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American League National League
BALTIMORE 10. Cleveland 4 ST. LOUIS 3, San Diego 1
Texas 6, NEW YORK 2
Home teams in CAPS

October 2, 1996

stickers face Spartans

By Richard Shin
Daily Sports Writer
When the Michigan field hockey
team plays Michigan State at Ocker field
today at 4 p.m., the visiting Spartans
might repeat their last performance
when they left the net untouched against
Ohio State, 3-0.
But with the Big Ten's leading scorer
*unior Ranya Hiscox - in the lineup,
t e No. 7 Spartans have averaged just
over three goals per game and have been
shut out only once - hardly an indica-
tion of meager scoring.
But with Michigan showing improve-
ment on already solid play and buoyed
by the intensity of the in-state rivalry, the
Spartans may find themselves in a tough
Michigan is 17-18-1 against Michigan
*e and split two games with the
Spartans last season. The Spartans
recorded their only victory in the confer-
ence last season at Ocker Field, 4-2. The
rivalry between the two teams is on the
minds of the players.
"I think it's exciting," Michigan
defender Meredith Franden said. "We
are really psyched for this game. It's just
a big rivalry, and after a disappointing
weekend, we just want to get on the field
1 play."

Michigan has lost its past four Big Ten
conference matches and hopes to break
that streak this weekend.
Michigan goalkeeper Amy Helber has
done her best to keep the Wolverines
competitive, with 61 saves and a .753
save percentage. Michigan State goal-
keeper Beth George has an identical save
percentage with 58 saves, but has bene-
fited from the high goal-scoring. Going
into today's match, George is 8-2 on the
year for the Spartans, compared to
Helber's 3-4 record.
The Wolverines know that a victory
tomorrow is important, but the match is
also crucial for what comes along with
the win - bragging rights.
"Each game is a building game -the
score last weekend didn't reflect how
well we played," Michigan attacker Julie
Flachs said. "Any Big Ten game is big,
but (Michigan State) is our state rival,
and a win would (give us) momentum"
Through seven games, the Wolverines
have taken a healthy 120 shots, but have
been able to score only 12 goals, six of
them by Flachs.
The Wolverines have scored two goals
in Big Ten play, a big factor in their 0-2
start. Pankratz stressed the importance
of stepping up the offensive attack.
"We need to finish," Pankratz said.

"We need to really practice on getting
our sticks in the circle and putting the
ball in the cage."
The home field advantage has not
been much of an edge for the Wolverines
lately. The Wolverines were 3-5 last sea-
son at home. This season, the Wolverines
are 2-3 at home and both victories have
come against non-conference foes.
The key to victory is not which team
is at home, but which one seems most at
home on the field. The team that takes
control of the game early will have the
edge, Flachs said. And she is hoping it
will be Michigan.
"It is important for us to come out first
and score;' Flachs said. "We'll play bet-
ter through the game if we show
(Michigan State) that we're prepared."
The Spartans have four players in dou-
ble-digits in points on the season, and
nine different Michigan State players
have scored a goal or registered an assist.
This season, the Wolverines have been
outscored in the first half, 11-3 - a
trend they hope to reverse against the
Spartans. But Pankratz is not taking
Michigan State lightly.
"(The Spartans are) playing very well
right now, Pankratz said. "They're com-
ing into their own and they'll be a very,
very formidable opponent."

Junior attacker Julie Flachs (No. 14, at left) leads the Michigan field hockey team against No. 7 Michigan State at Ocker
Field at 4 p.m. today. The Wolverines and Spartans split a pair of games last season, with each team winning on the road.

Senior Westfall leads women's golf on links

By Peter Brensilver
For the Daily
To succeed as a collegiate athlete, one
must exhibit qualities such as desire,
hard work, determination and a passion
for the sport. When athletes enter their
senior year, they face their final chance
to exhibit these qualities and gain suc-
cess. This is exactly what Wendy
Westfall, the captain of the Michigan's
women's golf team, is doing as she plays
her senior season.
Westfall, from Albuquerque, N.M.,
recently attained a personal best by fin-
ishing seventh at the Wolverine
Invitational with a score of 160. She fol-
lowed that performance with a career-
low 74 in the second round of last week-
end's Lady Badger tournament.
These achievements have come after
three straight seasons of consistent
improvement and hard work. To what
does Westfall attribute her recent suc-

