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GAME
STATISTICS

'D' dominates, then offense erupts in sweep

Team Sta3ts
Frst owns
Rush/Yards
Passing Yards
Offenive Plays
ToalOffese
Kicko1retrIns/ds
PuntrtRR6Rrns/d
Comp/At/Int
Punts/Avg
Fmbls/lot
Pealtes/Yards
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Michigan
19
32/'177
248
62
42s5
4/64
1/9
16/30/3
4/33.0
2-1
5-45
2644

Akron
21
30/107
311
79
418
3/61
2/9
25/49/2
5/44.4
0-0
5-38
3316

M I C H I G A N
PayerN C-A Yds TD Int
Gardner 16-30 248 2 3
Totals 16-30 248 2 3

RUSHING
Player Att Yds Avg L9
Gardner 10 131, 10.3 36
Toussaint 19 81 3.7 21
Green 1 3 3.1 3
Chesson 1 2 2.0 2
RECEIVING
Player No. Yds Avg ~g
Gallon 6 66 11 20
Funchess 2 65 32.5 48
But 2 27 135 14
Chesson 1 33 33 33
Norfleet 2 20 10 15
Toussaint 1 27 27 27
Houma 1 9 9.0 9
Reynolds 1 1 1.0 1
Totals 16 248 15.5 48
PUNTING
Player No. Yds Avg
Wie 4 132 333
KICKOFF RETURNS
Plyr No. 7ds Avg
S Totals 3 78 26 32
PNT RETURNS~o d v g
Dileo 2 30 15 23
Chesson 1 19 19 19
Norfet 1 1 5 1

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ByZACHSHAW
Daily Sports Writer
As the first half wound down
Sunday, frustration began to set
in for the Michigan field hock-
ey team. Another missed shot,
another groan from the crowd
and yet another scream of disgust
from the Wolverines.
Michigan had outshot Califor-
nia-Davis 18-3 in the first half and
had just a 2-1 lead to show for it.
One week after failing to convert
against No. 18 Wake Forest, it
looked like history was destined
to repeat itself.
But
Michi- LOUISVILLE 0
gan's 19th MICHIGAN 1
shot of the
afternoon UC DAVIS 1
changed its MICHIGAN 6
fortunes,
as sophomore forward Shannon
Scavelli's goal broke the game
open for the Wolverines (3-3) and
sparked a 6-1 rout of the Aggies
(1-4). The win was the second
in as many days for Michigan at
Ocker Field. After falling to a dis-
appointing 1-3 start on the road,
Michigan coach Marcia Pankratz
knew it was important for her
team to gain some momentum by
winning at home.
"It's good for our confidence,"
Pankratz said. "We have a lot of
talent and depth, but we also have
a lot of youth. So it's important
that when they go in the game
they're confident and know that
they can play against anybody."
After a sluggish opening few
minutes against UC Davis that
put Michigan behind early, 1-0,
the Wolverines picked up the
tempo. Following the UC Davis
goal, the Wolverines tacked on
two goals off corners, grabbing a
lead they would never relinquish.
"Early on we were settling
into their game," said senior for-
ward Rachael Mack. "We were a
little lackadaisical, but after fall-
ing behind we were able to turn
it around and play our game. We
were able to play to our intensity,
our pace, and do what we want to

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Sophomore back Lauren Thomas helped to shut out Louisville on Friday. With a6-1 win over UC Davis on Sunday, Michigan allowed just one goal on the weekend.

