I know most of you know this, but overtime consists of 6-on-6 sudden death with a 10-second shot clock in effect for both teams.
Michigan State sent out the “Core 4” of Girling, Kramer, Butler III, and McClean with standout freshmen Barriball and Nick Fedewa. Grand Valley countered with Ben Smart, Josh Hill, Owen Israels, Tyler Peach, Alec Gonzalez, and Matthew Budai.
In the initial rush, Butler III made a great play to get Budai out early, but Hill got revenge on Butler III moments later. The Lakers took the lead after Hill bests Girling after going back and forth on multiple throws and misses.
MSU then took back the lead when an injury to Peach slowed him down just enough to get tagged. After Gonzalez went down, it was a 5-2 Spartan advantage until Ben Smart made an unbelievable catch to cut it to 4-3. An Owen Israels drop and a Budai heel nick meant it was down to one Laker vs. four Spartans.
With enough firepower, your Michigan State Spartans barraged Smart to win the 2023 NCDA National Championship 2-1 (OT).
The first title in club history.