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WOMEN'S SOCCER
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By Michael Nilson
Daily Sports Writer

MICHIGAN 21, WSCONSIN
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Michigan survives Badgers;
eyes bucking Ohio State

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The Michigan women's soccer
team put forth one of its best efforts
of the year yesterday in a 4-0 win
over Miami (Ohio) in the second
round of the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan coach Debbie
Rademacher was relieved to move on.
" F o r
some rea- MIAMI (OHIO) 0
son, we
always seem MICHIGAN 4
to get
stalled in the second round,"
Rademacher said.
"It's a huge monkey to have off
our backs."
Rademacher was not kidding.
Michigan has failed to get by the sec-
ond round of the NCAA Tournament
in each of its last four attempts.
Michigan freshman Therese
Heaton began the scoring for the
Wolverines early with a goal at the
39:39 mark in the first half. On a
feed from Abby Crumpton, Heaton
beat Miami goalkeeper Leigh Terry
with a strike to the lower left corner
of the net.
"Most of the Miami defenders
were on my side," Crumpton said.
"It did not make sense for me to
keep the ball, and she made a great
run. She got herself in really good
position in front of the goal, so I
saw that and just put it through and
she put it away."
Midway through the first half,
Michigan junior forward Stephanie
Chavez pulled up lame and left for
the remainder of the game.
"She's been battling a bad ankle
ever since the Michigan State
game," Rademacher said. "She
twisted it, and so for her, it's just
going to be getting through the week
every week now."
Following the goal, Michigan (7-2-
1 Big Ten, 15-6-1 overall) continued
to keep Miami (12-1, 19-3-2) on its
heels. The Wolverines were relentless
in their pursuit of lose balls and
played extremely tough defensively.
All the hard work paid off again
when Heaton netted her second goal
of the game with 11:28 left in the
first half. Heaton pounced on a lose
ball in Miami's box and punched it
off the left post into the goal. The
half ended with Michigan leading
2-0.
Rademacher said that there were
no feelings that the game was over
during the team's halftime discussion.
"We always tell them that 2-0 is the
scary lead," Rademacher said. "We
made sure that we focused and that 2-
0 was not good enough. We needed to
have an insurance goal."
The Wolverines got just that. Three
minutes into the second half, senior
See KICKERS, Page 7B3
Field hockey

By David Horn
Daily Sports Editor

Next Saturday's game against Ohio State
was going to happen one way or the other;
few games over the course of a season are
dependent on the teams' performance the pre-
vious weekend. But the luster of the annual
Michigan-Ohio State regular season finale
would have been tarnished had either the
Wolverines or the Buckeyes failed to collect a
win this past weekend. Ohio State squeaked
by Illinois in overtime - its second close
game against an inferior conference opponent
in as many weeks. Michigan triumphed, in a
mistake-riddled game, and cleared a hurdle
that many thought it would not in defeating
Wisconsin 21-14 at Michigan Stadium on
Saturday.
"Our team is really focused on the task at
hand." junior quarterback John Navarre said
after the game, dismissing questions of the
team overlooking the Badgers. "We were very
focused on Wisconsin because they're a dan-
gerous ball club, which you saw out there
today. We knew how to play."
They certainly did early on. Michigan
established a 14-0 lead 4:19 minutes into the
game. The first touchdown came on the
Wolverines' first possession, on the strength
of a 27-yard run by junior tailback Chris

Perry and a 28-yard run by senior fullback
B.J. Askew. The latter ended in the north end
zone. On Wisconsin's subsequent possession
- it's first of the game - tailback Anthony
Davis was stripped from behind by Michigan
cornerback Marlin Jackson. The ball tumbled
to the ground, bounced five yards downfield,
and was apprehended by senior linebacker
Victor Hobson. An 11-yard Perry run put
Michigan up 14-0, and the game looked well

DAVID KATZ/Daily
Michigan running back Chris Perry rushed for a career-high 175 yards and had one touchdown in the
Wolverines' 21-14 win over the Badgers on Saturday.

in hand, even at such an early stage.
But from there the Wolverines got sloppy,
committing two turnovers and stalling out on
offense multiple times. Defensively the most

telling first half statistic is Davis' 106 rush-
ing yards. His touchdown run in the second
quarter from two yards out tied the game at
See BADGERS, Page 4B

Varsity s seniors can make Buckeyes feel their pain

For 19 Michigan players -
whether they want to believe it or
not - Saturday was the last time
they will run out of the Michigan Stadi-
um tunnel in front
of 110,000 fans.
Some players
cried, some held
back. Some said
that the reality
had set in during
the week, whilen
others predicted
they wouldn't J. BRADY
think about it MCCOLLOUGH
until after the sea-
son's finish. But All about
no matter what, the cause
when the 14 fifth-
year seniors and five fourth-year seniors
look back on their Michigan career,
there will be extremely mixed emotions.
The fifth-year seniors came to Michi-
gan in the fall of 1998 riding the hype
created by the Wolverines' epic run to
the national championship in 1997. They
were as talented as any recruiting class
in the country, boasting such high-pro-
file names as Drew Henson, David Ter-
rell, Marquise Walker, Justin Fargas and
Larry Foote. Michigan coach Lloyd Carr
brought in a crop of athletes that was
expected to keep the Wolverines at the

