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§B- The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - October 13, 1997

Stickers get stuck with third
straight conference defeat

By B.J. Luria
Daily Sports Writer
The No. 16 Michigan field hockey team has made a
habit of scoring early in games and protecting a lead for
much of the game. That strategy has failed Michigan dur-
ing its three-game losing streak.
This weekend, the Wolverines (2-3 Big Ten, 10-5 over-
all) failed to score in the first half in losses to Ohio State
on Friday and Penn State on Sunday. Michigan scored
only two goals in the two games, falling to the Buckeyes
in overtime, 2-1, and to the Nittany Lions, 4-1.
Julie Flachs, the nation's second-leading goal scorer,
was held scoreless in both games - something that had
happened once before this season.
Flachs failed to break Michigan's season goal-scoring
record, held by Kay McCarthy, which she tied against
Michigan State last weekend. Flachs is stuck at 21 goals
on the season.
No. 4 Penn State (3-2, 10-4) received all of its scoring
from two players, Dawn Lamney and Maegan Galie.
After the first half ended in a 0-0 tie, Lamney gave the
Lions a 1-0 lead on a feed from Galie less than five min-
utes into the second half.
Galie scored the Lions' second goal with 28:37 left in
the second half. Lamney scored again, as did Galie,
whose two goals were both unassisted. Galie's final goal
:put-Penn State ahead, 4-0, lead with 4:17 left in the game.
. Michigan midfielder Courtney Reid spoiled the
shutout for Penn State when she scored on a two-on-one
withAmy Philbrook 2:35 before the end of the game.
,The Wolverines might have been underdogs against
Pdnn State, but they were expected to beat Ohio State (2-

2, 5-5). Despite entering the game undefeated at home,
the Buckeyes were only 4-5 before this weekend. The
Buckeyes struck first on Friday.
Mieke van Ulden broke the scoreless tie on an unas-
sisted goal 20:17 into the first half. Michigan came back
with a goal of its own to tie the score in the second peri-
With 20:15 remaining in regulation, Meredith
Weinstein scored her third goal of the season on a feed
from Shelley Johnson. Despite attempting 12 penalty
corners against Ohio State, the Wolverines were unable
to capitalize on any of them. The score remained tied at
one when regulation ended.
The Buckeyes came out fired up for the sudden death
overtime period. At 10:26 of overtime, van Ulden
rebounded her own shot and passed off to Britta
Eickhoff, who scored the game-winning goal.
The two losses in the Big Ten knocked the Wolverines
out of first place in the conference. With five games
remaining on its Big Ten schedule, Michigan will have to
rebound quickly from the recent losses if it hopes to chal-
lenge for the Big Ten crown - a championship that
Michigan has never won.
In fact, the Wolverines have not finished better than
fourth place since 1982. The Wolverines did not compete
in the Big Ten from 1989-1991, when they were a part of
the Midwest Collegiate Field Hockey Conference.
The Wolverines will try to put an end to their losing
streak next Friday when they travel to Northwestern.
Following that game, Michigan will travel to Iowa for its
fifth straight road game before returning home against
Penn State on Oct. 24.

Continued from Page 1B d
,it allC GiovnIazzi s'id. "They ust
cat g'ht til with us.h,,Cpasedus and fin-
The BadgIcrs used their size advan-
tare over the Wolverines, exploiting
Michigan's smaller blockers.
The M ic_ Two that night were
Stevcns and Behnke, but by the time
Giovanazzi found out, it was too late.
Saturday, Giovanazzi turned
Stevens and Behnke again. But this ti,
it was the freshman's turn to strtuggle, as
Behnke - almost as ineffective as
Chase was the night before - recorded
only three kills. So it was the, upper-
classmen's turn to respond.
"Karen Chase was on fire .against
Illinois'Giovanazzi said. "She is evolv-
ing back into her game.'
It marks the first time Michigan beat
Illinois on the road since 1983. Si n.c
then, the Wolverines have lost 12 mat*
es at Huff Hall under four differcnt
Stevens seems to be a mainstay in the
starting role, and Giovanazzi has said he
will go with Behnke as well. Chase, who
started before her injury, is a more
explosive hitter than the other two, but
her passing is not as steady.
"It's really advantageous for us right
now to go with Jane (Stevens) and Sar
Behnke," Giovanazzi said. "They han
the ball so well, and they're really stable
in there.
"Then we can plug in (Chase and
Poglits) - the two more explosive pay-
FILE PHOTO ers, the better blockers."

Julie Flachs was shut out this weekend, as was Michigan.

Men's harriers trounce field at Keatinge

By Chris Duprey
; Daily Sports Wfiter
Take one look
cross country t(
atd boredom mi
That's what ha
ranked Wolverin
formance week
winning the K
Orono, Maine,c
extended its wini

at the Michigan men's
eam's results this fall,
ght set in.
appens when the third-
es turn in the same per-
in and week out. By
eatinge Invitational in
on Saturday, Michigan
ning streak to four invi-


The Wolverines have captured team
titles in every invitational so far, most in
blovgout fashion.
After defeating five ranked squads to
wi the Mountain West Classic last
w/eek, Michigan got a bit of a breather
this week. Despite racing No. 14
Alabama, No. 18 Arizona and confer-
ence foe No. 21 Minnesota, the
Wolverines scored only 27 points - a
sor'e that would win most dual meets.
Arizona was closest to Michigan,

earning second with 91 points.
Men's cross country coach Ron
Warhurst is excited about the team's
"We're working toward our goals for
the season, and that is to win the Big
Ten title, win the district title and finish
in the top five nationally," Warhurst
said. "We're taking one step at a time
and it's working out great."
John Mortimer continues to have a
stellar season. He beat teammate Kevin
Sullivan by three tenths of a second to
take the individual title. The pair
crossed the finish line together in
23:42. Mortimer's only loss this year
was to Sullivan at the Illinois
Invitational, the result of another photo
"We've still got a ways to go," said
Sullivan, who also said he was happy
with the team's progression.
Todd Snyder is fitting well into his
role as Michigan's third man. He

earned sixth place overall, posting a
time of 24:09. Steve Lawrence finished
right behind Snyder in 24:10, good for
"It's nice to be back" from the trip,
Lawrence said. "It gives us a chance to
catch up."
Jay Cantin was a pleasant surprise for
the Wolverines, turning in a solid perfo-
mance. Cantin, a sophomore, has been
Michigan's seventh man for most of the
season, but ran in the No. 5 slot at the
invitational. He stepped up in a big way,
taking 11 th with a 24:19.
"It's a matter of confidence," Cantin
said. "I've been doing it in practice. I've
just got to do it in the races."
Don McLaughlin and Chris Bunt
closed out the top seven for the
Wolverines. McLaughlin finished 17th
(24:49), and Bunt earned 38th (25:10).
Michigan returns to Ann Arbor to
close out its home schedule on Sunday
at the Michigan Interregional.

Bodo bomfbing
No. 3 Michigan's total domina-
tion of this weekend's Keatinge
Invitational produced and added
to some impressive statistics in
toppling three ranked opponents
and another Big Ten foe who fin-
ished in the top six.
The Victors
i Four-invitational
winning streak
a John Mortimer
set the course record (23:42.50)
Michigan placed four runners
among the top seven finishers
Finished with 27 points
The (Runners-up
Crimson Tide
a ranked No. 14
asFinished sixth
with 142 points



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