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6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 21, 2002

'M' grabs
key win in
By Kevin Maratea x
For the Daily

Blue recovers to clinch tournament berth

After frustrating one-goal loses in
each of their first three Big Ten match-
es, the Michigan men's soccer team got
off to a quick start yesterday in Madi-
son, en route to a much needed confi-
dence-building victory over Wisconsin.
Scoring first has been a key factor to
Michigan's success this season.
"When we score first we're undefeat-
ed," Michigan coach Steve Burns said.
Michigan sophomore Knox Cameron
lit-up the scoreboard at 7:15 to propel
Michigan (1-3 Big Ten, 5-6-1 overall) to
a 3-2 win.
Cameron received the ball from jun-
ior Kevin Taylor, who served a cross
from the left sideline - about 40-yards
out - to the near post. Cameron then
pulled the ball out of the air, beating
Wisconsin keeper Eric Hanson, and hit
a well-placed shot for his eighth goal of
the season.
It was a back-and-forth, entertaining
match, which reflected both Michigan
and Wisconsin's young teams.
Due to its inexperience and sub-.500
record, Michigan had to be aggressive.
"There was a lot of youth on the
field, but we were the aggressors,"
Burns said.
The fast start also took pressure off
freshman goaltender Peter Dzubay.
"The team's confidence in him is
growing," Burns said of Dzubay, who
made two saves.
After halftime, Junior Mike White
pushed Michigan's lead to two goals
at 59:27, receiving a cross from soph-
omore Mychal Turpin. Attacking
aggressively down the line, Turpin
schooled two defenders on his way to
the end line, and then froze the keep-
e- as he slotted the ball to a well-posi-
tioned White.
But after building its lead, Michigan

By Nazeema Alli
For the Daily
After a disappointing loss in a
battle of defenses against Notre
Dame last Thursday, the Michigan
women's soccer team rebounded by
shutting out Northwestern 2-0 in an
important Big Ten matchup yester-
day afternoon in Evanston. The win
secured the 13th-ranked Wolverines
a seed in the Big Ten Tournament,
which begins next month.
"We wanted to make sure that we
bounced back from the (Notre
Dame) loss," Michigan coach Deb-
bie Rademacher said. "So we came
out with a focused mentality."
There was no scoring from either
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By Brian Schick
Daily Sports Writer

side in the first half.
"We had a couple of shots in the
first half, with most of our plays
really coming at the end of the
half," Rademacher said.
Throughout the entire game, the
Michigan defense was dominant.
"Carly Williamson was tough on
defense and solid up the middle,"
Rademacher said. "Still, overall, the
victory was the result of a good
team effort."
But, it was the individual per-
formance of junior Stephanie
Chavez that put the Wolverines on
the board in the second half. Chavez
ran a counterattack 70 yards for a
goal at 72:19, giving Michigan a 1-
0 lead.

The Wolverines' final goal,
scored by senior Abby Crumpton at
81:32, was also unassisted. Crump-
ton took the ball out wide to the
right side of the field, beating out
four Northwestern defenders before
finally setting herself up for a nice
shot, comfortably cushioning the
Wolverines with a 2-0 lead.
Chavez nearly added a third goal
for Michigan in the last 10 seconds
of the game, but two proved to be
enough as the Wolverines held on to
win, improving their record to 7-2
in the Big Ten (12-3 overall).
Junior goalkeeper Suzie Grech,
Michigan's all-time shutout leader,
saved all three of her chances.
Michigan had five corner kicks,

while Northwestern (2-6-1, 4-8-2)
had four. The Wolverines also out-
shot the Wildcats 12-4.
After dropping their previous
game in painful fashion, losing 1-0
to Notre Dame, the Wolverines were
relieved to come back with a con-
vincing performance and secure a
spot in the Big Ten Tournament on
Nov. 8.
"We're obviously very happy with
the win," Rademacher said. "This is
our second Sunday road game that
we've won, which looks good for
our season."
On Friday, the Wolverines will
travel to East Lansing to face
Michigan State in their final regular
season confernece game.

Adam Bruh and the Wolverines secured
a crucial win at Wisconsin on Sunday.
relaxed, and Wisconsin came storming
back with two unanswered goals.
"We took it easy and they came at
us," Burns said of the letdown. "We
could have given the game away."
But Michigan added composure to its
sense of confidence and gave Wisconsin
with its third straight loss.
"We were confident and responded,"
Burns said.
Burns also said that junior captain
Joey Iding was "a warrior and the lead-
ing spirit on the field," and Taylor
played another really strong game
Sophomore walk-on Jeff Mirmelstein
capped off his first career start with the
game winner.
Turpin sent a laser from 20-yards out,
which the keeper knocked into the air.
Mirmelstein then took advantage of
being in great position and headed in
the loose ball.
"He was kinda down because he was-
n't starting, and I told him, 'Just relax',"
Burns said of Mirmelstein. "I think
everyone was pleased to see him get the
game winner."
The win was much needed for a team
searching for confidence as it heads
towards the end of its season.
"This victory surges our confi-
dence and gives us something to
build on with two conference games
left (against Northwestern and Ohio
State)," Burns said.

