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6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - Monday, October 27, 2003

Blue's streak
snapped at 10
wins in a row
By Waldemar Cents..
DailySports Writer
Entering Ohio State's North Turf Field, the Wolver-
ines had a chance to clinch a piece of the Big Ten reg-
ular-season title and extend their season-high winning
streak to 11 games. But all good things must come to
an end.
The No. 5 Michigan field hockey team lost 2-1 in a
crucial conference matchup against No. 18 Ohio State
(4-1 Big Ten, 12-5 overall).
"This was a tough loss," coach Marcia Pankratz
said. "It was really disappointing.
What we took away from it was!MICHIGAN
that under pressure and even " " STATE 2
when we felt a little anxious, we
still have to execute. We have to MICHIGA4
play our game, and we kind of "DDOMINION 0
got away from that today."
The loss snapped Michigan's 10-game winning
streak and 11-match conference winning streak, which
carried over from last year. The Wolverines (4-1, 14-4)
are now tied with Michigan State and Ohio State atop
the Big Ten standings with only a week left in the reg-
ular season - all three have a record of 4-1 in Big Ten
The loss also breaks freshman goaltender Beth
Riley's scoreless streak at 379:09.
"It's just one of those things' Pankratz said about
Riley's streaks. "Playing sports is not an exact science,
so you just have to do the best you can. It was just one
Riley had been undefeated on the season. Her first
loss drops her record to 12-1.
Despite the loss, senior tri-captain Kristi Gannon
continues to be on fire.
"She has always been a real important part of our
attack," Pankratz said. "Her corner execution has been
really strong. We've been calling her number, and she
has been executing."
Gannon has scored four goals in her last three
games to total eight goals on the year.
Senior tri-captain April Fronzoni was also a force in

Golfers shoot season-
best 303 in final round

By Steven Shears
Daily Sports Writer

Michigan women's golf coach Kathy
Teichert was frightened after the first
round of the Lady Paladin Tournament
in Greenville, S.C.
The Furman golf course was not sup-
posed to be so difficult. Teichert hoped
the Wolverines would be able to take
advantage of the simple layout and
shoot low scores right from the start,
which would supply the Wolverines
with some confidence and momentum
going into the winter offseason.
Little did Teichert know, it wouldn't
be until Saturday when that momentum
would develop. The Wolverines shot
306 and 303 in the second and third
rounds respectivel, to finish the tourna-
ment in ninth place.
The first round was a scary night-
mare for the Wolverines. They shot a
318 and sat in 12th place out of 17
teams. It was not the spot that Teichert
wanted her team to be in.
"It put us in a hole," Teichert said of
the first round.
But Michigan soon climbed out of
Continued from Page 16
Horton was named to the All-Big
Ten first team by the media along
with three other sophomores - Dee
Brown of Illinois, Chris Hill of
Michigan State and Bracey Wright of
Indiana. Wisconsin junior Devin Har-
ris rounded out the Preseason team,
selected by the media and coaches
Because of a tie in voting by the
coaches, Michigan State sophomore
Paul Davis was named to the All-Big
Ten team as a sixth player.
DETHRONED: The Big Ten conference
announced yesterday that it has
reached one-year extensions with both
Indianapolis and Chicago to host the
2006 and 2007 Big Ten tournaments,

that hole. Laura Olin fired back from
her 78 in the first round by shooting a
72 in the second, followed by a 74 in the
third. Amy Schmucker shot a 76-76-74,
including two back-to-back birdies on
the third and fourth hole in the final
round. Ali Stinson bounced back from
her first round score of 82 to shoot 77
and 78 in the last two rounds.
The 303 in the final round was the
best for Michigan in its fall season.
"I am really pleased with the improv-
ing rounds," Teichert said. "I really
believe these are the kinds of scores we
can shoot on a consistent basis. This
shows we can hang with the best of
them as long as we put it all together."
The ascension from 12th to ninth
place was impressive for Michigan, but
Teichert now expects more from her
team, especially since it shot a 303 in
the last round of the season, which
according to Teichert, left "a great taste
in everyone's mouth."
Michigan will have plenty of time to
work on improvement. The team does
not compete again until February and
has time to develop its game in order to
continue to post strong scores.
The Big Ten ultimately decided to
renew the contracts with these two
cities after looking into other possibil-
ities for host cities. The Palace of
Auburn Hills and Nationwide Arena
in Columbus both placed official
bids, which were turned down by the
Big Ten.
"It was just a sense that the United
Center (in Chicago) and Conseco
Fieldhouse (in Indianapolis) were the
places, at this stage of the develop-
ment of the tournament, that (the ath-
letic directors) wanted to be," Big
Ten commissioner Jim Delany said
This year's tournament will also be
held in Indianapolis, and continuing
the alternating-year format, the 2005
tournament will be held in Chicago.

