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October 3, 2003

P eORTicSigan Btilq




Michigan defense
will give Iowa fits

Blue's Pankratz not
forgetting her roots

By Naweed Sikora
Daily Sports Editor
When the Wolverines head into
Iowa City tomorrow, it will be a
traditional Big Ten brawl - a
pound-for-pound battle to see
which team can simply "outtough"
its opponent.
Michigan has run the gauntlet of
emotions this season, the most
recent being a lethargic 31-17 win
over an Indiana team which had no
business staying in the game.
The Hawkeyes suffered their
first defeat of the season at Michi-
gan State last week and should be
excited to get back in the Big Ten
race with Michigan coming to
Last year, Iowa dropped the ham-
mer on Michigan's season, as it
handed the Wolverines their worst
home defeat since 1967 (34-9). But
in 2001, a miraculous one-handed
catch by receiver Marquise Walker
helped the Wolverines emerge victo-
rious from Kinnick Stadium.
Iowa's defense is heavy up front and
built to stop the run, the secondary
is smart and stingy, with several
upperclassmen among its ranks.
Junior free safety Sean Considine
and corner Jovon Johnson should
both be a factor, as well as strong
safety Bob Sanders.
"Bob Sanders is, I think, the best
strong safety in all of college foot-
ball," Lloyd Carr said.
Iowa has allowed just over 200
passing yards per game thus far,
while the Wolverines are averaging
240 yards per game in the air.
After a strong performance
against Oregon, Michigan's aerial
attack seemed to disappear once
again against the Hoosiers.
If Michigan's receivers can hang
on to the football and Navarre can
forget his troubles on the road and
make accurate throws, the Wolver-
ines shoild have the advantae here.

But until then, this is even.
RUN DEFENSE: Michigan hasn't had
much offense on the ground since
beating up on Notre Dame. Chris
Perry was completely shut down in
Oregon and didn't make much noise
against Indiana after fumbling twice
early on.
Michigan's offensive line has had
trouble opening holes, which isn't
going to get any easier in Iowa City.
The Hawkeyes' defensive front is
very experienced and has given up just
84 rushing yards per game. It is a
defense centered on stopping the run
and not giving up the big play. Run-
ning the ball is where the game will be
won or lost for Michigan.
"The game is going to come down
to the offensive line and running the
ball," senior lineman Tony Pape said.
"It's a great challenge for us."

By Megan Kolodgy
Daily Sports Writer
Sixteen years ago, the Iowa field
hockey program was dominated by
one woman. This particular Hawkeye
was the school's Female Athlete of the
Year, twice. She was the Big Ten Field
Hockey Player of the Decade (1982-
1992) and eventually went on to be a
two-time member of the U. S.
Olympic team.
Who is this incredible athlete, you
ask? She's none other than Marcia
Sound familiar?
Pankratz has left her playing days
behind her and is now the head
coach of Michigan's field hockey
team. This week, she and No. 5
Michigan will trek to Iowa City to
take on the No. 6 Hawkeyes in a crit-
ical Big Ten matchup.
Returning to her haunts of youth is
something this born-again Wolverine
tries to do with relative frequency.
"I go to the alumni games," Pankratz
said. "When I go back, I put my alumni
hat on and try to have a lot of fun with
those guys."
This is not always an easy task.
"It's difficult because we're competi-
tors, and we want to win," Pankratz
Despite conflicting feelings,
Pankratz remembers her days at Iowa
with fondness.
"I learned so much there," she said.

"I learned how to be a good teammate. I
learned how to work really hard. I
learned how to manage my time and
how to handle disappointment."
Although she picked up valuable life
skills in her experiences at Iowa, the
coach's approach to leading her team to
a championship differs significantly
from those who coached her during her
college days.
"I think a lot of how the program is
run is dictated by the coach's personali-
ty, and the head coach that I had back
then was a lot more rote drill-oriented,"
Pankratz said, referring to the coach's
repetitive use of the same drills intend-
ed to help players learn skills in a
mechanical manner.
She also feels that there have been a
number of changes in the sport in the
years since she wore the gold and black.
"First of all, the players have changed
a lot because they begin to play on
Astroturf at a younger age, so they're a
lot better, they know how to use that
type of field a lot better," she said.
"Also, now with Title IX, schools have
put a lot more money into their field
hockey programs. Programs are funded
really well, and they can play a lot of
teams, and that has brought a lot of par-
ity to Division I hockey."
The coach looks forward to tomor-
row's game against Iowa, but is pleased
with her decision to come to Ann Arbor.
"Of course I'm glad that I'm a
Wolverine," she said. "I wouldn't have
any other job."


