The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 11, 2002 - 7B
Spartans deny dual titles for 'M'
IELD HocKEY I i"F COLUMBUS
Stickers can't find their
touch on penalty corners
By Brian Steere
Daily Sports Writer
COLUMBUS - All season long, the
Michigan field hockey team has pros-
pered during penalty-corner situations.
This past weekend in the Big Ten Tour-
nament, they became the Wolverines'
Despite earning 19
penalty-corners in FIELD HOCKEY
two games, Michigan Notebook
managed to convert
on just one occasion.
In addition, it surrendered four goals on
just 10 opportunities by Ohio State and
Forward Molly Powers indicated that
penalty corners are a difficult play to set
up, and executing one requires everyone
being on the same page.
"It's a very detailed, set play," Powers
said. "The push-out has to be perfect,
then the stick-stop and the strike, and
whatever extra skills are added to it. It's
a lot of components that have to be
working well, and if one is off, the
whole corner can be called off."
Annebet Beerman, who was named
co-MVP of the tournament along with
the Spartans' goalkeeper Christina
Kirkaldy, netted five penalty-corner
goals over the weekend, including two
against the Wolverines.
"Both of them were great shots,"
Michigan coach Marcia Pankratz said.
"We tried to limit the corners they got,
and I thought we did limit their corners
quite well; because they've got great
skilled players and the fact that we lim-
ited it (to four) was pretty good."
In addition to Beerman's prowess on
penalty corners, Ohio State midfielder
Mariana Solorzano was also an incredi-
ble force. She beat Michigan goalkeeper
Molly Maloney on two of the Buckeyes'
six opportunities and had one controver-
sial attempt ruled too high.
"Mariana's got the hardest hit in the
nation," Pankratz said. "It's just impos-
sible to stop if she's on fire."
PAYBACK: Michigan State's victory in
yesterday's final snapped its nine-game
losing streak against Michigan. Over the
past two seasons, the Wolverines have
had a knack for handing the Spartans
crushing defeats. In addition to its
thrilling 1-0 regular-season victory this
year, Michigan earned two sensational
wins against Michigan State last season,
including a 2-1 overtime decision in the
NCAA regional final.
Michigan "brings out the best in us,"
Michigan State coach Michelle Madison
said. "The team really looks forward to
playing Michigan. It's always a heart-
breaker. As hard as it hurt in the past,
that's how glorious it is right now."
GRUDGE MATCH: Michigan and Michi-
gan State might be facing each other
again sooner than they would like.
Tomorrow evening, the NCAA will
release the 16-team bracket for the
upcoming tournament, which begins
this weekend at campus sites. Despite
their high rankings, 'the Spartans and
Wolverines could easily end up in the
same region for the first two rounds.
"It's a brand new season," Pankratz
said. "Michigan State's a great team and
seams in defense
By Brian Schick
Daily Sports Writer
COLUMBUS - One of the strengths of the Michigan
field hockey offense is its ability to find seams in oppo-
nents' defenses, which allows it to capitalize on defensive
mistakes. Saturday, the Wolverines used their uncanny
passing ability to frustrate the Ohio State defenders in a 3-
The majority of the game saw action in the Buckeyes'
end, with numerous scoring opportunities in the circle. This
resulted in 10 penalty corners opportunities for Michigan, a
sign that the team is working hard in the opponent's zone.
"Our forwards are quick and dangerous," Michigan coach
Marcia Pankratz said. "When we put a lot of pressure on
them, it wreaks a lot of havoc for their defenders."
The Wolverines forced numerous turnovers in the Buck-
eyes' end as a result of the constant pressure, and spread the
ball all over the field to keep the passing lanes open.
"We know they like to go to the side with the ball, and
they kind of crowd our players," midfielder Jessica Rose
said. "Since they come in groups, we knew our transfer
would be on."
Two of Michigan's goals exploited these openings in the
Ohio State defense, and resulted in breakaways for both
goal scorers. Forward Molly Powers received a pass from a
defender and raced down the sideline, drawing two defend-
ers towards her. With an extra defender covering Powers,
she slipped a pass to an open April Fronzoni, who walked in
on the goalkeeper untouched and buried her shot.
