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2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 18, 2002

CLUBSPORTSWEEKLY
League title not out of the
question for female icers

Smile!

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

By Steven Shears
Daily Sports Writer
Women's hockey is not for the weak
of heart.
With three key injuries (broken hand, torn
ACL and strained back) to three key players,
the Michigan women's club hockey team (6-
3-1) is bruised and battered, but that didn't
keep it from remaining near the top of the
Central Collegiate Women's Hockey Associ-
ation standings. This weekend the wounded
Wolverines swept Western Michigan at home
with a 5-1 victory on Friday and 7-1 trounc-
ing on Saturday night.
"It's pretty rough out there," senior captain
Victoria Deleeuw said. "With three players
hurt and only 17 members on the team, we
are currently playing with a short bench."
Limited numbers have placed a greater
demand on the healthy leaders, who have
responded accordingly. Junior forward
Meghan Collier netted two hat tricks, and
Jacqueline Neal produced 10 points on
offense over this past weekend. These
performances created an extremely
uneven matchup.
"The Western Michigan goalie made good
saves, but we came with over 60 shots, and 1
our goalie only saw about 12 shots,"
Deleeuw said. "We basically out-shot them,
and it made a huge difference."
This increase in offensive production was
something Michigan coach Hal Krenkel

worked on after losses against division-
favorite Northern Michigan and a tie with
Michigan State earlier in the season. The
result: 26 goals in the last four games, help-
ing the team manufacture a four-game win-
ning streak.
"All year we had issues of getting the
puck in the net," Krenkel said. "We worked a
lot on our skating, and I now feel we're the
best skating team on the ice. We found more
creative ways of scoring after the losses, and
it seems to be working."
The team is looking forward to avenging
its losses to Northern Michigan in the
upcoming rematch on Jan. 19.
"Northern is on top but we're much better
now, and I certainly think we can handle
them," Krenkel said.
Of course, a sound victory against
long-time rival Michigan State would
also be desired.
"We got into a fight with State earlier this
year," Deleeuw said. "The games against
State are always intense, and it's a fairly even
matchup between us."
If these key games go as planned, the
Wolverines are hoping to contend for the
national championship in the American Col-
legiate Hockey Association. But in the end,
Michigan wants to make sure it accomplish-
es the ultimate objective of playing a club
sport.
"Our most important goal is to just have
some fun," Krenkel said.

Who: Suzie Grech
Hometown: Narberth, Pa.
Position: Goalkeeper

Sport: Women's soccer
Year: Junior

Why: The junior keeper recorded her second shutout of the NCAA Tourna-
ment yesterday in Michigan's 4-0 win against Miami of Ohio. With four
saves, Grech got her ninth shutout of the season. She also shutout Oak-
land 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Grech

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In the words of Buck Laughlin: "Now tell me - which one of
would you want to have as your wide receiver on your footba

Tigers take advantage of second
chance, celebrate win in the rain
FIELD HOCKEY STATE COLLEGE

FIND E"
UMICH*E

By Brian Schick
Daily Sports Writer
STATE COLLEGE - After learning of its draw on
Tuesday night, the Michigan field hockey team knew it
would need very little scouting on its first-round NCAA
opponent.
Michigan was slated to play Princeton in the first round.
It was a rematch of last year's NCAA semifinal matchup,
which saw the Wolverines overcome two one-goal deficits
to hand the Tigers a 4-2 loss in Kent, Ohio. Michigan went
on to win the national championship and Princeton went
back home to prepare for this season.
"We knew that they hadn't lost any players from their
semifinal team last year," Michigan coach Marica Pankratz
said. "We thought the draw was a very difficult draw."
The Tigers had been waiting for a chance to play Michi-
gan again, and got their revenge by putting the shoe on the
other foot - overcoming two one-goal leads by Michigan
to down the Wolverines 4-3.
"We think we're a better team than last season," Prince-
ton coach Beth Bozman said. "You don't defeat your oppo-
nent by hating them, you defeat them by being better."
As a rematch of last year's Final Four showdown, the
Wolverines prepared for a tough game, anticipating the
tempo would be similar to last season's game with
Princeton.
"We considered it a semifinal matchup, because we
knew it would be very, very close," Pankratz said.
BLAME IT ON THE RAIN: All season, the Wolverines
have been fortunate not to have played in poor weather
conditions (the one exception being the Oct. 4 game in
Ann Arbor against Michigan State), but Saturday's

