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September 8, 2005
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after losses
By Daniel Levy
Daily Sports Writer
Locked in a 2-2 tie with under a minute left
to play in Sunday's game at Temple, Michigan
junior Katie Morris took aim and fired on a pen-
alty corner opportunity. Temple goalkeeper Erin
Hanshue made the save, but couldn't control
the rebound and Wolverine freshman Stephanie
Hoyer banged the ball in, giving Michigan a 3-2
lead with 39 seconds remaining.
"The past couple of weeks the coaches have
been stressing staying low and getting on the
post," Hoyer said. "My teammate got the ball
past their goalie, and I was there to put it in."
Hoyer's goal, her second of the game, was the
key score for the Michigan field hockey team
(1-3), and gave first-year head coach Nancy Cox
her first collegiate head coaching victory. The
Wolverines managed to hang on for the victory,
despite enduring three losses to begin the sea-
"I'm extremely happy for the team," Cox said.
"They have shown fantastic growth and improve-
ment this season."
Part of what has Cox so excited about her club
this year is their ability to hang tough when things
fall apart on the field. Twice against Temple (1-
3), the Wolverines saw a one goal lead slip away,
and both times they responded with a score of
their own to keep the pressure on and eventually
ensure their first win of the year.
"They really had to weather adversity [Sun-
day]," Cox said. "It's not easy to be scored upon,
but how they responded to that challenge dem-
onstrated the type of team that we are quickly
* becoming."
Prior to beating Temple, the Wolverines had
been winless on the young season. But Michi-
gan's three game losing skid was not as bad as
it seems, considering the losses came to three
teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament
last season - defending ACC champion North
Carolina, three-time defending national cham-
pion Wake Forest and a tough Maryland squad.
More worrisome than the losses themselves
was the Wolverines' inability to get the ball in

Notre Dame and
sleepless nights

What'd you do last week?
Well, it was Welcome
Week here at Michigan,
so I think it's pretty safe to assume
that 90-100 percent of this university
was out partying, getting all kinds
of nuts. That's completely
normal - we are college
students after all. But did
you see Michigan coach
Lloyd Carr out at all Sat-
urday or Sunday night?
Because I think there's a ~
chance he was out living it
up as much as anyone.
Let me explain. In Mon-
day's press conferenceM
Carr said he hadn't slept in
two nights. I didn't think VEN
too much about it until I Th
talked to him in the park-
ing lot after the presser ended.
Me: I know you didn't want to say
this in the press conference, but you
weren't getting sleep because of all
the Welcome Week stuff going on
Carr: What's that? (Probably try-
ing to be coy.)
Me: You were partying and stuff
instead of sleeping.
He gave a classic Carr chuckle. He
was partying too much.
As I walked away, I thought about
what that would be like. Would Carr
hit up the house parties like it seemed
the whole campus did? Or would he
return to his fraternity roots, since
during his press conference he said
that the only hell week he could think
of was when he rushed a frat. If beer
bongs were involved, when he was
done with one, would Carr give out
the"ole' "tremendous"ror "outstand-
ing" line? If not beer bongs, then
maybe Carr would take part in some
old fashioned flip cup and beer pong.
Then I thought, well, Carr has a little
more cash than the average college
student. It's really a better possibil-
ity that he would have gone for a
bar crawl and bought a few rounds
for the entire place. The end of the
nights would have been the best
part. Would he have to have a coach,


maybe defensive coordinator Jim
Herrmann, pick him up? Or would
he just crash at somebody's place and
worry about it in the morning. The
possibilities were endless, but, alas, I
knew they were all a fantasy.
First, I came to the
realization that Carr is
60 years old, two years
younger than my dad. I
know that at that age you
can't party like an '80's
rock star anymore, no
matter how young you
v,. 'feel. Secondly, I heard
r y. that Nick Lachey has
been here in Ann Arbor
ATT partying it up. Through
EGONI the grapevine, I found
Balls out he was at Buffalo
Wild Wings and then
playing beer pong at a frat. I know
this because I heard so many people
talking about it. In the rest of the
country, Lachey is about 10,000
times more popular than Carr, but
here in Wolverineland, it's not even
close. I'm pretty sure there would've
been a riot-like stir if Carr were out
partying it up (sorry Nick).
So, with partying out of the ques-
tion, I went back to my recorder to
see why. Carr was sleepless, and it
was quite simple. Notre Dame is a
bigger challenge than many thought
they would be, and the Wolverines
did not play as well as they should
"One of the challenges of any
season (is that) there are things that
aren't going like you want them to,"
Carr said. "There are always issues.
on any team. We're going to try to
deal with it in a way that can help us
get better."
It's obvious that the coaching staff,
after reviewing the Northern Illinois
game tape, is concerned about the
defense going into the Irish tilt.
I am too, but something else is
bothering me even more about the
game. I think that I might be a traitor
in some way. I hate saying this, but I
kind of like Notre Dame.
See VENEGONI, page 19A