"I knew (Fronzoni) was (open) the whole way," Powers
said. "I was holding onto the ball to make the defender
commit to me, and April was holding the outside beautiful-
Powers and Fronzoni have worked all season on antici-
pating each other's actions and finding the right time to
expect a pass from the other, and as a result, they are the
top two point scorers on the team - Fronzoni with 40 and
Powers with 32.
"April and I read off each other really well," Powers said.
"I knew she was open, and I was confident in her that she
could finish the play."
Michigan State players celebrate their first Big Ten Tournament title in school history,
ending a streak of seven tournament failures.
so are we. It will be interesting to see if
we have to play each other in regionals
or if we'll be split up. We should be
split up, and I hope (the NCAA is)
smart enough to do that.
CLEAN SWEEP: At last Thursday's Big
Ten Awards banquet in Columbus,
Michigan took home all five regular-
season awards. Junior forward April
Fronzoni was named the league's athlete
and offensive player of the year, while
junior defender Stephanie Johnson
earned the Defensive Player of the Year
honor. The conference's Freshman of the
Year award went to defender Lori Hill-
man, and Pankratz was honored as the
Big Ten Coach of the Year.
In addition to Fronzoni and Johnson,
defender Kristi Gannon made the All-
Big Ten first team. Forward Jessica
Rose snagged All-Big Ten second team
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the game, with several potential scoring
chances being spoiled by Spartan defenders.
The defense limited the Wolverines to 14
shots in the game and denied Michigan on all
nine of its penalty corners.
"We didn't capitalize on our chances,"
Spartans play good ball
Michigan State won its first field hockey Big
Ten Tournamnet this weekend, ending its
dismal performances in previous years.
Game1: Michigan State 3, Indiana 0
The Spartans jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the
first two minutes, and dominated the Hoosiers by
allowing just three shots on goal.
Game 2: Michigan State 3, Penn State 2
After. all the problems on the penalty corner the
day before, Michigan State scored all three of its
goals off penalty corners in the first half.
Game 3: Michigan State 3, Michigan 0
Michigan State stifled Michigan's forwards, and
shut out the Wolverines for just the second time
Michigan coach Marcia Pankratz said. "We
needed to counter-attack a little bit better and
we weren't able to do that today."
The Spartans jumped out to an early lead by
working hard in the circle, and scored on a
well-executed penalty corner to give Michigan
State the lead in the first half. But the turning
point came when midfielder Jessica Rose
received a yellow card with 30 minutes to go
in the second half, forcing the Wolverines to
"I think the momentum shifted when (Rose)
got yellow carded," Pankratz said.
Less than two minutes later, Michigan State
forward Michelle Huynh-Ba lifted a shot from
just inside the circle that flew over the shoul-
der of goalkeeper Molly Maloney to give the
Spartans a comfortable two-goal lead. Michi-
gan State added another tally on a penalty cor-
ner to secure the title.
While the Spartans were able to capitalize
on their penalty corner opportunities, Michi-
gan couldn't find the touch. The Wolverines
had two corners in the final 10 minutes, but
failed to convert on either of them.
"Their corners were on and ours weren't,"
Powers said. "We had our opportunities and
they didn't fall today. We ran a couple of balls
over the endline when we should have had
them on our stick in the circle. We didn't con-
vert when we needed to."
Michigan State's win ends a string of nine
straight victories by the Wolverines dating
back to 1997. The Spartans also ended their
streak of futility at the Big Ten Tournament.
Since the tournament began in 1994, the Spar-
tans held a 1-7 record. Their lone victory
came against Iowa in 1997.
"Anytime we play Michigan, we know it
makes us better," Michigan State coach
Michelle Madison said. "Michigan is always a
For as much difficulty as Michigan had
finding openings in the Spartans' defense,
they were much easier to find against Ohio
State. The Buckeyes (2-4, 8-10) had trouble
stopping the wide-open Michigan offense, as
it scored two goals off excellent passes. Rose
stole a restart pass away from a Buckeye
defender and fed a cross-field pass to Powers,
who walked in all alone.
"Powers said at halftime to look up to the
left because she felt she was open," Rose said.
"When I looked up, I saw Powers coming and
sent the ball right to her."
The Wolverines will wait to see who they
face this coming weekend, as the NCAA Tour-
nament bracket will be unveiled on tomorrow.
Midfielder Laura Woltkewitsch and the Wolverines couldn't find their momentum in the 3-0 loss to
Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournamnet championship game yesterday.
