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SportsMonday - November 15, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 38

-crer dominance keys Blue
Al e lieigan goals
stem r penalty corners

T. J.
BERKA
Teeing Of f
New clownish unformns
are d'r ace to Michigan
basketba ll tradition

By David R"
ally Sp
WINST -N As
M4ichigan h a 0 ostot or the
NCAA fnal lo n field hockey,
y can iton aked
ans, a lute dom-
inanne in pedy corner play this
weekend.
The Wolvnrine domi nant 13-7
eialty-corner rvantag against
ake Forest yesterda and their
commanding is 2 advantage over
Ouke was their key to victory
Every single goil in both games
all Bye of Miehigans both of
Wake Forests and Dukes only goal
- were somenow attributed to
pen alty co ners.
A penalty corner is of such great
importance because the defending
team must send most it its players
behind the midfi ed ine, whereas
the offense can exe cute a set play
'Olose to their opponents' goat, pro-
viding an excellent scoring opportu-
'ity and a possible mome ntum shift.
Two of Ash ley ichenhach's
penalty strokes came off Eriea
Widder penalty-corner shots. Widder
lofted the balt and caused the goalie
to illegally redirect the balt.
Had the goalie simply stopped the
ball and kick ed it awa', her move
would have been legal, but they
instead earned Michigan penalty
strokes, an even more dangerous
scoring opportunity.
-Both the Michigan and Wake
Forest coaches spend much of the
leam's practice time working on set-
ting up and defending corners.
Against Wake Forest, Jessica Rose
often found hersel f in a one-on-five
situation, where the best move she
could make was trying to create a
penalty corner that would allow the
whole offense to help out rather than
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which had the best opportunity to break
the deadlock in the first half
Following a corner kick, the Wake
defense deflected the ball out but senior
4ari Hoff came charging in with a pow-
' ful header past Regan. The ball was
heading towards the net when senior
Karli Schilling mireulously cleared it
off the line. Tte Wolverines argued the
aft had crossed the line.
In the second half, the game opened
up as both teams pressed forward.
Hoff hasted from outside the box and
Regan made one of her six saves.
Charlton spun away from the
,'olverines' defender and shot just high
f Stewart's goal.
In the 63rd minute, the Michigan
defense collapsed when senior Anne
Shrospshire attacked down the left wing
and sent a dangerous pass across the
goal mouth. Stewart was indecisive in
coming out, and Joline Charliton collided
with two defenders. Taggart who fired
past Stewart for a 1-0 lead.
"It was a very sharp cross that was too
far for me to get to' said Taggart.
oline headed it back to me, and I saw
e goalie not covering the near post"
Wake Forest then dropped back to
protect its lead. "We moved our wing
!midfielders back into the middle to help
clog things up for them" said Da Luz.
But as Wake Forest dropped back, the
Wolverines midfielders - who were
brottled up for most of the night - final-
ly came alive and pushed forward to help
he strikers.
With 20 minutes remaining, Michigan
missed an opportunity that will haunt the
team until next fall. A long ball from
midfield somehow split two defenders

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try to score herself.
The coaches have been working a
lot with me with keeping the ball on
mys staying low, seeing the
opening, working hard, and getting
the corner," Rose said. While being
surrounded by five defenders, "that
is all vou can do."
Wake Forest watched video of
Michigan's penalty-corner play to
prepare for the Wolverines.
Though they were often successful
at defending, they could not stop all
13 of Michigan's efforts. But, credit
Wake Forest -- Michigan's initial
shot never went in. Their second
chances, however, did.
"We focused a lot on the corners,"
Wake Forest midfielder Amy
Marchell said. "We were confident
because we knew what they had
coming at us. We were able to read a
lot of their options."
Michigan, when they did give up a
penalty corner, played strong and
prevented several shots from enter-
ing the cage. Goalie Kati Oakes was
appreciative of her defenders'
efforts.
"Our corner defense is great. I'm
just really proud of us," Oakes said.
"I think that every time we get a cor-
ner called against us, we all step up
because we know that if (the ball)
gets by one of us, the next person is
going to stop it."
Wake Forest coach Jennifer Averill
emphasized the importance of penal-
ty corners to her team's game, espe-
cially in NCAA Tournament play.
"I think when you come into situ-
ations like this with right of the best
teams competing against one anoth-
er, the elements of the game are
going to take care of themselves,"
Averill said. "But the penalty corners
are really going to be your bread and
butter."

