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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 14, 1998 - 31

.Jet-lag, M
combine to
shoot down
By Rick Freeman
Daily Sports Writer
Back when Northwest Airlines was called
Northwest Orient, they had a slogan: 'The world,' it
went 'is going our way.' But now they're simply
Northwest, and until yesterday, they weren't going any-
one's way.
Last week, their strike disrupted the best-laid travel
plans of the Stanford field hockey team. After an 8
a.m. arrival in Detroit, Stanford coach Sheryl Johnson
canceled her team's scheduled practices to conserve
her players' jet-lagged legs.
And for the first half of No. 11 Michigan's 4-0 vic-
tory over Stanford yesterday, it worked.
Michigan (5-1) spent much of the first half defend-
ing their own side of the field, but in the second half,
the Cardinal (3-2) seemed too slow, Smith said. And
after Kelli Gannon scored on a penalty corner with 32
minutes remaining, the Cardinal's legs grew heavier
and heavier, leading to three more Michigan goals, by
Courtney Reid, Amy Philbrook and Jesse Veith.
Lead-laden legs and all, the Cardinal still had a
chance to ruin Katie Oakes' shutout with about two
miiutes remaining, when Stanford's Monique Leroux
broke in on Oakes.
Oakes flopped to her left, but Leroux's shot
rebounded right, and Leroux chased it and fired again.
Into Oakes, again, for the final two of her 11 saves.
I don't think about it" in goal, Oakes said of her
foirth shutout of the season. She has someone else to
do that - former Wolverine Amy Helber, who gradu-
ated last year.
She's been "a great support," Oakes said. Usually,
Helber will call after a game and say "'you looked real-
ly good,"' out there or'offer other encouragement.
Oakes probably won't blow off her call waiting
Courtney Reid had been waiting for a call all season
- the one the PA. annoucer makes announcing the
*goal scorer. But she flipped a rebound over Stanford's
-sprawling Meg Crowley to hear her name for the third
time that day. This time, though, it came before the
assists were read.
As she came off the field, dutifully smacking out-
stretched hands, Michigan coach Marcia Pankratz
came over to her.



Michigan's Ashley Thomas controls the ball during Michigan's 4-0 victory over Stanford yesterday.

"See, good things do happen when you rush the net"
Pankratz told Reid.
Reid also assisted on Gannon's game-winning goal,
as well as freshman Jesse Veith's fourth goal of the sea-
Although Reid had the breakthrough game yester-
day, she pointed to Michigan's 11-0 drubbing of
Central Michigan as the offensive breakthrough the
Wolverines so needed.
"That game was our breakthrough game" Reid said.
That was a bit of an understatement for a game in
which the Wolverines broke through like a Kool-Aid
pitcher. Philbrook scored a pair of goals, to stay at her
scorching goal-a-game pace. Sophomore forward
Tamara Geryk scored a hat trick, and seven other
Wolverines found their way onto the scoresheet.
But as much as the Wolverines might have said 'Oh,

ycah,; as they busted through Centrals deiense, the
biggest benefits of such a trouncing came in the second
half two days later.
Pankratz said the luxury of rested starters was no
small factor in her players' offensive flurry in the sec-
ond half of yesterday's game.
As Stanford's legs grew heavy, Michigan turned up
the presure, and after Gannon buried the first goal in
the net, Johnson said she could see her players begin to
Three goals later, and 2,000 miles from home,
Stanford's players sat in the sun on the fake grass,
munching apples. Michigan's began to graze on a
postgame spread in the shade. "It's always easier at
home." Pankratz said before going to join her team at
the dinner table.
The world, it seems, is going their way.

