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Michigan splits pair of weekend matchups
in California with UC Riverside, Pepperdine
Kik retn/ Yds
ASNG M I C H I G A N
Player C-A Yds
Robinson, D. 9-13 98
Totals 9-13 98
Player At Yds Avg
Sha " 4 4 1.
Robinson,D. 8 46 5.8
Smith 2 11 5.5
01949 1 15 -1
Tot 26 19 7
Player No. Yds Avg
Koger1 2 S16 A89
KGa 3n 1
Roundtree 2 13 6.5
Hemingway 1 37 37
Grady 1 15 15
Dle 1 3 3
Totals 9 98 10.9
Player No. Yds
Wife 2 82
Tta's 2 82
Player No. Yds Avg
Grady 3 57 19
Totas 3 57 19
Player No. Yds Avg
Gallon 1 5 5
Totals 1 5 5
Pae Soo Asst
Herron 1 7
Jemns n 41 2
onon, M. 2 1
HFloider 1 2
VBeen 1 2
Blga 1 2
Cvanauykh 0 2
TCas 31 0
tilt with No. 24
By CARLY BODDY
For the Daily
Expectations were high as the
Wolverines walked onto the turf
this past Sunday.
Playing No. 24 Pepperdine
test what MICHIGAN 1
Michi- UC RIVERSIDE 0
Greg Ryan MICHIGAN 0
referred PEPPERDINE 3
to as the
most attack oriented team (he's)
seen since coming to Michigan.
After defeating Riverside 1-0
on Friday, the Wolverines took the
field against the Waves. Despite
riding a four-game winning
streak, the attack-oriented Wol-
verines came up scoreless, falling
3-0 80 Pepperdine.
Michigan recorded seven shots
on goal in Sunday's match, but
it wasn't enough to score on an
undefeated Pepperdine squad.
The Waves took the lead just
16 minutes. in, sending the ball
over the head of junior goalkeeper
Haley Kopmeyer. Despite the fol-
lowing three shots on goal by red-
shirt junior forward Clare Stachel
and a shot that bounced off the
crossbar from freshman forward
Kate Magugian, the Wolverines
Nearing the end of the second
half, Michigan was still only down
But the Waves held on to finish
the game with another two goals,
defeatingthe Wolverines 3-0.
"The loss was disappointing,
but Pepperdine is the best oppo-
nent we've played so far," Ryan
said. "They were organized, and
their goalie and defense played
"We were unfortunate not to
get a goal in the second half; we
really dominated the play. Megan
Tooley in particular was every-
where, she created our best chanc-
es to score off of the dribble."
On Friday, Michigan (4-2) faced
Riverside for the first time in his-
The teams looked relatively
even in the first half, with Michi-
gan punchingnine shots on goal to
match Riverside's seven.
Coming out of half time, the
scoreboard still read an unnerv-
With just over 20 minutes left
in the game, sophomore power
forward Nkem Ezurike was taken
down in the box, darning a pen-
alty kick. Stachel nailed the kick,
Redshirt junior forward Clare Stachel scored the only goal of the Wolverines' West-Coast roadtrip.
leading the Wolverines to a nar-
row victory over the Highlanders.
Kopmeyer recorded her second
shutout of the season.
"The team did a great job of
managing after that first goal,"
Ryan said. "We played a more con-
servative system, dropping a for-
ward back and running a five-man
midfield, making sure they didn't
score and givingus the win."
Next weekend, the Wolver-
ines will return home to Ann
Arbor to face Western Michigan
and Central Michigan.
"Western and Central are
both solid in-state rivalries,"
Ryan said. "They're talented
and well-coached. We expect
two tough games next weekend,
but we'll be ready."
Blue can't complete comeback Gibby says 'M' is fitter
against top-ranked Terrapins entering second season
Plyr CA Yd
Totas 2231 133
RUSHING At Ys
Drake 10 65
Fields 1 14
Ponder 1 11
Chac 1 0
Carder 9 0
Totals 25 96
Player No. Yds Avg Lg
Armer 2 93 46.5 49
Totals 2 93 46.5 49
Player No, Ys8 Ag 3L
Totals 6 188 31.3 38
laCe Solo Asst Tot
Wiggins 6 3 9
Toler 7 0 7
29199 3 A 7
Bozemaon 0 3 3
Winchester 2 0 2
Lynch 2 0 2
Boels 1 1 2
Pettwa 0 2 2
Nwak 0 2 2
Totals 26 16 42
COME TO OUR
By LIZ VUKELICH
Daily Sports Writer
The situation was all too
The Michigan women's field
hockey team's match on Sunday
against No. 1 Maryland started
off looking remarkably like the
one it played the previous day
Both times, the ninth-ranked
Wolverines were trailing, 2-0, in
the second half. And both times,
a goal late in the period nar-
rowed the gap and rejuvenated
the hope of a comeback.
But that's when the second
game strayed from the first, one
that the Wolverines would have
Because unlike Saturday,
when Michigan (2-2) managed
to defeat Temple, 3-2, in an
overtime win, the Wolverines
couldn't pull off a repeat per-
formance against the Terrapins,
Michigan's younger players
were the heroes in Philadelphia
against the Owls. Sophomore
forward Rachael Mack tallied
Michigan's first goal midway
through the second half off an
assist from freshman backfielder
Aline Fobe. That was followed
by freshman forward Emy Gutt-
man's equalizer, the first goal of
her Michigan career.
With the game thrust into
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didn't make a single stop.
Carder started the game by
completing 14 of his first 15
passes on his first three drives,
albeit with short, quick passes.
