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GIVING 'EM HELVEY

SHARAD MATTU:
The powers-that-be were happy to see

A STAR IS BORN

Dynamic Kelly Helvey Virginia Tech and UCLA go down. Andrew uogliano wasted n
sparks Michigan's PAGE PAGE 3B scoring machine for the Mi
second consecutive 5B PAGE 6B
exhibition victory. The SportsMonday Column
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FIELD HOCKEY
Blue
takes

By Mark Giannotto
Daily Sports Writer

! SOUTH BEND - Freshman
wing Andrew Cogliano made his
presence felt late and early this
weekend, lead-
ing the Wolver-MICHIGAN 8
ines to a sweep N
of Notre Dame. Not'r D"i2
On Friday &H4
night, with the
Wolverines clinging to a 6-5 lead,
Cogliano scored two goals to put
away the host Irish in Michigan's 8-
5 victory.
Saturday night at Yost Ice Arena
Cogliano started the scoring with
a goal five minutes into the game,
launching Michigan to a 4-2 win.
With the score deadlocked at
zero, Cogliano received the puck at
the top of the right circle. He shot
it down the boards to senior captain
Andrew Ebbett who immediately
passed the puck back. Cogliano shot
from the right wing and beat Notre
Dame goalie Jordan Pearce stick
side.
For the night, the Wolverines were
three for six on the power play, and
killed off all of its own penalties.
"I think we're getting the sem-
blance of a real good power play,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"But we all know that can sputter
from time to time. But right now
that's a big part of our game."
Michigan's home-and-home set
with Notre Dame this weekend was
not pretty, but it got the job done.
The bounces seemed to go Michi-
gan's way all weekend. The play was
sloppy, but the Wolverines were able
to piece things together when they
needed to.
"We have to play better hockey
as a team," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "I can't make excus-
es, whether it's a lot of new players
or it's just not gelling."
Despite the sloppy play, Michigan
as able to finish off the Irish in
,pe second period. Freshman wing
eson Bailey and a Notre Dame
Aefenseman stabbed at the puck at
,be same moment, sending it flying
1to the air. Amidst the chaos, alter-
nate captain T.J. Hensick was the
only one who saw where the puck
was headed.

As the rest of the players on the
ice went in one direction, Hensick
went the other. He corralled the puck
behind the net and saw a forward's
dream - the goalie all alone.
As he wrapped around the net,
Hensick unleashed a shot that went
five-hole for the Wolverines' fourth
goal of the evening.
That score essentially put the nail
in the coffin for Michigan as they
cruised in the third period.
"I think I was the only one who
saw where it ended up," Hensick
said. "Everyone was going one way
on the ice, and I was going the other.
Luckily I picked it up, and that left
pretty much a clear wrap around.
The goalie didn't really know where
I was coming from."
Notre Dame responded to Cogli-
ano's first-period tally a minute and
a half later in the period, converting
a Michigan turnover on its own blue
line and sneaking a shot past fresh-
man goaltender Billy Sauer.
Notre Dame was able to take the
lead at the 11-minute mark, when
junior wing Michael Bartlett beat
Sauer top shelf with a wrist shot. At
this point, it looked as though Mich-
igan was in trouble, with the Irish
gaining confidence by the second.
But the Wolverines were once
again saved by their power play at
the end of the first period. Defense-
man Jack Johnson let go with a wrist
shot from the point that somehow
made its way through traffic in front
of the net. The shot bounced off
Pearce's pads right into the waiting
stick of sophomore Chad Kolarik
who punched it in for his second
goal of the season with just 47 sec-
onds remaining.
That goal tied the game at two
apiece going into the first intermis-
sion.
"I think Notre Dame is a much
improved team," Berenson said.
"They are hard working, they play
a good system and they are hard to
play against. They had their chances
to win this weekend. Even though
they were behind most of the time,
they played hard and they are going
to be a team down the stretch. I
think that's a good team and it's a
good win for us."
On Friday night, the Wolver-
See IRISH, page 4B

