Michigan Scores Early, Adds Insurance Late in Rivalry Win at Michigan State

» No. 10 Michigan scored twice in the first quarter and added another goal in the fourth to defeat Michigan State 3-1 in East Lansing.
» Lora Clarke, Erin Reilly and Sarah Pyrtek graded for UM; Clarke, who has seven goals this season, scored the first goal at 1:57.
» Anna Spieker scored a save while MSU spoiled the shutout bid with a fourth-quarter corner deflection.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The 10th-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team struck early, scoring twice in the first quarter and saving late to earn a 3-1 rivalry win over Michigan State at the Spartans on Friday night (October 7)” Ralph Youngfield.

Michigan (7-4, 2-2 Big Ten) had goals from three different players, and for the second time in three games, UM scored with a rebound goal from Junior in the first three minutes of the game Lora Clarke at 1:57. second grader Abby Tamer put the first shot on target, lifting it up from the right and the rebound kicked forward to Clarke, who hammered a hard shot into the near corner. It was her seventh mark of the season.

Eight minutes later at 10:23 a.m., the Wolverines struck again from another scrum in front of the MSU cage. Michigan crashed into the circle and onto the cage. The Spartans made a defensive save on the goal line, but the ball kicked into the middle where Junior was Erin Reilly penned and rebounded in a reverse chip for their second goal in as many games.

Senior Sarah Pyrtek added an insurance record for their third goal of the season in the fourth quarter after the corner attack. Tamer sent a hard sweep from the top of the circle, and Pyrtek brought her stick forward and slammed it high into the MSU cage at 49:55.

Michigan State (5-5, 0-5 Big Ten) spoiled the shutout bid just a minute later, at 51:04, with a corner kick of their own that deflected to the bottom right corner of the cage.

Michigan overtook the Spartans 22-3 and overtook them 8-2. Fifth year senior goalkeeper Anna Spieker made one save while MSU’s Monique Jardell made 10 stops on top of her team’s defensive save in the first quarter.

The Wolverines will host two Big Ten games at Phyllis Ocker Field next weekend, welcoming Indiana on Friday (October 14) at 4:30 p.m. and Iowa on Sunday (October 16) at 12 p.m. Admission to both games is free and both will be streamed live on the Big Ten Network.