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2B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, October 16, 1995

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Wildcats and Hawke
hockey in corner in
By Michael Levy
Daily Sports Writer
It was the biggest weekend of the year thus far for the Michigan
field hockey team.
The Wolverines battled for the Big Ten conference regular season
title. The weekend, however, was a disappointment for them.
Michigan battled Northwestern Friday and met Iowa Sunday at
Ocker Field. The Wolverines fell to both the Wildcats, 2-1, and the
Hawkeyes, 3-2.
With the losses, Michigan dropped to 3-4 in the conference and
10-6 overall. Northwestern and Iowa improved to 3-3 and 9-4 and 6-
O and 11-2, respectively.
In the first matchup, the No. 11 Wildcats tried to avenge their last
second loss to the Wolverines earlier in the season.
Michigan attacker Michelle Smulders scored on a penalty corner
at 9:48 in the first half. The goal was Smulders seventh of the season
and was assisted by Bree Derr and Jennifer Lupinski.
Northwestern came back in the second half with two goals to pull
out the victory. Betsy Voyce tied it and Shanel Gohsler scored the
game winner.
Michigan goalie Rachel Geisthardt made nine saves in goal and
Northwestern goalie Cody Stephens had six. The teams registered
seven penalty corners apiece.
In the second game, Michigan battled the No. 3 Hawkeyes and
came up short once again. The Wolverines lost to Iowa earlier in the

yes stick Blue field
veekend matchups
season, 4-3, after leading 3-0. Iowa has dominated the series,
winning all 29 career meetings between the two teams.
"We'll beat those guys before I leave," senior Sherene Smith said
But Smith's last chance would have to come in the post-season.
Iowa's Mary Casabian scored the first goal with 11:59 left in the;
first half on a penalty stroke. Michigan came back late in the half'
after Sherene Smith scored on a penalty corner. She was assisted by
Gia Biagi and Jennifer Lupinski.
At the end of the first half, Michigan had two shots on goal aid
Iowa had seven.
In the second half, Iowa's Quan Nim stole the show. She scored
two unassisted goals, the second coming with 10:25 left. The
Wolverines rallied as Sherene Smith scored another goal from a
penalty corner at 7:22. She was assisted again by Biagi and Lupinski.
Despite the loss, Michigan coach Patti Smith had good things to
say about her team's effort.
"The team worked really hard, played with a lot of heart and gave
a good effort," Smith said. "(But) we need to work on our position-
ing. We need to stay low, but when (we) get tired (we) start to stand
Sherene Smith tallied her 14th and 15th goals of the season and
Biagi and Lupinski added to their assist total with their 11 th and
13th, respectively.
Michigan's next game is against Michigan State Sunday at noon.

The Michigan field hockey team fell to 34 In the Big Ten and 10-6 overall after consecutive losses to
Northwestern and Iowa this weekend.

Michigan buried by Big Ten foes

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By Donald Adamek
Daily Sports Writer
Eight seconds to glory. Only eight
seconds stood in the way of a Michigan
women's soccer upset victory over No.
16 Wisconsin and a three-game win-
ning streak.
Michigan (0-6 Big Ten, 4-10-1over-
all) was leading Wisconsin, 2-1, with
only eight ticks left on the clock. But
the Badgers tied the game and started a
downward spiral for Michigan.
Wisconsin won in overtime and
Michigan then dropped a decision to
Penn State Sunday, 2-0.
Badger sophomore Ruth Brennan
tapped a looseball past Wolverine goalie
Jori Welchans to tie the game at two
near the end of regulation Friday. The
Badgers got the game-winning goal,
four minutes into overtime.
"(The game tying goal) was a big.
letdown at the moment," Michigan de-
fender Vanessa Lewis said. "To be beat-
ing Wisconsin, with Wisconsin sup-
posed to be this big team, and hearing
the crowd counting down made it a big
Wisconsin freshman Lindsay Hoetler
converted on a give-and-go with Ann
Kerber, to give the Badgers the lead,
which they held for the two overtimes.
Michigan had several chances in the
overtime periods to tie the score, but
Badger goaltender Julie Johnson, an
Ann Arbor native, kept the ball out of
the Wisconsin net to preserve the vic-
Friday started out well for the Wol-
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shots when Michigan midfielder Debbie
Flaherty netted her fourth goal of the
season at the 18:13 mark of the first
half. Michigan continued to dominate
the play for the rest of the first half.
The second half started as a midfield
battle, with neither team taking any
chances. The Badgers tied the game on
a Heather Willihnganz shot that went
through Welchans' grasp.
Only 15 seconds later, Wolverine
freshman Jessica Limauro booted in the
"We have to go
hard at the ball.
We can not be
intimidated by
-Vanessa Lewis
Michigan soccer player
game-leading goal on aturnaround shot.
A win over Wisconsin would have
been the first time Michigan had ever
defeated a rankedteam, and would have
been the biggest upset in Big Ten soc-
cer history. No ranked team in the Big
Ten has ever lost to a conference oppo-
nent that was in last place.
The biggest Wolverine upset in school
history was last year's penalty-kick
tiebreaker victory over Penn State in
the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.
Revenge was on the Lady Lions'
minds Sunday. In the teams' first meet-
ing since last year's Big Ten tourna-

