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Continued from Page 1E
located south of Schembechler Hal, in front of crowds
of over 500, more than any other Big Ten school.
Reichenbach, entering her second season as an assis-
tant coach with the Wolverines, is optimistic of Michi-
gan's chances of repeating as national champions and
for good reason. While Michigan did lose a few players
that were instrumental in the team's run to the national
title last season, such as starting goaltender and Ann
Arbor native Maureen Tasch and All-American defend-
er Catherine Foreman, it returns witha number of play-
ers who were named to the All-Big Ten first team last
season and players who participated on United States

national teams over the summer.
"We have a fantastic team returning," Reichenbach
But the most amazing aspect of the Wolverines is
their talent depth. Last season, the team had five go-to
scorers, all of whom are returning, and almost the
entire roster has significant playing time at some point
during the season
"That's the great thing about our team," Reichen-
bach said. "Everyone did have a contributing role."
As with most defending national champions, there
will be challengers aiming to knock the Wolverines
out. In this upcoming season, Michigan plays four out
of the five teams from the ACC, which has been the
nation's strongest field hockey conference over the past

few years. In addition, the Big Ten, led by Michigan
State and Ohio State, looks to be stronger than it has
been in quite some time.
The team hopes to get more supporters due to the
interest the team has received since winning the nation-
al title. Field hockey, the second most popular sport in
the world behind soccer, draws crowds of over 60,000
in Europe, India and Pakistan but is rarely played in the
United States except in specific communities, such as
.Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor Pioneer High School has won
the Michigan State Championship the last four years,
but the Wolverines believe that their success can
expand the game in and outside of campus.
"It's a great opportunity for field hockey throughout
the state," Reichenbach said.

Big Ten Tournament



By Chris Burke
Daily Sports Writer

Junior Kristi Gannon (6) greets three of her
Michigan's 2-0 upset over No. 1 Maryland
Continued from Page 1E
We're just really proud to be a part of
the University."
The win completes a resurgence of a
program that had never made the
NCAA Tournament until 1999, when
the Terrapins defeated the Wolverines
in the title game.
"It's pretty darn exciting," Michigan
Athletic Director Bill Martin said.
"Being the first of anything is pretty
Tasch pulled out the first shutout in
a championship game since 1996. She
stopped 13 shots against the nation's
No. 1 scoring offense, giving the first
field hockey title to a school west of
Virginia since Iowa won in 1986.
"Obviously nothing could be better
than this and it still hasn't quite all
processed in my mind," Tasch said. "I
haven't cried like everyone else yet."
Maryland controlled the play early,
but with two minutes remaining in the
first half, Kristi Gannon sent a cross-
ing pass from the far right side through
the Maryland defense and Maryland
keeper Ashley Hohnstine and some-
how found 2001 Big Ten Freshman of
the Year Adrienne Hortillosa in front of
a wide-open net to put the ball home,
giving Michigan the lead.
"The first five minutes, they really
kind of came at us, and I think then we
kind of got our jitters out and sold our-
selves and got back in it," Michigan
midfielder Jessica Rose said.
Just after intermission, Michigan
stunned the crowd of 984 again as
Gannon found Rose at the top of the
circle off a penalty corner. Rose blast-
ed it into the net to give the underdog
Wolverines a two-goal advantage.
Maryland dominated play for the
rest of the game, but the Michigan
defense, led by Tasch, Stephanie John-

r teammates with a bear hug following
to win the National Championship.
son and Catherine Foreman, staved off
the Terrapins.
"The last 20 minutes, they really
had us on our heels, but we held
on," Rose said.
Maryland fired 11 shots in the sec-
ond half, but Tasch made one incredi-
ble save after another. Even after
Michigan forward April Fronzoni was
called off the field with about 12 min-
utes remaining for a yellow card for
tackling a player from behind, the con-
stant adversity only made Michigan
"I felt like with each little new chal-
lenge they were put with, I just knew
that we would get even stronger,"
Tasch said.
While they were not as highly
ranked as the Terrapins, the ups and
downs that Michigan experienced
throughout the season gave them con-
fidence going in. The Wolverines were
at one point ranked No. 2 in the coun-
try but toward the end of the season,
dropped two conference games and
lost in the semifinals of the Big Ten
Tournament. Meanwhile, Maryland
had rolled through its regional and
came into the game having won nine in
a row.
"I felt like the number one team
today maybe didn't have the ups and
downs and the adversity to relish what
we had been in," Johnson said. "So we
knew what sort of great opportunity
we had been presented with today."
In the semifinals, the Wolverines
used a second-half surge with goals by
Powers, Fronzoni, and a penalty stroke
by Stephanie Johnson to put away Ivy
Champ Princeton 4-2.
"We're doing so well in so many
women's sports," Martin said. "We've
come so close in gymnastics and soft-
ball. Crew was a boat-length away last
year. This will be the start of a wonder-
ful trend.".