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do, not what they wanted to do."
With just over three minutes
remaining in the half, a high chip
shot delivered by Scavelli near
the right goalpost sailed over the
UC Davis goalie and was tipped
by Mack into the left corner of
the net. With the goal, Michigan
extended its lead to two goals, and
the blowout was on.
Mack continued her strong
season in which she has carried
the load on offense as the teams'
leading goal-scorer. This week-
end showed a more giving side for
Mack, as she totaled four assists
on the weekend compared to just
one goal.
"It was a good team effort,"
Pankratz said. "We had a lot of

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diversity, depth and versatility in
our goal-scoring. Rachael Mack
is our best firepower scorer and
so she gets double - even triple-
teamed a lot - so it's nice to see
other people stepping up in that
department.
"To see her being unselfish
speaks to the fact that she's a great
captain and a great leader and
the other players responded by
putting it in. Hopefully they can
become dangerous scorers them-
selves and really gain some confi-
dence in the next few games."
The second half proved to be
all Michigan, as it outshot the
Aggies 14-2 in the second half and
was able to control possession for
the entire half. More importantly,

it found the back of the net three
more times in the second half to
extend the lead to five.
Sunday was one of two games
this weekend, as the Wolverines
faced off against No. 16 Louis-
ville - the fourth ranked team
Michigan has played in five games
- Saturday. Junior midfielder
Ainsley McCallister led the way
against the Cardinals, scoring the
lone goal as the Wolverines won
the contest, 1-0.
"Everyone loves winning at
home," Mack said. "It does great
things for the younger player's
confidence when everyone's
involved. As much as I love scor-
ing goals, others have to do it too,
so I'm happy taking the backseat

Solo
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5
3
4
5
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42

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4
6
2
3
0
0
2
1
0
i
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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t
1
25

Tot
10
9
7
6
4
5
4
4
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
67

A K R 0 N

PASSING CA Ys
Payer C-A 746
Pohl 25-49 311
Totals 25-49 311
RUSHING
Player Att Yds J
Chisholm 15 58
Hundley 5 38
Broderick 1 3
Jones 1 2
Totals 30 107

TD !nt
2 2
2 2

RECEVNG
SD'Orazio
Pratt
Chisholm
Traylor-Bennett
Hundley
PUNTING
Totas

No.
6
3
3
t1
1
25

Yds
97
24
24
16
5
3
31

Avg
3.9
4.2
3.0
2.0
3.6
Avg
16.2
8.0
24
5.3
16.0
3.0
124

Ls
12
19
3
2
19
30
24
6
16
3
43

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VOLLEYBALL
From Page 1B
scored 15 points off of 13 kills -
put the Wolverines away, 15-13.
"(Florida State) played very
well, and we could have played
a little bit better," said Michi-
gan coach Mark Rosen. "We
had played three games in 24
hours, so we were tired. This
weekend exposed us alittle and
gave us a lot of information.
We come back with alot more
information and direction into
what we need to do totake our-
selves to the nextlevel."
The Wolverines needed
five sets to complete a come-
back victory over Texas A&M
in their second match Friday.
Having fallen quietly to the
Aggies in the first set, Michigan
earned a 24-18 lead off stellar
blocking from Toon and sopho-
more middle blocker Krystalyn
Goode. Despite a 6-0 Aggie run
to tie the game at 24, akill from
freshman outside hitter Abby
Cole and a Texas A&M attack
error tied the match at one set
apiece.
Despite hitting just .220 as
a team in the third set, Michi-
gan took an easier 25-20 victory
and a one-game advantage over
the Aggies. In it, Goode - who
recorded a season-high seven
blocks and three of the Wolver-
ines' five solo stuffs - contrib-
utedfiveofhereightkillsonthe
night.
But Texas A&M would serve
the same score back to Michi-
gan in the fourth set, forcing
a 15-point tiebreaker in the
final set. Texas A&M outside
hitter Angela Lowak gave the
Aggies a four-point lead early
on, from which the Wolverines
would never recover. In the
fifth set, Michigan was forced
to play comeback when, down
13-11 and facing a match point,
Toon's team-high 12th kill put
the ball back in the hands of
junior setter Lexi Dannemi-
ller for the serve. Down 13-12,
Dannemiller's ace tied the set
before akill fromGoode put the
Wolverines within one point of
the match. A second Dannemi-
ller ace secured the 15-13 win,
and Michigan's seventh of the
season.
Of course, Dannemiller

