MOUNT PLEASANT – Michigan senior April Fronzoni’s career weekend
helped the Michigan field hockey team capture two victories en
route to its seventh straight win.

Fronzoni tallied the 141st point of her career and passed the
career points leader, Mary Callam (1976-79), with two goals and an
assist against Indiana and Central Michigan this past weekend.

“I am not focusing on individual statistics,” Fronzoni said. “I
had no idea. It is like one of those things that one person gets
but it is the whole team that is contributing to it. I am ecstatic
with the way I am playing right now and really happy with the
support of my team. So I credit all of that to my teammates.”

Fronzoni is also just two behind Callam for the all-time
Michigan record for goals scored (64). But winning and team unity
remains the focus of the Michigan forward.

“Right now our team is jelling and we are playing great
together,” Fronzoni said. “We are playing great team defense, and
we are all stepping up on offense. So, it is looking good, and we
can only get better from here.”

Michigan’s goaltenders made sure Fronzoni’s points didn’t go to
waste, shutting out both Indiana (0-3 Big Ten, 7-4 overall) and
Central Michigan (2-3 Mid-American, 4-9). Freshman goalie Beth
Riley started both games with the relief of junior goaltender Molly
Maloney against the Hoosiers. On the season, Riley improved her
record to 8-0 with four shutouts.

But once again it was the Michigan defense that was the
stronghold for the Wolverines.

On the last scheduled Monday matchup for the Wolverines,
Michigan (3-0, 11-3) squared off with Central Michigan. Michigan
outshot the Chippewas 18-3, eventually winning the game 4-0.

Senior Stephanie Johnson’s rocket off a corner opened up the
scoring with 20:05 left in the first half. But the most exciting
shot of the game came just a few moments later when junior Adrienne
Hortillosa scored on a penalty strike.

“It was nerve racking,” Hortillosa said of the penalty shot.
“The first one I took this year I missed, and so I was hoping that
coach would let me take another one.”

Junior Katy Moyneur followed Hortillosa with her first goal of
the season, and Fronzoni also had a goal late in the second
half.

Michigan remained dominant this weekend by adapting to its
surroundings. With a wider and bouncier field at Central Michigan,
the Wolverines’ strategy in Mount Pleasant had them digging the
long ball.

“Well it was strategy just because of the turf,” coach Marcia
Pankratz said. “There’s no doubt because if you play a small game
on a bouncy field, you don’t have the same control, which creates
turnovers and fast breaks. So on a bigger field, there is more
opportunity for fast breaking. It’s just a different tactic.”

But Saturday, Michigan’s short game controlled the matchup in
its 4-0 victory over Indiana.

Fronzoni, senior Kristi Gannon and juniors Anneke Huntzicker and
Jessica Blake scored all the Wolverines’ goals in the first half of
the game.

The young and aggressive Indiana team was persistent throughout
the game and kept the Wolverines away from the goal, despite
Michigan outshooting the Hoosiers 29-4.

“You can call (Indiana) an expansion team because that’s sort of
what they are,” Pankratz said. “Every year, they exponentially get
better and better. They are a really young team, so we knew it
wouldn’t be an easy game and it wasn’t.”

With the victory over Indiana, Michigan is tied atop the Big Ten
standings with Michigan State. The match on Oct. 17 between the
intra-state rivals will decide who will remain undefeated in the
Big Ten.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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