game in State College saw the worst storm all season.
Torrential rains, howling winds and freezing tempera-
tures made keeping warm difficult, much less staying
alert during the game.
But the conditions didn't seem to bother the players
on either team, who shut out the weather and focused on
the game.
"I feel like we've had weather like this a lot this season,"
Princeton forward Rachael Beckler said. "I didn't realize
how bad it was until we stopped playing."
As the game progressed, the rain picked up in intensity,
but the players responded, as four goals were scored in the
second half.
"I was really proud of the way our team carried our-
selves and the way we responded to some of the (weather)
out there," Michigan defender Stephanie Johnson said.
END OF THE NEW SEASON: After the disappointing loss to
Michigan State last weekend at the Big Ten Tournament,
the Wolverines refocused and looked at the NCAA Tourna-
ment as a chance to put any setbacks during the regular
season behind them.
But Michigan couldn't help but feel disheartened after
losing one week into the postseason.
"I think it's disappointing because it's a new season with
NCAAs and our goals were set high and we certainly had a
goal to get to the semifinals," Pankratz said.
Despite the obvious frustration and discontent after the
loss, Johnson felt that the team still carried themselves as
champions.
"I was really proud of the way we held our heads up and
walked off the field as a team," said Johnson, who is one
of the co-captains. "We win as a team and lose as a team
and we carried that with us today."
TIGERS
Continued from Page 11B
fearsome offensive attack, which
was constant throughout the second
half.
The Tigers harassed the Wover-
ines' defense and forced numerous
turnovers in Michigan's zone that
led to second-chance opportunities.
"We struggled clearing the ball,"
Pankratz said.
After Becker's goal, Michigan
tried desperately to mount a scoring
charge but was unable to convert.
The Tigers stopped one last penalty
corner by the Wolverines in the
final minutes to seal the victory.
Not a way 'two' end
As the defending field hockey
champion, anything short of
repeating in the finals was consid-
ered a disappointment. Instead,
Michigan ended its season with a
two game losing streak - its first
since 2000.

Maddox fine after
near-paralyzing blow

Maddox hadn
while at the ho
"There's son
we're getting

NASHVILLE (AP) - Pittsburgh Cowher said f
Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox 31-23 loss. "H
was taken off the field at Tennessee by ings back in hi
ambulance yesterday, but had move- don't have an'
ment in his extremities when he was that, and it wo
admitted to a Nashville hospital with a relay anything
bruised spinal cord and a concussion. optimistic, as y
Maddox, 31, was hurt on the final Maddox has
play of the third quarter. and was kept ov
He was taken to Baptist Hospital's McNab
trauma unit, and Steelers spokesman
Ron Wahl said Maddox was awake and with br(
alert, with sensation and movement in all
his extremities. PHILADEL
Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher said van McNabbc
Maddox was conscious and talking the regular sea
while he was lying on the field, but right anklei
that he'd lost feeling. Cowher said Eagles' 3814
DAYu SCOREBOARD

regained some feeling
spital.
me preliminary reports
g that are positive,"
following the Steelers'
He's getting some feel-
s upper extremities. We
y more information to
uld be wrong of me to
g. We're all cautiously
you would know."
talked with his family
ernight at the hospital.
b wins game
oken ankle
PHIA (AP) - Dono-
could miss the rest of
ason after breaking his
in the Philadelphia
victory over Arizona.

Philadelpia coach Andy Reid
said the star quarterback could
miss six-to-eight weeks, "if every-
thing goes right."
McNabb, who played most of the
game and threw for four touch-
downs, never had a serious injury in
his four-year career.
"It's not something he can play
with right now," said trainer Rick
Burkholder. "We'll know more in
the next 24-to-48 hours."
McNabb was hurt on the third
play of the game, when he was
sacked by Arizona's Adrian Wilson
and LeVar Woods.
McNabb fumbled and stayed on
the turf, clutching his right leg, but
he returned on his team's next pos-
session and led the Eagles to the
win, even though he limped
throughout the game.

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
New Jersey
Philadelphia
Boston
Washington
Orlando
Miami
New York
Central Division
Indiana
Detroit
New Orleans
Milwuakee
Atlanta
Toronto
Chicago
Cleveland
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Midwest Division
Dallas
San Antonio
Houston
Minnesota
Utah
Denver
Memphis
Pacific Division
Seattle
Phoenix
Sacramento
Portland
L.A. Lakers
L.A. Clippers
Golden State
NBA GAMES

Pct
.700
.667
.600
.600
.600
.125
.111
Pct
.889

GB
.5
1
1
1.