MADISON - Years from now,
when Michigan has moved from its
current status as an infant on the
NCAA varsity scene to a program
consistently challenging the best
teams in the nation, men's soccer
coach Steve Burns may look back at
last year's Big Ten Tournament as the
weekend that the Wolverines turned
the corner towards success.
After upsetting Wisconsin, 1-0, No.
5-seed Michigan, in just its second var-
sity year, came back and pushed top-
seeded Indiana into triple overtime
before losing a 1-0 heartbreaker.
The Hoosiers entered the Big Ten
Tournament as favorites after going
undefeated (6-0) during regular season

conference play. for Burn
But it took Indiana until the 123rd Lau hadr
minute to pull out a victory against the two starts
Wolverines. "It was
"This is the moment I've been wait- second s
ing for," said Burns after the loss. great joba
"We've put a strong team together and look reale
met a lot of our goals as a team. We it boils do
woke up some Division I programs, I of confid
think, with this game." ers in fron
After having to play without three Despit
starters against Wisconsin, Michigan previoust
received a big boost for the game miss a bea
against Indiana with the returns of goal- "I was
keeper Joe Zawacki, defender James executed
Baez-Silva and sweeper Kevin Taylor. wish I co
Zawacki made seven saves in the game," Za
game, most of them brilliant, as he the guys a
stymied Indiana's attack with his "They
aggressive, pressuring play. The deci- was goin
sion to start Zawacki did not come easy keep usg
~ Ish have

ring point
s as backup goalkeeper Brian strong."
recorded shutouts in his last Forwar
. Indiana ir
a tough decision, we had our after 122:
tring goalkeeper who did a one-on-o:
against Wisconsin and made it made a qt
easy," Burns said. "But I think an opening
own to Joe bringing an element left corne
ence and commands the play- Zawacki.
nt of him well." The goo
e not playing in Michigan's likely the 1
two games, Zawacki did not varsity so
at. loss, the V
pretty happy with the way I Big Ten r
all of my plays. Obviously, I them for a
uld replay the last shot of the "What i
awacki said. "I felt I owed it to tremendot
nd to myself. gley said
got through Wisconsin and I "To get tl
g to do whatever it took to they can c
going. I felt I played really two-year p

d Pat Noonan finally moved
nto the championship round
10 of play. Being defended
ne by Baez-Silva, Noonan
uick move to his right to find
g and fired a shot into the low
r of the net past the diving
al brought an end to what was
best game in Michigan's brief
ccer history. Even with the
Wolverines gave the rest of the
eason to be concerned about
long time to come.
they've done in two years is
us," Indiana coach Jerry Yea-
of Michigan's performance.
heir team to the level where
compete with any team, for a
rogram, that's quite a feat."


By Albert Kim
Daily Sports Writer
Revenge is always sweet in tennis. Unfortunately for
the Michigan men's tennis team, it was on the receiv-
ing end May 11 as it dropped its first-round NCAA
Tournament match to Notre Dame, 4-0 in South Bend,
Ind. Buoyed by a large home crowd, Notre Dame
avenged an earlier loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor and
advanced to the second round.
"They were playing to get revenge on us," No. 1 sin-
gles player Henry Beam said. "We put a big dent in their
regular season, and they had a nice crowd out there."
The trouble started early, as the Wolverines lost a
tightly contested doubles point. In the deciding doubles
match, graduated senior Greg Novak had match point
on his racquet but missed by an inch, as his backhand
cross-court return clipped the top of the tape. He and
junior Anthony Jackson eveitually lost in a tiebreaker.
It was downhill from there, as Michigan dropped three
straight singles matches.
"It was big," Beam said. "I feel if we would have
won the doubles point, the match would have been
much different."
It was the final match for Michigan's departing sen-
iors Beam, Ben Cox and Novak. All three had distin-
guished careers at Michigan, as Beam was named to

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the All-Big Ten team last season and leaves in 12th
place all-time in singles victories as a Wolverine with
81. Cox leaves with a career 76-51 singles record, and
Novak became a captain after just one season with the
"They've been a big part of our program and lineup,
and they're going to be tough to replace," Michigan
coach Mark Mees said.
For the Wolverines, it was their fifth straight NCAA
Tournament appearance, and the team reached 15 vic-
tories for the third time in the last four seasons (15-9).
"I would say it was a good season" Beam said. "We
had a fairly young team, and it was hard to get every-
one going at* the same time, but when everyone got
going, we were very good."
Although Michigan lost its No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5
singles players in Beam, Cox and Novak respectively,
the future still looks bright for the Wolverines. Sopho-
more Matt Lockin and Jackson will be looked upon to
lead the team this year, and with the returning talent,
the team should be competitive. The holes left by the
former seniors will need to be filled, but the Wolver-
ines are optimistic.
"We had some glimpses this year where we played
outstanding tennis, and we showed that we could play
with great teans," Mees said. "We don't want to stop
here with our program."

Losing its top players to graduation, Michigan will rely
heavily on the play of those like junior Anthony Jackson.

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