Michigan Field Hockey
BY RYAN A. PODGES
Though the Wolverines had a renewed sense of hope after scoring two late goals in the second half against No. 20 California, the Michigan field hockey team suffered its second consecutive overtime loss yesterday at Phyllis Ocker Field, falling 3-2.
BY NICK COSTON
On Friday, Michigan got two goals from its senior captain, also the team's scoring leader. On Sunday, the Wolverines got three from a trio of sophomores who combined for two goals last season.
But another weekend against elite competition left the youthful Michigan field hockey team with two narrow defeats at the Husky Invitational in Storrs, Conn. After dropping a 3-2 contest to No. 20 Albany (5-2) on Friday, the Wolverines took No. 4 Connecticut (8-0) to overtime before falling, 4-3.
BY GJON JUNCAJ
Better late than never.
That old saying may best describe the surprise emergence of senior midfielder Sarah Wilhite as a potent offensive weapon for the No. 16 Michigan field hockey team.
The unheralded senior has been the Wolverines’ best player this season, tallying three goals and four assists in last weekend’s 4-3 and 10-0 victories over Ball State and St. Louis in Muncie, Ind. Wilhite now has more points in this season’s first six games — a team-high 15 — than in her previous three years combined.
BY CHARLES CLINTON
After losses in its first two games, the Michigan field hockey team knew it had to take advantage of its first home game at the Cardinal/Wolverine invitational this weekend.
The Wolverines did just that, beating unranked Stanford 5-1 on Friday. But the momentum didn't last long, as Maryland dropped them 1-5 yesterday.
Michigan got out to a quick start against the Cardinal on Friday, taking a 2-0 lead before Stanford (1-3) scored just before halftime. The Wolverines quickly countered, scoring on their first two shots of the second half en route to a 5-1 victory.
BY NICOLE AUERBACH
Three girls gossiped, laughed and finished each other’s sentences as they sat crammed in a hometown restaurant booth in late July. They planned out their workouts for the afternoon. They worried if they’d hate their roommates, just as any other soon-to-be freshmen would. But these weren’t just any three 18-year-old girls heading off to college together. Hannah Dawson, Jess Allen and Bryn Bain, three high school teammates, make up the Michigan field hockey team’s entire incoming class.
BY MICHAEL BERTENTHAL
Though the Michigan field hockey team lost its opening two games of the season this weekend, the team learned more from the touted opponents it faced than it did from the final scores.
Defending national champion North Carolina shut out Michigan 6-0 on Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C. Though Michigan went on to lose 5-3 to No. 3 Wake Forest the next day, the Wolverines made marked improvements from Saturday's loss.
BY NICK COSTON
On Aug. 26, the Michigan field hockey team fell to No. 2 Wake Forest, 3-2. Yesterday, it happened again - but this time, it ended the Wolverines' season. The 3-2 loss came in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Phyllis Ocker Field.
Despite the loss, the Wolverines can hold their heads - and their Big Ten Championship - high.
"We couldn't be prouder of these young women," Michigan coach Nancy Cox said.