The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 20, 2004 -7B
'D' propels Stickers
By Matt Venegoni
Daily Sports Writer
Some say that the best defense is a
good offense. For the Michigan field
hockey team, it's actually the oppo-
site that's true.
With a swarming defense attack-
ing the ball, Michigan downed No.
8 Northeastern 3-0, yesterday. The
scoring started early for the Wolver-
ines as sophomore Jill Civic hit the
back of the net just 21 seconds into
Sophomore Mary Fox took the
initial shot, but it rebounded off
Huskie goalkeeper Diana Nelson to
the front of the cage. Civic pulled
the loose ball out of the scrum in
front of the cage and flung it past
Nelson. That early goal set the tone
as the defense kept the Huskies on
their heels all day.
"I was very happy with our per-
formance, not just with the win, but
the effort," Michigan coach Marcia
Pankratz said. "Everyone was cover-
ing each other and playing hard for
Northeastern (7-2) had double
the number of penalty corners as
Michigan (5-3), but it could not take
advantage of those opportunities.
Michigan was consistently able to
clear the ball and get the action back
into the Huskies' half of the field.
"Everything starts from the back,
all the way to (goalkeeper) Beth
(Riley)," senior Jessica Blake said.
"The play is set and we can break
from the back and, with a couple
good passes, we get going."
That is exactly how Michigan
scored its second goal, as the defense
cleared the ball and the offense took
advantage. Blake proceeded to score
the goal, her fifth of the two-game
"It's always fun to score goals,
that's why I play forward," Blake
said. "But the team effort is why I
score, the team set up a lot of good
The second half was much of the
same for the Wolverines, as they
continued to keep the pressure on
and were able to dictate much of the
flow of the game.
The Huskies had a few scoring
opportunities, but were kept away
by the Michigan defense, which
was led by senior tri-captain Katy
"Moyneur is just being a great
foundation as the sweeper," Pankratz
said. "She went to the ball really well
and changed the momentum with her
clearing of the ball."
That clearing led to the final goal
of the game, as Michigan put the
game out of reach with a goal by Fox
at the 60:41 mark.
"We stuck to the game plan, and
everyone paid attention to the tac-
tics," Pankratz said. "I'm really
pleased with the shutout, especially
coming against a team like North-
The Northeastern game capped
off a successful weekend for the
Wolverines as they blanked Cen-
tral Michigan 11-0 on Friday. Blake
scored four goals in the game.
"It helps us to stay confident with
the offense scoring and also allows
us to get some young people into the
games," Pankratz said.
The offense is starting to produce
for Michigan much better than ear-
lier in the season, and Blake thinks
that production has been a product
of the defense.
"The defense has helped us a lot
in practice because they step up and
are really tough on us," Blake said.
"It carries over into the game when
they make us work so much."
After struggling to score in its
three losses, the offense is starting
to come around at the right time
- with Big Ten play beginning next
weekend. The Wolverines travel
south to take on Indiana and Ball
State on Friday and Sunday.
Sophomore Jill Civic scored the first goal in Michigan's 3-0 win yesterday.
By Max Kardon
Daily Sports Writer
The Wolverine squad opened up Big Ten conference play
this weekend by kicking off its eight-game stretch against con-
ference rivals Northwestern on Friday.
Coming off a rousing 3-0 victory Sept. 12 over No. 22
Boston University, Michigan rallied for a 3-2 victory over the
Wildcats on Friday. The team looked to build upon its success
and it conjured a 1-0 upset over No. 11 Illinois when they met
The lone goal came off a free kick by sophomore defender
Brenna Mulholland. Mulholland's ball was deflected into the
air by junior forward Therese Heaton and popped off freshman
forward Melissa Dobbyn's outstretched head. It soared into the
right side of the net over a crowd of leaping defenders.
The Wolverines successfully avenged a crushing loss to
the Illini in last year's Big Ten Championships. From the
opening kickoff, both teams displayed an energetic tenacity
and a penchant for hockey-style contact.