Michigan running back Chris Perry could vault himself back into the Heisman race
with a big weekend in Iowa City.

run defense has been the one con-
stant so far this season. After a
shaky start against Central Michi-
gan, the front seven has put together
four strong games in a row, and
should be ready to deal with Iowa
running back Fred Russell.
Speaking of Russell, he has car-
ried the load offensively for the
Hawkeyes, who use a zone-blocking
system that gives Russell the oppor-
tunity to see where the hole is and
then squeeze through it. His small
stature and quickness make him a
difficult person to catch.
"He really fits well into their sys-
tem, and he is a great back," senior
Grant Bowman said.
Russell is averaging 123 rushing
yards per game, but the Michigan
defensce shoild he nn to the chal-

PASS OFFENSE: Iowa hasn't had much
to work with since its top two
receivers, Maurice Brown and Ed
Hinkel, went down with injuries.
Brown will be sidelined until October,
but Carr expects Hinkel to be back in
the lineup tomorrow.
The Hawkeyes will focus on run-
ning the football with Russell, but they
have the potential to do damage in the
Six-foot-7, 259-pound quarterback
Nate Chandler will present another
challenge for the Wolverines, as they
are not used to seeing tall quarter-
But Marlin Jackson is coming off
the best game of his season, and with
Larry Stevens and Ernest Shazor back
in the lineup (both did not play last
week due to injuries), the Wolverines
should control the pass.

Advantage: Michigan

INTANGIBLES: Both teams have
something to prove, and both are still
contenders for the Big Ten title. Kin-
nick Stadium will be loud, but Michi-
gan's seniors have been there before
and won. Just like last year, this game
will come down to toughness - who
can out-muscle who?


Golfers disappointed
with start of season

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For the Daily
After sixth- and seventh-place finish-
es in the first two tournaments of its
young season, the Michigan women's
golf team has not played as well as
many people had expected.
Don't let the players or their coach
know about it, though.
"I think the team has come together
quite nicely," coach Kathy Teichert said.
"I'm seeing tremendous work ethic and
determination. It's simply a matter of
the players feeling confident about their
games and staying positive ... we need
to turn rounds of 77 or 79 into rounds

have gained valuable experience.
"My game has become more consis-
tent, and hopefully I can carry that over
to future tournaments," said Stinson. "I
was a little nervous before the first
tournament, but I've gotten used to
playing every week."
Broderick has found the transition to
the college game to be quite a smooth
"I'm used to playing the distances,
and I know that if I play a bad round, I
have the team to back me up," she
This weekend presents a fresh oppor-
tunity for the team, when Michigan
hosts the Wolverine Invitational tomor-
row and Sunday.

of 73 or 75."
Junior Laura Olin, who
led the squad with an over-
all score of 228 (good for
16th overall) at last week-
end's Lady Northern Inter-
collegiate in Columbus,
remains equally optimistic.
"Our team has the poten-
tial to win tournaments,"

Wolverine Invitational
Tie: 8:30 a.m. Satur-
day, 9am. Sunday
Michigan Golf Course

"The course plays very
tough, but it's a home
tournament," said Olin.
"We know the course and
what to expect."
Schmucker agrees that
playing at home presents
a major advantage.
"It's not as nerve-rack-

she said. "We all just have to play well
on the same day."
But not everybody can deal with
adversity so calmly.
"It's not that I'm disappointed, it's just
that I had very high expectations (for
myself)," sophomore Amy Schmucker
said. "I haven't fulfilled any of those
expectations. This is a team sport, and
nobody has really gotten low (scores
consistently) to lead the team."
Schmucker believes she can be the
one to step up her game, but it is a slow
and often painful route.
"I'm trying to channel all my nega-
tive energy into the next shot, trying to
realize that I can recover from bad
shots," she said. "It's a tough learning
On the positive side, talented fresh-
men Brianna Broderick and Ali Stinson

ing, since we know where we need to
place the ball," she said.
Teichert expects the team to build on
its improvement from the first tourna-
ment to the second.
"We have been much better in
bunker play and putting, but we still
need to work on some basics (like up-
and-down percentage)," Teichert said.
"If each player improves on weakness-
es, the team (improves)."
The coach is excited for the team's
chances this weekend.
"All of our players have an opportu-
nity for family and friends to come
out and support them," Teichert said.
Just because the team has struggled
early doesn't mean Olin can't make a
"I expect our team to win, hands
down," she said.



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Women's soccer scoring
burst puts team in mix

By Melanie Kebler
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's soccer team
improved enough offensively last week-
end to take home two Big Ten wins
against Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Junior Kate Morgan scored once in
both contests, and now leads the team
with three goals on the season. Sopho-
more Katie Kramer, who got her first
career start against the Badgers, scored
her first career goal just 57 seconds into
the match.

Michigan freshman goalkeeper
Megan Tuura has been named one of
the Big Ten co-Defensive Players of the
Week. She has a 0.52 goals against
average this season and has had just
four goals scored on her in almost 700
minutes in net.
"For a freshman she is really com-
posed. She communicates and organiz-
es well and comes up big when we need
her to,"Rademacher said.
Last Friday, Tuura stopped four shots
to hold Wisconsin scoreless and record
her second shutout of the season.


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