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Comeback effort thwarted

By JEREMY SUMMITT
Daily Sports Editor
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -
Conceding Iwo goals in the first
63 seconds of the season didn't
help erase the question marks
surrounding the Michigan
hockey team's defensive corps.
Turnovers and defensive laps-
es plagued the Wolverines during
Ferris State's three-goal barrage
in the first period. Despite out-
shooting the ninth-ranked Bull-
dogs, 27-22, in the final two
frames to mount a threatening
comeback, No. 8 Michigan suf-
fered a 4-3 defeat to open its
2014-15 campaign.
"I thought our team stayed
with it and we had a chance,"
said Michigan head coach Red
Berenson. "But goals are hard to
come by when you've given up
four goals against. Defensively,
we have to be better and we gave
them opportunistic goals."
Just 27 seconds into the
game, a giveaway in the neutral
zone and a poorly executed line
change led to Kyle Schempp's
breakaway tally past sophomore
netminder Zach Nagelvoort.
Soon after, woes in the defen-
sive zone started to pile on top of
each other.
With all five of Michigan's
players sucked deep into its own
zone, sophomore Chad McDon-
aid found himself wide open at
the point to rifle one home at the
1:03 mark of the first period to
give Ferris State (1-0-0) a comfy
two-goal cushion. The Bulldogs
would eventually extend their
lead to three before sophomore
forward Tyler Motte put Michi-
gan on the board 10 seconds into
the second period.
"Tyler, you know, wants to
play well in this situation and
he did play well," Berenson said.
"That was an important goal for
us and he got us going." "
Eventually facing a 4-2 deficit
in the final minutes of the game,
Michigan wouldn't sit down
without making a sell-out crowd
at Ewigleben Ice Arena visibly

FOOTBALL
'M' falls short
on final drive

JAMES COLLER/Daily
Tyler Motte scored against his older brother, C.J., in Michigan's 4-3 losssto Ferris State in the season opener.

tense. Sophomore forward Evan
Allen helped put Ferris State on
the ropes after jamming home
a rebound with just under five
minutes to play, cutting the defi-
cit to one. Minutes later, the Wol-
verines earned apower play with
1:13 left on the clock.
Freshman forward Dylan
Larkin had a glorious chance
from the slot with under a half-
minute to play, in which he sent
a screaming shot toward the left
side netting. Michigan coach
Red Berenson thought it was in.
Motte thought it had a chance.
Both were left disappointed.
Ferris State's senior goalten-
der C.J. Motte, Tyler's brother,
lunged to his right, barely getting
a piece of the puck to send it sail-
ing toward the corner of the rink.
With that, Michigan's fate was
sealed.
Special teams weren't espe-
cially kind to the Wolverines
(0-1-0) all evening. They went
0-for-2 on the power play, and
the penalty-killing unit conceded
a late goal in the first period. On
the Bulldogs' first try with the
man-advantage, sophomore Ryan
Lowney sprung freshman Mitch
Maloney on a breakaway where
he executed a smooth finish past

Nagelvoort, who made 27 saves in
the loss.
The Holland, Mich. native
earned the starting nod in favor
of junior netminder Steve Racine.
Berenson has expressed firm
interest in both goaltenders shar-
ing time in net to begin the sea-
son.
"Nagelvoort finished up the
year last year," Berenson said. "I
thought he looked good. Lets face
it: he gave up a breakaway goal on
the first shot of the game. That's
not a good start to put your goalie
in.
"I thought he hung in there
and he gave us a chance."
But when Michigan could ill-
afford to concede another goal
- late in the second period, down
3-1 while on the power play - it
got beat on an odd-man rush in
which McDonald scored his sec-
ond of the game.
Yet, the Wolverines responded
quickly to start the third period.
Michigan's fourth line garnered
good chunks of offensive zone
time all night, and was awarded
for its effort 3:45 into the final
stanza. Junior forward Justin
Selman dished a backdoor pass
to senior forward Travis Lynch,
who hit twine to cut the deficit to

two goals.
"That was good, that was
really good," Berenson said. "We
can't be a one-line team, or two-
line team. Travis Lynch scored a
nice goal and that line was work-
ing hard all night so that's a good
sign for our team.".
Despite the loss, the ability to
mount a comeback in a hostile
environment remained one of
the brightspots for Berenson and
company. Additionally, fresh-
men that the Wolverines will
need to rely on this season - for-
ward Dexter Dancs, defenseman
Zach Werenski and Larkin - all
showed glimpses of promise.
"In the first game of the sea-
son, you like to see this resilien-
cy," said junior forward Andrew
Copp. "We didn't overcome the
adversity tonight, but we showed
up and we battled through it,
which is good to see."
Berenson, nor Copp, will
like how Michigan started the
season, but with a new season
comes a new learning curve. If
the second half of Saturday's loss
is any indication of this team's
mentality, bouncing back in
the midst of a demanding non-
conference schedule shouldn't
come as a surprise.