Junior Katie Morris and the Wolverines earned their first victory on Sunday, downing Temple 3-2 in a thriller.

the net. After scoring a total of one goal in their
first three games, Michigan is hoping Sunday's
offensive production can lead to a more explo-
sive attack for the rest of the season.
"We're very young,'but at the same time, things
look very promising," Cox said. "As soon as our
finishers really start finishing with consistency,
things will be great for Michigan field hockey."
One possible source for the consistency Cox is
looking for is Hoyer, who on Sunday notched her
first career goals as a Wolverine, including the
game winner in the closing seconds.
"It was really exciting," Hoyer said. "I'm real-
ly glad I got it."
Playing in the friendly confines of Ocker
Field can't hurt Michigan's play either. All four

games the Wolverines have played so far have
been on the road, but this week Michigan comes
home, where they will play three of their next
four games. The Wolverines will host Miami
(Ohio) in the opener on Friday. The Redbirds
enter the game on a two-game losingestreak and
a 1-2 record overall. On Saturday, Old Dominion
oomes to Ann Arbor, where Michigan will be
looking for revenge after seeing a 2-0 lead slip
away in a 3-2 overtime loss at home last season.
After a rough road start the Wolverines hope to
pick up some momentum playing at home.
"We are excited to get home on our own turf,"
Hoyer said. "I think we are a lot more confident
now, and our coaches keep reminding us that it's
not where you start but where you finish."

Forwards Heaton, Dobbyn
rev Blue's scoring machine

By Max Kardon
Daily Sports Writer

An engine will sputter if the pis-
tons don't fire with precision - just
as an errant pass will stifle the most
tantalizing scoring opportunities.
Like any classic automobile, a suc-
cessful soccer team must function
as a well-oiled machine.
After a 2004 campaign that saw
the Michigan women's soccer team
advance to the semifinals of the Big
Ten tournament and earn an NCAA
tournament berth - its eighth in a
row - the 2005 team has already
proven that its successful produc-
tion run did not accumulate rust
during the offseason.
Although the squad boasts an
impressive array of new features
in 2005 - highlighted by a tal-
ented and energetic freshman class
--reviewers rave about last season's
Michigan's two most prolific pro-
ducers on offense last year, senior
Therese Heaton and sophomore
Melissa Dobbyn, will be in charge
of setting the pace for the unit. They
had no problem burning goalies in
2004, so it is reasonable to believe
that they will surpass last year's
impressive numbers.
"I feel more confidence this year
because I don't have the same uncer-
tainty as a freshman," Dobbyn said.
"Coming in my first year I wasn't sure
what my role was going to be. But this
year I already know I am in a posi-
tion to help the team. And my success
in the summer leagues got me more
looks against our opponents."
Not surprisingly, Dobbyn and
Heaton have already picked up
where they left off in the young sea-
son, leading the offense with two
goals a piece.

"We have several key players
who were injured last season who
are back, as well as a solid fresh-
man class that is ready to contrib-
ute," Rademacher said. "We'll keep
working to get the ball in the net."
The Wolverines have found suc-
cess despite being wracked by inju-
ries the past few years. Freshman
Danielle Underwood's first career
goal on Friday night will only boost
the team's hopes. Adding to the
stable of goal scorers provides secu-
rity against the constant threat of

Although it will take time
before the team is running on all
cylinders, Michigan has already
demonstrated that they can keep
pace with the best the NCAA can
Tomorrow, the Wolverines will
hit the road to Athens, Ohio for
a 7 p.m. matchup against Ohio
University. After a day off, they
will head west across the state to
face off against Miami (Ohio) in
Oxford on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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