Page 10- Tuesday, October 23, 1979-The Michigan Daily
By BOB EMORY
KAY, SO THE ICERS won their
first two games rather convincing-
ly over a fine CCHA team, the Bowling
Green Falcons. But don't let that fool
you because over the past two years
we've seen some impressive starts by
the Michigan hockey team fade into the
oblivion of incredible losing seasons.
To refresh your memory, or to inform
those who were not on the scene in
either of the last two losing campaigns,
let's start with the 1977-78 debacle.
Hopes were. high for that year's
Wolverines because the year before
they had lost in the FINALS' of the
NCAAs by one goal and they had all but
five players coming back, plus that
year of championship experience.
Thingsstarted 'out just fine, with
everybody's hopes and expectations
being fulfilled. The icers won 11 of their
first 14 games in impressive fashion,
outscoring their opponents 92-59. In-
cluded insthose early wins was an 11-3
>and 7-3 sweep of Wisconsin, which
probably had the best college hockey
team ever seen since Hans Christian
Andersen was busy filing down splin-
ters from his warped and wooden run-
A royal collapse
But then, out of the Clear Maize and
Blue as it were, the team folded up like
a collapsable chair for reasons that will
probably never be made clear to that
squad, or coach Dan Farrell, or anyone
else who followed their express to
oblivion. Just like that, the '77-78
Wolverines went from being the num-
ber one team in the country ,to the
proverbial doormat of the WCHA; no
less than eight teams walked all over
them to step into the final eight playoff
For the record, the Wolverines lost 17
of their last 23 games and tied one,
missing the playoffs for the first time
since Farrell took over in 1973.
Last year the situation was slightly
'different for the icers, although 'the
results were not. They started their
season, like this year, with a sweep
over Bowling Green, which even-
tually ended up fifth in the country. But
after its 2-0 start, Michigan went 6-27-1
for the rest of the year while the
Falcons, after their 0-2 start, went 37-4-
1 for the remainder.
Injuries played a key role in last
year's Wolverine collapse. Top scoring
centers Dan Lerg and Murray Eaves
both missed most of the year with knee
injuries and Terry Cullen, the highly
recruited freshman center, missed all
but three games and then had to retire
from the game altogether because of
his serious neck injury.
In addition to these losses, last year's
Michigan hockey team was the
youngest in history. Nine top notch
players finished their eligibility the
year before andtone, defenseman Dean
Turner, left two years ahead of
schedule to try his luck in the pros.
Also, last year's goaltenders-Rudy
Varvari, Peter Mason and Bob Sut-
ton-were terribly inconsistent.
Work to be done
So you see, it would be wrong to get
overly optimistic about the hockey
team based on their performance
rs start fast...
... but don't be fooled
against Bowling Green for three
reasons. One, the Falcons lost several
key players to the Olympics and
graduation and didn't look nearly as
impressive as they have the past two
seasons. Two, Farrell was still concer-
ned about the performance of his defen-
semen. After Friday's game in Bowling
Green, Farrell shook his head sadly
when asked about his defense saying,
"No, I didn't think we cleared the puck
out of our zone very well at all. We still
have a lot of work to do, particularly in
the neutral zone."
And three, we have the benefit of
history (the past two seasons) to serve
as a warning that Michian doesn't
always finish as strong as it starts.
And also there is the possibility of an
injury to a key player, but that can
happen to any team so at this point it's
not a valid reason for pessimism.
Nonetheless, Michigan followers no
doubt had a scare in the first period of
Friday's game when Eaves went
spiraling to the ice, gripping his knee in
pain. That prompted a BG writer sitting
next to me to start laughing in the most
eerie way, saying things like, "Ha,
there goes Murray. Out for the year
again.. .,bye bye Michigan."
Listen, I'm not a fan and don't care
who wins what, but to hear someone
laugh at a player who goes down with
what might be a serious injury. . . well,
Today is your last chance to purchase
student season basketball tickets. To do
so, bring your Michigan ID and $28.00 to
the athletic ticket office at State and
Hoover between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Distribution of tickets will be held at
Crisler Arena November 5-7 from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. Seating priority will be
determined by the number of credit
hours earned at Michigan. Within a
priority group, all seat assignments
will be based on a random selection.
