Fronzoni enters the record books
By Megan Kolodgy
Daily Sports Writer
Yesterday, Michigan field hockey alum Mary Callam-
Brandes returned to Ann Arbor to watch her old team take
on Hofstra. Little did she know that, on her visit, she would
witness the repetition of a milestone in the program's histo-
ry: a milestone that she herself reached 25 years ago.
In 1979, Callam-Brandes set Michigan's career goal
record (64 goals). The record remained untouched, col-
lecting dust along with other proud moments on the
overstuffed shelf of Michigan field hockey history -
On the quintessential fall afternoon, senior April Fronzoni
and the rest of the current Wolverines defeated Hofstra, 4-1.
Fronzoni, a tri-captain, began the game well aware of the
fact that she was poised to capture the antique record.
About 24 minutes into the game, Fronzoni tipped a field
goal past Hofstra goaltender Jessica Cowperthwait. In the
second half, Fronzoni netted a second goal, etching her spot
in history with her 64th goal.
Many would consider this an important addition to Fron-
zoni's already crowded athletic resume, the standout was
philosophical about her accomplishment.
"I'm just the same old April Fronzoni," she said.
Coach Marcia Pankratz was a bit more enthusiastic.
"I think her speed has made her incredibly dangerous over
the years," Pankratz said. "She brings a whole other element
and dynamic to our team's play. I'm proud of her, and I'm
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happy for her. She's not even on the corner unit, and for her
to have the all-time points (record) is quite a feat."
At the end of the game, Callam-Brandes and Fronzoni
walked out to center field, where the alum presented her
with the game ball. Where many players might treasure this
souvenir of a hard-fought journey toward excellence, the
captain believed that there was one person who deserved it
"The ball's going to my dad," Fronzoni said. "He's really
been with me through thick and thin, and I think this might
mean more to him than it does to me. He missed his broth-
er's wedding to come watch me tie the points record, and for
him to be out here so much is just awesome.
"He'll probably sleep with it."
Fronzoni seemed more interested in meeting Callam-
Brandes than her newest accolade.
"It was really weird, but it was a great honor to be able to
meet her, and it was great that she could be at this game,"
Oddly enough, the legend was unaware that she even held
the school record, let alone that she happened to be attend-
ing the game at which Fronzoni would likely tie it.
"I planned this trip three months ago," said Callam-Bran-
des, a Portland, Maine, resident. "My sister, who is also a
field hockey alum, e-mailed me and said, 'This girl is going
to break your record.' I didn't even know I had a record."
Quite a bit has changed about the game since Callam-
Brandes' days as a player.
"We had to play on grass instead of turf," she said. "Now,
during football games, they park cars on where we used to
play. It was a totally different game back then."
It was not until recently that Callam-Brandes began to fol-
low Michigan field hockey, her interest rekindled by her
high school-aged daughter with a hopeful future in the
Since her days in Ann Arbor, she has played field hockey
recreationally, but has spent more time focusing on her
career as an obstetrician/gynecologist.
Fronzoni believes her own record will be a little more
meaningful to her when she returns to Ocker Field as an
"I want to leave my mark on the program, so looking
back, I think this will mean a lot more to me it does now,"
Whatever the future has in store for the pair of record
holders, one thing is for certain; it was anything but an ordi-
nary weekend for Michigan field hockey.
April Fronzoni became Michigan's all-time goal-scoring
leader, thanks to a two-goal performance against Hofstra.
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it such a fun game."
Michigan and Michigan State (3-
1, 11-4) were the only two undefeat-
ed clubs in the Big Ten going into
the match. The win also ended
Michigan State's 17-game home
"It's exciting," coach Marcia
Pankratz said. "It was a really good
(field) hockey match. There was a
great crowd up here and we knew it
was going to be a back-and-forth
match. Michigan State really brought
a relentless type of play. It was just an
exciting finish, and I'm glad we were
able to hold them off."
Junior Jessica Blake opened the
game with an early first-half goal.
Little did anyone know that Blake's
goal would be the game winner, her
third game-winner of the year.
"I don't really think about it
much," Blake said about the goal.
"It's one of those things that the
whole team puts it out there and
everyone on the team gets it in the
goal. I just got the last touch. That's
just kind of how I see it."
The Wolverines maintained the
tight lead over the Spartans with
incredible defense. Led by Riley, the
Michigan defense continually
fought off the Spartans' attack.
Michigan State outshot the Wolver-
ines 17-6 and was presented with
corner after corner.
"We made a couple of adjustments
on defense," Pankratz said. "I was
really happy with the results. We had
April (Fronzoni) flying on our corner
defense, and she stopped many oppor-
tunities, which was obviously very
successful. I was proud of our corner
Faced with her one of her toughest
games of the year, Riley was a brick
wall in goal. She had 10 saves in her
fifth shutout of the year.
"Beth Riley played a great game,"
Pankratz said. "You need a great
game out of your goalie in the big
game of the year. It was great to see
her play so well. We told the team,
especially since you come up here or
anywhere, that you are going to have
to handle adversity."
Michigan did not receive a corner
in the second half and was out-
cornered 14-2 in the game. But with
strong defensive play and a stonewall
in goal, Michigan kept its lead over
"The way my team came together
made me realize that I needed to do
my share," Riley said. "I needed to
stay poised in corner situations and do
The Wolverines also hosted the
Hofstra Pride (1-3 CAA, 9-5) yester-
day. Senior captains April Fronzoni
and Kristi Gannon each notched two
goals a piece in the 4-1 victory over
The two goals by Fronzoni pushed
her to a tie atop the Michigan all-time
goal-scoring list (64) with Mary
"I want to leave my mark," Fron-
zoni said. "I want to be known in
The win over Hofstra is Michigan's
ninth straight victory. The Wolverines
will be tested when they take on No. 7
Old Dominion next on Oct. 24.
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