No. 19 Spartans Move to 4-0 with Shutout of No. 20 BU

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The 19th-ranked Michigan State field hockey team improved to 4-0 on the season with a dominating 3-0 shutout over No. 20 Boston University on Sunday afternoon.

The Spartans held a 25-4 advantage in shots and had 12 penalty corners during the course of the game.

Jeamie Deacon, who was named to the honor roll last week, added her team leading fourth goal of the season just 3:58 into the contest. Charlotte van der Laag took a penalty corner, sending the ball to Amy Schneider, who then set up Deacon to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead.

MSU didn't extend its lead until just over 10 minutes into the second half, when Floor Rijpma took a ball in front and scored an unassisted goal for her second tally of the season.

"I took the ball from the side and got the chance to use my backhand, which is not my best (shot), but I put it in," stated the sophomore after the game.

Rijpma then set up the Spartans' final tally at 59:30. After taking a pass from Schneider, she fired the ball from the top of the arc. Becky Manning then got the deflection in front as MSU extended its lead to 3-0. Elissa Unger made one save in the MSU goal to earn her first collegiate shutout.

"We continue to grow as a team," said Michigan State head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof. "(The players) want to work hard for each other, and everyone believes in themselves."

It is the fifth time in program history that the team has started 4-0, including the 1975, 1996, 2002 and 2004 seasons. Those teams had a combined record of 61-17-1, which equates to a .782 winning percentage. The 2002 and 2004 squads also made appearances in the NCAA Final Four.

The Spartans are also certain to move up this week from the No. 19 position in the SPX/NFHCA National Poll, which was last released back on August 21 during the preseason.

The Spartans will travel away from home for the first time this season when they head to Missouri for a pair of games next weekend. They meet Lindenwood on Saturday before facing Saint Louis on Sunday, with both games scheduled for 1 p.m. starts.

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