Who said that a team from the midwest could not win a national championship in field hockey? Certainly not Michigan's coach Marcia Pankratz and her talented team as they won the 2001 Field Hockey National Championship Saturday by defeating number one ranked Maryland 2-0.
Led by Michigan goaltender Maureen Taschs' 13 saves, the Wolverines repelled the Maryland attack, who was the nations's no. 1 scoring offense, all day.
Michigan' s first goal came with two minutes remaining in the first half when Kristi Gannon placed a beautiful pass to Big Ten Freshman of the Year Adrienne Hortillosa for an open net goal. Michigan's second goal came early in the second half as Gannon again directed a beautiful pass, this time to Michigan Midfielder Jessica Rose at the top of the circle off a penatly corner who cranked the ball past the goalie.
Michigan set up the final match by defeating Ivy league Champ Princeton on Friday 4-2.
The victory gave the Michigan athletic program its first national championship victory in a female sport. In 1995 the swimming and diving and gymnastics teams placed second. In 1999 the field hockey and gymnastics teams placed second and in 2001 the rowing team placed second.