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GAME STATISTICS
Team Stats MICH PUR
Fist Downs 21 12
Rsh/Yds 55/202 36/124
Pasing Yards 193 132
Offesve Plays 80 69
TotalOffense 395 256
Kick returns/Yds 3/54 4/105
Pnt returns/ Yds 0/0 1/9
Comp/Att/Int 14/25/2 17/33/2
Punts/Avg 6/39.7 7/37.0
Fumbles/Lost 6/3 3/3
Peraltis/Yads 6/60 3/25
Timeaof Pss 3:47 2813

November 15, 2010 - 3B

Michigan offense falters in
first-round loss to Monarchs

Wolverines unable
to capitalize on early
lead, fall to OK State

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13.22 176
1-4 17
14-25 193

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By JAMES BLUM Michigan managed just one
Daily Sports Writer shot on goal in the first half,
but went on to out-shoot Old.
For the third time this year Dominion 7-6. The Wolverines
the No. 8 Michigan field hockey also had eight penalty corners
team trav- - seven in the second half -
eled to Cha- ODU 1 to the Lady Monarchs' five.
pel Hill, N.C. MICHIGAN 0 Despite dominating offensively
And for the on the stat sheet, it was Old
third time, the Wolverines Dominion that was able to take
walked out of Francis E. Henry capitalize on a fast break - a
Stadium disappointed. key to its offensive production.
The Wolverines entered "It's just execution," Way
the first round of the NCAA said about the team's strug-
Tournament with high hopes gles on corners. "We get shots
of restoring their success after on goal and everything and
two years of sub-.500 play, but they just aren't falling. Old
thanks to a late goal and a slew Dominion played really well
of missed opportunities, they on defense. They had some
left with their sticks held low. really nice defensive plays in
Michigan (5-1 Big Ten, 15-7 the circle. They played well but
overall) entered Saturday's we need to execute better and
match as the favorite against I'm sure that's one of the things
No. 12 Old Dominion (13-10). they'll really be focusing on
The Wolverines captured the next year."
Big Ten crown last weekend in But it was not the defense
Evanston propelled by timely that lost the game. In the sec-
offense. However, the Wolver- ond half of the season the Wol-
ines couldn't net a goal after verines have failed to convert
the Lady Monarchs pulled on penalty corners - pivotal
ahead with 2:09 left in the to a good offense especially in
match and fell to Old Domin- defensive-minded games. That
ion, 1-0. weakness plagued them in this
"The loss was obviously game.
heartbreaking for a number "Our defensive unit all sea-
of reasons," senior midfielder son has been really strong,"
Meredith Way said Sunday. Michigan coach Marcia Pan-
"Everybody hates to lose and kratz said the day after the
it ended our season, and not loss. "We just couldn't really
only that, it ends my career as get anything going on offense.
a senior because I'll never get It was kind of a -disjointed
to wear the block 'M' and rep- game for us ... I felt confident
resent Michigan again for field all game that we were going to
hockey. So it's definitely heart- hold them. Old Dominion is a
breaking." good team so to shut them out

all game isn't that easy."
Way was one of four Wol-
verines named to All-Big Ten
teams. She and redshirt senior
forward Paige Laytos were
named to the first team while
freshman forward Rachael
Mack and senior midfielder
Alicia Mayer were selected to
the second team.
The team's dramatic turn-
around from last year's 7-14
finish and first-round exit from
the Big Ten Tournament is
thanks largely to the develop-
ment of the team under Pan-
kratz, who was named the Big
Ten Coach of the Year.
"I can't really put into words
everything that she's done,"
Way said. "She's pushed us to
the absolute limit. That's the
thing about Marcia, when you
think that you absolutely can-
not go anymore she will push
you to that extra level and to
that extra gear that you will
magically find when she's tell-
ing you to get there ... It was
always just the little extra stuff
that Marcia would push us to
do so we could get better and
be successful this year."
Pankratz, however, saw the
award as a sign of the team's
hard work and development.
"I think it's a reflection of
how hard the players worked
all season and the strength of
the staff that we have," Pan-
kratz said. "Certainly it is a
team effort all the way around
including the players and the
coaching staff and the support
staff."

Ls
18
23
25
12
28
28
LS
72
39
11
72

TD
1
0
0
0
1

By MATT SLOVIN
Daily Sports Writer
Four years removed from its
last NCAA Tournament bid, the
Michigan
women's OK STATE 2
soccer team MICHIGAN 1
was desper-
ate to hustle until the final min-
ute of the season.
Those precious seconds final-
ly ticked off of the clock Friday
night in Stillwater, Okla. as the
Wolverines fell to host No. 6
Oklahoma State 2-1 in the tour-
nament's first round.
"It was just a really even
game," Michigan coach Greg
Ryan said after the game. "It was
a game that came down to some
mistakes."
An enthusiastic Michigan
squad took a 1-0 advantage into
halftime off of a goal by fresh-
man Tori McCombs. Just when
it seemed the Wolverines were
poised for a magical postseason
run, the wheels fell off, leading to
a first-round exit.
Michigan (5-3-2 Big Ten, 10-5-
4 overall) could not afford to lend
any momentum to the Cowgirls
(8-2 Big 12, 18-3-2), who were
playing on their home field. Early
in the second half, an Oklahoma
State set piece led to an equalizer
that Wolverine goalkeeper Haley
Kopmeyer barely missed scoop-
ing up.
"We didn't defend their free