ment, Penn State jumped all over Michi-
gan. After just eight seconds, the Lady
Lions had already started to establish
Penn State used superior size and
aggressive midfielders to stay in con-
trol for most of the game, although the
Wolverines actually outshot the Lady
Lions, 15-14.
Michigan was lucky several times
early. Darci Hite and Rachel Hoffman
each had opportunities to score with
only Wolverine goalie Jessica Jones to
beat, but neither could convert.
Michigan luck did not hold out
though. At the 26:34 mark, Hite crossed
the ball past a diving Jones and Lauren
Olmsted tapped it in.
Like they did against Wisconsin, the
Wolverines attempted to come back.
Flaherty launched a shot from just out-
side of the box ten seconds after the
score, but it flew a foot over the goal.
The start of the second half saw a
more aggressive Michigan team. The
Wolverines fired eight shots in the
second half, but none found the net.
Lady Lions' goaltender Dara
Christante gave up several rebounds,
but the Wolverines were never able to
get to the loose balls before she re-
"We have to go hard at the ball,"
Lewis said. "We can not be intimidated
by anybody."
Penn State added an insurance goal
with 20minutes left in the half. Hoffman
carried the ball from midfield, dribbled
past Michele Brach and shot it into the
corner of the net.


The Michigan soccer team nearly upset No. 16 Wisconsin before failing, 3-2, in overtime Friday. The Lady Lions shutout the
Wolverines. 2-0. Sunday. forcing Michigan deeper in the Big Ten cellar.


M' swimmers beat the

By Avi Ebenstein
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan's women's swim-r
ming team is back in the water andi
back in form. Last season's NCAA
runner-up, began the '95- '96 season
with a 96-35 trouncing of Michigan
Top-ranked Michigan defends nine
consecutive conference titles this sea-

son in its quest for the NCAA title.
"We can definitely win it all," sopho-
more Talor Bendel said. "If we work
together well, we can do as good as last
year and maybe better."
Three-time All American Jodi Navta
is also pleased with last year's suc-
"Last year, all we wanted to do was
do our best," iunior Navta said. "We

Spartans, prepare for St
did, and we broke into the top three in the 400-yard breastroke and Beth Jack-
the country. This year, we have high son captured the 400-yard backstroke.
hopes." "We won most of the events so ev-
The Wolverines extended their win- eryone on the team was pretty happy,"
ning streak over the Spartans to nine Navta said.
straight. In the lopsided victory, Michi- The meet was a double-distance meet
gan took six of seven events. which means that each event was twice
Karin Bunting easily won the 400- as long as normal.
yard freestyle, Anne Kampfe won the Many teams have such meets in
800-yard individual medley, Navta won October to prepare for the six-month

Stanford Friday and Saturday in its
home-opener at Canham Natatorium.
"We are working hard to get in shape
for the big meet," Navta said. "Fatigue
was a factor (against the Spartans). The
first meet was getting us ready for
Much of Michigan's success this sea-
son depends on the freshmen class. Jenny
Kurth won the 400-yard butterfly in her
first appearance as a Wolverine. -
"The freshmen class is great,-
Bendel said. "When I was a freshman
last year, our class came together as a
group and worked together and were
successful. The freshmen are a big
part of the team."




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