The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 26, 2000 - 13
* Older stars influenced
high school teammates
STRO KES Powers, had gone to Michigan also. They
reunited when Powers traveled to Ann
Continued from Page 11 Arbor for a road game against Pioneer
But Powers quickly made a name for High School, where she scored three
herself in a second sport. She won her goals and an assist.
team's, most-improved award in 1995, "I picked up Molly and I knew she was
helped her team to the state champi- going to be a really strong player," Veith
onship in '96, and led her team in scoring said. "Midwest players tend to be over-
and assists in '98 to earn team MVP lion- looked because it's really hard to see us
ors and the respect of her coach. and we come from a different place."
"Molly was an explosive player, devas-
tating to opponents," said Barb Lyles, Is THAT YOUR FINAL ANSWER?
Powers' coach at Oak Park High School. "I didn't want to go to Maryland,"
Rose said. "I didn't want to go to Old
BiLE OCKER Dominion. I didn't want to go to North
Rose had heard about Michigan from Carolina because they're already on the
neighbor Erica Widder, who co-cap- top. What do they have to look forward
tained the Wolverines' 1999 squad. to ?
After Warwick got knocked out of the "I wanted to come here because there
state tournament in the quarterfinals her was so much potential. Michigan was
junior year, Rose was heartbroken. right on the verge of becoming great."
"She was down in the dumps so I said, Powers had to make the choice
Let's take a ride out to Michigan and see between pursuing soccer at Wisconsin or
what's going on"' Ron Rose, Jessica's field hockey at Michigan. Powers was
father, said. probably the last athlete in America to
What was going on was a string of commit to a sport, doing so in April of
Michigan upsets, and the underdog her senior year, 18 months after Rose.
Wolverines became Big Ten Tournament She dumped the Badgers for the Blue.
champions. "I chose Michigan because I just felt at
The timing was impeccable as home here," Powers said. "When I came
Michigan trounced the prominent team and visited I loved everything about it.'
in Rose's home region, Penn State. That
day, the Nittany Lions lost more than a DAYwREAN1 DISBELIEVERS
game - they lost a future star. During At the beginning of the 1999 season,
October of her junior year, Rose commit- senior co-captain Ashley Reichenbach
ted to the Wolverines. wrote up a list of team goals. Included in
"I just thought that was the logical next the list: winning the national champi-
step for myself," she said. onship.
But Powers' feelings were ambiguous. "She had a little more vision than the
"I never wanted to play field hockey in rest of us," Powers said. "The rest of us
college" Powers said. "I always wanted were like: 'All right. let's just take it one
to play soccer. But I ended up liking field step at a time..'
hockey so I had a lot of difficulty recruit- "Evervone looked at each other and
ing because I didn't know which sport I said: Oh, yeah right"' Rose said.
wanted to play:' But Reichenbach turned out to be
Like Rose, Powers had an influential Michigan's prophet.
neighbor. Jessie Veith. a year ahead of At the Big Ten 'ournament, they oust-
Benedict drives to tie
for first on the green
By Chris Burke
For the Daily,
In an event dominated by Mother
Nature, the Michigan women's golf team
put together a solid performance to land
a fifth-place finish in the Matt Fossum
Invitational at Michigan State.
The scheduled 54-hole tournament
was shortened to just 18 holes after rain
prevented Saturday's play from taking
On Sunday, the Wolverines shot a
team score of 303, landing them just
seven shots behind first-place
Minnesota, and good enough to place
them ahead of three other Big Ten com-
petitors in the field of 15.
"We were putting well and hitting the
fairways," Michigan coach Kathy
Teichert said. "But toward the end, there
were some mistakes."
The Wolvennes were led by sopho-
more Kim Benedict who ignored the wet
weather to fire a 70, enough to tie for
first place in the individual competition.
Benedict's victory comes one week
after junior Courtney Reno took individ-
ual honors at the Wolverine Invitational,
and has once again helped boost 'the
team's confidence about the remainder
of the season.
"Morale is at an all-time hiuli,
Teichert said. -
Michigan now heads to the Lidy
Northern golf tournament this weekend
The upcoming tournament should
serve as a measuring stick for the hov
competitve the Wolverines will be in the
postseason, as ever Big Ten team will
Also important is the fiet that they
will be playing on the same course that
will host the Big Ten Championships-in
"We're playing well against Big Ten
schools, and especially well in our di-
trict," said Teichert. "We're putting con-
sistent scores on the board.
"This team is a special group. I expect
ed No. 4 Penn State in double overtime
and No. 3 Iowa with help from a Rose
At the regional tournament, they beat
No. I I Duke and No. 3 Wake Forest in
another dramatic double-overtime.
Before they could gasp for air, Powers
and Rose found themselves in Boston for
the NCAA field hockey final four.
Powers scored the game winner in an
exciting 4-3 match versus No. 2
Connecticut. and Rose scored Michigan's
only goal against No. I Connecticut. but
the Wolverines came up short, losing 2-1
on a questionable goal.
SHWov MLE THF RIM
Winning the NCAA championship is
at the front of Powers' and Rose's mind.
"I want that championship really bad;'
Powers said. "I'm not going to be content
with anything less. And if I leave this
school without one, I'm going to be bit-
terly disappointed. I'll have to steal some
one else's ring."
This vear, Pankratz raised the bar,
expecting more than ever. The team val-
ues the differences of players like Rose
and Powers and the unique offerings they
bring to the field.
But homogeneity could find its place
possibly on Rose and Powers' fingers.
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