kick well," Ryan said. "It was
very easy to defend. We let them
back into the game."
The woes continued for Michi-
ganjust two minutes later when a
loose ball squirted right onto the
awaiting foot of junior Cowgirl
Krista Lopez. She easily knocked
it in for the eventual game win-
ner.
As could only be expected
after the thrilling upsets the
Wolverines have pulled off
throughout the season, the team
fought until the bitter end. Shots
were fired until just seconds
remained, but any hope of a last-
second miracle was thwarted
by superb Oklahoma State goal-
keeping on the part of sopho-
more Adrianna Franeh.
The loss ended the careers of
five seniors on the roster. Only
redshirt senior Kylie Nescbke
had previous NCAA experience,
as she was a part of the Wolver-
ine squad that lost in penalty
kicks to Wisconsin-Milwaukee
in the opening round of the 2006
tournament.
"I'm very proud of our seniors
who have taken Michigan back
to the NCAA Tournament," Ryan
said. "They really raised the level
of our team."
Prior to the 2006 visit, the
Wolverines last trip to the tour-
nament came in 2004 when a
first-round nail-biter was once
again the end of the line for the
Wolverines.

No.
4
6

Yds
188
238

FG Pat. Lg XP Pts
1-2 50.0 35 8 11
1-2 50.0 35 8 11
No. Yds Avg Lg TD
3 54 18 19 0
3 54 18 19 0
No. Yds Avg Lg TD
1 14 1.0 14

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5-9 54
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Third down stops help 'D' in win

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50
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5.0
3.0
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6
3
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0
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0

Rodriguez says
'D' has best day on
third downs
of entire season
By NICOLE AUERBACH
Daily Sports Writer
WEST LAFAYETTE - For
weeks, Michigan football fans
watched the Wolverines allow
opponents to
convert third NOTEBOOK
downs at an
alarming rate. Third and short,
third and long - it didn't matter.
Michigan's first loss came
to Michigan State, which con-
verted four of 13 third-down
attempts (30.8 percent). A week
later, Michigan lost to Iowa,
which converted seven of 13
third-down attempts (53.8).
And in perhaps the Wolver-

ines' most disappointing loss so
far, Penn State converted100 of16
third-down attempts (62.5).
For comparison's sake, Michi-
gan - the fifth-best offense in
the nation, in terms of total yard-
age -converts nearly 47 percent
of third-down attempts.
But Michigan's defense made
a statement against Purdue on
Saturday. The Boilermakers suc-
ceeded on just two of their 17
third-down attempts (11.8 per-
cent). Though part of that was
due to the rain and wind, which
certainly didn't help Purdue
quarterbacks in those situations,
the rest of the credit goes to the
Michigan's defense's ability to
create pressure and tackle well.
"Our third-down defense was
the best it's been all year," Mich-
igan coach Rich Rodriguez said
after the game.
Statistically, that was true.
More important was the feeling
that Purdue's sputtering offense

didn't get anything going against
a Michigan defense that made
the key plays when it needed to.
"I feel like on third down we
won," redshirt sophomore line-
backer Kenny Demens said. "All
season long we've struggled
with what went wrong on third
down but we played with a little
spark today."
KERRIGAN'S RECORD DAY:
Lost in Purdue's inept and turn-
over-happy day on offense was
the Boilermakers' defensive
playmaker's big day.
Senior defensive end Ryan
Kerrigan recorded 10 tackles,
five tackles for loss, four sacks,
two forced fumbles and a fumble
recovery in Saturday's game. He
now owns the Big Ten record for
career forced fumbles (14) and
has tied the FBS record.
Coming into the game, the
Michigan offense had allowed
just four sacks all year.
Michigan sophomore quarter-

back Tate Forcier called Kerri-
gan "a monster." Rodriguez said
his team had a hard time with
him at various points through-
out the game.
"He just plays his heart out
every snap every day," Purdue
coach Danny Hope said. "NFL
scouts come to practice, and they
watch him, and they like him.
Then they watch film on him all
day long, and they like him even
more because they realize he's
got a great motor, a relentless
effort.
"He's a very unselfish player.
He plays for the team first. He
plays inspired football. ... He
deserves all the accolades and
attention he's getting. He's defi-
nitely one of the best defensive
players in the country."
Even Michigan's defensive
players had nothing but praise
for Kerrigan.
"I recognize a good game
and he has a real good game,"

Demens said. "He went out there
and did his thing. He's just a
great player. A lot of credit goes
out to him on defense.
KICKING THEMSELVES: After
a missed field goal and a missed
extra point, redshirt freshman
Seth Broekhuizen lost his pre-
carious hold on the kicking job.
Rodriguez said he would
"probably" open up the kicking
competition again, allowing red-
shirt freshman Brendan Gibbons
another chance to win back the
job he had at the start of the sea-
son.
"It was a disappointing day
from that standpoint because
(Broekhuizen) has been kicking
great in practice," Rodriguez
said. "We've struggled all year,
but he's clearly the best one in
practice. ... We'll see what hap-
pens this week in practice."
Michigan kickers have made
just four of 12 field goal attempts
this season.