top of college football for years to come.
But thanks to Michigan's blowout
loss to Iowa three weeks ago, no matter
what the Wolverines do in Columbus
this weekend, it would take an act of
God for Michigan to play in the Rose
Bowl. This class, along with the small
group of true seniors that is leaving, has
competed for the Big Ten title every
year. But for some reason, they have
been unable to equal the feats of that
magical team in '97.
And it kills them. They came to
Michigan with the expectation to play in
at least one Rose Bowl during their
careers, and instead, they have spent
New Year's Day in Florida every season,
and it is likely that this New Year's will
be no different. If you're keeping score
at home, the Wolverines have gone to
just one Rose Bowl in the past nine
years.
It hurts every one of their teammates,
who know that a win against Iowa at
home would have given the seniors a
chance to make that elusive trip to
Pasadena.
"Yeah, you try not to think about it,
but that's the goal when you come to
Michigan," said redshirt junior Court-
ney Morgan, who came to Michigan in
1999 along with the fourth-year seniors.
"The national championship is good,

the Fiesta Bowl is good, but you come
to Michigan to play in that Rose Bowl.
And it's sad."
It's also inexplicable that a group that
came in with so much talent couldn't
turn the corner. There is no doubt in my
mind that Michigan should have won at
least one outright Big Ten title in the
past five years. The early departures of
Henson to the New York Yankees and
Terrell to the Chicago Bears, along with
Fargas' transfer to Southern California,
have turned this departing group's lega-
cy into a giant "What if?"
Every Michigan fan in his or her
right mind has used the phrase "If Hen-
son and Terrell had been here," and
there's always the standby of "If only
Carr hadn't played so conservatively
against Purdue in 2000." The newest
addition is "How can Tom Brady lead
the New England Patriots to the Super
Bowl, yet fail to take Michigan to the
Rose?" The list goes on for this group,
and odds are, most Michigan fans will
look at these past five years as an
absolute disappointment - and the sen-
iors as underachievers.
But there's still hope.
While this Michigan senior class has
not continued the grand tradition of
smelling the roses, it still has a chance
See MCCOLLOUGH, Page 4B

DAVID KATZ/Daily
Michigan defensive lineman Dan Rumishek can't hold his emotions in as he and
the rest of the Wolverines' seniors played their final game in the Big House.

fails to defend

national crown against Tigers
FIELD HOCKEY STATE COLLEGE

By Brian Steere
Daily Sports Writer

STATE COLLEGE - The season wasn't sup-
posed to end this way for the Michigan field
hockey team.
Filled with tremen- PRINCETON 4
dous expectations, the
Wolverines entered MICHIGAN 3
this year's NCAA tour-
nament poised to defend their national champi-
onship.
But instead of beginning its run for a second-
straight Final Four, No. 4 Michigan went out in
the first round after suffering a heartbreaking 4-3
loss to Princeton Saturday in State College.
Playing through increasing rain and brisk
winds, the Tigers rallied from a one-goal deficit
in the second half and notched three goals in just
over 12 minutes to put the Wolverines away.
Princeton forward Rachael Becker deflected a
shot over the shoulder of Michigan goalkeeper

Michigan coach Marcia Pankratz said. "Prince-
ton was exceptionally dangerous. I think right
until the very end in the last 30 seconds we
still felt we could tie it up, but they were just
too tough."
Despite leading 2-1 for most of the game
thanks to freshman Lori Hillman's first career
goals, Michigan never delivered the knockout
punch to Princeton.
For a second straight game, Michigan's top
scoring tandem of senior Molly Powers and jun-
ior April Fronzoni was held without a point. The
Tigers' defense thwarted many odd-man rushes
by the Wolverines with strong containment and
aggressive stick play.
"I think a part of that was their speed match-
ing ours," Pankratz said. "They played nice
defense. There were a couple of chances we had,
and their defenders came up with the play."
The momentum significantly turned with
12:10 remaining in the game, when Princeton
knotted the score at 2-2 on an odd-man rush goal

Third-year
soccer team
falls short
at Big Tens
By Kevin Maratea
Daily Sports Writer
STATE COLLEGE - Michigan
entered the Big Ten Tournament seeded
No. 2 and
accordingly t MICHIGAN 1
left the tour-
nament as PENN STATE 2
runner-up.
During yesterday's championship
match, in a light rain upon a soft and
muddy field, Michigan was unable to
surmount a comeback against No. 4
seed Penn State as it lost 2-1.
"We took a great step (at this tourna-
ment) to get to the championship
game," Michigan coach Steve Burns

JESSICA YURASEK/Daily
Members of the Michigan field hockey team console each other after their 4-3 ioss to Princeton.

"When we came out after their timeout and
scored, I knew that we weren't going to
lose," Becker said. "That was great for our
confidence."

penalty corner.
The Wolverines were able to redeem them-
selves less than two minutes later on another
penalty-corner attempt. This time, senior mid-

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