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November 01, 1983 - Image 11

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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 1, 1983 - Page 11

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Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
Heidi Ditchendorf takes a breather on the field while showing off some of the possessions that give her a unique
Sticker combats injury

Chains, leather jackets and lucky underwear are; not the
standard uniform of field hockey players. But Michigan for-
ward Heidi Ditchendorf will not conform.
It's that zany part of the senior's character that keeps her
spirits up despite a recurring knee injury. That injury denied
pitchendorf stick action for the entire 1982 season and the
ast half of field hockey matches this fall.
After just 10 minutes of the 1982 season opener, the forward
caught her heel in the turf, rotated her knee and tore the
ligament. Surgery and a long rehabilitation period followed.
"LAST YEAR I felt I was in position to do well for the
team," says Ditchendorf, the team's third-leading scorer-in
1981. "I just thought I would make a difference in the
games we lost."
~She had started to make a difference this season but
played only half the time for fear of muscle fatigue.
Against Central Michigan, Ditchendorf passed for her first
assist of the season. In the same game, however, a CMU
player ran into Ditchendorf and tore the cartilage in her bum
That hurt because the Ann Arbor native knew she had the
iotential to be a high scorer. When Pioneer High School
adopted field hockey in Ditchendorf's senior year, she
thought she would try the sport. She led the team to a fifth-
place finish in the state, contributing 24 goals during the
HER IMPRESSIVE record led to a scholarship offer from
the nation's fifth-ranked team, the University of Oregon. But
Oregon dropped its progam at the last minute and Ditchen-
-dorf decided to stay home with the Wolverines.
Now, four years and two injuries later, the 21-year-old has
one more year of eligibility and will become a fifth-year
senior with a major in communications.
"It seems to me a good field of study, dealing with people,"
she says. "But I'm interested in fashion design . . . I love
Ditchendorf's zest for fashion has not gone unnoticed. "She
used to be really preppy," teammate Kay McCarthy com-
-fhents. "From prep to punk in one year."
YOU WON'T catch Ditchendorf off the field in the preppy,
short, team skirt. That's for sure.
"On road trips the two of us have dressed really radical,"
k-ays good friend and teammate Lisa Schofield. "We wore
lbather pants and chains."
Apparently, it's on the road trips where Ditchendorf lets
'SHE SINGS IN the van with the walkman on - she's so

loud," Schofield says. "Her favorite songs are Prince and
Berlin, all those erotic songs."
The Wolverines may tease each other, but that comes from
strong friendship, not animosity.
"Off the field, it's unusual for a team to be so close," says
Ditchendorf. "There's no personality conflict."
DITCHENDORF says that Schofield and goalie Jonnie
Terry were instrumental in her recovery from the original
knee injury.
"I wouldn't have come back (to field hockey) if it hadn't
been for Lisa Schofield," Ditchendorf says. "She really made
me think of how much it was important to me."
Terry serves as a role model for Ditchendorf. "She's a
national-level goalie because she has worked so hard," ex-
plains Ditchendorf. "If there's one person I'd like to be like,
it's her."
HARD WORK is no stranger to Ditchendorf, either. It made
her a team leader before an injury could thwart its effects,
according to Schofield. "In my freshman year, when Heidi
was a sophomore, she was one of the most respected players
on the team. She was a remarkable sweeper."
Ditchendorf attributes her success partly to ritual. For in-
stance, she eats carbohydrates and stays away from red
meat. "If I play well, I like to play in the same sweatshirt.
It's the same way with bandannas."
But any scoring on her part can be attributed to her under-
wear, of course.
Her underwear?
"I HAD A pair of lucky underwear," Ditchendorf says. "I
wore it six times until the end of the season - I mean I
washed it and everything."
Okay, but credit some of her success to Michigan coach
Candy Zientek.
"She's very effective at bringing out the hockey player
who's never played before," Ditchendorf says. "She did that
with me. But she has an emphasis on defense which is bad for
me now 'cause I want to play forward."
DITCHENDORF has many hours of therapy in front of her
before her goal to be a top-notch forward can be realized. "I
think a lot of people would be discouraged by the amount of
rehabilitation," she admits. "I kind of enjoy it. I like to be in
Playing with the team for the first half of the season
reminded Ditchendorf how much hockey means to her. She
intends to devote her summer to the sport.
"I have something to prove to myself," says Ditchendorf.
"It's my last year (coming up) and I want to be the best I can



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'Pretty' goal beat OSU



The score was not lopsided, but the
game itself was, as the Michigan field
hockey team topped Ohio State, 2-1,
Sunday morning at Ferry Field.
Michigan dominated the first half,
controlling the midfield and keeping
OSU trapped in its own zone for most of
the half.
"We came really loose, relaxed, and
ready to play, and we played very
well," said assistant coach Karen
BOTH MICHIGAN goals came in the
first half. The first was scored by co-
captain Kay McCarthy at the 9:10
mark. A corner shot set up a scramble
for the ball right in front of the goal and
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Lustmen over Ballbusters (first downs)
Kelsey Blue Roots over Fishermen (forfeit)
Chicago Red over Wenley (forfeit)
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Evans Scholars 14, Acacia 0
Pst U vilan 8. Phi Sigma Kanna 6

McCarthy found the handle and shoved
the ball through.
At 22:36 of the half, junior Jamie Fry
scored what Collins called "one of the
prettiest goals I've seen all season." Fry
carried the ball downfield unassisted,
moved inside the circle, and dove her
whole body into the ball, smashing it in-
to the corner of the goal.
It looked as though Michigan might
walk away with the game, but as the

second half opened there was a definite
shift in momentum. Ohio State still
could not produce the shots on goal, but
controlled the play at midfield.
Lorraine Mulholland, a freshman,
scored OSU's only goal at 4:12 of the
second half.
The victory puts Michigan at 8-6
overall, 3-6 in the Big Ten. The
Wolverines will square off today again-
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