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Michigan Field Hockey

Corner kicks key to Blue's victory

BY CHRIS HERRING

The phrase "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" holds little weight with Michigan field hockey coach Nancy Cox.
She realizes that at this point late in the season, her team needs to be making the minor adjustments to gain advantages over the competition.
And yesterday against Virginia Commonwealth, it was clear that the Wolverines made those changes successfully.

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Stickers stand tall in Big Ten

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

From the beginning of the season, the No. 20 Michigan field hockey team believed in itself. Now it has given everyone a reason to believe.
The Wolverines came away from Indiana's John Mellencamp Pavilion on Sunday with a 1-0 victory and a share of first place in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers (3-1 Big Ten, 13-3 overall) left their Senior Day a little worse for wear.
Senior midfielder Kristen Tiner scored the game's lone goal midway through the first half.

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Big second half enough for Blue

BY CHRIS HERRING

You could see the displeasure written on Michigan coach Nancy Cox's face following her field hockey team's match with Central Michigan yesterday.
"I told the team beforehand that we would have to come out with the same type of intensity that we would if this were a Big Ten team," Cox said. "Quite frankly, we didn't do that today."
Surprisingly, Cox made her comments after a 7-2 win for the Wolverines (2-1 Big Ten, 8-7 overall) over the Chippewas yesterday at Phyllis Ocker Field.

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Blue storms back for win

Angela Cesere

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

Freshman Paige Laytos waited 12 games for her first collegiate goal. She barely had to wait 48 hours for her second.
Laytos scored her first goal with the eventual game-winner in Michigan's 2-1 victory over rival Michigan State on Friday. Her second capped off a dramatic 5-3 comeback win against upset-hungry Miami (Ohio).
"It was definitely a relief (to score against Michigan State)," Laytos said. "I felt like I gave myself the confidence to know that I could do it, I can score. It was like taking pressure off me, because I'm a forward and you're supposed to score."

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Fitzpatrick fights through illness

BY CHRIS HERRING

After picking up a steal in Maryland territory last Sunday, freshman Kelly Fitzpatrick started up the field in hot pursuit of a goal for Michigan.
On the breakaway, Fitzpatrick found sophomore teammate Stephanie Hoyer open to her right. Catching the Terrapin goaltender out of position, Hoyer quickly dished the ball back to Fitzpatrick, who appeared to have the better angle.
But the ball took an untimely hop over her stick and rolled past the baseline, foiling the scoring chance.

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Overtime loss a motivational win for Stickers

BY CHRIS HERRING

STATE COLLEGE - Any other time, a hard-fought overtime loss away from home would be devastating.
But not this time. Not when the defeat comes at the hands of the defending national champions.
The Wolverines walked away from this loss with more confidence than they started with.

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Senior goalie a calming force for Wolverines

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

In eighth grade, Beth Riley traded her soccer goal for a field hockey cage after her friends volunteered her for the position.
She's been there ever since.
The senior, now in her fourth year as Michigan's last line of defense, is a calming influence on her teammates. Always even-keeled and never panicky, Riley consistently keeps the Wolverines in games.
She also tends to shut down other teams' attacks. In 70 total collegiate games, Riley has logged 15 shutouts, including a recent 1-0 nail-biter against Louisville.

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