2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 14, 2005
Women's hockey gets to nationals
Athlete of the Week
Name: Nick Willis Team: Men's Track
Hometown: Lower Hutt, New Zealand Class: Junior
Why: Willis claimed an NCAA title in the mile at the NCAA
Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday. He posted a
time of 4:00.69 on his way to his first ever individual national
championship. Willis beat Indiana junior Sean Jefferson by one
second, avenging his loss to Jefferson in Big Ten Champion-
By Lindsey Ungar
For the Daily
Most teams' idea of a perfect weekend wouldn't involve Buffalo, N.Y.
- a city that received more snow than Ann Arbor this year. But that's just
where the women's club ice hockey team worked all season to be.
"Every extra game we played at nationals was a bonus because, last year,
we had a really rough season, and the fact that we qualified for nationals
this year was huge," Michigan senior forward Stacey Moses said.
After winning only four games last season, the icers rebounded to fin-
ish 14-8-3 - including a six-game winning streak to finish the season.
The Wolverines made it in to the American Collegiate Hockey Associa-
tion national tournament as the lIth seed after missing nationals the past
"As an 11 seed, you pretty much go and don't have anything to lose,"
The team lost 3-1 to Massachusetts-Amherst and 10-2 to Lindenwood in
the round-robin round. The two losses placed the icers into a consolation
game against Northern Michigan on Saturday.
"The game went back and forth, and Northern played one of the best
games we'd seen them play all season," Moses said.
The game was tied 2-2 going into sudden-death overtime. Only 2:26
into the extra period, Northern Michigan's Lauren Markowski ended the
Wolverines' dream of finishing the tournament with a victory.
"It was sort of a fudged play in our end," Moses said. "(Markowski) got
a good shot off, and our goalie was screened. (Michigan junior Jen Barn-
hart) never saw the puck. It was unfortunate."
But even though the team failed to make a statement in Buffalo, it did
make the finals of its league. It lost to Western Michigan 4-1 on March 6
in the Central Collegiate Women's Hockey Association (CCWHA) cham-
The loss came after four straight wins in the tournament, including
handing Western Michigan its first conference loss of the season.
"We knew we could beat them, and we caught them by surprise," Michi-
gan coach Adam Winters said. "I think, the second game, they were a
little more ready for us."
The Wolverines played five games in three days at the CCWHA tourna-
ment and had a four-hour break between the last two games. But the team is
used to busy schedules, practicing three times a week and playing two games
every weekend. And usually, the games don't start until 10 or 11 p.m.
"They have definite priorities," Michigan coach Andrea Shear said.
"We all know that school comes first, but these girls have made hockey a
big priority in their lives."
It was an impressive finish for the squad, which started the season with
two new coaches and six rookies.
"It was a very rewarding experience because we really saw this team
grow throughout the year," Winters said.
"Our six rookies were an integral part of the team because we went
through some tough times last year, and they weren't a part of it and they
kind of brought a fresh start to the veteran players."
But after seeing the top-ranked teams play at nationals in Buffalo, the
Wolverines are inspired to build on their success next season.
"One of our main goals will be making it back to the national tourna-
ment," Shear said. "But at the same time, our No. 1 goal is to make sure
everyone enjoys playing hockey. That's something we ended up kind of
losing last year, and, this year, we were able to bring it back."
W Golf at UNLV Invitational
W Tennis vs. Western Michigan
3/17 W Swimming/Diving at
3/17 Softball at KIA Classic
3/17-19 Wrestling at
West Lafeyette, Ind.
s Tallahassee, Fla.
Baton Rouge, La.
W Track/Field at Florida State Relay
Hockey at CCHA Super 6
W Gymnastics at Michigan St.
Water Polo vs. Indiana
W Rowing vs. Notre Dame
Water Polo at Wolverine Invite
Baseball at Ohio
3/20 M Tennis at Louisiana St.
'M' snaps losing streak
by beating Marquette
Tighe shoots low, but
men's golf finishes eighth
By Daniel Levy
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's tennis team took
a month's worth of frustration out on Mar-
quette on Saturday at the Varsity Tennis
Center in Ann Arbor. Entering the day in
the middle of a three-match losing streak,
the Wolverines pounced on the Golden
Eagles early en route to a 6-1 victory,
improving their record to 4-6 while drop-
ping Marquette to 3-10 on the year.