Beantown is on the horizon for the Michigan stickers, who qualified for thei
NCAA Final Four with victories over Wake Forest and Duke.

HISTORIC
Continued from Page 1B
"When we got that goal, it was kind
of like a click - oh OK, we are in this
game," Reichenbach said. "It got us
more fired up. It gave up confidence
in ourselves and each other and
helped us play as a unit."
Wake Forest coach Jennifer Averill
felt the goal flushed a bit out of her
team's initial intensity.
Another huge play came early in the
game after Veith's goal. With a 1-0
lead, Wake Forest forward Heather
Aughinbaugh stole the ball from
Michigan, broke away from the pack,
and drew a penalty stroke.
Wake Forest's Jenny Everett took a
free penalty stroke where she was
one-on-one versus Michigan goalie
Kati Oakes. Oakes, came up huge
when it counted most, denying
Everett's shot.

"Stopping a penalty stroke is really
hard," Oakes said. "I really had no
idea where she was going to go. I
guessed and ended up saving it. I got
lucky."
Though Oakes' save was lucky,
Catherine Foreman made a huge save
that required more skill and aware-
ness. In the second overtime, she sin-
glehandedly saved the Wolverines
from defeat. With Oakes out of posi-
tion because she had just blocked a
shot, Foreman stopped a rebound
from going in with just her stick.
Michigan dominated throughout the
game, but always failed to hold the
lead, as Wake Forest scored and tied
up the game twice late in the halves,
notching goals with 1:36 left in the
first half and 1:38 left in the second.
"They're a great team. No matter
how well you play, they're still proba-
bly going to score a goal because
they're a great team. You just have to
fight back against the adversity."

shouldn't have been surprised at
all when I heard, and I wasn't.
When I received the news that
the Michigan basketball team was
changing its uniforms, I wasn't too
disappointed with the concept.
While I didn't think the old jerseys
- with Michigan written across the
chest, above the player'snumber and
single-colored shorts with a block 'M'
on the leg - were that bad, I was
interested to see what changes might
be made.
But after seeing Nike's newest
clown creation, I take my old opinion
back. I want my old jerseys back.
Michigan prides itself on being one of
the more traditional athletic departments
in the country. Being a life-
long Michigan supporter, I
bought into that mumbo- I ej
jumbo and I expected that to Mich
be the truth. Stand
So when I saw the new all th
jerseys our players are IOUs
going to wear, I wasn't too that
happy. I felt violated, as if beeon
everything I've ever heard MC
about Michigan athletics Mock
was just one big joke. athl
That may not be the
case, but the new basket-
ball uniforms are certainly worth a few
laughs.
For those of you who have no idea
what I am ranting about, the new
clown suits - I mean uniforms - see
the word 'Michigan' eliminated on the
tank-top part of the jersey in exchange
for a block 'M'.
While that looks goofy, the top part
wasn't the worst thing about the uni-
forms. Sure, the lack of the word
'Michigan' seems to be a gross over-
sight in the construction of the jerseys,
but Nike and Michigan proceeded to
make things worse with the unveiling
of the shorts.
If there was something about the old
Michigan basketball uniform that was
traditional, it was the shorts.
Coined in the Fab Five era, the
Michigan shorts were a fashion trend,
as they were baggy and simple, with
only the single block 'M' breaking up
the shorts' simplicity.
Those shorts were especially cool
with the old maize uniforms. The
maize shorts with a blue block 'M'
were quite sharp and have been a pop-
ular purchase for many Michigan fans.
But Nike proceeded to screw those
up too. On the maize uniforms, the
shorts have solid blue stripes going
down each leg with a yellow 'M'
placed in the middle. In other words,
Michigan took something sacred and
made it into a mockery.
I guess this ill-motivated plot by the
Michigan athletic department should-