"I think I've improved because of my
confidence," she said.
After working hard this past summer
to further develop her game, Westfall is
more confident, which she said is an
asset when things fall apart.
Michigan coach Kathy Teichert attrib-
utes Westfall's accomplishments to other
factors as well. Teichert points out that
changes in her swing have played a large
role in Westfall's success.
"She's steadily improved due to her
competitiveness, her desire to succeed,
and her ability to focus on one shot at a
time," Teichert said.
Regardless of the reason, Westfall's
success is a welcome benefit to the
Wolverines, as are her leadership
"She leads by example," Teichert
said. "She wants this team to be Big
Ten champions."
Experience, personality and the
ability to get along with all of the

players, as well as the coach, make it
easy for Westfall to be a leader.
Westfall points out that she is not
alone in being a team leader, with her
three fellow seniors doing the job as
"As a senior it's not hard to be a
leader," Westfall said. "We began four
years ago, which is when the coach
began, and all five of us have a lot to
do with the leadership."
With this leadership, the team has
had no trouble remaining unified.
Westfall also attributes this unity to a
smaller roster. She has watched the
team improve each of the past three
seasons at the Big Ten tournament and
is setting her hopes high for this sea-
son after the team's recent success.
"Team-wise, this past weekend was
a very good one for us, finishing third
with eight Big Ten teams present,"
Westfall said.
Teichert's outlook for Westfall is a

positive one.
"Wendy wants to win so much and
she tries so hard, that she'll continue
to get better and better," Teichert said.
With the inevitable fact that this is
Westfall and her classmates' senior
year, Teichert spoke of mixed emo-
"When the time comes to an end
we'll be happy, yet sad because the
senior class is a great class," Teichert
said. "They're so upbeat and wanting
to do well."
Westfall is able to excel in a sport
often suited for the individual, yet
directs her desires towards the success
of the team. Her success has also
made itself apparent in her desire and
leadership as well as the intense pride
she takes in her team.
To say that Westfall is an asset to
the squad is an understatement.
"Wendy is a key contributor to our
team," Teichert said.

Junior captain Debbie Flaherty and the Michigan soccer team are hoping to gain
big-game experience to give the talented squad an edge in only its third season.
Blue soccer hoping age,
experience pay dividends

By Josh Kleinbaum
For the Daily
When Debbie Belkin took the job as
the first-ever Michigan women's soc-
cer coach, her team lacked something
that every good team needs - experi-
ehce. Now, in the third year of the pro-
gram, she finally has a squad with
some veterans.
*'The biggest difference between this
year's team and the last two is leader-
ship," Belkin said. "The players are
willing to be more vocal, voicing to
their teammates what they want, and
what they expect"
The players have noticed this differ-
ence, too.
"Last year, everyone was too timid,
and no one wanted to take the respon-
sibility of the leader, on or off the
id," said junior captain Debbie
faherty. "This year, there's actually
leadership out there, from the sopho-
mores, the juniors and the seniors."
On a team that is still predominantly
underclassmen, Belkin looks to her
veterans to lead the younger players.
"The upperclassmen should lead by
example," Belkin said. "They should
help the younger players adjust to the
college game and try to give them a lit-
9 push by working hard, whether it's
in the weight room, whether it's run-
ning, or whether it's on the field."
But Belkin expects more from her
upperclassmen than just on-the-field
"The upperclassmen know how the
school works," Belkin said. "I look to

record, with only a single conference
"Last year, we only had one senior,
and there were a lot of times during the
season where we could have used some
vocal leadership to help us through the
tough spots," Belkin said. "This year,
some of the older players are more
willing to take on responsibility."
Belkin cited several players as being
team leaders and taking on more
responsibility this season.
"Obviously, the team views our cap-
tains, Debbie Flaherty and Michele
Brach, as good leaders, because they
voted (them) captains," Belkin said.
"The biggest thing we have to do this
year is to get everyone working for the
same goal: winning," junior Ashley
Marks said. "We understand how
important winning is. We have the
skill. We need the heart. That's what
we need to teach the freshmen."
The six third-year players have defi-
nitely been leaders on the field. The
five field players - juniors Flaherty,
Poulin, Marks, Amanda Gauthier and
Jaime Ross - have combined for 12 of
the Wolverines' 49 points this season,
while senior goalkeeper Jori Welchins
has been splitting time with sophomore
Jessica Jones. The two combined for
the shutout over Indiana on Sunday.
"We're only a third-year program.
We're going to grow," Belkin said. "We
finally have two seniors, but our team
is still extremely young. If our upper-
classmen do a good job, and if the
whole team keeps working together,


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