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Field Hockey headed to Final Four

By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer
After losing three out of the last seven games,
the regular season did not feel like a fitting end
to the careers of the five seniors on the Michi-
gan field hockey team who led the program into
the sport's elite.
But they knew that the NCAA Tournament
was a new beginning, and they took advantage
of it.
Yesterday, senior captain Catherine Foreman
scored a slow-rolling goal off a Kristi Gannon
feed in overtime to defeat Michigan State 2-1,
concluding a wild weekend in which Michigan
also defeated powerhouse North Carolina 5-2,
and earned its second trip to the NCAA Final
Four in three years.
"Our team really pulled through today," Fore-
man said. "And as far as our seniors go, I feel
like we're pretty happy."
The goal ended an overtime against the Spar-
tans that the Wolverines dominated. Michigan

State controlled the final 20 minutes of the sec-
ond half but the momentum shifted when
Michigan State defender Judith van Haeringen
was given a yellow card with 3:22 remaining
giving the Wolverines a player advantage for the
final part of regulation and the first minute-and-
a-half of overtime.
Then in overtime, Michigan took advantage
as the play switched from 11-on-11 to seven-
on-seven.
"We emphasize our fitness and our speed.
When you take players off the field and when
you take players off the field there's a lot more
ground to cover," Michigan coach Marcia
Pankratz said. "We feel really confident in the
overtimes just in the talent that we have."
Michigan took control early. Seven minutes
in, freshman Adrienne Hortillosa deked the
Michigan State goaltender Lauren Hess, leaving
her with a wide open net. But Hortillosa's shot
was blocked by a Michigan State defender's
foot giving the Wolverines a penalty stroke.
"I just pulled to the left and it seemed like it

was an open goal and I had my head down so I
took a reverse shot," Hortillosa said. "Then I
was lying on the ground and I saw that the ball
hit the girl's foot so I was kind of disappointed,
but I had a lot of faith in Stephanie Johnson."
Johnson blew the free chance over a diving
Hess giving the Wolverines the early lead.
But the Spartans stole the momentum when
forward Bridget Cooper floated the ball from
the top of the circle over Michigan goalie Mau-
reen Tasch and into the net tying the game.
In the second half, the Wolverines controlled
early on, but the Spartans started to dominate
with six shots and five penalty corners in the
game's final 20 minutes.
The Spartans appeared to take the lead with
seven minutes remaining when a shot went by
Tasch, but the goal was disallowed for a reason
that the officials unspecified and Michigan
State coach Michele Madison failed to under-
stand.
"That (goal) will go up in hockey heaven,"
See FINAL FOUR, Page 88

April Fronzoni and the Michigan field hockey team defeated North Carolina and Michigan State
over the weekend to earn a berth in this season's NCAA Final Four.

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Breaking

Away

Blue learns
from past
mistakes
N ine days ago, this Michigan
football team was viewed as
a subpar Michigan team. An
8-4 team with a 12-0 schedule. A
team that was winning because the
Big Ten wasn't as good as it normal-
ly is.
After all, Michigan had only
rushed for 190 yards in its last two
games - your average Michigan
team grinds that out in 60 minutes.
A Michigan defense stops oppos-
ing offenses dur-_
ing crunch time,
regardless of how
much timeit has
to stay on the
field to dJ the
job.
If I've learned
anything in my
15 years of RAPHAEL
watching this ODSTEN
team, its that
your verag $olKingdom for a
your average Voice
Michigan team
encounters one
or two tough losses a year. I have a
number of theories why that is -
every team is gunning for Michigan,
and while Michigan has too much
talent to ever get blown out, it does
not have enough to win every game.
Michigan doesn't have what it takes
to blow every team out, and if you
find yourself in enough close games,
you're bound to lose a couple; no
team is ever going to dominate the
Big Ten, because of the nature of the
conference - with the exception of
1997, every Michigan team has lost
one or two tough games.
The difference between an aver-
age Michigan team and some better
than average Michigan teams is how
it encounters adversity once it faces
it. During Michigan's four-straight
four-loss seasons, it would let a bad
break become two bad breaks. In
1996, a sloppy 9-3 loss to Purdue
See GOODSTEIN, Page 43