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He'd already delivered in the
ompletion, W ile quarter, putting the Wolverines
1ewithin striking distance with
i g his 19-yard touchdown run on
rail Wolverines the previous drive.
This time, he found Darboh
streaking toward the Rutgers
By MAX COHEN sideline. Darboh planted two
Daily SportsEditor feet in bounds and appeared to
secure the ball when his body
CATAWAY - Devin extended over the white line.
er walked off the field But then the ball came loose
he arm of a police officer after he was out of bounds.
d his back. Dennis The officials ruled the play
et and Devin Funchess incomplete. Michigan coach
ed suit, saunteringslowly. Brady Hoke called a timeout
sob of students wearing and then issued a challenge.
shirts edged closer, The play stood, to the confusion
g the field. of the Wolverines involved.
autes earlier, it appeared "I felt very strongly, and I
lichigan's players could've probably still do," Hoke said,
the ones celebrating. The affirming his belief that Darboh
rines' offense took the had possession.
n its own 14-yard line with He plans to broach the topic
emaining, down by two with Big Ten officials this
s. week in hopes of receiving an
higan's offense looked explanation. The coach heard
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t gained one yard in the crowd did.
quarter. But with the game Before he could receive
:e line, the Wolverines answers, Hoke had a decision
d the ball. to make on 4th-and-9. After
homore running back watching senior kicker Matt
on Smith carried the ball Wile kick 57- and 59-yard field
e outside for nine yards goals in warmups, he decided
e first play. He fought to go for the win with a 56-yard
e first down on the next, attempt with 3:01 remaining.
'ing off a tackler at the line "Matt Wile, we believed he
mmage. could make it, and he believed
was only one first down he could make it," Gardner said.
ny Michigan would need The ball never made it beyond
n the game. The team's the line of scrimmage. The
ear senior quarterback, arm of Rutgers defensive end
:er, would need to step Kemoko Turay reached up and
ophomore Shane Morris swatted it back into Michigan's
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yet Gardner was forced .Wile retreated to the
into action when Morris sideline, where his teammates
jured. patted him on the back while
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all to the Wolverines' 39. opportunity to reflect on his
Smith rushed for four resilience.
yards. "I played all right. It wasn't
en Gardner wound up enough," he said.
gain, finding Funchess on Funchess said the loss
rs' 40-yard line. Michigan doesn't increase the need for a
nearing field-goal range win next week.
3:57 remaining. "Wins and losses, that's just a
nchess wasn't worried statistic," Funchess said. "We're
whether the Wolverines out here justcplaying together as
I get the job done. a brotherhood, playing together
s always just fight, fight, as a family."
Funchess said. The Wolverines are 2-4. On
the ensuing first down, the final drive, they were a few
ner overthrew redshirt plays away from 3-3.
more wide receiver The statistics get worse by
a Darboh. On second the week.
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Wolverines earn chippy win

Michigan avenges
2013 Big Ten
Tournament loss,
beats Iowa
By ISAIAH ZEAVIN-MOSS
For the Daily
Atthe beginningof the second
half in its game against Iowa,
the Michigan women's soccer
team was facing a question of
identity: Would the Wolverines
be able to continue their recent
string of wins, or would this
game set them back to their
early-season inconsistency?
Michigan began the final
frame with urgency, peppering
the penalty area with pressure.
Early on, the ball fell to the feet
of freshman forward Taylor
Timko, who curled a wondrous
strike past the Iowa goalkeeper.
Just like that, the Wolverines
led the Hawkeyes, 3-2. The
question was answered.
The Wolverines (6-1 Big Ten,
10-3 overall) didn't let up for the
rest of the match, dominating
both the possession and the run
of play. Michigan even added a

fourth goal, treating the home
crowd to a gratifying 4-2 win.
The Wolverines' dominant
second half followed a first
frame that Iowa dictated,
thanks to a capable, swift
counterattack.
In the 21st minute, the
Hawkeyes earned a free kick.
Michigan was unable to clear
the ball out of the dangerous
area, and Iowa defender Melanie
Pickert was
there to reap -
the reward,
striking the "W e got
ball past
Wolverines' into spa
freshman
goalkeeper could r
Megan Hinz.
The good
Hawkeyes
(4-3, 9-4) -
continued to
control the possession and
pace of the match, but the
Wolverines took a 2-1 lead in
the 41st minute when junior
forward Lulu Haidar crossed
the ball for sophomore forward
Nicky Waldeck to head home. It
was Waldeck's ninth goal of the
season - the second most goals

in the Big Ten.
The final moments of the
first half were more even, with
chances coming for both sides.
In the half's waning
moments, Iowa sophomore
midfielder Natalie Krygier
curled a marvelous shot from 18
yards out that tucked under the
crossbar, knotting the game at
two before intermission.
Michigan coach Greg Ryan
attributed
the better
second half
players to a tactical
change.
ces they "In the
2nd half,
eally be we played
in a 4-3-3
1 i ." formation
and we put
them under
a lot more
pressure," Ryan said. "We got
players into spaces they could
be really good in. We got alot of
people involved."
The Wolverines have yet to
lose in Ann Arbor this season,
winning all nine of their home
contests, but have fallen three of
four times on the road. Ryan is

confident his team will perform
up to expectations away from
home.
"We just have to keep doing
what we're doing," Ryan said.
"As long as we're fresh, we're
going to be a good road team
as well. We're playing quality
soccer, and we just have to keep
getting better each week."
The frigid temperatures and
the raucous Hawkeyes' fans who
traveled to U-M Soccer Stadium
created an intense environment.
In the first matchup since No.
7 Iowa eliminated No. 2 seed
Michigan from the 2013 Big
Ten Tournament, the intensity
boiled over at times on the field.
Midway through the second
half, senior defender Jen Pace
had some harsh words for Iowa
forward Bri Toelle, who then
shoved Pace in the back. The
referee was quick to book Toelle
with a yellow card.
"We got in each other faces
a little bit in the heat of the
moment," Pace said. "Iowa's
always a physical team, so we
knew we had to come out and
match that physicality."
Ryan laughed when asked
about the altercation.
"I didn't even see it," he said.
"I thought (Toelle) was going to
have a stroke. It got chippy out
there today. I was glad our girls
fought back."

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. 4
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Waldeck intwogames this week

Michigan coach Greg Ryan's team is now 6-1 in the Big Ten, second in the conference, and 9-0 at home.
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