The Michigan field hockey team already accom-
plished something that last year's national champi-
onship squad couldn't - winning the Big Ten
regular season championship.
Friday's 5-0 victory against Indiana and yester-
day's 1-0 win over Northwestern secured the sec-
ond-ranked Wolverines (5-0 Big Ten, 14-1 overall)
at least a share of the conference title, and set a new
school record for consecutive wins with 13.
"We're happy to (reclaim the Big Ten title),"
Michigan coach Marcia Pankratz said. "We did-
n't win Big Tens last year, and that's always a
goal of ours."
The Michigan winning streak began after a 2-0
loss to Wake Forest on Sept. 1, with a 5-0 victory
over Central Michigan. During this span, the
Wolverines have outscored opponents 49-8, with
six shutouts. This streak breaks the old record set
in 2000.
Northwestern (0-4, 4-11) proved to be a worthy
adversary, standing in the way of the win. The
Wildcats held the normally explosive Michigan
offense to 13 shots in the game, its second lowest
total in conference action.
"We're really happy to escape with a win,"
Pankratz said. "We always struggle against North-
western because they make it difficult for us to play
the game we like to play, which is an up-tempo
passing game. They really slowed the game down."
The lone tally of the game was started on a play
that didn't appear on the scoresheet. Michigan mid-
fielder Laura Woitkewitsch stole the ball off a

Michigan freshman defender Lori Hillman's play was instrumental in Michigan's two weekend shutouts as the
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Northwestern restart and proceeded upfield. A
Wildcat defender quickly closed off the passing
lane toward the center of the field, but Woitke-
witsch squeezed a pass to forward Adrienne Hor-
tilossa along the sideline. With open field in front
of her, Hortilossa cut towards the net and North-
western goalkeeper Kendra Mesa dove to stop her
potential shot. But Hortilossa chose to pass to for-
ward April Fronzoni, who had an open net in front
of her and took advantage.
"When I start thinking a lot, it doesn't really help
me," said Fronzoni, who's tied for the team lead
with 13 goals. "On that play, I saw the ball coming
and I knew I had to make a quick decision and put
the ball in."
Northwestern's defense really clamped down on
the Wolverines in the first half, preventing any

major scoring opportunities. Several times the
Wolverines would manage to enter the scoring cir-
cle, only to have a foul called on them, giving a
restart to the Wildcats. When the Wolverines man-
aged to draw a foul in the Northwestern circle, they
failed to convert on all five penalty corners - the
closest being a Kristi Gannon shot that beat Mesa,
but didn't hit the board so it was disallowed.
Gannon was much more successful against Indi-
ana on Friday, scoring four goals. Her four tallies is
the highest total for a single player all season.
Woitkewitsch added one more to hand the Hoosiers
(1-3, 3-10) their sixth loss in seven games.
"In practice on Thursday, we worked on corners,"
Gannon said. "Three (goals) were on corners. The
rest of the team was working to get corners, and all
I had to do was finish them."


'Below par' harriers struggle to 10th place

By Mustafizur Choudhury
Daily Sports Writer

The No. 18 Michigan women's
cross country team headed to Terre
Haute, Ind. this past weekend to test

their luck against some of the top
teams in the country at the NCAA
Going in, Michigan was ranked
eighth in the Blue Division, which
also included No. 1 Brigham Young
and No. 4 Colorado as the top two
teams. But the Wolverines didn't
have enough gas in their tank to
beat these national powers, finish-
ing 10th-place overall out of a 38-
team field.
"We were a little disappointed,"
Michigan coach Mike McGuire
said. "We definitely fell short.
We're going to move down, nation-
ally and regionally."
Rebecca Walter had a strong
stride, leading the Wolverines with a

35th-place finish'and a personal-
best time of 21:22. The freshman
has shown steady improvement
since the beginning of the season
and has turned into one of the most
consistent runners on the team.
Junior Lindsey Gallo was also
impressive, finishing 52nd out of
259 runners with a personal-best
time of 21:39.
.Other top performers for Michi-
gan were senior Jane Martineau
(72nd-place, 21:51), junior Andrea
Parker (90th-place, 21:59) and sen-
ior captain Jeanne Spink (97th-
place, 22:06).
"We had a great race from Rebec-
ca Walter and Jeanne Spink, but we
were a little bit below par,"

McGuire said.
McGuire was upset with the lack
of consistency from his top runners,
who have been impressive through-
out the season. The Wolverines can
only hope to learn from this race
and improve before they compete in
the Big Ten Championships in West
Lafayette on Nov. 3.
"This was our only sub-standard
meet up to this point," McGuire
said. "I hope it wakes them up.
People can't be selective, they have
to step up."
Next up for the Wolverines is the
EMU Classic in Ypsilanti this Fri-
day. Those who will not compete at
the Big Ten Championships will run
on Friday.

A look at the
underside of U of M
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Crew team gets technical
at Head of the Charles


By Gina Adduci
For the Daily


The Michigan women's crew team
traveled more than 13 hours this
weekend to compete in what is con-
sidered to be the biggest race of the
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fall. The Head of the Charles, which
takes place annually in Boston, brings
together teams from all over the
nation, even the world. Ranked eighth
overall and sixth among collegiate
teams, the Wolverines had a pretty
impressive finishing time of
17:00:488 - which placed Michigan
ahead of its arch-rival Ohio State.
This fall, Michigan coach Mark
Rothstein is taking a different
approach to training. Instead of just
having the team log grueling and
endless hours in the boats, he is
beginning to concentrate on the tech-
nical aspects of rowing. This means
that along with building up rowing
stamina, the Wolverines will learn
how to become more technically
efficient rowers.
"We are taking a slower approach
this fall," Rothstein said. "It might put
us behind this fall but eventually put
us ahead in the spring."
Senior crew member Elizabeth
Kreger said, "For the first time Michi-
gan is becoming a technical crew. I
think it is going to help a lot in the
These technical features were
stressed during this race, more so than
the actual results and placement. The
team felt it was more important to
demonstrate and put into practice the
skills learned through the training.

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