The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 5, 2001 - 7B
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After the win versus Northwestern, the Wolverines were
looking for revenge against Ohio State, who gave the
Wolverines their first Big Ten loss earlier this season in
Columbus. The Wolverines felt that they had dominated that
game, allowing few scoring opportunities for the Buckeyes.
"They scored two goals on two shots" goalie Maureen
Tasch said, "They finish every opportunity; we need to start
finishing some of our own."
The Wolverines dominated the early play, until Ohio
State's Vanessa Immordiro scored on a penalty shot which
she lifted into the left-hand corner of the goal. The Wolver-
ines immediately regained control of the match, until the
Buckeyes' Jenee Doto scored on a penalty corner from Lore-
The Wolverines began to press offensively, trying to tight-
en up the match before halftime. But with the increase in
their offensive intensity, the Wolverines allowed Marije van
Nouhuys to slip behind the defense to score a breakaway
goal to give the Buckeyes a 3-0 lead.
"If we let the most dangerous player (van Nouhuys) in the
Big Ten have a breakaway we're not going to win," Tasch
After three goals in just 25 minutes, the Buckeyes were
shut out for the remainder of the match, but the Wolverines
were unable to capitalize and could not decrease the deficit.
The Buckeyes concentrated their attention on defense and
forced the Wolverines to shoot through a crowd of players.
Ohio State goalie Allison Blanton finished the afternoon
with eight saves to Tasch's zero.
"They scored three goals on three shots and their goal-
tender won it for them today," Pankratz said.
After another disappointing loss this weekend, the Wolver-
ines are still looking forward to the NCAA Tournament and
are optimistic about their play. The tournament brackets will
be announced tomorrow.
"We're keeping our head up" attacker Adrienne Hortilossa
said, "We've got it. We had a lot of passes that connected.
We'll get them next time."
Aggressive play allowed Hortilossa - who is only a fresh-
man - to spend much more time on the field after the
Wolverines fell behind early.
"She's a pure scorer," Pankratz said of Hortilossa "We
were trying to make up three goals."
The Wolverines did score two goals in the second half that
could have changed the momentum of the game, but both
goals were called back.
"(The referee) said that they were too high," Pankratz said.
"We've had bad breaks all year," forward April Fronzoni
said "But, we should of capitalized. We put it all on the line."
Icers rebound, sweep
pair from Nanooks
By J. Brady McCollough
Daily Sports Writer
This weekend, with its back against
the wall, the No. 14 Michigan hockey
team (3-3-1 CCHA, 4-4-1 overall)
played with desperation for the first time
"(Michigan) looked like a team that
was pissed off," Alaska-Fairbanks coach
Guy Gadowsky said. "It was gritty all
six periods. I can't remember any stretch
in the weekend where it was a compla-
cent hockey team."
During their first two conference
series, the Wolverines did not play con-
sistently. This weekend against the
upstart Nanooks (2-4, 6-4), Michigan
played 120 minutes of solid hockey,'
beating Alaska-Fairbanks by a score of
2-1 on Friday night and completing its
first sweep of the young season with a
4-0 shutout on Saturday night.
"We've been giving up an average of
three goals a game, and coming off the
two losses at home, to come up here and
take two games against a team like Fair-
banks - and they're a real good team
now - is a big accomplishment for us,"
said Michigan coach Red Berenson.
Michigan was led by the steady, per-
formance of senior goaltender Josh
Blackburn. He stopped all 36 shots he
faced Saturday night, earning Michigan
its first shutout of the season. With the
4-0 blanking, Blackburn is now two
shutouts awax from owning the Wolver-
ines' all-time record.
"He seemed to find the puck all the
time," Gadowsky said. "There were bod-
ies in front and multiple shots - he did-
n't just stop one shot. He was tracking
the puck extremely well."