Big
title

Ten

By Colt Rosensweig
Daily Sports Writer
Few people may have expected Michigan
to win all three of its games in the Big Ten
Tournament, but the
athletes and coach-MH
es themselves were
always confident that
they would succeed.
The fourth-seeded Michigan field hockey
team (3-3 Big Ten, 15-7 overall) capped
off a brilliant weekend with a 3-0 win over
second-seeded Indiana (4-2 Big Ten, 16-4
overall) on Sunday. Now the Big Ten Tour-
nament champions for the second straight
year, Michigan is guaranteed a spot in the
NCAA playoffs.
The Michigan offense struck early, and the
defense, led by senior Lori Hillman, never
let up. Only 1:29 into the game, freshman
forward Erin Dallas stole the ball away from
Indiana and scored a wrap-around goal.
Sophomore forward Lucia Belassi helped
make junior goalie Beth Riley more com-
fortable with a tip-in goal off a penalty cor-
ner at 22:36 of the first half. The Wolverines,
who had been putting in considerable prac-
tice time improving their conversion rate on
corner opportunities, made all that work pay
off in the tournament. Four of their eight
tournament goals came off of corners.
Junior forward Mary Fox put the final nail
in the coffin with just 30 seconds left in the
half, slipping the ball into the goal from the
right of the cage. For Riley, who performed
phenomenally all weekend, three goals were
more than enough. She blanked Indiana for
her fifth shutout of the season.
"(Riley's performance) was exceptional
all weekend," Michigan coach Nancy Cox
said. "She stayed at home, and when she
needed to she did a nice job taking one-
on-ones. She made very good decisions
throughout the course of the weekend."
The entire team played consistently strong
field hockey throughout the tournament.
"It's a huge victory for the program," Cox
said. "This could be the beginning of some-
thing really special. Our kids have overcome
tremendous adversity this fall. Each day they
come to practice and work as hard as they
can and keep improving. They've embraced
what we've asked them to do."
Their hard work and achievements didn't
go unnoticed - Riley and Hillman were
named to the All-Tournament team. Hill-
man also earned the tournament's MVP
award.
"It was well deserved," Cox said. "(Hill-
man's) ability to get the ball out when it's
under pressure is exceptional. She did a real-
ly nice job distributing the ball. Collectively
the entire team has picked up on defense."
One of the most pivotal moments of the
tournament actually came in the first game
on Friday against fifth-seeded Iowa (3-3 Big
Ten, 10-7 overall), which Michigan won,
3-2. With only two minutes left in the first
half, and Iowa up 1-0, Dallas scored a tip-in
goal off a corner to tie the game. If she had
not tied the game at that juncture, Michigan
would have had a much tougher road to vic-
tory.
"It was critically important for the team
to go into halftime not being down 1-0 on an
See STICKERS, page 5B

JASON COOPER/Daily
Chad Kolarik, Andrew Cogliano and Travis Turnbull celebrate after Kolarik's second power-play goal
of Saturday's 4-2 win over Notre Dame. Cogliano, who assisted this goal, scored three of his over the
weekend. For more on the hockey team, see page 4B. For more on Cogliano, see page 6B.

N MEN'S BASKETBALL
Cagers come out winners in sloppy exhibition

By Kevin Wright
Daily Sports Writer
The game wasn't pretty, but Michigan got the
job done.
In the first exhibition
game of the season, the 77
Michigan men's basket-
ball team struggled to
maintain consistency on both sides of the court
but still defeated Grand Valley State at Crisler
Arena, 77-69, on Saturday.
With a commanding 68-44 lead with 8:13
left in the second half, the Wolverines looked
as though they were poised to cruise to a lacka-

daisical win. But the Lakers had other plans in
mind.
Grand Valley State employed several three-
pointers from Jason Jamerson and turned Mich-
igan turnovers into fast-break points to inch
within eight of Michigan. After a 16-0 run, the
Lakers trailed the Wolverines 68-60 with 4:47
left in the game.
Faced with the hint of a close game, the Wol-
verines responded to the Lakers surge and went
on a 7-2 run to regain a comfortable advantage.
To cap off the run, senior Graham Brown
took a beautiful bounce pass from Horton and
scored while being fouled, ending Grand Valley
State's brief threat.

Against a Division II opponent, the Wolver-
ines came out cold, allowing the Lakers to take,
a 9-8 lead early in the first half.
Following the media timeout at 15:37, the
Lakers jumped ahead of the Wolverines when
Kyle Carhart hit a lay-up following a Courtney
Sims charging foul. But Michigan answered
quickly and began to pull away from the pesky
Lakers, erupting on a quick 6-0 run, highlight-
ed by senior Daniel Horton's fast-break lob to a
streaking Lester Abram for the emphatic dunk.
The junior's slam gave the Wolverines a 16-9
advantage, and Michigan rolled to a 41-28 half-
time lead.
Coming out of the locker room at halftime,

Horton started where he left off when - on
Michigan's first possession - he hit a quick
corner three. The senior paced the Wolverines
with 23 points on 7-for-10 shooting.
"It felt good," Horton said. "I don't remember
the last game I played in, but it felt good to come
back out there and play against someone other
than my teammates."
Holding an obvious size advantage over the
smaller Lakers, Michigan utilized aggressive
post play and rebounding to wear down Grand
Valley State. The Wolverines also pushed
the ball - especially after turnovers - and
smoothly ran the break, resulting in a number
See CAGERS, page 5B

Elements, Badgers defeat 'M'

By Katie Niemeyer
Daily Sports Writer
Against the wind.
That was the theme for the Michigan
women's soccer team in the Big Ten
Tournament at U-
M S o c c e r F ie ld th is Week e n d 3
weekend. ___G

consin (4-6-2 Big Ten, 13-8-2 overall),
losing both the Big Ten Tournament and
the automatic bid to the NCAA Tourna-
ment.
The loss ends their season, and,
because Michigan (3-6-1, 8-9-4) is ineli-
gible for an at-large bid due to a sub-.500
record, it will miss the NCAA tourna-
ment for the first time since 1996.

senior midfielder Marisa Brown, Wis-
consin junior Katy Lindemuth picked
up the loose ball and sent it to the back
of the net, giving the Badgers the 2-1
lead.
The Wolverines just couldn't get any-
thing going after that. The wind proved
to be too much of a factor. Tuura, who
usually has no trouble clearing the ball

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