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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 16, 2000 - 7B

Blue drives to two wins at Nissan

By Ryan C. Moloney equilibr
Daily Sports Writer ond gar
last we
For the Michigan hockey team, their game,
trip to Alaska was a growing experience Wolveri
in many respects. goalten
Aside from the trip's underlying inten- games,f
tion - team bonding - it was what the a wayt
Wolverines did inside Sullivan Arena that when it
could set the collective tone for the sea- Agai
son's travails. Wolveri
Michigan won the Johnson-Nissan tern -t
Classic in cardiac fashion this weekend, then an
beating Merrimack 4-2 Friday and one off
Alaska-Anchorage 4-3 Saturday. ment's fU
The wins were Michigan's first two of insanity
the season, following two bittersweet ties periodm
in the Ice Breaker. games 1
Though the weekend's games were not started t
nearly as penalty-riddled as those of the with the
Ice Breaker, the course of both games of the thi
were reminiscent of the season's first two On Fi
games. Michigan dominated the defen- Merrim
sive zones of both Merrimack and Alaska Josh L
Anchorage and still found themselves in again 2
come-from-behind situations. by ane
As a whole, Michigan reached an Merrim
ACC foes tra
By David Roth
Diy Sports waiter
Drawing a blank.
In Scrabble, it's a blessing. When it defines your
offensive production in a field hockey contest
against Wake Forest and North Carolina, it's a
nightmare.
The Wolverines' offense came up empty-handed
this weekend, and fifth-ranked Michigan broke its
12-game winning streak. Michigan lost to No. 4
Wake Forest 2-0 on Saturday and No. 3 North
Carolina 4-0 Friday to start a new streak the team
would rather keep to itself.
The ,ames were a benchmark to see if Michigan
really was of the NCAA final four caliber that they
proved to be last year. Michigan's ranking - not in
the top four - was elucidated by its poor play.
Playing such strong competition exposed
Michigan's problems with penalty corers and
goalkeeping.
"We really struggled with our corner execution
the whole weekend," Michigan coach Marcia
Pankratz said.
And Pankratz, who had planned to find a con-
sistent starter in goal, was shown that sharing the
job means each keeper has half as much experience
as her opponent does. All this, combined with play-
ing viable competition, meant a weekend where
Michigan should have thought twice before cross-
ing the Mason-Dixon line.
"It was one of those weekends where things did-
n'tgo urway. Pankratz said.
Saturday, Michigan and Wake Forest went back
and forth during the first 30 minutes, but neither

ium ofsorts by the end of the sec-
me. The power play, erratic at best
ek, performed solidly in each
as did the penalty kill. The
nes have pressured the opposing
der in all four of their close
but in the past two they've found
to penetrate two tough goalies
counted most.
nst Alaska-Anchorage, the
nes fell into a cat-and-mouse pat-
the Seawolves started the scoring,
swered every Michigan tally with
their own. Langfeld, the tourna-
Most Valuable Player, stopped the
at the 13:49 mark of the third
with his fourth goal in as many
this season. Jed Ortmeyer, who
he scoring for Michigan, ended it
e go-ahead goal at the 16:12 mark
hird.
riday, Michigan fell behind 1-0 to
ack, tied the game back up on a
angfeld goal, then fell behind
-t all in the first period. Buoyed
excellent Tom Welby in goal,
ack held off a voracious

Michigan attack until the midway point
of the second period when Mark Kosick
poked in a Mike Cammalleri rebound for
the equalizer.
Andy Hilbert scored the go-ahead, and
first goal of the season on another
rebound shot, this one off of a Matzka
blast. John Shouneyia added the insur-
ance midway through the third period.
"In the first game we knew we were
going to get the 'W,"' Hilbert said. "We
outplayed that team."
Individually, the Wolverines were bol-
stered by a revitalized Langfeld and time-
ly jumpstarts by Hilbert and Ortmeyer.
Since the season's outset, Langfeld hasn't
made any bones about it - --last year's
disappointment, nine goals and 21
assists, will become this year's triumph.
"We're really counting on Josh to step
up and have a great year," Hilbert said.
Freshman defenseman Andy Burnes
came up with superb defensive plays in
both games, in part filling the void left by
Jeff Jillson, who was left out of both
games after straining a groin muscle dur-
ing Thursday's practice.

Classic ... just classic
Friday night:

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Michigan wins the Johnson Nissan
Classic by winning both its games (2-
0.0). Michigan State took second
place (1-0-1). Merrimack took third
(0-1-1), and host Alaska-Anchorage
went winless in the Classic.
The media voted Michigans Josh
Lan fetd to be tournament MVP.

Upcoming schedule
After two pre,,c Itnce turna-
ments, the wolve rines will open
CX A-A play this wekrith a home-
and home aant towling Green.
FriLay's contt wnill be at Yost Ice
Arei,wvhile Sunda ys will be at
Pk3SJ Ice Arena rin) Bowlinml(reen.

Here's a limpse at Michilan's next
few weeks.