Blackburn wasn't alone in keeping
the Nanooks' offense grounded. The
Wolverines' penalty killing unit - a
concern at times this season - didn't
allow a powerplay goal all weekend,
holding Alaska-Fairbanks to an 0-12
mark with the man advantage. '
"They were extremely aggressive,"
Gadowsky said. "We had a few
chances, but they were very successful.
Michigan did a great job of taking ice
time away in a hurry, and we didn't real-
One of Michigan's problems in its
previous series has been its inability to
capitalize on scoring chances. The
Wolverines outshot their opponents in
six consecutive games prior to this
weekend, yet only won two of those con-
tests. The Nanooks outshot Michigan in
both games in the series, but when the
Wolverines got a chance, they lit the
"The difference was Michigan did an
excellent job on capitalizing," Gad-
owsky said. "They didn't have a ton of
odd-man rushes, but the ones they had
they converted on."
The story of the weekend offensively
was the play of the Wolverines' fresh-
men. Forwards Milan Gajic, Dwight
Helminen, Jason Ryznar and Eric Nys-
trom all tallied goals for Michigan, and
defenseman Eric Werner had two assists.
"They're young and there was a lot of
energy - a lot of jump," Gadowsky
said of the Michigan freshmen.
Buried near the'bottom of the confer-
ence at the start of the weekend, Michi-
gan needed two victories in Fairbanks to
propel itself back into the conference
race. Even though the Wolverines
earned the sweep, Berenson knows there
is still work to be done.
"I think a lot of people (in Alaska)
think that Michigan is a powerhouse
perennially, but we're not," Berenson
said. "We're a team that's got a lot of
young players, and we've got some play-
ers that are missing as well. We've had
our backs to the wall this year it seems,
so this is the best weekend we've had."
Michigan 2. AlaskaFairbanks I
Michigan 1 1 0 -2
Alaska-Fairbanks 0 0 1 - 1
Fst period -1. UM, Gaic 1 (Helminen), 17:16 (pp). Penal
ties-UAF, Herman(tripping), 1:57; TEAM UM (too many
men on ice), 7:01: UM, Komisarek (roughing), 12:03; UAF,
Voros (roughing), 12:03; UAF, Austin (slashing), 17:13.
- Second period-2. UM, Ortmeyer3(Srouneyia, Bumes),
0:52.Penalties-UM, Shouneyia (interference), 1:00;UAF,
Hickey (tripping), 2:26;:UM, Cammalleri(crosschecking),
Third period-3. UAF, Voros 4(Carriere, Andrews) 18:59.
Penalties- UM, Komisarek (hooking), 3:08; UM, Burnes
Sho oal- UM, 1093-22:UAF,4-11-12-27.
PowerPlays-UM, 1oft3;UAF,0of 5.
Saves - UM, Blackburn34- 26; UAF, Mayes 2-2-0 -
Reree -Kevin Hall
Linesmen - Jonathan Morrison, Todd Lacina.
At: Carison Center, Fairbanks, Alaska.
Michigan 4, AlaskaFairbaiks 0
Michigan 1 1 2 -4
Alaska-Fairbanks 0 0 0 - 0
First period- 1. UM, Helminen 3 (Cammalleri, Werner),
15:40. Penalties-UM, Fraser (high-sticking),6:41; UAF,
Rask (boarding). 9:16; UM, Komisarek (roughing), 11:42.
Second period-2. UM, Shouneyia(Camrnaller, 18:27
(sh). Penalties- UM, Rogers (holding), 9:31; UAF, Lang
(interference), 11:31; UAF, Sylvestre (disqualification),
13:11; UAF, Sylvestre (slashing), 13:11; UM, Ortmneyer
(tripping), 16:36; UM, Ortmeer (interferencei, 19:12.
Third period-3. UM, Ryznar3 (Shouneyia, Ortmeyer),
3:09;:4. UM, Nystrom 3 (Swistak, Werner), 11:38.