could only deliver after getting
in the zone.
"I was on the bench and Tim,
our trainer, meditates with us
in the morning, so he told me
to just focus on my breathing,"
Dannemiller said. "That's what
I did, so I was just lucky to get
the ball where it landed."
Several new Wolverine faces
saw time against Siena in the
first match of the weekend.
Among them, sophomore set-
ter Carly Warner - in her first
appearance this season - con-
tributed 28 assists and six digs
in place of Dannemiller. Michi-
gan never trailed Siena while
resting multiple key starters
and substituting 15 players,
taking the match in three sets,
25-14,25-17,25-17.
"Whenever we put someone
else in, we know that they can
play as well as they do in prac-
tice," Dannemiller said. "Hav-
ing everyone come in and be
supportive of each other was
cool. It was fun to see Carly run
an offense because she did a
really great job."
The trio of freshman mid-
dle blocker Gaby Bulic and
sophomores Ally Davis and
Kelly Murphy combined for 10
of Michigan's 44 kills on the
match. Redshirt sophomore
middle blocker Olivia Reed
added a block in the second set
of the match, putting the Wol-
verines up 15-7. From Siena,
Rosen and his squad learned
that the second string can win.
But from Florida State, they
learned there are no second
chances against a Top-25 team.
"We need depth," Rosen
said. "That's what's going to
keep us going through a long
season. But that doesn't mean
that we can sleep against some
teams and snap back to beat
elite teams. We know now what
we need to work on to move to
that next level."
Note: Two Michigan middle
blockers had career days Fri-
day. Goode finished with a sea-
son-high 10 kills, while senior
co-captain middle blocker
Jennifer Cross moved into sole
possession of third place on the
program's career total blocks
list with 437. Both Cross and
Dannemiller were selected to
the Texas A&M Invitational
All-Tournament team.

COOK
From Page 1B
Lewan could only blame his
seniors, the backbone of this
team who are theoretically the
reliable ones.
"If any guy on this team
thinks they can do anything but
prepare every single week - you
have to take this as your job,"
Lewan said. "You came here
as a student-athlete. You go to
school, get your degree and win
Big Ten Championships. If we
prepare like we did this week,
we won't win another game."
Saturday should and could
be nothing but a wake-up call.
Maybe it's exactly what this
young team needed - a strong
punch to the gut, an awakening.
It's easy to see how this
could be a let down game. Last
weekend was incredible. There
was nothing special about this
Saturday, a noon game against
a middling MAC team with a
lackluster crowd and half-empty
student section. But that type
of letdown game only lasts to a

certain point. It shouldn't, and
can't, last until the last play of
the game against the worst team
on Michigan's schedule.
If Lewan is right, if there
is a lack of leadership, that's
a much bigger deal than just
playing down to an opponent.
Leadership is what will carry
this team in November, when
the Wolverines play three road
games in four weeks, or during
Thanksgiving weekend against
Ohio State.
"Tuesday and Wednesday,
we had back-to-back 90-degree
days and some of the guys were
kind of lacking," said fifth-year
safety Thomas Gordon. "(Lewan
is) absolutely right. It's leader-
ship. We preached it all week,
but obviously there were dif-
ferent circumstances today. We
didn't execute."
The last play, the one that
saved Saturday, was an incom-
plete pass from the four-yard
line, Akron's second big missed
opportunity of the day. Twice,
the Zips had the ball on Michi-
gan's one, and twice, they failed
to convert.