Even in the loss to Ohio State on Sunday, Michigan senior Kristi Gannon continued her hot streak. The
Wolverines td-captain has four goals in her last three games for a total of eight on the season.

Michigan's attack this weekend.
On Friday, Michigan faced off with No. 9 Old
Dominion in a vital non-conference matchup.
The Wolverines took an early lead in the first half
with a goal by Gannon, but could not pull away from
the Monarchs (6-0 Colonial Athletic Association, 10-
8) until Fronzoni's breakaway goal in the beginning of
the second half.
"Well it was a breakaway, so that was really fun and
exciting," Pankratz said. "She went in alone on the
goalie and made a nice shot. Getting up 2-0 helped
everyone settle in. It helped get everybody focused on
their play instead of worrying about the outcome of
the match"
Fronzoni's 65th goal made her the all-time career
goal-scoring leader at Michigan, surpassing Mary

Callam-Brandes (1976-79).
After Fronzoni's goal, the Wolverines erupted for
two more goals in the second half by junior Adrienne
Hortillosa and Anneke Huntzicker to make it 4-0.
"We've just stuck with our game plan," Pankratz
said of the win over the Monarchs. "Every single play-
er on our team really played well. They executed
extraordinarily well. It was really fun."
This upcoming week, the Wolverines have a tough
home conference matchup against No. 7 Penn State.
The game could decide who will take home the Big
Ten regular-season title.
"We just have to prepare and work hard to get
focused on Penn State," Pankratz said. "We need to
execute our basics. We need to stay focused on that
instead of worrying about the outcome."

Brosi*s leads trio of Wolverines at Eastern

By Mustafizar Choudhury
Daily Sports Writer
While the top runners on the
Michigan women's cross country
team took the past week off to train
for the upcoming Big Ten Champi-
onships, some of the team's younger
runners were given a chance to prove
themselves at the Eastern Michigan
Three Wolverines donned the Maize
and Blue and four redshirt freshmen ran
unattached at the non-scoring 5,000-

meter race in Ann Arbor.
"As far as the people in uniform, I
thought all three of them ran really
well," Michigan coach Mike McGuire
said. "Ohio State, with the exception
of its top runner, had (its) team in (the
race). Our goal was to try to get in
there and mix it up with the Ohio
State girls, and (we) did a pretty good
job of doing that."
The runners showed signs of
improvement from the last time they
ran on this course, earlier this season
at the Eastern Michigan Open on

Aug. 30.
All three athletes reduced their
times by 20 seconds or more from that
race, and the trio ran consistently
throughout the event. Sophomore
Laura Brosius led the Wolverines
across the finish line with a time of
19:05 for 11th place.
"It was a good effort," Brosius said.
"We've had good preparation up to
this point and our team worked well
Senior Anna Jones and junior Jessi-
ca Wagner took 12th and 14th place,

respectively, with times of 19:10 and
For these runners, this was the last
meet of the season, as they will now
get ready for the indoor track and field
season, which starts in December.
They will not participate in the Big
Ten championships, but their cross
country training has helped them pre-
pare for track.
Jones and Wagner are expected to
contribute more on the track, since
both are strong middle-distance
"They've done a good job and
they're improving," McGuire said.
"It's a pretty talented team, and they
need to continue to work hard to get
better. I anticipate that they will have
the opportunity to be preparing for a
Big Ten championship next year."



Hesselink finishes
Michigan career
The Michigan men's cross country
team sent nine of its runners to the
Eastern Michigan Classic to finish
off their season. Meanwhile, coach
Ron Warhurst traveled to Oregon for
a recruiting visit, and the top 12
Wolverine runners trained through
the weekend, getting ready to com-
pete in East Lansing for the Big Ten
Championships this Sunday.
Fifth-year senior Ryan Hesselink
and sophomore Andrew Bauer led
the Wolverines with eighth- and
10th-place finishes in a field at East-

ern that included collegiate and post-
collegiate runners. It was the last
race in a maize-and-blue uniform for
Hesselink, whose career includes
three varsity letters and trips to the
Big Ten and NCAA Championship
"It's been a long four-and-a-half
years," said Hesselink. "It's nice to
be done."
He will be graduating this Decem-
ber from the School of Engineering
with a degree in mechanical engi-
neering. Hesselink was sick for most
of the season after recording a per-
sonal-best last season in the 10,000
meters at the NCAA championships.
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