Spikers drop to fourth in Big Ten standings pAC.CC)...
By Mike Wolking
For the Daily
Coming off a four-game win streak that saw it
defeat two ranked foes, the Michigan volleyball
team faced a crucial road trip this weekend. But
instead of capitalizing on an opportunity to hold'
on to their second-place position in the Big Ten,
the Wolverines hurt themselves with losses at
Ohio State and Indiana.
"We could have won both games," coach Mark
Rosen said. "We just didn't control the ball very
Part of the problem may have been the injury
to junior Chantel Reedus. The outside hitter
wasn't completely healthy and couldn't play at
100 percent in either matchup.
In Bloomington, the Wolverines lost a tough
five-game match. After dropping the first game
30-19, Michigan regrouped and took the next
two 31-29 and 30-26. But the Hoosiers would
rally and eventually claim victory after narrowly
pulling out game five 15-13.
"Indiana is really balanced. Like us, they
don't really rely on just one or two players to get
it done," Rosen said. " They ran their offense
pretty well too.
"We broke down a little bit at the end, and we
just couldn't put it away. In the fifth game we
beat them statistically, but with five unforced
errors it's tough to beat anybody."
One bright spot for the Wolverines was the
play of Carrie Ritchie, featured in the front row
for the first time this season. The sophomore
had her first double-double of the year, with 12
kills and 14 digs. She also added a team high
three service aces.
Last week's Big Ten Player of the Week, Jen-
nifer Gandolph, had 21 kills, while sophomore
setter Lisa Gamalski efficiently ran the offense
with 63 assists.
On Friday night, Michigan sought its first
ever victory in Columbus, but left empty-handed
once again. Ohio State has had some injury
problems this year, but the Buckeyes'showed no
signs of weakness, winning 3-1.
"Ohio State always has a good team. They just
played really well and they're finally healthy,
too," Rosen said.
With the two losses, Michigan is now tied
with the Hoosiers for fourth place in the Big Ten
standings. But Rosen is optimistic about the rest
of the season, especially since four of Michi-
gan's six remaining games are at Cliff Keen
"All of them are winnable," he said. "The con-
ference is still wide open."
Bonds struggles as All-Stars fall to Japanese
TOKYO (AP) - Barry Bonds
opened a seven-game all-star series
with one of his worst games in one-
Bonds struck out three times as
the major league all-stars lost to
their Japanese counterparts 8-4 yes-
terday in the opener of their exhibi-
Bonds, who homered twice Satur-
day against the Japanese champion
Yomiuri Giants, fanned three times
against Yomiuri right-hander Koji
Uehara, who also struck out Jason
During the regular season, Bonds
has not struck out three times in a
game since Aug. 8, 2001 - when
he was called out three times
a against Cincinnati and argued with
Giambi, who also homered twice
Saturday "He threw it hard enough
that you couldn't sit on it and he
made quality pitches all night."
Uehara allowed a solo homer in
the fifth to Minnesota's Torii
"I really wanted the win," Uehara
said. "It felt great to strike out
Bonds and Giambi. The only mis-
take I made was that slider to
Hideki Matsui hit a two-run dou-
ble off Florida's Brad Penny as
Japan went ahead in a five-run
third. Matsui, who wants to play in
the major leagues, is a free agent
and can start negotiating with all
teams starting 10 a.m. EST Tuesday.
Matsui went 1-for-4 Saturday in
in the seventh off Philadelphia's
Randy Wolf for a 6-1 lead.
"I didn't hold anything back,"
Cabrera said. "Everybody is really
excited about this series and I was
happy to contribute."
Norihiro Nakamura of the Kintet-
su Buffaloes and Yoshitomo Tani of
the Orix BlueWave both hit RBI
singles in the seventh to make it 8-
1. The Japanese all-stars had 18 hits
- including 15 singles - off
Penny, Wolf, Mike Fetters and Scott
Penny, who allowed a go-ahead
third-inning homer to Hanshin's
Makoto Imaoka, gave up five runs
and eight hits in 2 2-3 innings and
was the loser.
Oakland's Eric Chavez hit an RBI
double in the ninth off Yasuhiro
Oyamada, and Minnesota's A.J.
Pierzynski and Jacque Jones hit RBI
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