and getting the assists."
After gaining momentum and
confidence in the return home,
Michigan will put it all to the test
as they head east yet again, this
time to visit William & Mary on
Friday and future Big Ten rival
Maryland on Sunday. Pankratz
said both teams play faster and
stronger than Louisville or UC
Davis, and her team will have to
come prepared.
But all the preparation and
talent in the world doesn't win
games - execution does. Despite
the two wins this weekend, Pan-
kratz remains unsatisfied. She
knows her team must learn to
capitalize quickly if they want the
wins to continue.
Junior linebacker Brennan
Beyer broke through the line
and sent Akron quarterback Kyle
Pohl back toward the field and
away from the end zone, back
to a place where this Michigan
football team is still undefeated
and didn't lose to a middling
MAC team.
It was a win, the same as
Notre Dame and the same as
Central Michigan.
But Lewan didn't go to the
student section after this win.
He went straight to the under-
belly of the stadium, away from
the field, where the only word
he could think of was "embar-
rassing" and where he had more
questions than answers.
"I'm not here to celebrate
that type of game or that type of
preparation," Lewan said. "We
have a lot of work to do if we
want to accomplish our goals.
This senior class, we've worked
too hard, way too hard, to have
games like this."
-Cook can be reached at
evcook@umich.edu or on
Twitter @everettcook

No. Yds Avg Lg
5 22 44.4 58
5 222 44.4 58

KICKOFF RETURNS
Player No. Yds
Tra3r-Bennett 2 42
Toa 2 42

TACKLES
March
Ross
McCray
Evans
ames
Nordly
Turner

Solo
7
3
4
4
3
3
3
2
2
1
1
1
1

Asst
2
2
0
0
1
1
0
1
0
1
1
1
0

Avg Lg
21. 21
21. 21
Tot
4
4
3
3
2
2

CAUGHT
From Page 1B
running back Fitzgerald Tous-
saint punched it in from two
yards out with just under three
minutes to go, regaining the lead
before Pohl resumed his meticu-
lous assault on the Michigan
defense.
It was because of Gardner's
mistakes - not unlike the atro-
cious one he made in his own end
zone against Notre Dame last
weekend resulting in a Fighting
Irish touchdown - that Akron
found itself in the game late.
Gardner's fourth turnover of
the game, yet another inexcus-
able decision by the redshirt
junior, came just when it looked
like the Wolverines might be able
to pull away.
Facing significant pressure
on the second play of the fourth
quarter, Gardner hurled the ball
right at Zips linebacker Justin
March on a screen pass. He trot-
ted 30 yards for a touchdown,
pulling Akron to within four ina
mostly silent Michigan Stadium.
As a team, Michigan managed

a grand total of 19 first-half rush-
ing yards. But after an Akron
-touchdown to start the third
quarter - a 28-yard strike from
quarterback Kyle Pohl to Zach
D'Orazio sucked the noise out of
the Big House - the Wolverines'
offense finally showed signs of
life.
On that next drive, Michigan
briefly resembled the team that
put 41 points up on Notre Dame
the weekend before. It took just
three plays - including a 24-yard
rush from fifth-year senior run-
ning back Fitzgerald Toussaint
that more than doubled the
team's total rushing yards -
for the Wolverines to pull back
ahead. Redshirt junior quarter-
back Devin Gardner kept the ball
himself on a read option and ran
36 yards for the go-ahead touch-
down.
But what Gardner had failed to
do on an earlier read option was
part of the reason the Wolverines
found themselves in such a pre-
dicament in the first place. Early
in the second quarter, Michi-
gan moved the ball to the Akron
10-yard line, but Gardner chose
to keep the ball instead of pitch it

to his tailback and ended up los-
ing the football.
A Blake Countess interception,
the redshirt sophomore's third in
two games, gave Gardner the ball
right back. But two incomple-
tions followed by an interception
immediately swung momentum
back in the Zips' favor, keeping
hope alive in the hearts of the
heavy underdogs.
On the next Michigan drive,
Gardner needed only two pass
attempts to find a Zips defender,
this time off a deflection.
A 48-yard touchdown pass
from Gardner to sophomore tight
end Devin Funchess early in the
game made it appear the Wolver-
ines could score at will on Akron.
But that would be the extent of
the Wolverines' scoring in the
first half.
Meanwhile, the turnovers that
have haunted Gardner's tenure
as Michigan quarterback con-
tinued into the second half, giv-
ing an equally lethargic Akron
offense opportunity after oppor-
tunity.
"I'll be thinking all night about
why he made a couple of the deci-
sions that he did," Hoke said.

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