"It was a good team effort," Michigan
coach Bitsy Ritt said. "It was a good oppor-
tunity to get a win."
Michigan came out strong, quickly tak-
ing two doubles matches to earn the team
point. Senior co-captain Leanne Rutherford
and freshman Allie Shafner rolled to an
easy 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles, while junior
Debra Streifler and sophomore Elizabeth
Exon cruised to a victory by the same score
at No. 3 doubles.
Michigan's 14th-ranked pairing of senior
co-captain Michelle DaCosta and sopho-
more Kara Delicata added an 8-6 win at
The Wolverines continued their domi-
nance in singles, taking five of the six
matches with ease. Streifler notched a 6-
2, 6-0 win over sophomore Francina Bon-
nelly at No. 5 singles to give Michigan its
second point of the match. Playing in her
first dual match of her career, sophomore
Lindsey Goldstein made the most of her
opportunity with a crushing 6-0, 6-0 vic-
tory over Marquette sophomore Andrea
Bukacek at No. 6 singles. Delicata sealed
the win for Michigan at No. 3 singles,
blowing by freshman Elsemieke Dokter,
"We had a solid' performance in sin-
gles," Ritt said. "I was happy with how we
DaCosta and Exon added 6-1, 6-1 victo-
ries at No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, and
Shafner's tough three-set loss was the only
blemish on a great day for Michigan.
With Marquette having a down sea-
son, the Wolverines took advantage of the
opportunity to play around with their line-
up and get some players more experience.
"Marquette has been struggling this
year," Ritt said. "I recognized that we have
a lot of depth and people who deserve to
Getting fresh faces into the lineup also
gave Michigan a chance to rest some play-
ers who are suffering from some midsea-
son wear and tear.
"We used this as a chance to heal nag-
ging injuries,".Ritt said. "(Nina. Yaftali's)
foot has been bugging her, and Leanne
Rutherford hurt her back last week. So we
used this as a chance to let themtest.
A win as convincing as this mrhight be
what Michigan needed to regain its confi-
dence after suffering through some tough
"Our nonconference schedule has been
By Randy Ip
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's golf team placed eighth over-
all at the Conrad Rehling Invitational in Alabama
this past weekend, tying Ole Miss. Alabama finished
first, 45 strokes ahead of the Wolverines, who shot
926 over the weekend.
Fifth-year senior Rob Tighe was the most consis-
tent Wolverine in the three days, shooting 76, 74 and
77, respectively, and worked his way to a 17th place
"He's been really a constant for us this year,"
Michigan coach Andrew Sapp said. "I know today
he was disappointed, but it's been really good to see
Rob step in as a constant on our team with all the
scores that we count."
On Sunday, the Wolverines ended the tournament
on a high note, shaving 10 strokes from their 312 per-
formance - their score from each of the two previ-
Junior Christian Vozza was the most improved
athlete for the Wolverines on Sunday, shooting a 4-
under 68. Vozza struggled earlier in the tournament,
shooting 81 on both Friday and Saturday before find-
ing his swing.
"I think, for him, it was a lot about confidence
- he birdied his first three holes." Sapp said.
"His confidence was really the key for him. After
he got 3-under through three, he was just cruis
ing a long. I think just for him getting off to a
good start is why he played so well."
But Vozza's 68 was one of the few bright spots
for the Wolverines over the weekend. Obviously, the
eighth-place finish was not what coach Sapp was
"I'm not very pleased at all," Sapp said. "Unfor-
tunately, we counted a lot of scores in the 80s this
week. A lot of our players did not play to their
The Wolverines have struggled most of the
season. They finished their last tournament, the
Puerto Rico Classic, last in a field of 18 teams.
Their best finish this season was in September at
the Northern Intercollegiate, where they finished
sixth out of 13.
The next tournament, the Furman Intercollegiate
will be important because the Wolverines have
played well there in the past.