Friday
Sunday
Oct. 26
Oct. 27
Nov. 4
Nov. 10
Nov..j1

BOWuLING RKU
at Bowling Green
Nu ill
at Ferris State

mple stickers.
team could score until Jenny Everett and Maria
Whitehead set up Wake Forest's Jemima Cameron.
Off a penalty corner, Cameron smacked the ball
past Michigan goalie Maureen Tasch to put the
Demon Deacons ahead 1-0 with 4:02 left in the
half. Minutes later, Whitehead again set up another
goal, this time dishing it to Kelly Dorton with 27
seconds left in the half.
Neither team would score again. Wake Forest
avenged a 2-1 double overtime loss last year where
Michigan knocked the Demon Deacons out of the
NCAA semifinals on Wake Forest's home turf.
"Wake Forest caught us off guard in the first
half," Pankratz said. "We played them even the rest
of the game. toe to toe.'
The Wolverines outshot the Demon Deacons 1 5-
13, but the shots missed - though not by much -
each time.
"We hit the post a couple of times and had a goal
called back,"Pankratz said.
Friday, North Carolina owned the Wolverines for
the second time this season. Neither team could
score early, but when the goals rained, they poured.
Carrie Lingo knocked the ball past Michigan
freshman goalkeeper Molly Maloney with 8:28 left
in the first half, and Kristin McCann insured the
lead with another goal less than a minute later. Two
goals late in the second half followed to give North
Carolina a 4-0 victory.
Pankratz felt the score didn't tell all.
"The North Carolina game was pretty close,"
Pankratz said. "It was a great battle of two of the
top teams in the country. The difference was that
they were able to capitalize on their penalty corner
opportunities, and we weren't."

Fiveahve
The past weekend in field hock-
ey featured four games of top
five teams battling it out.
The fifth-ranked Wolverines found
out why the other teams were
ranked above them, as a 12-game
winning streak was snapped.
THE STX/NFCHA RANKINGS
1. Maryland 13-1
2. Old Dominion 14-1
3. North Carolina 14-1
4. Wake Forest 12-2
5. Michigan 14-3
THIS PAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Volleyball splits road trip

Yesterday
No. 2 Old Dominion
No. 1 Maryland
Saturday
No. 4 Wake Forest
No. 5 Michigan
Friday
No. 3 N. Carolina
No. 5 Michigan
Oct. 10
No. 3 N. Carolina
No. 4 Wake Forest

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By Adam Kaplan
For the Daily
In its weekend road tripto Northwestern and
Wisconsin, Michigan earned a split by beating
the Wildcats 3-2 Friday. But the team lost 3-0
Saturday against the seventh-ranked Badgers.
The Wolverines (3-5 Big Ten, 12-6 overall)
were competitive in both matches but they
have some glaring concerns - closing out
matches and consistency.
"We are starting to play fluidly, focusing
more on our side," Shawna Olson said. "We are
worrving about what our team is doing on
offense and how we use our skills."
Against Wisconsin, the Wolverines battled
but were clearly outmatched, falling 15-7 in all
three games.
"Wisconsin is definitely one of the best
teams we have played this year." sophomore
Katrina Lehman said. "We really need to work
on being more consistent and disciplined and
not worry about what we have done in the
past."
The Badgers kept Michigan at bay all
evening, though Lehman, outside hitters
Nicole Kacor and Reedus had nine kills.
The night before, Michigan's play against
Northwestern was characterized by a strong
beginning but a shaky ending, something that
has plagued this year's team from time to time
this season.
"Our goal for every match is to play solid
until the end of the game,'" Olson said. "We let
up towards the end of each game and give up

easy points."
There were many bright spots. Lehman had a
team-leading 21 kills, and five blocks and
senior Alija Pittenger had 18 kills and 24 digs.
But the most intriguing aspect of Michigan's
play was the emergence of freshman outside
hitter Chantel Reedus. She contributed with 10
kills in the clutch and added another nine kills
against Wisconsin.
"I was a little surprised about Chantel start-
ing her first game," Lehman said. " She filled
some pretty big shoes with her consistent
play."
While inconsistency may have hampered the
Wol erines' play. there also seemed to be "a
lack of firepower," coach Mark Rosen said.
"I don't know itf it was a lack of firepower.
It's about putting the ball over-- a lack of exe-
cution," Lehman said.
After this past weekend, the Michigan
Wolverines have the second half of Big:Tcn
play to look forward to. In some ways, the team
has reached the fork of its season --- a point at
which they will ultimately decide how the rest
of the season will be played.
Lehman said the. second half of the season
will be a fresh start. By no means does this
suggest that the first half of the Wolverines'
season went for nothing. Despite dropping out
of the top 25, Michigan has played competi-
tively against virtually every team it has played
this season.
The Wolverines host Notre Damc on
Wednesday and Minnesota and Iowa next
weekend at Cliff Keen Arena at 7 p.m.

MICHIGAN'S REMAINING SCHEDULE

Oct. 20
Oct. 271
Nov. 3-51

at Penn State 7 prn.
Michigan State 3 p.m.
Big Ten Tournament at
Ocker Field

STATE
Continued from Page 1B
scored a goal at the 34-minute mark
of the first half. The Wolverines'
defense seemed invincible until a key
giveaway near Michigan's goal led to
a foul and a penalty shot for Michigan
State with just over 10 minutes
remaining in the first half.
Michigan goalie Brad King, who
had been stopping everything to that

point. was not able to stop the blast,
and the game was tied at one.
With the loss, Michigan's confer-
ence record now stands at 0-3 (4-6
overall). Two of the three conference
losses have been double-overtime
losses, one to Penn State, and one
yesterday.
The players were disheartened after
the loss, but were proud of the overall
team effort.
"I'm disappointed, but not because

of our effort today;' Michigan fresh-
man Steve Walton said. "We played
hard and left evervthing out on the
field."
The Wolverines, who are still
searching for that elusive first confer-
ence victory, travel to Madison this
Friday to face Wisconsin.
"We have lost a lot of tough games
this year," 3urns said. "We just have
to find a way to come out on top and
win these games.

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