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Michigan Field Hockey

Froshes impress on and off field

BY RYAN PODGES

Before the season began, Michigan field hockey coach Nancy Cox expected this year's freshmen to contribute immediately. And after an impressive pair of victories over the weekend, it's obvious her expectations were warranted.
No. 15 Michigan defeated Vermont and No. 16 Connecticut in Louisville, Ky., last weekend. Freshmen Meredith Way and Vanessa Sekhon had standout performances against Connecticut, including Way's first-career goal and Sekhon's second-career goal.

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Sweep evens Blue's record

Angela Cesere

BY ANDY REID

In a weekend sandwiched between four games against top-10 teams, the No. 15 Michigan women's field hockey needed to build confidence, gain momentum and win some games, especially with the rigors of conference play looming just around the corner.
And the Wolverines did just that.
With a 5-0 blanking of Vermont on Saturday and a 3-2 victory over No. 16 Louisville the previous night, Michigan (4-4) pulled itself up from the dregs of a sub-.500 start, led by senior Lucia Belassi's five points (two goals and three assists).

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Captain returns for degree, glory

BY ANDY REID

In seventh grade, senior Kristen Tiner had a decision to make.
Run with or without a stick in her hand.
Tiner, who had planned to spend that fall running cross country, was first introduced to field hockey by her middle school's field hockey coach.
The choice between the two sports wasn't difficult. Field hockey shares similarities with soccer, a sport Tiner, now in her fifth year at Michigan, had played. The Houston native excelled as soon as she hit the field.

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Upset-minded Blue falls short

BY MICHAEL EISENSTEIN

Shot for shot and corner for corner, the Michigan field hockey team was neck and neck with No. 3 Connecticut. The 15th-ranked Wolverines (2-4) had 16 shots to Connecticut's 15 and seven corners to the Huskies' eight.
Michigan was closer to pulling off the upset than the pancake-flat turf is to the ground.
But the 3-1 loss is just one in a string of "We were-this-close" losses for the Wolverines.

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Hanging with top teams enough for Michigan

BY MICHAEL EISENSTEIN

Sure, the Michigan field hockey team has a meager one win to its three losses.
And yes, the Wolverines have struggled to capitalize on scoring opportunities in each of those games.
But there's no need to worry - early-season losses won't make for a disappointing season. No. 12 Michigan has fallen to Maryland, Wake Forest and North Carolina, but its eyes are still set on the NCAA Tournament's final rounds. The three losses have come to the nation's top-three teams.

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Athlete of the week

Madison gates
The junior goalkeeper shutout No. 2 Notre Dame with a career-high 10 saves to snap the Irish's 32-game home win streak. She became the fourth goalie in program history to be named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

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Stickers must wait after shocking loss

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

Call it mojo. Call it luck.
Whatever you call it, the fourth-seeded Michigan field hockey team didn't have it during its frigid Big Ten Tournament opener on Friday.
No one associated with the team expected its tournament showing to end so abruptly on the first day of play. Many players, especially the seniors, cried openly as the game ended a minute and a half into overtime, a 2-1 loss to unranked, fifth-seeded Iowa on Michigan's own Phyllis Ocker Field.

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