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8B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - November 4, 1996

FIELD HOCKEY

'M' field hockey drops nail-
biters to Northwestern, Iowa

4

By Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Writer
The effort was there.
The shots were there.
The opportunities were there.
However, for the Michigan field
hockey team, the breaks weren't there
yesterday as it dropped its regular-
season finale to Iowa, 3-0. The loss to
the Hawkeyes followed a 3-2 over-
time loss to Northwestern on Friday.
You can't say that the Wolverines
(2-8 Big Ten, 7-10 overall) didn't
leave everything on the field yester-
day in their battle with the Hawkeyes
(10-0 Big Ten, 17-1 overall). In fact,
Michigan coach Marcia Pankratz
feels her team did everything it need-
ed to do to win the match - well,
almost everything.
"The 3-0 score was not indicative
of the game at all," she said. "We had
our chances. We had some open
goals, (as well as) some rebounds that
should have been in. We could have
easily won, 5-3, but that's the way it
goes."
Iowa senior Diane DeMiro opened
the scoring for the Hawkeyes, rifling
a shot past Michigan goalkeeper Amy
Helber, nine minutes into the contest.
Helber remained unfazed following
the score, as she maintained
Michigan's last line of defense - a
line that was heavily under fire in the
period.
Later in the half, Iowa had a break-
away opportunity, only to have it
tripped up by Helber - literally. The
foul gave Iowa's Kristen Holmes a
penalty stroke, which she didn't

waste. Holmes added to Iowa's lead in
the first half, making the score 2-0.
Despite the early lead, Michigan
remained poised within its offense
throughout the match. In fact, the
Wolverines outshot the Hawkeyes for
the game, 16-12.
Michigan's effort on yesterday was
a definite improvement for the squad,
especially considering that the
Hawkeyes spanked Michigan in their
last meeting, 6-1, in Iowa City.
Iowa coach Beth Beglin expressed
these sentiments, yet gave a reminder
that it was her team's play that set the
tone of the contest.
"I give Michigan credit," Beglin
said. "I think they came out and
played a much better game than they
played against us down in Iowa City.
"However, I don't think we played
particularly well - I was not happy
with our play at all."
Beglin definitely had room to com-
plain, at least by her standards.
Considering her squad's domination
of Big Ten teams throughout the sea-
son, she was in uncharted waters
when she found the sub-.500
Wolverines outplaying her second-
ranked Hawkeyes.
"This was one of the first games,
statistically, that we were outcornered
and outshot," Beglin said. "We played
very much into Michigan's game plan
in the first half."
However, the Wolverines still
weren't able to get the ball in the net.
The turning point in the contest came
late in the first half, with Michigan
senior Michelle Smulders attempting

Senior midflelder Selina Harris and the Wolverines have been chasing tough opponents all year.
Tough foes skewstickers'1record

By Richard Shin
Daily Sports Writer
With two losses this weekend, the
Michigan field hockey team finished
last in the Big Ten for only the second
time in team history. Yet Michigan coach
Marcia Pankratz is looking forward to
the Big Ten tournament.
' At first glance, the Wolverines' 2-8

conference record
might appear as if
Michigan was great-
ly overmatched in
league play.
Instead, the record
is the result of the
quality of competi-
tion in the Big Ten
and Michigan's bad
luck in several

1,o k
Notebook

In seven non-conference matchups,
Michigan has fared well, winning five
matches and outscoring opponents in the
victories, 17-5. The wins included a 3-2
overtime victory over then-No. 10 Ball
State in September and most recently, a
4-0 defeat of Central Michigan on Oct.
15.
The Wolverines' last match of the sea-
son was indicative of how the season
went for Michigan. The Wolverines
faced No. 2 Iowa, and fell 3-0. Again, the
Wolverines played well but were stuck
with the defeat.
"Iowa is the No. 2 team in the country
and we played right with them,"
Michigan coach Marcia Pankratz said.
"They finished on the chances they had
and we weren't able to.
"That's the way it goes."
SENIOR SURGE: In the weekend losses
to Northwestern (3-2) and Iowa (3-0),
three seniors accounted for all of
Michigan's points. Attacker Midhelle
Smulders scored both goals against
Northwestern and midfielder Selina
Harris and defender Meredith Franden

