore Scott Owen finished sixth at 174.

The team will next compete Sunday in the annual Green and White scrimmage at Jenison Field House at 2 p.m.

Women’s Golf

Playing at a former site of the PGA’s U.S. Open, the women’s golf team is wrapping up its fall season in North Carolina this week.

The team was in seventh place after the first day of the three-day Pine Needles Invitational in Southern Pines, N.C.

All six Spartans in the field broke 80 in the first round, led by junior Stacy Snider’s 74. Snider is tied for 13th individually, four shots behind leader Meaghan Francella of Memphis.

MSU fired a team score of 307 Monday, 16 shots off the pace set by leader Alabama. Junior Emily Bastel is one shot behind Snider with a 75 and freshman Ann Marie Kersten is third on the team with a 76. Senior Kasey Gant and freshmen Allison Fouch and Sarah Martin are tied for 37th overall after shooting 79 each.

The tournament ends today.

Field Hockey

Two members of MSU’s field hockey team were given All-Big Ten honors at the Big Ten awards banquet last week.

Junior forward Bridget Cooper and senior midfielder Adrienne Miroslaw were both voted to the second all-conference team.

Cooper led the Spartans with 12 goals and 31 points for the season. Miroslaw started 17 games for MSU and recorded four points.

The team’s season ended with a 2-0 loss to Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday in Ann Arbor, dropping the squad to 11-9 overall.


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