Michigan runs
into Nationals
By Megan Fitzgerald
Daily Sports Writer
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The men's cross country team earned
its rightful place on the starting line of the NCAA national meet
on Saturday, by placing second in a tough Great Lakes regional.
Its effort automatically qualifies it for the finals one week from
today in Greenville, South Carolina.
The Wolverines, who were not expected to be one of the top
two teams, finished just behind No. 5 Notre Dame, which won
the meet with 71 points. No. 11 Michigan trailed closely with 82
points, while No. 18 Michigan State (86 points) and Wisconsin
(97 points) rounded out the top four.
"The team ran great," Michigan coach Ron Warhurst said. "We
got an automatic qualifier, which is more than we expected."
"We knew we'd go to nationals. We planned on an at-large bid.
It's nice not to have to wait until Monday to find out for sure,"
freshman Alan Webb said.
Webb led the men's team, finishing second in a field that host-
ed some of the nations top runners. He covered the first 10 kilo-
meter race of his career in a time of 30:36.
"He's is running great right now," Warhurst said of Webb. "He
See WEBB, Page 6B
Subpar outing
or 'M' harriers
By Megan Fitzgerald
Daily Sports Writer
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - "It was a C-minus day," Michi-
gan women's cross country coach Mike McGuire said after
the NCAA Great Lakes regional.
The women's team wrapped up a mediocre season on Sat-
urday with a disappointing seventh place finish.
"We didn't get it done the way we hoped," McGuire said.
"By our standards, we didn't do it today."
The NCAA regional meet was dominated by No. 6 Michi-
gan State, which easily beat second place Notre Dame with
a low score of 58 points. Both the Spartans and the Fighting
Irish earned automatic berths to the NCAA championships,
which will take place in Greenville, South Carolina Nov.
19.
Following closely behind Notre Dame (124 pts) were
Marquette (128 pts), Toledo (145 pts) and Wisconsin (159
pts):
Lindsey Gallo once again led the Wolverines, finishing
29th overall. The sophomore covered the six kilometer
course in 21:54.
"Lindsey was off her game today," McGuire said. "She
ran much better at Big Tens."
Gallo has consistently been the teams leading runner, and
finished seventh at the Big Ten meet earlier this season.
Gallo "has improved tremendously from last year,"
McGuire said. "She had a bad day today."
See SPINK, Page 64

- - I- -- - - - -- ,- -
DANNY MOLOSHOK/Daily
Chris Perry ran over and around Minnesota's defense in Michigan's 31-10 victory on Saturday. Perry had his best day of the season,
rushing for 90 yards and one touchdown.
Varsitakes care of business, 31-10

By Jeff Phillips
Daily Sports Writer
After a heartbreaking loss to Michigan State, Michigan (5-1 Big
Ten, 7-2 overall) returned home to pound Minnesota (1-5, 3-6) 31-
10 by fixing its problems with the running game, both offensively
and defensively.
The Wolverines' No. 1 rushing defense allowed T.J. Duckett 211
yards last week, but held the Gophers' to just 150 yards on the
ground - 80 yards below their average - and rushed for 300
yards as a team - 150 yards more than their average and a season-
high.
"That's one thing we stressed all week, that we wanted to take
pride in running the football," quarterback John Navarre said. "Last

game we struggled a little bit in that area."
Also for the first time this season, all of Michigan's touchdowns
came on the ground. Led by the tandem of Chris Perry and B.J.
Askew, the Wolverines took advantage of a lifeless Minnesota
defense to rush for 91 and 82 yards respectively. Askew continued
his breakout season with two more touchdowns, giving him nine for
the season.
"I thought our backs ran with power and aggressiveness," Michi-
gan coach Lloyd Carr said. "I,think that is what you have to do."
Perry, who has struggled in recovering from injury, seemed to
finally regain the form that earned him so much playing time as a
freshman. It was the second consecutive games that Perry scored a
touchdown.
See GOPHERS, Page 4B

Class of 2007
With the retirement of Mark McGw ire
yesterday the Hal of Fame class of 2007 may
be one of the best of modern times. McGwire
adds to a class that already includes sure to
be unanimous vote-getters Tony Gwynn and Cal
Ripken Jr.
Projected Class:
Mark McGwire
Broke Roger Maris's single season career home run
record in 1998 with 70. He finishes his career with
583 home runs, placing him fifth on the all-time
homerun list.
Tony Gwynn
Played for the San Diego Padres for all 20 years of
his career. He finished his career with a .338 batting
average and more than 3,000 hits.
Cal Ripken
Knnwas a sf e hall'sh I''ronnMan" Rioken slaved in

Big Mac bids adieu; leaves
with 583 career home runs

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - Mark McGwire, the
former single-season home run king, told ESPN
that he is "worn out" and will retire from base-
ball.
McGwire strongly hinted of retiring several
times this year, when he batted just .187 with 29
home runs as he was slowed by a bum right
knee.
He told ESPN anchor Rich Eisen last night
that he was "extremely happy with the decision."
McGwire had agreed to a $30 million, two-
year contract extension in spring training but
never signed the deal.

the salary the organization would be paying me,"
McGwire said in a statement to ESPN. "I believe
I owe it to the Cardinals and the fans of St. Louis
to step aside, so a talented free agent can be
brought in as the final piece of what I expect can
be a World Championship-caliber team."
McGwire captured the nation's imagination in
1998 while hitting 70 homers to break Roger
Maris' 37-year-old record. It was a short-lived
mark as Barry Bonds hit 73 homers this season.
McGwire has 583 career home runs, fifth on
the career list.
He labored through the 2000 season with a bad

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