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6-- The Michigan Daily -- SPORTSMonday - Monday, October 3, 1994

SPLIT
Continued from page 1
verine half of the field, and Michigan
was able to capitalize on its numerous
forays into Nittany Lion territory.
At the 8:31 mark of the first half,
junior forward Gia Biagi passed to
freshman defender Julie Flachs, who
was able to drive the ball past Penn
State goalkeeper Shelley Meister.
Flachs' goal proved to be all the Wol-
yermes would need, and provided them
with some much-needed momentum.
(The goal) was definitely (a psy-

chological boost)," Flachs said. "It's
been a long time coming."
In the second half Penn State at-
tacked more effectively, since it was
now able to go "with the grain" on the
field. The Nittany Lions attacked pri-
marily on the right side, and were able
to make gains into Michigan territory.
Once there, though, they were met
by stiff resistance on the part of the
Wolverine defense. Penn State's shots
were batted away, and the ball was
cleared outof theMichigan zone. Smith
praised her defense's efforts.
"We're doing smarter things on the
field defensively and we're not giving

up any penalty corners," Smith said.
With only minutes left, the Wolver
ines seemed to have the game in th
bag. But the Nittany Lions were able tc
conjure up two penalty corner attempts
in the final minute of play. At thi
point, Geisthardt knew what she had to
do.
I was just concentrating on the
ball," goalie Geisthardt said. "I knew
they weren't going to score."
Geisthardt and the defense met the
challenge head-on, and turned away
the final Nittany Lion attempts to sal-
vage a tie. Michigan cleared the ball
and the last seconds ticked off the clock

e Stickers feel loss
e
sof senior scoring
By RAVI GOPAL
e Daily Sports writer
The Michigan field hockey team has had its share of
scoring woes over its first four conference games, tallying
just two goals over that span. The lack of offensive punch is
due to the fact that last year, the Wolverines' top two scorers
graduated. Kalli Hose and Keely Libby accounted for 41 of
Michigan's 106 points in 1993.
Last year's third-leading scorer, Aaleya Koreishi, has
been moved to defense to aid the development of the
Wolverines' youth. Koreishi, who tallied 13 points last year,
now leads the defensive corps which features five under-
classmen.
FINALLY, A 'W': Michigan's 1-0 defeat of Penn State
yesterday marks the first time the Wolverines have defeated
the Nittany Lions. The Wolverines now sport a 1-5 lifetime
record against Penn State.
The victory also ended a four-game losing skid for
Michigan and gave goalkeeper Rachael Geisthardt her
second shutout this season.
The Wolverines' last victory had been over Central
Michigan,3-2,on Sept. 14, over three weeks ago. Geisthardt' s
first shutout came right before, with a 1-0 triumph over St.
Louis on Sept. 11.
A GOAL, AT LAST: When the Wolverines' Julie Flachs
scored at the 8:31 mark of the first half against Penn State,
it marked a number of firsts.
Flachs' goal was the first scored by Michigan at home

FIELD HOCKEY NOTEBOOK
against a conference opponent. It also ended a scoring
drought of 144 minutes and 37 seconds by the Wolverines.
The span last through Michigan's past three games, against
Penn State, Ohio State and Iowa.
The last time the Wolverines scored was on a Koreishi
goal at 13:08 of the first half versus the Hawkeyes.
Flachs' goal leaves her in third place in total points for
Michigan this season. Junior Gia Biagi lead the team in
scoring with 11 points. Sophomore Michelle Smulders is
second with 10 points.
OH-FER: During the past two games, Michigan has gone
a combined 0-for-17 on penalty corner attempts. Its '
opponents, meanwhile, have only gone 2-for-10 How-
ever, Ohio State was much more successful than the
Wolverines' second weekend opponent, Penn State.
The Buckeyes converted on two of three attempts,
while the Nittany Lions failed on all ten occasions.
YOUTH POWER: Although Michigan counts 12 un-
derclassmen on its roster, including eight freshman
Buckeyes are even younger. Eleven of Ohio State's 18
members are first-year players, and a total of 14 are
underclassmen. Penn State has fewer green players
than either team, with only ten underclassmen on its
roster.
'THE VicToRs': After its win yesterday over the
Nittany Lions, the Wolverines were able to sing their
fight song while jogging the celebratory victory lap for
the first time against a conference foe. Michigan is now
1-3 in the Big Ten, with losses to Ohio State, Iowa and
Northwestern.

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