I almost poured my lukewarm Pepsi
over that geek's head but thought better
of it when all I saw around me was
heavy-set Bowling Green hockey
But Murray and I got revenge. After
the Falcons had closed the gap to 7-5
late in the third period, Eaves, back
from his first period scare, scored two
quick goals in 31 seconds to put the
game on ice.
That incident serves as proof that
what Michigan needs more than
anything to avoid another collapse is an
injury free season (especially to the
forwards). Add to that steady goalten-
ding from freshman Paul Fricker (he
looked quite good in his debut), im-
provement each week from the defen-
semen (they played much better on
Saturday night) and a poor memory (so
they can all forget about the past).
CLUB SPORTS ROUNDUP:
Under grads win campus bootoul
It was a weekend of great perform-
ances in college football. Southern
California scored 42 points in South
Bend against Notre Dame, Arkansas
upset hightly-touted Texas, and Ohio
State scored 59 points against Wiscon-
sin. But the greatest performance did
not take place on the football field.
John Rosenzweig and Wayne
Powers, roommates in East Quad, tur-
ned in a record total of 20 sets of Gridde
Picks between them. This record
becomes even more amazing when you
realize that not one of their 20 sets tur-
ned up a winner. Greg Lukonic, who
stuck by the strict Gridde policy of tur-
ning in just one set of picks, beat all 20
of John and Wayne's sets with a 17-3
If you think you are a better football,
prognosticator than Lukonic, get your
Gridde Picks into our offices at 420
Maynard by midnight Friday, and vie
for the first place prize of a small, one-
item pizza from Pizza Bob's.
1. Indiana at MICHIGAN
2. Michigan St. at Ohio St.
3. Northwestern at Purdue
4. Illinois at Minnesota
5. Iowa at Wisconsin
6. South Carolina at Notre Dame
7. Princeton at Harvard
8. Navy at Pittsburgh
9. Maryland at Duke
10. N. Carolina St. at Clemson
11. Auburn at Wake Forest
12. Florida St. at LSU
13. Toledo at Miami (0.)
14. Central Michigan at Kent St.
15. Oklahoma St. at Kansas
16. Texas at SMU
17. Washington at UCLA
18. Houston at Arkansas
19. San Jose State at Long Beach St,
20. G.K.'s Vermont Saps at DAILY
Wed: Fried Chicken
Relish Bar and Bread
By SCOTT M. LEWIS
Charlie Gorbett's unassisted goal eight minutes into the
second half snapped a 1-1 tie, sparking the undergraduate
soccer club to a 2-1 win over the graduate club Wednesday
evening on the Tartan Turf.
The undergrads, 7-1-1, struck first as Bruce Davidson fed
Dave Ritchie for the lone first half score. Shortly following
the intermission, the grads' Erm Lepley evened the count on
an unassisted goal, setting the stage for Gorbett's game-
THE CONTEST WAS thoroughly dominated by the un-
dergrads, according to their coach Steve Olsen. Never-
theless, he was disappointed that this team, which outshot
the grads 36-7, could not score more.
"Some persons took the graduates too lightly," he said.
"They (the grads) were really fired up. You could tell they
wanted to win."
The victory maintained the undergraduate club's recent
supremacy over the grads in head-to-head competition. In
1977 the undergrads prevailed, 7-1, and last year recorded a
The grads lost a goaltender as well as a match Wed-
nesday. Jim Prendergast twisted an ankle early in the con-
test and was unable to play with the team Saturday when
Michigan faced Lawrence Tech in Southfield. Without a
legitimate goalie, the Blue booters lost, 5-2, dropping their
record to 1-5. Adnan Ilerci had an unassisted goal for
Michigan, while Lepley, aided by Arthur Fallick, combined
THE GRADUATE CLUB has no games scheduled this
week. The undergrads, however, do see action, as they visit
Eastern Michigan Wednesday at 4 p.m. Michigan defeated
EMU, 2-1, here September 26.