Ausse rulesfield hockey:
,ui tefId oc'arenasand autoraphs
n the other side of the world, in the Land Down Under the rest of civiliza-
tion, field hockey is king. The sport is big across Europe, too, but in
Australia, it's one of the few sports that garners major attention. There's
cricket. There's Australian football. And there's field hockey.
Entire stadiums are devoted to the sport. Pro players are sought out by auto-
graph seekers. The Australians are the current world champions, and the sport is
at a peak in terms of popularity. Michigan field hockey coach Marcia Pankratz,
herself an experienced international player, says she's played in front of "40,000
screaming fans."
Phyllis Ocker Field, home of Michigan's field hockey team, has a capacity of
500. Most games draw a few dozen people. The all-time record - when the
stands were literally overflowing with fans - is 611.
And Catherine Foreman, a Michigan freshman, decided to leave her home in
Happy Valley, South Australia, and move to Ann Arbor.
To play field hockey.
That's a little bit like leaving America to play baseball in New Zealand.
But Foreman did it. Packed her bags, got on a plane and flew the thousands and
thousands of miles to the United States. All of which begs the question: Why?
"It's something different," she says, in the understatement of the year. "Very
different. It's an experience, is all."
It's an experience that might never have materialized had Pankratz, along with
Michigan assistants Tracey Fuchs and Peggy Storrar, not worked her connections
"A good friend of ours just happened to be teaching math in a high school,"
Pankratz says. "And she knew Catherine was thinking about going abroad. So
that's how we found her."
Pankratz got in touch with Foreman, and the rest is history. Or, rather, the rest
will eventually be history. Foreman's been here all of a couple weeks, and she's
the first to admit she's got some adjusting to do. She's not simply getting used to
college life, as all freshman must - she's also getting used to American life.
"It's just different here," Foreman says. "Over there, you could talk to anyone,
and they know what field hockey is. It's not really like that here,"
The fact that the two societies are so different is one of the reasons there's
something of a bond between Foreman and her coach. Pankratz has been on the
other side of the fence. She's played in Australia, and all around the world. She
knows that the sport is bigger, internationally, than it is here in the United States.
She knows, as Foreman does, that the American way is not necessarily the only
"It just makes me smirk," Pankratz says with a shrug - and a bit of a smirk.
"I think our country's very disrespectful to our sport. You know, they think it's
stupid - and yet they're just a little bit ignorant of how graceful it is, and how
exciting it can be."
Field hockey can be described, for those who don't know what it's like, as a
cross between soccer and hockey. It's played on turf or grass, and the players use
wooden sticks to whack the lacrosse-like ball back and forth, theoretically into
the opposing team's net.
It gets awfully rough, which, Pankratz says, is part of its appeal overseas.
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Offense sends message with 4-goal flurry

y Jennifer Yachnin
Daily Sports Writer

with 32 minutes remaining
ond half.

The Michigan field hockey team's A short 10 minutes later,
offense didn't need a bullhorn yester- Reid assisted Amy Philbroo
day'to send out a message. her sixth goal of the season.
Scoring on four of seven attempts "We knew we just had t
against Stanford said it loud enough. own game," the sophomore
After a scoreless first half in their said. "We just picked it up
victory over Stanford yesterday, the the second half.
Wolverines shut out the Cardinal with Reid ended the game
concentrated passing game and two assists and one goal, inc
penalty corner conversions. assist on Gannon's goal
It's tough to get the attack going at stood as the eventual game-
the beginning of the season," said Veith said "going aroun
M 41chigan coach Marcia Pankratz. and not through them,"
But with a crushing victory over Michigan started scoring go
CeAtral Michigan earlier this weekend second half.
and the shutout against Stanford, the "Our passes just started
Wolverines seem to be on track. Veith said.
After two missed attempts during Reid scored her first goal
the first half, sophomore forward son in the final 10 minu(
Ketti Gannon earned Michigan's first game to seal the victory.
oal on a penalty corner conversion "Marcia's been trying to
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go with the ball up the middle ... and
to rush the goal more," Reid said.
The Michigan offense increased
pressure on the Cardinal during the
latter half of the game by focusing on
its passing game more, Philbrook said.
"It's always hard to try to figure out
what's missing," Philbrook said.
"During the second half we brought
back the passing game. We pretty
much executed everything."
Earlier this weekend, the
Wolverines trampled Central
Michigan, 11-0, with nine Michigan
players scoring.
The offensive breakthrough includ-
ed multiple goals from sophomore
forward Tamra Geryk, who scored
three times during the second half.
"It definitely gave us the confi-
dence that our team is going to score,"
Veith said. "We needed a game that
picked up our team a lot more and it

definitely did."
Reid said the victory over Central
was a breakthrough for the
Wolverines, who needed something
positive to build their confidence.
"It was a good game for our heads,'
Reid said.
Philbrook, who scored two against
the Chippewas, was one of three
Wolverines to score multiple goals.
"Central was an amazing game, it
was a complete team effort,"
Philbrook said.
Sophomore defender Ashley
Thomas said the I th-ranked
Wolverines are improving their repu-
tation this season.
"I really think we need to send a
message, because Michigan doesn't
get the respect it deserves because it's
not an East coast school," Thomas
said. "By scoring a lot and keeping out
goals, we're sending that message."

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