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Unlikely champions find unique path to the goal

Chris Lawrence's impact on Saturday night's game isn't easily measured by stats. But the Spartans senior provided the inspiration for Michigan State's championship run, writes David Albright.

Originally Published: April 7, 2007
By David Albright | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- An hour after the final horn, Chris Lawrence was still dressed head to skates in his road green uniform.

But instead of a stick, the Michigan State captain was clutching the 2007 national championship hockey trophy.

The Spartans defied the odds -- for better than a month in the postseason -- and continued to play their game against all comers and amid all criticism. The No. 3 seed and unlikeliest team from this year's Frozen Four finished it off with a 3-1 win over Boston ...

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