A speedy trio of Illinois attackers, led by wily senior Tara
Hurless, kept the Wolverine defense occupied throughout the
game. Wolverine defenders, led by Mulholland, sophomore
Katelin Spencer and senior captain Rachel Rothenbach, once
again proved adept at containing and dispatching the ball.
"We were really organized on 'D'," Mulholland said. "We
always knew who was stepping in and who was covering, so
they never had much time in the open."
The Wolverine offense was clicking on all cylinders in the
first half as it cut through the Illinois defense with precision
passing and gritty hustle. But it was an uphill battle to get
the ball past Illinois goalkeeper Leisha Alcia. The Wolver-
ines damaged her image of invincibility 12 minutes into the
game, as Melissa Dobbyn discovered the antidote to Alcia's
pison in the form of a looping header.
: The game took on the atmosphere of a prize fight in the
second half, but the Wolverines managed to parry the fre-
quent Illinois blows as they went for a knockout punch in he
form of a second goal. The Illini almost tied the game with
Blue posts second straight win
By Amanda Shapin
For the Daily
Brenna Mulholland's free kick led to Michigan's only goal
yesterday, in its 1-0 victory over Illinois.
39 minutes left, but their effort was erased due to an offsides
call. Michigan matched the Illinois attack's pugilistic inten-
sity on both sides of the ball to pull out the upset.
"I'm proud of the defense for maintaining the lead,"
beamed Michigan coach Debbie Rademacher. "They kept
their backs to the goal, and never let up. This was a big win
against a Big Ten rival, and I'm really proud that we were
able to shut them out."
Michigan improved its record to 5-2-1 (2-0 Big Ten), and is
poised for a big jump in the national rankings.
Senior forward Kate Morgan looked past the victory,
showing the sobering wisdom of a veteran as her team enters
the full swing of Big Ten play.
"Every win feels great, but you have to take it one game at
a time," Morgan said.
"We have to look to next week and keep working hard. It's
too early to celebrate because we still have a long way to go."
Michigan hits the road this weekend, as it faces off against
conference rivals in Minnesota on Friday and Iowa on Sunday.
Building on its season's spotless record, the Michigan
women's golf team added its second straight victory with a
first-place finish in the Mary Fossum Invitational Tourna-
ment, held at Michigan State this weekend.
Four athletes traveled to East Lansing to represent Mich-
igan - sophomore Brianna Broderick, freshman Isabelle
Gendreau, senior captain Laura Olin and sophomore Ali
Stinson. The Wolverines led by three strokes after 36 holes
of play on day one.
Despite increasing winds on day two, the team
remained in control and upped its lead to six strokes,
holding off the other 14 schools competing for the title.
Michigan State came in second, followed by Northwest-
ern and Wisconsin.
Not only did the Wolverines take the trophy, Broderick
finished first overall with a two-day total of 219. Broder-
ick opened the tournament with back-to-back even-par 72s
each, only one stroke over her all time best round of 71
which she shot at the Lady Northern Invitational in Ann
Arbor last weekend.
"I felt good after the first day because I had been playing
very consistently," Broderick said. "I've never felt that way
in a tournament before and it was a great feeling."
Broderick wasn't the only one feeling good about the
"The course was in optimal playing condition and I felt
very good about how everyone was competing," Michigan
coach Kathy Teichert said. "Although we have a few things
to work on, I have been enjoying where we are with our 2-0
record so far. It has been a very good start to the season."
Olin finished fourth with 227. Stinson and Molly Spald-
ing, who played unattached as an individual, tied for ninth,
The Wolverines look to continue their winning streak Oct.
4 and 5 at the Women's Collegiate Shootout in Franklin, Ind.
Sophomore Brianna Broderick shot a personal-best 71 this
weekend for coach Kathy Teichert and the Wolverines.
THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP
5 S :5g
BCG invites you to our
All majors encouraged to attend.
Masters Students, non-MBA
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Michigan Union, Pendleton Room