Penalties - UM, Ortmeyer (elbowing), 14:07: UM,
Cammalleri (roughing), 15:22: UM. Blackburn (rough-
ing), 15:22; UM, Blackburn (roughing), 15:22; UAF,
Voros (roughing), 15:22; UAF, Voros (roughing), 15:22;
UM, Wyzgowski (10-minute misconduct), 15:22.
Shots on gal -UM, 10137 -30; UAF, 101412 -36.
Power Plays - UM, 0 of 3; UAF, 0 of 7.
Saves- UM,Blackburn 441- 36; UAF, McKay 4-2-0 -
Referee - Kevin Hall.
Linesmen-- JonathanMorrison, Todd Lacina.
At: Carlson Center, Fairbanks, Alaska.
Freshman midfielder Katy Moyneur and the rest of the Wolverines lost to Ohio State, 3-0, on Saturday.
'M' struggles to bury its chances
Hortillosa, seven other Wolverines named to all-conference teams
By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer
EVANSTON - It seemed as if the
Michigan field hockey team had final-
ly broken through.
With two minutes remaining in the
Wolverines' loss to Ohio State in the
semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament
on Saturday, Jessica Rose blasted the
ball over Ohio State goaltender Allison
Blanton to finally put Michigan on the
Or so the Wolverines thought.
While both squads were walking
back to the middle of the field, the two
referees started to converse. All of a
sudden, the goal was disallowed.
This sent Michigan coach Marcia
Pankratz into a frenzy, wondering why
the goal was disallowed. All referee
Suzi Stammer would tell Pankratz was
that the shot by Rose "was too high."
Such events have been symbolic of
Michigan's struggles against top teams
In each of its five losses, each of
which were against teams ranked in
the top 15, Michigan has outshot its
opponent. On Saturday, Michigan had
eight shots on goal in comparison to
Ohio State's three, but the Buckeyes
scored every time it put the ball on
In Michigan's regular season meet-
ing with the Buckeyes, Ohio State's
only two shots on goal also went in,
resulting in a 2-1 Michigan defeat.
In both meetings the Wolverines had
at least twice as many penalty corners
as the Buckeyes, with 12 corner
opportunities to Ohio State's six on
Saturday and 14 to Ohio State's three
in the regular-season matchup.
But the Buckeyes have been able to
put the ball in the net when they have
had the chance, while Michigan has-
"They finish every opportunity they
get, and we need to at least finish
some percentage of our opportunities,"
Michigan goaltender Maureen Tasch
Michigan's bad luck goes beyond
Ohio State. In their other Big Ten loss
to Penn State, the Wolverines outshot
the Nittany Lions 10-7. Earlier in the
season against No. 4 North Carolina at
the Temple Invitational, the Wolver-
ines had 1 1 penalty corners to the Tar
Heels' three and out-shot them 10-6
but lost 2-1. In their season opener
against No. 3 Wake Forest, the
Wolverines outshot the Demon Dea-
cons 17-12 but lost in overtime 3-2.
"If I had the answer, we wouldn't
have done it," -Pankratz said. "Some-
times that's a hockey game. Hockey
games are that way."
It's almost as if the Wolverines only
have half the goal with which to work..
According to forward April Fronzoni,
the team has had numerous goals dis-
allowed for intentionally lifting the
ball. But those same high goals seem
to be allowed for their opponents.
"We've had bad breaks all year,"
Since Michigan is likely to enter the
NCAA Tournament with an at-large
bid next week, a new season lies
ahead. If they can find a way to put the
ball in the net, the Wolverines are still
very capable of winning Michigan's
first national championship in a
"We're still staying strong. We have
our heads up," forward Adrienne Hor-
tillosa said. "We still have two weeks
to go. We're not done. We're not fin-
WOLVERINES RECOGNIZED: Consider-
ing all of the talent on the Michigan
team and throughout the Big Ten,
freshman forward Adrienne Hortillosag
did not think she was going to receive
recognition at the Big Ten awards bani
quet on Thursday.
