Michigan Field Hockey
BY GJON JUNCAJ
Michigan coach Nancy Cox has stressed the importance of adjusting - no matter how late in the season or the opponent's record - to her No. 5 field hockey squad all season.
"Once you figure out where you size up, you start making adjustments and start doing what we do every day, and that's the process of getting better," Cox said. "Luckily, these guys have embraced that."
BY NICK COSTON
The Michigan field hockey team began its season by losing to the top three teams in the nation within one week. But now it's the Wolverines who are punishing their opponents.
Michigan (10-4) defeated Kent State yesterday 3-1 to extend its winning streak to eight games.
BY MARK GIANNOTTO
EAST LANSING - Fresh off an appearance in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd, it would have been understandable if senior Lucia Belassi fell victim to the dreaded SI jinx.
But, by scoring the game-winning goal in overtime of No. 6 Michigan's 2-1 win over No. 7 Michigan State, Belassi not only proved the superstition wrong - she also might have secured the Wolverines a Big Ten regular-season title in process.
BY MACKENZIE MELVIN
The No. 8 Michigan field hockey team had a successful weekend, sweeping two Ohio schools. Yesterday, the Wolverines defeated Miami (Ohio), 4-2, two days after emerging victorious in a 3-2 overtime thriller against Ohio State.
Against the Redhawks (4-7), Michigan couldn't capitalize on early opportunities to score and trailed by one following a Miami goal 20 minutes into the first half. But after two failed penalty corners, junior Stephanie Hoyer tied the game before halftime with an unassisted drive into the circle and an impressive backhand shot at 33:04.
BY CLAIRE ABRAHAM
The confidence and intensity Paige Laytos exudes during something as routine as daily practice is an indicator of her commitment to the Michigan field hockey team.
Last Sunday, Laytos was named Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
The sophomore didn't expect the recognition, even after playing a key role in the team's comeback against Iowa last Friday.
"I was playing a forward position, and there were times when I was a (midfielder)," Laytos said. "I never thought I would get defensive player (of the week)."
BY RYAN PODGES
The Michigan field hockey team played its longest game in almost two years at Ocker Field last Friday, and in the end, it was well worth it.
After nearly 90 minutes of play, the Wolverines scored the tie-breaking goal in double overtime to defeat No. 3 Iowa in their Big Ten opener, 3-2.
No. 12 Michigan (2-0 Big Ten, 6-4 overall) also extended its winning streak to four games on Sunday at home against No. 7 Penn State.