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8B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 28, 1998

Field hockey beats
up Louisville, 6-1

Golf searches for
consistency in Iowa

By Dan Dingerson
For the Daily

By Stephanie Offen
Daily Sports Writer
Respect. The Michigan women's
field hockey team now knows what
Aretha Franklin was singing about
some 30 years ago.
Coming off a Big Ten champi-
onship last year, and maintaining a
"No. 8 rank nationally this year, the
Wolverines (1-0 Big Ten, 8-2 overall)
are finally the team to be feared in
the Big Ten.
But they also know how it feels to
be on the other end of the spectrum.
And respect is given to every team
that comes to Ann Arbor. So, even
yesterday, when a young Louisville
team with a new coaching staff came
into town, there were no swollen
heads among the Wolverines, and
they were able to defeat Louisville 6-
"We really have respect for each
team we play," said sophomore Tamra
Geryk. "We take every game one at a
Geryk scored a season-high four
goals yesterday, a personal high as
well. It was Geryk's second hat trick
of the season and she now leads the
Wolverines in scoring with seven
"Tammy has an extraordinary
knack for scoring goals," Michigan
coach Marcia Pankratz said.
Geryk agrees with the saying
'practice makes perfect', and attrib-
utes her goal scoring to practicing
hard all summer.
"My game just flows in front of the
goal," Geryk said.

Even though Geryk scored more
than half of the team's goals, this was
a team effort. The team was able to
outshoot Louisville 22-3, and fresh-
man goalkeeper Maureen Tasch made
two saves.
Every player on the team saw play-
ing time, and the Wolverines were
able to work on some of their funda-
"We were able to work a lot on the
outside of the field and on the crisp-
ness of our game," Pankratz said.
"We were also able to play a lot of the
younger players, who haven't had a
lot of playing time this season."
One of those younger players, red-
shirted freshman Ashley Thomas,
was able to score her first career goal
with an assist from sophomore Kelly
Gannon, who had two assists in the
Senior Lindsay Babbitt and sopho-
more Courtney Reid each added two
assists as well.
Senior Loveita Wilkinson also net-
ted her fifth goal of the season on a
penalty corner play. Wilkinson
agreed that this was a game of team-
work and said that the team has real-
ly started to work together.
"We've really started clicking,"
Wilkinson said. "We all have great
individual skills and that plays a real-
ly big part."
The Wolverines did allow one goal
at the end of the game, to Louisville's
Rebecca Gronotte, which Pankratz
attributed to a lapse of concentration.
"Other than that, we dominated
possession of the game," Pankratz

There are few things that are crit-
ical from one sport to another, but
one important characteristic of a
successful team is consistency.
The Michigan men's golf team
has just one player who knows
what consistency feels like. Team
leader and captain Michael Harris
has been the sole consistent player
over the past year for the
This week, Harris led a group of
Wolverines - featuring three
freshmen (one true, and two red-
shirt) - into Iowa City for the
Iowa Invitational. The tournament
was played at Finkbine Golf
Course, a par 71.
The tournament featured just two
other Big Ten teams - Wisconsin
and host Iowa. Although it lacked
complete Big Ten competition, the
tournament was still a good early -
season warmup for Michigan.
Wisconsin finished 25 strokes
ahead of the Wolverines at the
Northern Intercollegiate Sept. 19
and 20, in fourth place. Iowa fin-
ished 10th, eight strokes behind.
Heading into the Iowa tourna-
ment, the Wolverines' main goal
was to improve on their perfor-
mance from last week, which ended
on a sour note thanks to a score of
300, dropping them from fourth to
eighth place.
Michigan coach Jim Carras had
one major concern entering this
week's tournament.
"Overall, based on our one tour-

nament, I'd say we really need to
work on our short game," Carras
said. "We've been doing things in
practice, specifically putting, so
hopefully we'll see improvement in
that area this week."
The Wolverines, though, did not
see a lot of improvement this week
They finished the 54-hole tourna-
ment in sixth place out of 12 teams.
The Wolverines shot 895, once
again capped by a 300 on Sunday,
their worst score of the three
Usually consistent as the team
leader, Harris wasn't. He shot 76-
73-76, to finish in a tie for 20th
place, nine strokes behind tourna-
ment winner Chris Englund of
The Wolverines' next two
golfers, Scott Hayes and Andy
Matthews, also tied for 20th.
Matthews, playing in just his
second collegiate tournament, was
the only Wolverine to break par. He
started the tournament with a one-
under-par 70, leaving him in sec-
ond place after 18 holes.
Consistency once again played *
factor, though, as he proceeded to
shoot an 82 over his next 18 holes.
Sophomore Brian Seipke shot
just stroke behind his teammates,
tying for 28th with a composite
Seipke's score showed that the
team could play fairly consistent
within itself, but Harris' poor
showing, and Matthews' second
round collapse, combined to give
See GOLF, Page 11E

Coming off of an emotional victory over Michigan State, the Michigan field hockey
team came out strong against Louisville and won handily, 6-1.

Michigan started the Big Ten sea-
son with a win against Michigan
State on Thursday, and they took a
break from con ference action against
Louisville. Normally, Michigan plays
just one game on weekends when
Michigan State is the opponent.
The Wolverines continue their Big
Ten season on Friday against a solid
Iowa team whom they beat twice last

"Last year was the first time we
beat them," Wilkinson said. "This
will be a mental battle, they will be
gunning for us."
This is just the respect that
Michigan has been looking for and
the players realize what it means for
the team.
"It is a really big honor for an up-
and-coming team like us," Wilkinson
said. "But we have to stay in the pre-
sent in order to keep winning."

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Big Ten top scorers
1. Kelly Lessard, Iowa
2. Amy Philbrook, Michigan
3. Jayne Landis, Ohio State
3. Sonia Steffler, Iowa
5. Jessie Veith, Michigan
6. Keli Gannon,Michigan
6. Dawn Lammey, Penn State
8. Maegan Galie, Penn State
9. Bridget Cooper, Michigan State

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