For most athletes, scoring three goals in the first 20 minutes
of a game would be more than enough cause for celebration. But not
for Michigan field hockey All-American April Fronzoni.

The senior forward followed up her incredible hat trick
yesterday against Boston College by scoring the game-winner as
well, giving the Wolverines (2-2) a 5-3 victory over the Eagles in
Chestnut Hill, Mass.

“April has international world-class speed,” Michigan coach
Marcia Pankratz said. “That’s something that she brings to the
field that makes her extraordinarily dangerous during games.”

After Fronzoni blazed out of the gate and gave Michigan a
comfortable 3-0 cushion, the Eagles quickly rallied back with a
pair of goals to trim the margin to one at the half.

The teams then swapped goals until Fronzoni finally sealed the
deal with her fourth goal of the game.

On Saturday, a different hero stepped up for the squad on the
road. While most freshmen were still busy settling into the college
life, Jill Civic had her hands full leading the Wolverines to
victory.

Civic scored two goals on the road against Northeastern,
including the game-winner in a 4-3 victory for Michigan. Sophomore
Lori Hillman and Fronzoni also aided the cause with one goal
apiece.

“Jill has been able to get in and get a lot of minutes,”
Pankratz said. “She’s been helpful on the attack corner, and the
rest of the freshmen bring a ton of depth to the team. They add to
the team chemistry and certainly the level of play for us which is
nice.”

Following this weekend’s contests, Pankratz was most impressed
with her team’s ability to score and play together as a team. The
coach was also obviously pleased with how the team’s six freshmen
are progressing and maturing as the season gets going.

“At the start of the year, we had just gotten into school and
you’re talking about freshmen that are adjusting to life away from
home and living in a dorm,” she said. “It’s a huge adjustment for
them in every regard, and they’re handling it really well.”

In addition to seeing solid contributions from their younger
players, playing well on the road was important for the Wolverines,
who dropped their first two games at home last weekend.

“To drop last weekend’s games was discouraging, but we are a
very resilient team, and that was obvious this weekend because we
bounced right back and played real well,” Pankratz said.

Following such a strong performance on the road, the coach is
brimming with confidence in her squad as the Wolverines return home
to face Ohio and New Hampshire this weekend.

“We have to keep working hard and matching up each weekend with
the team we are playing against,” Pankratz said. “When we play with
poise and confidence, we are a very potent team.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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