NHL STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
W L T
Philadelphia 9 3 5
New Jersey 10 5 0
N.Y. Rangers 8 10 2
Pittsburgh 7 5 3
N.Y. Islanders 6 11 1

Northeast Division
5.5 W
Boston 11
Montreal 7
Ottawa 8
GB Toronto 6
- Buffalo 3

.800 .5
.700 1.5
.556 3
.556 3
.500 3.5
.400 4.5
.200 6.5
Pct GB
1.000 -
.600 4
.571 4.5
.571 5.5
.300 7
.222 7.5
.000 10

Southeast Division
W
Tampa Bay 10
Carolina 7
Washington 8
Florida 6
Atlanta 4

L
2
6
6
10
11
L
4
4
8
7
10

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Central Division
W L
St. Louis 11 4
Detroit 10 5
Chicago 8 5
Columbus 7 7
Nashville 2 8

Pts
23
20
18
18
13
Pts
26
18
17
14
9
Pts
23
21
18
18
10
Pts
23
22
19
17
11
Pts
25
22
19
16
16
Pts
26
20
19
15
15

GA
32
29
63
48
65
GA
39
51
38
57
47
GA
44
37
47
58
60
GA
39
39
34
49
52
GA
39
46
49
53
47
GA
41
51
47
56
61

NFL STANDINGS
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
East
W L
Miami 6 3
New England 5 4
Buffalo 5 5
N.Y. Jets 5 5
South
W L
Indianapolis 6 4
Tennessee 6 4
Jacksonville 5 5
Houston 2 8
North
W L
Pittsburgh 5 4
Cleveland 5 5
Baltimore 4 6
Cincinnati 1 9
West
W L
Denver 7 3
San Diego 7 3
Oakland 5 4
Kansas City 5 5
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
East
W L
Philadelphia 7 3
N.Y. Giants 6 4
Washington 4 6
Dallas 3 7

PF
236
239
264
204
PF
215
231
214
138
PF
249
232
184
160
PF
248
230
260
289
PF
272
159
179
118
PF
226
307
245
145
PF
288
186
237
182
PF
237
194
170
181

PA
187
195
286
230
PA
183
245
185
255
PA
225
215
215
279
PA
213
208
198
273
PA
167
169
236
175
PA
119
257
187
174
PA
209
291
278
232
PA
197
196
223
217

Northwest Division
W
Minnesota 11
Vancouver 9
Colorado 6
Edmonton 6
Calgary 5

L
5
5
5
8
7

Pct
.778
.625
.600
.429
.333
.333
.273

GB
1.5
1.5
3.5
4
4
5

Pacific Division
W L
Dallas 11 4
Los Angeles 8 6
Anaheim 7 6
Phoenix 7 10
San Jose 6 9
NHL GAMES

South
Tampa Bay
New Orleans
Atlanta
Carolina
North
Green Bay
Detroit
Minnesota
Chicago
West
San Francisco
St. Louis
Arizona
Seattle

W L T
8 2 0
7 3 0
6 3 1
3 7 0
W L T
8 2 0
3 7 0
3 7 0
2 7 0

2002
11/16
11/10
2000
10/14
10/13

4-3, Princeton NCAA first round
30, Michigan State Big Ten final
2-0, Wake Forest
4-0, North Carolina

Yesterday's games
Seattle at LA CLIPPERS, inc.
Utah at TORONTO, inc.
Washington at PHILADELPHIA, inc.
Orlando at SACRAMENTO, inc.
Houston at LA LAKERS, inc.
Today's games
Toronto at ATLANTA, 7:30 p.m.
Denver at NEW JERSEY, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit at NY KNICKS, 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland at SAN ANTONIO, 8:30 p.m.
LA Clippers at GOLDEN STATE, 10:30 p.m.

Yesterday's games
Tampa Bay at CAROLINA, inc.
Anaheim at ATLANTA, inc.
Columbus at DALLAS, inc.
Colorado at PHOENIX, inc.
Nashville at CHICAGO, inc.

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7
4
4
3

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5
6
7

JESICIA TURASEK/Daily
Senior Molly Powers played in her final game on Saturday when the Wolverines lost
to Princeton 4-3. The Michigan forward was held scoreless.

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Today's games
Pittsburgh at MONTREAL, 7:30 p.m.
Tomorrow's games
Ottowa at CAROLINA, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at NY RANGERS, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at TAMPA BAY, 7 p.m.
San Jose at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at NEW JERSEY, 7:30 p.m.
Boston at TORONTO, 7:30 p.m.
Florida at ATLANTA, 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at MINNESOTA, 8 p.m.
Detroit at CALGARY, 9 p.m.
Chicgo at EDMONTON, 9 p.m.

NFL GAMES
Yesterday's games
Tennessee 31, Pittsburgh 23
Indianapolis 20, Dallas 3
Kansas City 17, Buffalo 16
Cleveland 27, Cincinnati 20
Philadelphia 38, Arizona 14
Jacksonville 24, Houston 21
Atlanta 24, New Orleans 17
Tampa Bay 23, Carolina 10
San Diego 20, San Francisco 17 OT
New York Jets 31, Detroit 14
Miami 26, Baltimore 7
Denver 31, Seattle 9
New England at Oakland, inc.
Today's games
Chicago at St. Louis, 9 p.m.

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