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t,
DI
el
h

n't surprise me. Other schools have
been going through this for years.
Schools change uniforms constantly,
throwing tradition out the window in
exchange for a few extra dollars.
Kentucky is the best example of that,
The Wildcats, along with North
Carolina, represent the cream of the col-
lege basketball crop. Year afteryear, the
Wildcats are highly ranked and in com-
petition for the national championship.
But Kentucky enters each of these
championship runs with different jer-
sey. In the past six years, Kentucky has
changed its jersey five times, making
it tough for a Kentucky fan to be cur-
rent with his team.
And that's fine - for Kentucky. If
they want to change their
uniforms every year for
PO f the sake of change, let
9an to them. But I don't want
ahOve that to happen to
ridiCU- Michigan.
moves Michigan has already
have screwed up. There was
ie COM. absolutely no reason for
n in themtoscraptheolduni-
rn day forms forthe new ones. I
etiCS. expect Michiganto stand
above all the ridiculous
moves that have become
common in modern-day athletics.
Michigan is supposed to be where
the leaders and the best reside. By
being the leaders and the best, theoret-
ically you aren't supposed to do asi-
nine, trendy things.
But in the past couple of years, the
Michigan athletic department has
taken two things laced in traditional
and has tossed them aside. Besides the
Wolverines' new uniforms, Tom Goss
and the athletic department took
Michigan Stadium and cheapened it
with the ridiculous yellow halo.
I may be being naive here, but I
want Goss to help stop Nike from
making a mockery of the Michigan
athletic department. I realize it's
hard to deny something that has the
potential to line your pockets with
cash, but Goss needs to put his foot
down.
Michigan claims that it is one of the
more elite universities, athletically and
academically, in the nation. But recent-
ly it has fallen down toward the level
of schools that Michigan looks down
on. And I want that to stop.
Not because I am an elitist snob
who thinks Michigan is on a higher
level of consciousness. And not
because I am a die-hard traditionalist.
I just want Michigan to keep its
word.
- T Berka thinks the new uni-
forms should be burned to the
ground. He can be reached via
email at berkat@umich.edu.

Crumpton stumped by
well-prepared Deacons

Michigan is in for a long winter after an
NCAA second-round loss to Wake Forest.
and found Kacy Beitel, one of the
Wolverines best goal scorers, in front of
the net. Beitel shot powerfully but right
at Regan, who made the save.
"She had the whole goal to shoot at,"
said Regan. "She kicked it right at me
and I got very lucky."
Then Crompton tested Regan twice
from outside the box, and freshman Amy
Sullivan was denied by the Wake Forest
goalkeeper. Michigan had missed its last
chance to force overtime.
"We played well and had plenty of
chances to win," Michigan coach
Debbie Belkin said. "but we have high
expectations and are not just happy to
play well."

By David Mosse
Daily Sports Writer
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Abby
Crumpton may have been too talented
for her own good. Crumpton created
such a stir throughout the country with
her remarkable play that she became a
marked player come toumament time.
It was apparent from the opening
whistle of Michigan's 1-0 defeat to Wake
Forest on Saturday that the Deamon
Deacons had done their homework on
the Wolverines' talented forward.
"Crumpton has tremendous speed and
she uses that to her advantage," said
Wake Forest goalkeeper Erin Regan.
"Our defenders knew they had to stick
with her."
The Big Ten Freshman of the Year
faced countless double- and triple- teams
in her attempts to ignite the Michigan
offense. Wake Forest coachTony Da Luz
was so concerned with Crumpton, he
adjusted his formation to stop her.
"We played a 5-4-1 lineup with an
extra defender back there to try and com-
bat her speed," said Da Luz. "I thought
we did a wonderful job of channeling
Crumpton wide and as far away from the
goal as possible"
In spite of the suffocating defense,
Crumpton was still able to find some
holes in the Wake Forest defense, and
was a catalyst in several of the
Wolverines' scoring chances.
Two minutes into the game, Crumpton
had a golden opportunity to give

Michigan a dream start. After the Wake
Forest defense misplayed a corner kick,
the ball fell to her face to face with the
goalkeeper, but she shot weakly.
In the second half, Crumpton beat two
defenders to the endline and sent a men-
acing pass acrossthe goal mouth that was
ceared by the defense. In the last 20 min-
utes, with Michigan trailing 1-0,
Crumpton blasted a pair of powerful
shots. Both were corralled by Regan.
"My toughest saves came from
Crumpton," Regan said. "She has a very
powerful shot."
But Crumpton was not in her best
form, perhaps rattled by all the attention.
She seemed indecisive and failed to con-
nect on some routine passes.
It was a new experience for Abby",
Michigan coach Debbie Belkin said. "As
a freshman, she need to get used to being
the focus of the opposing team."
A much more seasoned Crumpton
will be back next season and, with
Amber Berendowsky gone, the spotlight
on her will be even more intense.
The only hurdle left for this gifted
player is learning to shake off defenses
geared to stop her. And she will see plen-
ty of that.

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