each assisted on Smulder's second goal.
It was the sixth time Smulders scored
twice in a game and the third time that
she accounted for all of Michigan goals
in a game. Smulders' 16 goals and two
assists this season matches her total for
the past three years combined. She leads
the team in points with 34.
Fellow seniors Frandeh and Harris are
both in the top four in team scoring with
14 and 13 points respectively.
Pankratz had only praise for the
seniors in their last Big Ten match.
"Harris ended her career on a great
note with several great defensive stops
Pankratz said. "The seniors played real-
ly, really well."
TOURNEY SLEEPER: Even though
Michigan ended the season well under
.500 in the conference, the Wolverines
are still a dangerous team in the upcom-
ing Big Ten tournament.
Michigan's two conference victories
came over ranked Big Ten opponents; 4-
3, over then-No. 10 Michigan State on
Oct. 2 and a 3-2 win against Ohio State,
Oct. 27, also ranked No. 10 at the time.
Michigan has also played well against
Northwestern, a team Pankratz feels her
squad should have beaten on Friday.
Only Penn State dominated the
Wolverines in both contests the teams
played this season.
Even though Iowa swept the season
series and have never lost to Michigan,
the Wolverines have gained ground on
the Hawkeyes.

a penalty stroke.
Smulders faced Iowa's stellar goal-
keeper Lisa Celucci, the Big Te
Defensive Player of the Week for thW
past two weeks. Smulders' stroke
darted towards the corner of the goal,
only to find Celucci's outstretched
arms waiting for the ball. The shot
was deflected, and so was any attempt
to gain momentum for the
Wolverines.
Iowa's Alycyn Freet scored the
game's final goal in the second half.
"We relied too much on our deep
defense," Beglin said. "Our cornO
defense and Lisa Celucci were excep-
tional, and it's a good thing, because
otherwise I think we would have had
our hands full."
But for Michigan, it was a bad
thing, which was only salt in the
wound following its 3-2 overtime loss
to Northwestern. In that match, the
Wolverines fought back from a 2-0
halftime deficit on the shoulders
Smulders, who scored both goals
the game for Michigan.
But the tired Michigan squad ran
out of gas in the overtime period to
lose the game, according to Pankratz.
Still, the coach remains optimistic
about her team's play, as well as its
prospects next week in the Big Ten
tournament.
"We're playing well," Pankratz
said. "We should have won against
Northwestern, and they are not goir.
to beat us three times in a row.
"The girls feel good about their
game today, and we are going to go
into the tournament and be ready."
PARADISE
Continued from Page 3B3
he's beaten it twice.
But the battle is not over. The cancer
returned to Bussey's body once befo
It may return again.
No one close to Bussey is overly
concerned with that now. Everyone is
looking forward. No one is looking
back.
"For Tiger to come back and play'
Neuheisel said, "it'd be as exciting as
anything that's happened to me in
sports."
In the long run, whether Bussey
returns to the football field isn't realy
that important. Even so, football is s
what makes him click. It helps him in
his reach for tomorrow. It is his goal. It
is his drive.
"The important thing to him is foot-
ball," Mildred said. "The dream is still
there."
- Barry Sollenberger can be reached
over e-mail atjsol@umich.edu.

Gambling rumors worry Eagles

games. Four of the six teams in the con-
ference are ranked in the top 20 and in
six of their eight losses, the Wolverines
played well but could not convert on key
scoring opportunities. In four of the loss-
es, the margin of defeat was two goals or
less.

NEWTON, Mass. (AP) - Boston
College has launched an investigation
into rumors of gambling surrounding its
football team, although none have been
substantiated, athletic director Chet
Gladchuk said Saturday night.
"This university will never tolerate
any degree of unethical, illegal and
immoral conduct in any way by any-
one," he said. "Therefore, any rumor
that surfaces that may even have the
most remote connotation is something
that we are going to take very seriously."
He said the university had contacted
the district attorney's office for guidance.
The school's announcement came two
days after the football team was upset 20-
13 by Pittsburgh, an 11-point underdog.
Boston College has been rocked by a
prior gambling scandal. Rick Kuhn, a BC
basketball player, was sentenced to 10

years in federal prison in 1982 after being
found guilty of conspiring to shave
points and fix six games in 1978-79.
Head football coach Dan Henning
said he learned of the rumors last week-
end. The team continued to practice for
Thursday night's loss at Pittsburgh,
which dropped the Eagles to 4-5.
"I felt that there was nothing to the
rumors," Henning said, "so we went on
with the ballgame."
A late afternoon practice that had
been scheduled was not held, and players
reportedly shouted- at each other after
coaches left a team meeting.
No players have been suspended or
removed from the team.
"There's no evidence, nothing that
substantiates a rumor of gambling,"
Gladchuk said. "Therefore, at this par-
ticular time we are going to continue the
investigation, both internally and to ask
the district attorney's office to guide us
through the process:'

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