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By Dave Roth
Daily Sports niter
COLUMBUS -As the third seed going into the Big Ten
Tournament, the Michigan field hockey could only prove
an defense came into Saturday's game against that it was the Big Ten's best one way - beat the No. 2 and
reeling, having given up 100 points in its past No. I seed. And the Wolverines did just that.
Yesterday at the Ohio State Turf Field, No. 3 seed
>lverines have allowed 103 points in their past Michigan scorched No. 2 Iowa 2-1 to capture the Big Ten
Tournament and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament
defense regained its September bite Saturday for the first-time ever.
ichigan Stadium, holding the Wildcats to 200 On Saturday the Wolverines, who lost to Penn State twice
points in a 37-3 whupping of Northwestern. in the regular season, ousted No. 4 Penn State 2-1, on a
ed very well," Michigan safety Tommy penalty stroke in double overtime. And Friday, after being
"We didn't really do anything differently from down 1-0 and 2-1 against Northwestern, the Wolverines
>een doing, but we just executed a lot better." clawed their way to a 4-2 victory to smash the Wildcats'
nes began Saturday's game like the previous upset hopes.
ibig lead. After the emotional victory over Penn State, Michigan
higan entered the lockerroom at halftime up (17-6) came out confident and hungry for a victory against
ke the games against the Fighting Illini and Iowa. After the Penn State game, Michigan coach Marcia
Volverines didn't surrender that lead. Pankratz felt her team had a great shot to beat the
tually outscored the Wildcats, 10-3, in the sec- Hawkeyes.
a 37-yard field goal by Tim Long with 6:22 "We're the only team in the nation that has beaten Iowa,
quarter kept the defense from notching a rare and Iowa knows it, so it's going to be another barn burner"
E Pankratz said.
pointing not to get the shutout," cornerback The barn was certainly burned.
aid. "They made a couple of-good plays to get In the first half, junior midfielder Courtney Reid broke
ut I think we played well besides that." away from the pack and fired a shot on Iowa goalie Kelly
n defense wasn't the only unit to play well Druley. Druley denied her, and also turned away three
vestern. The offense proceeded to rack up Michigan penalty corner opportunities.
ts against the Wildcats, compiling 449 yards After turning aside yet another shot by Jessie Veith, Kelli
r Gannon took a pass from sophomore Catherine Foreman
r David Terrell provided the spark needed for and rifled it into the cage to score with 13:32 to play in the
to dominate. Terrell, Michigan's leading first, finally penetrating the Iowa goalkeeper for her fifth
e team with five receptions for 71 yards, goal of the tournament.
yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the The shot pumped up Michigan, and the Wolverines came
open the scoring. y back down to Iowa's goal area hungry for more, Their crave
impact on the game wasnot limited to the was satisfied. On a penalty corner with 12:01 left in the half,
See WILDCATS, Page 5B3 freshman Jessica Rose pounced on the ball and skidded it
DAVID KATZ/Day into the goal to take a 2-0 lead.
Members of the Michigan field hockey team revel in their first-ever Big Ten tournament championship. The Wolverines beat See STICKERS, Page 2
Iowa, 24, in the championship game yesterday to wrap up the first NCAA Tournament berth in the program's history.
Michigan beats Penn State, wins Big Ten tourney

By Matthew Barbas
Daily Sports Writer
BLOOMINGTON - The Michigan soccer
team's coming out party in this year's Big Ten
Tournament might have never happened had a coin
flipped.in the other direction.
In the Wolverines' first round matchup, the team
with the wind seemed to be playing downhill. By
winning the coin toss in overtime, Michigan uti-
lized the wind and advanced to the next round.
In yesterday's championship game against top-
seeded Penn State, Michigan put on a clinic, win-
ning 4-2. The game served as a statement to the
nation that the Wolverines belong among the
nation's elite.
"This kind of victory is important," Michigan
coach Debbie Belkin said, "Teams aren't going to
take us lightly."
The game started off with a championship feel-
ing. In just the fourth minute of play, Big Ten play-
er and freshman of the year Christie Welsh caught
Michigan goalie Carissa Stewart out of position
with a lob towards the goal. But defender Vicky
Whitley lunged into the picture, keeping the game
scoreless.
Two minutes later, striker Abby Crumpton
knocked an Emily Schmitt shot from 16 yards out
off the right post and into the net.
Led by Shannon Poole, the Michigan defense
smothered Penn State's first-half offensive attack,
limiting the Nittany Lions to just three shots.