Na. Yds Avg L9
1 34 34.0 34
6 225 375 63
7 2s9 37.0 63
FG Pct. Lg XP Pts
3-4 75O 44 6 15
3-4 75.0 44 6 15
No. Yds Avg Lg TD
2 54 27 35 0
4 s51 25 3s 0
No. Yds Avg Lg TD
1 -9 -9 21 0
1, -9 .9 21 0

Solo
9
10
8
8
7
3
4
3
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
64

Asst
4
0
1
1
t
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
12

Tat
13
10
9
9
8
5
4
3
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
t
1
68

And with two and a half
SPLIT minutes left Saturday as Notre
From Page 1B Dame (5-2-1-1, 7-3-1) tried
to pull within one to have a
of two Notre Dame defensemen chance at the tie with the extra
before it popped over Johnson's attacker, Irish forward T.J.
head and dropped into the net. Tynan came into the zone with
"It's the most puck luck I've speed. He faked hard toward
seen in one the net and
game," Beren- then went out
son said of Sat- W e were lucky wide, causing
urday. "When - senior goal-
you work hard, tonight, tender Bryan
it's amazing 1 1 Hogan to fall
how lucky you no question, down. Tynan
might get, and wrapped
we were lucky around the
tonight, no question." net and tried to stuff it in. The
Notre Dame, which entered puck slid across the empty goal
the weekend atop the CCHA mouth and out the other side.
and retained the spot by win- Some might call it the un-
ning one in Ann Arbor, took a luck of the Irish. Berenson
2-1 lead. But while Michigan explains it from his side with
didn't respond to Notre Dame's two simple words: puck luck.
second goal quickly (or at
all) Friday night, senior
forward Matt Rust tied
the game less than three
minutes after the Irish
took the lead Saturday.
Twenty-eight seconds
later the puck luckbegan
to show up with Langlais's
goal.
"You earn your luck,"
Hagelin said. "We worked E
hard all game, we got WIT
pucks to the net and I
think we outplayed them."
The weekend split
pushed No. 9 Michigan - More fle
to 5-0-2 on Saturdays and lunch hou
1-3-1 on Fridays. Although
the Wolverines (5-2-1-0 * More for
Big Ten, 6-3-3 overall) of the low
played competitively all o
weekend and put nine greater C
more shots on Johnson * More ac
Saturday than they did in
the first game, they were locations.
outshot by the Irish in
both games.

BOILERMAKERS
From Page lB
for both teams to hold onto the
ball. We haven't had a game like
this all year and we have a lot to
learn from it."
The weather especially affected
Robinson, the sophomore quarter-
back. After committing his fourth
turnover of the game in the third
quarter when Purdue defensive
end Ryan Kerrigan knocked the
ball out of his hands, Rodriguez
put sophomore backup quarter-
back Tate Forcier in the game to
try and give Robinson some time
to regain his composure.
Rodriguez decided to "go by
feel" from then on out, switching
back and forth between the two
signal callers for the remainder of
the game.

For once, the offense - ranked
No. 5 in the nation before this
game - just couldn't move the ball
like it did last week against Illi-
nois, when Michigan accounted
for 67 points.
But in as bizarre a game as Sat-
urday's, it was the defense that
brought the Wolverines to .500 in
the Big Ten.
Michigan's 115th-ranked pass
defense held Purdue (4-6, 2-4) to
132 yards and forced a pair of inter-
ceptions - its best performance of
the season. The defense forced five
turnovers for the first time since
Sept. 10, 2007. And the Wolverines
kept their opponent out of the end-
zone on offense for the first time
since Michigan's blowout win over
Delaware State last season.
For redshirt sophomore line-
backer Kenny Demens, the wet,
sloppy conditions gave Michigan's

defense a perfect opportunity to
have its best showing of the year.
"Oh my God, I love it," Demens
said. "We all love it. Just to get out
there and get dirty and play hard
and just come downhill, it was
really fun."
Although Purdue's offense has
struggled all season, Demens said
the confidence from a game like
this is invaluable to a Wolverine
defense that has had plenty of its
own struggles.
"In the locker room after the
game, the offense was just patting
us on our back and just thanking
us," he said. "We been down in
the slumps and the offense picked
us up the whole season so it was
about time we could do that for
them and just get a win."
"It shows not just us but the
country that we can really go out
there and compete."

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