Page 8-The Michigan Daily- Sports Monday- October 28, 1991
Northwestern, Iowa stifle stickers
by Chris Carr
Daily Sports Writer
Like a brisk wind through an
Iowa cornfield, Northwestern and
Iowa blew away the Michigan field
hockey team's thoughts of revenge
and its glimering hopes of an
NCCA tournament bid this week-
end in Iowa City.
The Wolverines dropped their
weekend matches to No. 4 Iowa and
No. 7 Northwestern, 4-1 and 3-0, re-
Saturday against Northwestern,
Michigan (2-5 in the conference, 7-8
overall) was out to avenge a 6-0
thrashing at the hands of the
Wildcats in its conference opener.
The game was a scoreless defen-
sive struggle for most of the first
half until rookie Gretchen Scheucr-
mann put the Wildcats on the
scoreboard with an unassisted goal
with 6:26 to play in the half. Three
minutes later, rookie Kathleen Sull-
ivan put Northwestern up, 2-0.
All-American Colleen Senich
completed the scoring for North-
western with a goal off an assist
from Sullivan with 14:24 left in the
game. Goalie Donna Barg turned
away four Wolverine shots to
record the shutout for the Wildcats.
"We had a couple of good indi-
vidual performances, but we didn't
play well as a team today," Mich-
igan coach Patti Smith said. "I'm
disappointed because that is not
what I'm looking for at this point
in the season."
Michigan's game against Iowa
yesterday was a much awaited re-
match of the Hawkeyes' 2-0 over-
time victory in Ann Arbor two
weeks ago. During that game the
Wolverines had three goals disal-
lowed. The match's extremely close
nature left a bad taste with the
highly ranked Hawkeyes.
"I think revenge was a definite
factor for Iowa," Michigan assis-
tant coach Meri Demrow said.
"Iowa is a very tough place to play
with 400 fans yelling 'Go Hawks'
for the entire game."
The Wolverines were able to
stay with the Hawkeyes for most of
the first half, gaining hope of an up-
set. Lisa Sweeny gave the Hawkeyes
a 1-0 lead six minutes into the game.
However, the Wolverines' defense
tightened, and Michigan tied the
game with 11:39 to play in the first
half on a penalty corner shot by ju-
nior Katie Vignivic.
"Scoring on a penalty corner was
a real positive thing because we have
had trouble converting penalty cor-
ners all year," Dembrow said.
"Doing it against a team like Iowa
means a lot more than it would
against a Miami of Ohio because
Iowa has a lot of speed and a very
Amy Fowler broke the tie for
the Hawkeyes with eight minutes to
play in first half, giving them a 2-1
Goalie Nicole Hoover was able
to keep the Wolverines in the game
with 18 saves, but the Hawkeyes
outshot the Wolverines, 15-0, in the
second half. In the end, Iowa's of-
fensive pressure proved to be too
much as Heather Bryant and Jamie
Rofrano recorded second half goals,
giving the Hawkeyes the 4-1 vic-
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Despite losing players to an all-
star camp and playing under rainy,
muddy conditions, the Michigan
men's rugby team finished its regu-
lar season Saturday at Mitchell
Field with a 26-24 victory over
Six Michigan players traveled to
the 'M' select side camp, a camp that
determines players to represent the
state of Michigan in regional play.
However, an experienced
Wolverine squad held on for the
victory, improving its record to 6-4.
"We played a spectacular game,"
captain John Swis said. "Six guys
went to a camp for the 'M' select
side, so a lot of players had to fill
The Wolverines scored oneach of
their first three trys, opening up a
twelve-point advantage. However,
1 a victory
the Chippewas struck back, scoring
the next two.
The teams traded points
throughout, but Wolverine Dan
Mascellino thwarted a final
Chippewa scoring attempt with a
last second tackle, preserving the
"It was a see-saw battle," senior
Ben Hanna said. "The weather
wasn't too bad, but there were more
dropped balls and sloppy play than
"The weather was wet and rainy,
and the ball can slip around a lot,"
The Big Ten Championships pro-
vide the next test for the
Wolverines, held Nov. 2 and 3 at
Purdue. Michigan has prepared it-
self for the tournament, playing ex-
perienced and older club teams
throughout the season. The
Wolverines hope to improve on
their two runner-up and third place
finishes in the last three seasons.
"We feel pretty confident,"
Hanna said of the Championships.
"Ohio State and Penn State are very
good. They (Ohio State) have placed
second and third at Nationals."
Michigan middle blocker Michelle Ho
(actually, the net) in Friday night's 3-
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said. "I think going into game four,
we still knew it was going to be
very hard to win."
Michigan breezed to a 13-9 lead
in game four, and the blocking of
JoAnna Collias and Smith finally
put away the Boliermakers, 15-12.
"We wanted to beat them very
badly," said Scherer, who had her
second consecutive big night with
Many didn't give the Wolverines
a chance Friday night, but Michigan
upset the Illini (8-2, 13-5) in four
Before the match, there was talk
that Illinois' Lorna Henderson
would single-handedly crush
Michigan. In game one, this looked
like a serious possibility. Henderson
- whom Bradley-Doppes labeled
"a monster" before the match -
)rrigan rises to the occasion
; upset victory over Illinois.
had three kills. The Wolverines mis-
handled one of Henderson's famous
jump serves to give game one to the
But Henderson was held quiet
the rest of the night. "Our blockers
on the right side just shut her down.
It was awesome," Horrigan said.
Michigan limited Henderson to
only one ace and eight more kills,
and forced her to commit two ser-
vice errors and nine hitting errors.
Michigan jumped out to a 2-0
lead in game two, but after a 9-1
Illini run, the Wolverines found
The Wolverines started to come
back. After scoring six straight
points, Illinois' Eileen Hawkins
killed for side ou.
The Illini serve then led to the
longest - and most crucial - point
of the night, with both teams mak-
ing several spectacular digs to keep
the ball in play. When Smith finally
spiked home a winner, the fans in at-
tendance at Keen Arena erupted and
the Michigan players celebratedu-
bilantly. Michigan went on to take
the game, 15-11. Illinois never re-
ingmsvecofdnt, an1 al-f2ud
den, we have two or three very ten-
tative plays by people we are count-
ing on," Illinois coach Dr. Mike
Hebert said. "Once that happens,
there's no one on the team that can
realy pull us out.
"That (play) definitely gave us a
lot of confidence in ourselves," said
Scherer, who turned in one of her
best performances of the year with
35 assists, four digs and three block
Horrigan's play was representa-
tive of the momentum swing. Due0
to the rotation, Horrigan and
Henderson matched jump serves af-
ter side outs, forming a sort of
match within a ematch.
"Yeah, it was (a showdown),"
said Horrigan, who along with
Smith led the Wolverines with 14
kills. "She's No. 1 in the Big Ten in
kills, and I'm just behind her (in the
rankings). I just wanted to beat her
Michigan cruised through game
three, scoring the first and last four
points for a 15-6 decision and a two
games to one lead.
Illinois struck first in game
four, but after Fiona Davidson's kill
evened the score at 1-1, the Illini be-
gan to self-destruct. Two straight
ball handling errors gave Michigan
a.3-1 lead. Scherer's unexpected drop*
shot, which gave the Wolverines a
10-2 lead, shocked the Illini.
Illinois' return at the net sailed
wide to give Michigan the match,
15-2. It was the second consecutive
year that the Wolverines have upset
a highly-ranked Illinois squad at
"Is this getting to be a tradition?
I hope so," Bradley-Doppes said. "I
know we're going to have our work'
cut out for us when we go to their
place, but this one was big tonight."
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