A Schmitt free-kick from 35 yards out resulted
in Michigan's second goal of the game at the 31-
minute mark. The header was Kacy Beitel's fourth
goal of the tournament.
Both teams started off flying in the second half.
In just the second minute, Schmitt challenged
Penn State goalie Emily Olesiuk with a shot from
six yards out. One minute later, Colleen Kaufold's
shot clanged off the Michigan crossbar.
As in the first half, the Wolverines capitalized
early on their opportunities. In the 10th minute,
Crumpton drove the ball into Penn State territory
and released a shot from twenty-yards out. The
screened shot blazed into the left side of the net.
Despite a three-goal lead, Michigan's attack
stubbornly continued. In the game's 73rd minute,
Crumpton found Beitel streaking towards the goal.
Beitel took the through ball, drove towards the
goal, and knocked the ball around Olesiuk.
Up by an insurmountable four goals, the
Wolverines finally exhaled. The Nittany Lions
seized the opportunity, earning a penalty kick less
then 40 seconds after Michigan's fourth goal.
Courtney Lawson scored on the penalty kick.
It took one more Penn State goal less then a
minute later for Michigan to focus back on control
of the game.
"Overall, our team was incredible," Beitel said.
"We are proud of ourselves."
The Wolverines drew a home match on
See KICKERS, Page 2B

MARJORIE MARSHALL/Dadiy
Abby Crumpton scored two goals and Kacy Beltel added two more to lead
Michigan past Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament final yesterday.

Blue lcers celebrate in high-scoring fashion

By Uma Subramanian
Daily Sports Writer
COLUMBUS - Sean Peach didn't
celebrate his 21st birthday in the most
conventional way.
But he didn't seem to mind.
Instead of a traditional trip to the bars,
Peach and the Michigan hockey team
demolished Ohio State (1-6 CCHA, 2-8
overall) in a home-and-home series,
winning 6-1 on Friday and 8-4 on
Saturday. The games featured a strange
turn of events that began when the ram-
bunctious fans at Yost Ice Arena sere-
naded Peach on Friday and ended in a
barroom-esque brawl Saturday that
caused six game disqualifications.
By the way, fans, he heard you.
"This was awesome," Peach said after
Friday's victory. "These are the only
fans in the world that have sung me a
birthday song. I heard everyone singing
my song and I'm back there. I got the

Not only did the fans provide some
birthday cheer, they also displayed an
intensity that made Yost rock. In return,
they were rewarded with hard-hitting
and spirited hockey.
At Ohio State, on the other hand, the
stands couldn't have been more than a
third full, but Saturday's crowd saw a
game that was one for the ages.
In the third period of the game, all
hell broke loose. At the start of the peri-
od, Michigan (4-1-0, 7-1-0) was riding a
6-4 lead, but the Buckeyes were still in
the contest. Then a Michigan penalty
gave Ohio State a power play opportuni-
ty.
But for the second time that night,
Michigan forward Scott Matzka
notched a short-handed goal when he
zoomed around defenders and fired a
shot past the Buckeyes' backup goalie,
Peter Wishloff - starter Ray Aho was
pulled for allowing 12 goals in two

down the ice. The puck took a strange
bounce and flew over the goaltender's
shoulder just one second after Matzka's
goal. It was Michigan's third short-
handed goal of the game.
"When you get out there on the
penalty kill, you work harder than the
powerplay guys because you're up
against it," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "Matzka had a real good
game penalty killing and skating well.
(Jed) Ortmeyer made a great play to"
get him the puck.
"Bobby Gassoff's long shot was just a
fluke," Berenson said. "He was shooting
it down the ice, it took a bad bounce and
went in. You'll see one of those every
ten years."
With Michigan up by four goals, the
Buckeyes' became desperate. They had-
n't won a conference game in over a
month and they took it out on the
Wolverines.

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