Hoke also pointed out Carder
usually went into three-step
drops - so there wasn't a lot of
time for the defensive line to get
And even though Mattison
had guys running on and off the
field - regularly playing seven
or eight defensive lineman -
their freshness couldn't com-
The Broncos also didn't face
a lot of long third-down situa-
tions, as Hoke said, so they also
didn't get a real chance to pin
their ears back and just rush.
Those may be valid excuses
or the early signs of a problem.
"One thing we've got to do
better, we have to improve our
four-man rushes," Van Bergen
said. "Coach Mattison can't call
a blitz to get after quarterbacks.
We have to be able to get after
them ourselves, help out our
overtime, Mack - once again
assisted by Fobe - capitalized
on a penalty corner, scoring the
game-winning shot less then two
minutes in extra time.
"(Winning in overtime) is not
easy," Michigan coach Marcia
Pankratz said. "We didn't really
have our 'A' game, but to be able
to win when you haven't got your
best game is a sign of character."
The prospect of going into
overtime does not daunt the
Wolverines, and they have the
track record to prove it. Michi-
gan won all its overtime games
last season, including in last
year's Big Ten Tournament semi-
final against Penn State.
"We get really excited because
we're an overtime team," fifth-
year senior captain and back-
fielder Eileen Brandes said. "(We
know) we're more fit than them,
and that if we can just hit the
ball, it's most likely going to go
into the net."
Brandes said the Wolverines'
match against the owls start-
ed off as a 'C-' game, but their
start against defending national
champion Maryland was clearly
at the 'A+' level that Pankratz
was looking for.
Michigan was initially able
to hold its own, both offensively
and defensively. But when both
teams came out from halftime
scoreless, the Terps pressured
the Wolverines, putting Mary-
"Up front we need to get off
our blocks quicker. Execute our
moves and stuff like that. It'll
come. That was the first game."
Having allowed 151 yards on
the game's first 28 plays, Mat-
tison started dialing up more
linebacker and safety blitzes
midway through the second
quarter. Two of Michigan's
three forced turnovers came
on blitzes. By the third quarter,
Mattison was getting a little
blitz-happy, as Kovacs made two
devastating sacks in the span of
four plays - the Wolverines'
only two sacks for the game.
"Obviously at times when
they're in ... four wide (receiver
sets), you can outnumber them,"
Hoke said. "The key to it is, the
guy who is unblocked having a
great path to the quarterback.
And that helped."
Hoke acknowledged Monday
that once Mattison made adjust-
ments, the pressure on Carder
improved. Blitzing seemed like
a component of the defense that
would undoubtedly be included,
but no one wants to have to rely
"When you get the blitz call,
land in the lead with two consec-
utive goals. With seven minutes
left, Guttman tipped the ball into
the back corner of the net. But
none of Michigan's other three
shots could make up the deficit.
"We came out strong and
intense," Brandes said. "We
pressed them hard and thought
we could beat them because this
is our year. We came so close but
they had a lot more passion in
that game, and a lot more resil-
The lone defensive save made
by Maryland in the last five
minutes sealed the game's fate.
With the ball sitting directly on
the goal line, a Maryland back-
fielder slapped it away from the
net, halting any prospects of a
Michigan revival. Despite the
loss, this weekend marked the
Wolverines' first road games of
the season, an experience that
showed the underclassmen just
how valuable they are to this
"They just need to keep on
working and going out and play-
ing as hard as they can," Brandes
said. "Just knowing that it
doesn't matter if they're going
out and playing against an All-
American, whatever they do is
going to help us.
"They're getting so much bet-
ter and we're counting on them
because that's how we're going
By DAVID CASSLEMAN There were some things going
Daily Sports Writer against us today, but we ran
For eight days, Michigan The Michigan Open provid-
runners trained in the heat ed an opportunity for the team
and hills of northern Michi- to gain race experience early
gan at their training camp at in the season.
the Leelanau School near Glen It also helped them to capi-
Arbor, Mich. Away from the talize on progress made during
distractions of Ann Arbor, the training camp.
team focused on its primary "Training camp went well,"
goal: a Big Ten championship. Michigan coach Alex Gibby
The season began on Friday said. "Last year, I felt like I was
for the young Michigan men's running a weight-loss clinic
cross country. because we were so unfit. But
It started with the annual the guys came back prepared
Michigan Open at Hudson this year because they did
Mills Metropark in Dexter, what they were asked to do
Mich. over the summer.
Five Wolverine runners "It was really nice to get into
competed against 14 unat- a rhythm in a place where they
tached runners in the open didn't have any other obliga-
event. tions outside of training, eat-
The host Wolverines fin- ing and sleeping: I thought
ished in the top four spots in it was a tremendous success,
the 5,000-meter event, with but we won't really know for
junior Zach Ornelas winning another eight weeks."
with a time of15:35.21. After a tough first season
Redshirt junior Derek Hen- in Ann Arbor, Gibby aims to
ning placed second (15:47.84), make the Wolverines relevant
and sophomore Nick Kern took again in the Big Ten.
third (16:02.57). "I want to return us to Big
"I think the race went really Ten relevancy and punch our
well considering the past few ticket to the National Cham-
days we've had," fifth-year pionships," Gibby said. "It has
senior Craig Forys said. been too long since we have
"We just got back from our been involved in the Big Ten
training camp and it has been title question and it has been
hectic. People are getting too long since we've been at
their lives organized, school is the NCAA Championships for
about to start and it is very hot. a place like Michigan."
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