The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 9A
Team play key for stickers
No mo' Mo: OSU
star done, for year
By Jeremy Antar
Daily Sports Writer
Captains are the leaders of the team. They set
examples with their attitude, work ethic and play.
In that respect, Michigan field hock-
ey tri-captains April Fronzoni, Kristi
Gannon, and Stephanie Johnson are TOM'
more than qualified to hold their
In terms of production on the field, '
the three captains have some of the T..ie
most successful careers in Michigan
field hockey history.
Fronzoni was recently named Co- '
Offensive Player of the Week by the -
Big Ten for her six goal outburst in the Wolver-
ines' last three games.
Gannon was selected to the All-Big Ten first
team for the third consecutive season in 2002,
This year, the Michigan field hockey team will
need to count on the guidance of its captains.,
Here's some of the awards that the trio has piled
up upon entering their senior seasons,
- 2002 Big Ten Athlete of the Year
--2002 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year
- 2002 Honda Award finalist for nation's best field
-2002 first team Ali-American
Stephanie Johnson ..s ..
-2001 AlBig Ten First Team
-2002 All-Big Ten eirsteam.r..Y
--2002 Rig Ten Defensive Player of the Ya
becoming the first Wolverine to ever accomplish
Johnson has a chance to defend her Big Ten
Defensive Player of the Year title, an award only
one other player in Michigan history has cap-
But the attitude of the three cap-
tains is also vital to the success of
the team. To them, personal accom-
plishments are not the main concern.
j Johnson's goals are selfless:
pm<t :"Staying together as a team and
being able to handle adversity with
Fi'dpoise and confidence."
Gannon's goals also depend com-
pletely on the success of the team.
"We're looking to win the Big Ten regular sea-
son title first, and then from there hopefully the
tournament, and then we always have the long-
term goal of winning the national championship,"
Fronzoni, Gannon and Johnson are aware of
the responsibilities of being captain, and they
acknowledged that playing different roles on the
team in their first few seasons has helped prepare
them for this year. The experience has taught
them about which roles they need to fill as cap-
tains, and what roles should be filled by other
members of the team.
"I try to set a high tempo and a high tone for
the team," Gannon said.
Johnson credits her coaches for helping to
mold her into the leader she is today.
"The coaches have all been very valuable
assets as far as leadership is concerned," she said.
All three seniors are trying to make the most
out of their last year at Michigan.
Gannon admitted that there was a different feel
to this season.
COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio State
running back Maurice Clarett,
accused of lying to NCAA and school
investigators, will be suspended for
the entire season, his attorney said
Scott Schiff said Ohio State will
not take away Clarett's scholarship,
but he might not stay at the school.
"He's considering his options right
now," Schiff said.
Schiff, Clarett, and the player's
mother met yesterday with Ohio State
athletic director Andy Geiger.
Clarett missed the team's first two
games while the NCAA and Ohio
State investigated his finances. The
defending national champion Buck-
eyes are 2-0 without him, extending
their winning streak to 16 games.
Former NFL star Jim Brown con-
firmed the suspension and said he
had spoken to the Clarett family after
the meeting with Geiger.
"It's very difficult on them," Brown
said. "They're torn between so many
emotions. Really, just trying to follow
the process, do the right thing and
weigh their options."
Ohio State has been working for
more than two weeks on a response to
"several pages" of allegations sent by
the NCAA to the university.
"This is the final punishment
imposed by Ohio State for the viola-
tions alleged by the NCAA," Schiff
At the end of the suspension, Ohio
State would need to petition the
NCAA for Clarett's reinstatement.
If Clarett transfers, the NCAA
requires the new school to declare
him ineligible, then seek his rein-
statement through the NCAA. He
would have to sit out a year in addi-
tion to any suspension or ineligibility
handed down by the NCAA in order
to play at another Division I-A
Clarett could play immediately
after he is reinstated in a smaller divi-
"The most important thing I think
is that the inherent problem with the
NCAA procedures is the lack of due
process and the lack of any procedure
for the student-athlete himself to
appeal the NCAA findings," Schiff
Clarett set Ohio State freshman
records last season with 1,237 rush-
ing yards and 18 touchdowns.
His last carry for the Buckeyes
ranks among the most memorable in
school history. He scored on a 5-yard
run in the second overtime to give
Ohio State a 31-24 victory over
Miami in the Fiesta Bowl and its first
national championship in 34 years.
After the meeting with Geiger,
Michelle Clarett was asked if her son
was considering transferring to
"Nothing has been decided if we
go, if we stay, if we dance or not," she
said. "So to ask that question and
expect a black-and-white answer, you
cannot have one."
Clarett could also try to go to the
NFL and challenge the rule that
requires players to wait three years
after high school to enter the draft.
Geiger did not immediately return
a phone message seeking comment.
He held a news conference later
Michigan field hockey captain April Fronzoni is looking
to lead her team to another national championship.
"Every time you're on the field or out with the
team, you appreciate it a lot more, and you real-
ize how special it is to play here," Gannon said.
Harriers looking for another successful year
By Anne Ulble
Daily Sports Writer
If you think the Michigan football
team has a lot to live up to, take a
look at the history of the Michigan
women's cross country team.
In the past 10 years, under the
direction of coach Mike McGuire,
the Wolverines have placed among
the top three teams within the Big
Ten. And in four of those years,
including the 2002 season, the team
claimed the Big Ten championship.
"Last year's conference win was a
great reward, and it validated our
hard work," McGuire said. "But we
don't have divine right to the Big
Ten title, we have to work for it."
As they continue the celebrated
tradition, the team will return 23
runners and introduce seven fresh-
men to their force.
Earlier this summer, 25 of the
girls spent 10 days in Glen Arbor
for training camp. Along with
intense running, the athletes got to
spend a fair amount of time bonding
with one another.
"We have a great group of girls,"
senior Lindsey Gallo said. "I really
believe we have the best team
dynamics in comparison to the past
Looking toward the future, Gallo
and her fellow teammates have a
tough season ahead of themselves.
"As a team, we have a lot to live
up to since we won the Big Ten
Championships last year," said
Gallo. "We have to defend that
Whether they live up to the model
of last year, McGuire has been
extremely happy with the team's
training over the past two weeks.
The runners have been covering an
incredible 50 to 60 miles per week.
"I think we are much better pre-
pared now than we were this same
time last season," said McGuire, "I
am confident in all of my runners"
On Saturday, the Wolverines will
be running against several non-con-
ference teams in the Miami (Ohio)
"Although only 12 runners will be
competing, it will be a good opener
for the team," McGuire said.
"Miami has a solid course, and from
it we can hopefully predict how our
top performers will fair for the rest
of the season."
And if it's like the past 10 years,
this team is headed for a very suc-
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