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16 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Field hockey searching for offensive punch

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By Brian Steere
Daily Sports Writer
In the 2000 Michigan field hockey campaign, goal-
keeper Maureen Tasch recorded a total of three
shutouts. After just six games in the 2001 season, the
senior has already surpassed her mark from a year ago.
The No. 4 Wolverines (4-2) have yet to surrender a
goal in each of their four victories.
"We've really stepped it up this year," Tasch said.
"The defense believes in each other, and I am confi-
dent in myself."
Even more incredible is the fact that Michigan
earned three of its wins by the narrow score of 1-0. In
each of those games, Adrienne Hortillosa was the dif-
ference, scoring the Wolverine's only goals.
"It's exciting when you score and also end up win-
ning the game," the freshman Hortillosa said. "I just
wish those outcomes had not been so close."
Despite playing in just her first season of collegiate

competition, Hortillosa already leads the team with
three goals and six points from her forward position.
"I do not look at myself as a freshman at all," Hor-
tillosa said. "If you start doing that, things might go
your way, but they might not. I also try not to think
about the goals. I do not want to get a big head this
early in the season."
Depending on further developments from yester-
day's terrorist attacks in Washington, D.C. and New
York, Michigan will head back on the road this week-
end for the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in Connecticut.
The Wolverines will battle the No. 14 Connecticut
Huskies on Saturday and then finish the weekend on
Sunday against Boston College.
"It will be another weekend of great competition,"
head coach Marsha Pankratz said. "Connecticut
always has an outstanding team, and Boston College is
playing solid as well."
The Huskies will definitely be eager to upset Michi-
gan. In the two teams' only meeting two years ago, the

Wolverines defeated Connecticut 4-3 in the NCAA
Final Four to advance to the championship game.
This weekend will be Michigan's final tune up
before the Big Ten season begins next Friday against
Indiana. Michigan is the reigning conference champion
and two-time defending Big Ten Tournament winner.
"It's a good mentality to think that you can battle for
the conference championship," Pankratz said. "But
there are certainly some good teams out there. Penn
State will have a good club, and Michigan State is up
and coming as well."
If the Wolverines are going to win their second
straight Big Ten title, they will need to find a way to
put more points on the board. With only five goals in
their four victories this season, Michigan is putting a
tremendous amount of pressure on Tasch. But this is
something Pankratz has seen before.
"The offense always takes a little longer to get
going early in the season," Pankratz said. "Fortunately,
our defense is playing well right now."

The No. 4 Michigan field hockey team is taking on No. 14 Connecticut this week-
end. The Wolverines eliminated the Huskies two years ago in the Final Four.

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McGwire says Bonds'
assault is less difficult

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Mark McG-
wire would be challenging Barry
Bonds to break his own single-sea-
son home run record if not for being
hampered by injuries, the Cardinals
slugger told the St. Louis Post-Dis-
patch on Monday.
"If there's one regret that I have,
it's not being healthy and being able
to be right there with him and doing
what he's doing," McGwire said for
a story made available on the news-
paper's web site.
"If I had been healthy this year, I
don't think there'd be any question
I'd be right there with him."
McGwire's record of 70 homeruns
could be headed for an early demise.
He is vocally applauding Bonds,
who has hit 63 home runs for the
San Francisco Giants in 144 games
- the fastest ever.
"He's been absolutely phenome-
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"I can sit back and it's like I'm

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looking at what I did. It's absolutely
incredible watching him do what
he's doing. It's been quite remark-
able."
McGwire offered some reasons
why Bonds has it easier than he did.
"First of all, I was chasing a 37-
year-old record that nobody ever
thought would ever be broken,"
McGwire said. "He's chasing a 3-
year-old record and the number 70.
"And there's only (three) weeks
to go in the season. He hasn't been
under the microscope all year. I was
under the microscope basically for
two and a half straight months, to
hit 62.
"It's two different situations, but
his stamina, if you want to call it
that, to sustain this level for so long
has been unbelievable to watch. I
"But as far as the media coverage,
as far as the scrutiny, there's no way
what he's trying to do would even
come close to what I tried to go
through.
"Just look at it. I was leading
national TV spots for a month. He's
barely leading the sports. Right
there says that the magnitude is a lot
less."
McGwire said a major reason for
Bonds' home run outburst has been
his ability to stay healthy.
"Everything has been right,"
McGwire said. "(Bonds) usually
gets injured one time through the
year with his back, and he hasn't.
It's just a phenomenal feat if he gets
there. It's really neat to watch.
"If he does it, when he does it, I'll
be the first one to congratulate him."0
Then, McGwire identified a possi-
ble plus about his record being bro-
ken.
"Maybe it's a blessing in disguise
if he does do it. My life would get
much easier. People would forget
about me,"McGwire said.
"I just wish I was healthy to 'be
right there with him - or maybe
edge him out."
NHL scout.

aboard
hijacked
plane

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -
Garnet "Ace" Bailey, director of pro
scouting for the Los Angeles Kings,
was one of 65 passengers aboard
one of the flights that crashed into
the World Trade Center on yester-
day.
Bailey played for the Detroit Red
Wings for parts of the 1972-73 and
1973-74 seasons.
Kings spokesman Mike Altieri
said Mark Bavis, an amateur scout
for the Kings, also was aboard Unit-
ed Airlines Flight 175 - the second
plane to hit the skyscrapers in New
York. The Boeing 767 was sched-
uled to fly from Boston to Los
Angeles, where the Kings open
training camp today.
"We've received confirmatio
from both of their families that they
were on Flight 175," said Altieri.
Bailey, 53, who won two Stanley
Cups as a player, was entering his
32nd season as a player or scout in
the NHL - his eighth as Kings
director of pro scouting. He spent
the previous 13 years as a scout with
the Edmonton Oilers, who won five
Stanley Cups during that time.
Bailey broke in with the Boston

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