Four missed conversion attempts were the .difference
Saturday as the 'A squad dropped an 18-16 decision to host
Michigan squandered a 12-6 halftime lead in watching its
record slip to 2-3-1. Lenny Pitt scored two tries for eight poin-
ts, while Jeff Hinkle and Bill Chung had four points apiece fir
THE 'B' TEAM, meanwhile, coasted to'a 28-6 win,
boosting its mark to 4-1-1. Hal Chapman, Dan Schimpke and
Joe Krieder each tallied eight points with Tony Menyhart ad-
The Blue ruggers are idle until November 3, when the Cin-
cinnati Rugby Club visits Ann Arbor.
Overcoming a partisan East Lansing crowd and Mich-
igan State's roughhouse tactics, the Blue stickmen stomped
the Spartans, 13-4, Sunday, hiking their exhibition seasdn
record to 2-0.
"The game wasn't too well-played," said four-year
veteran attackmhn Bobby Fleischman. "They were kind u
hacking. But we played.our own game and didn't let them ao-
fect our game."
JUNIOR TOM SIMON'S five goals and one aSsist
spearheaded the Michigan attack. Fleischman had a goal ad
three assists, while John Murphy chipped in with two goa$.
Ray Cassel; Mike Campbell, John Kovanda, Gary Kwok and
Tom Shields each scored one.
The team concludes its fall season Saturday at Elbel Fiet
with a 3 p.m. rematch against Michigan State.
Idle last weekend, the Michigan sailors compete in th
15-team Ohio State Halloween Regatta this weekend o
Leather Lips Lake.near the Columbus Zoo (no kidding!).
solid showing in the Buckeye event would ensure Michigan
spot in the 1979 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, a Christmas
showplace for the nation's premier college sailing teams,
The rowers journeyed to Boston to compete in yesterday's
Head of the Charles Regatta, the largest reggatta. in tte
world. Before 60,000 fans, they placed 37th in women's eights,
30th in "club" eights, 31st in lightweight fours, and 37th in
mixed eights, 40 teacms participated in each event.
The rowers' next action is this Saturday against Michigan
State in East Lansing.
The University of Michigan
Committee on Southern Africa
TEACH-IN ON SOUTH AFRICA: CONTINUITY AND CHANGE
October 26 & 27, 1979
School of Education
(corner South & East University)
Panel-"CONTINUITY AND CHANGE
IN SOUTH AFRICA" Professors Vilakazi,
Seidman, Samoff, Wilfred Grenville-
SOUTH AFRICA IN BLACK SOUTHERN
AFRICA" Professor Bernard Magubane,
University of Connecticut
Lecture-"SOUTH AFRICA: GOLDEN
PARIAH OF THE WEST" Professor Ann
Seidman, Clark University
Panel-"SOUTH AFRICA IN THE 1980 s:
WHAT ROLE FOR 'AMERICANS?" Pro-
fessors Magubane, Vilakazi, Gren-
Harriers 7th in Big Ten meet;
Weaver tops Wolverine runners
By JOHN FITZPATRICK
With howling winds and inexperience
staring them in the face, the Michigan
women's cross-country team returned
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309 S. State
Church Wesley Foundation
from the Big Ten Championships in
Iowa City with what many considered a
respectable seventh-place finish.
The meet, held on a tough 5,000 meter
course at the University of Iowa, was
won by Wisconsin with 33 points;
Michigan had 176 points as it tied for
seventh with Indiana.
Strong winds buffetted the runners as
Rose Thompson, a Kenyan competing
for the victorious Badgers, won the in-
dividual title with a time of 17:30,
establishing a new course record.
Freshwoman Melanie Weaver led the
way for the Blue harriers with a
nineteenth place finish, followed by
teammates Suzzanne Frederick (30th),
Dawn Woodruff (32nd), Julie Clifford
(40th), Sharon Wigglesworth (55th).
Lynn Fudala (56th), and Annette Penik
"This was our first year as a cross
country team and I felt that our womdr
did very well, but I'm sure our fresh
women were a little jittery with the 'big
time' competition," "reflected coat
Red Simmons after the meet.
This weekend, the harriers travel U
East Lansing to compete in the
Michigan State Invitational. They'l
return for the MAIAW state champion
ships on November 3rd.