"I think it has been difficult just because we
haven't really gotten to play." Vozza said. "If you
look at past years, we just start off slow and then
we played well at Furman last year, and that has
helped get us going. Hopefully, we can match that
and get some of our confidence back. We need to
shoot some good numbers so we can have some-
thing to build on."
On Saturday, the Wolverines shot 312, and fin-
ished three strokes behind Memphis for eighth place.
Tighe's 74 moved him up to 14th overall on the lea-
derboard, while sophomore Matt McLaughlin shot a
four over 76. Alabama moved into sole possession of 0
first place in the tournament after the team shot 286,
giving them a 10 stroke advantage over second place
On the first day of action, Michigan was abler to
tie for eighth place in a field of 12. The.Wolverines
were led by Tighe who shot a 4-over 76. McLatigltin
finished the day with a 77. As a team, the Wolverines
finished 24 over par, tying them with South Alabama
and Mississippi State. Michigan State led the field,
shooting 299 (+11).
Junior Debra Striefler helped lead the Wolverines to
victory over Marquette, winning at No. 5 singles.
very tough and competitive," Ritt said. "It
was important for us to bounce back and
gain confidence with a win."
The Wolverines will look to build upon
this win as they close out their noncon-
ference schedule when they host Western
Michigan on Wednesday.
Duke edges out Georgia Tech
WASHINGTON (AP) - New location, familiar ending.
The Atlantic Coast Conference brought its annual tournament
to the nation's capital for the first time, and this version had all the
excitement of the 51 that preceded it. And when all 400 minutes of
basketball were completed, there was Duke, cutting down the nets
to celebrate another championship.
Tournament MVP J.J. Redick scored 26 points, Sheldon Wil-
liams had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the Blue Devils held off a
late charge to squeeze past Georgia Tech 69-64 yesterday.
"I'm so proud of my team - not just for this game but for the
whole season," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "They've found
ways to win."
Third-seeded Duke won despite making only one field goal over
the final 11 minutes - a tip-in by Williams just before the final
"The key was we played really good defense," Krzyzewski said,
referring to Georgia Tech's 30 percent shooting from the field.
The Blue Devils (25-5) have won 15 ACC tournaments, tying
archrival North Carolina for most in league history. But while the
Tar Heels haven't added to their ledger since 1998, the Blue Devils
have won six of seven - the lone exception being last year, when
they fell in overtime to Maryland in the title game.
"We've been fortunate," Krzyzewski said. "We've won a few.
I'm happy that I was on the train that Daniel (Ewing), Shelden and
J.J. conducted. It's been a heck of a ride this year."
Duke, which never trailed, went 15-for-20 at the free throw line over
the final nine minutes to fend off the pesky Yellow Jackets (19-11).
Georgia Tech used an 8-0 run to close to 56-51 with 4:56 left.
A 3-pointer by Anthony Morrow cut the margin to three with 1:54
left, and two free throws by teammate Will Bynum made it 64-62
with 1:27 to go.
After a miss by Redick, Bynum missed a jumper in the lane and
Lee Melchionni made one of two foul shots for a three-point lead.
Jeremis Smith then misfired for the Yellow Jackets, but Tech got
the ball back with 34 seconds remaining.
A basket by Morrow got Tech within one, but Redick was fouled
on the inbounds and made two free throws to make it 67-64. After
Bynum was off target on a 3-pointer, Duke's David McClure
missed two foul shots, but Williams tipped in the second one to
preserve the win.
"No one predicted we'd be sitting here today," said Redick, who
went 10-for-10 at the line.
Jarrett Jack scored 19 points for the Yellow Jackets, who fell
short in their bid to win the ACC championship for the first time
since 1993 but erased any doubt as to their worthiness in the NCAA
"I think we can take pride in this," Jack said. "We showed we
won't back down from anyone, no matter who it is."
Bynum, who scored a career-high 35 in Georgia Tech's semifinal
win over top-seeded North Carolina, was limited to 14 points on
"I'm proud of our effort to battle back into the game," Georgia
Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. "At the end of the game, we got looks,
but we just didn't make them."
The Blue Devils have won 19 of 20 against the Yellow Jackets,
including three this season.
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