Michigan Field Hockey
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.
BY NICOLE AUERBACH
Last year, the Michigan field hockey team lost to Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten Championships. Iowa went on to win the whole thing.
This year, much to Michigan's disappointment, the results ended up eerily similar. Except this time, the Wolverines lost in the finals.
No. 5 Michigan fell to No. 6 Iowa, 4-1, yesterday in the final of the Big Ten Championships in Columbus.
But the Wolverines say the lopsided score was misleading.
BY RYAN A. PODGES
After tearing through 11 straight wins, the Michigan field hockey team finally stumbled this weekend, suffering its first loss to an unranked opponent all year.
The Wolverines finished its regular season Sunday by beating Stanford, but not before losing to California Saturday.
No. 4 Michigan (14-5) played back-to-back games in California and suffered its first shutout loss, losing 1-0 to the Golden Bears. Just one day later, the Wolverines came back from the setback by defeating Stanford (9-7-1) in a 6-0 shutout.
The sophomore forward notched a goal with just 1:40 left in regulation play against Northwestern to clinch the regular season Big Ten Championship for the Michigan field hockey team.
BY RUTH LINCOLN
Aggression served Michigan well en route to securing sole share of the 2007 Big Ten Championship. Michigan's physical offense was too much for Northwestern's defense.
With fewer than two minutes left in regulation, sophomore Kelly Fitzpatrick lifted a shot into the net, giving Michigan a 3-2 win over Northwestern on Sunday.
The win capped off a perfect conference season for Michigan (6-0 Big Ten, 13-4 overall) and clinched the Wolverines' first conference title since 2004.
The No. 4 Michigan field hockey team beat Central Michigan 3-2 yesterday afternoon with an overtime goal by sophomore forward Kelly Fitzpatrick 2:56 into the extra period.
In addition to boasting a 10-game winning streak, Michigan has now won six straight road contests.
The Wolverines had 11 more shots and two more corners than the Chippewas, but Central Michigan erased two Michigan one-goal leads to force extra time.