But, she ended up being Michigan's
star of the evening. Hortillosa waE
named Big Ten Freshman of the Yea4
and was also named to the All-Big Ter
"I did not expect that at all. But I'n
really grateful for it and really sur-i
prised. I'm glad I got it," Hortillosa
Hortillosa has been a big goal scorer
off the bench for the Wolverines this
season. The forward from Chula Vista,
Calif. was tied for second on the teams
in goals during the regular season with
eight, including four game-winners.
Her game-winning goal in overtimes
against No. 6 Michigan State earned;
.her Big Ten Offensive Player of the
"She has some amazing talent in the
circle, and really wonderful skills,"
Pankratz said. "She was able to finisho
a lot of great goals during the season
that were game-winners. She was per-#
forming in the clutch and deserving of
Three Wolverines were named to:
the All Big-Ten first team - defend-t
ers Kristi Gannon, Stephanie Johnson
and Catherine Foreman.
"They are the foundation of our;
backfield. They are the foundation of
our team. I think they are some of the
best defenders in the whole nation."
Fronzoni, Rose and Tasch joined
Hortillosa on the second team.
Team W L T Pts GF GA
MICHIGAN STATE 6, Bowling Green 3
Western Michigan 4, MIAMI 4
MICHIGAN STATE 4, Bowling Green 0
Michigan 2, ALASKA-FAIRBANKS 1
Notre Dame 5, NORTHERN MICHIGAN 4
FERRIS STATE 2, Lake Superior 0
OHIO STATE 1, Nebraska-Omaha 0
Nebraska-Omaha 4, OHIO STATE 1
MIAMI 5, Western Michigan 2
Michigan 4, ALASKA-FAIRBANKS 0
NORTHERN MICHIGAN 4, Notre Dame 1
FERRIS STATE 6, Lake Superior 2
Wolverines unfazed by
defeats in dual meets
By Kyle O'Neill
Daily Sports Writer
Considering the training regimen
that the Michigan women's swimming
and diving team endures, early success
can't be measured by wins or losses -
it has to be measured by toughness.
Even though their record fell to 0-3
after losses to North Carolina and Min-
nesota this weekend, the Wolverines
proved to many, including themselves,
that they are ready for any difficulties
the season may present them.
Friday's competition was the harsh-
est for the Wolverines as they had just
come off a very tough week of practice
only to lose two of their best in meet
Sophomores Annie Weilbacher (but-
terfly) and Kelli Stein (breaststroke)
both strained leg muscles before com-
petition began and missed Friday's
contest. The injuries not only left the
Wolverines short in the individual
events, but also in the medley relays
where Weilbacher and Stein were diffi-
cult to replace.
"The injuries hurt us a lot in the
meet," Michigan coach Jim Richard-
son said. "But Saturday we swam a lot
better. It was a brand new day."
On Saturday. Weilbacher returned
meter board, where she finished third.
In addition, she and the rest of the
divers were without a coach for the
second straight day'- diving coach
Dick Kimball was in Ann Arbor with
the men's divers in their meets.
"It's easier to get fired up for the
first day," Kelemen said. "There was
- some better competition from Min-
nesota and North Carolina, which
brings out your best.
"I've gotten used to (not having
Kimball at every meet), but having a
coach there gives you an advantage."
The Wolverines even got help from a
swimmer who-is not usually in the No.
After finishing eighth in the 100-
yard breaststroke on Friday, junior Lis-
beth Goebel earned points against a
tough field with a fourth-place finish
in the 200 breaststroke.
"Goebel had a very good day (Satur-
day). She did a really nice job filling in
for Stein and I liked what I saw,"
What became apparent to Richard-
son were the consistent times from his
swimmers, and improved times on the
second day. Even with the defeats,
Michigan knows that it is positioning
itself to be ready to swim its best come
the chamnionship meets in February
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