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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 31, 1984
Rockets rip lifeless stickers, 3-1

By RICK KAPLAN
Whoever said that the best offense is
a good defense must not have been wat-
ching the Michigan field hockey team.
Despite a superhuman effort by
Wolverine goalie Jonnie Terry and ef-
fective play by the rest of the defense,
a complete iacK ot ottense proved to be
Michigan's undoing, as Toledo left Ann
Arbor yesterday with a 3-1 victory.
LISA SCHOFIELD scored the lone
Michigan goal at 18:10 of the first half.
Schofield set up the play by passing to
Lisa Murray at the center. Murray

Collins unsatisfied as
season winds down

Terry, a senior from Dearborn, had
to contend with 30 Rocket shots. In the
second half, she made numerous kick
saves to keep her team in the game.
During one stretch at the end of the con-
test, she made three consecutive tough
stops, and finally kicked the ball clear
of the goal crease.
TOLEDO GOT on the board first,
seven minutes into the game. Amy
Hudson scored from in front of the goal
after she controlled the rebound of
Theresa Bishof's shot.

Anne Porter scored the game-
winning tally for the Rockets midway
through the second half. Porter, a forward
from Morenci, Mi., also knocked a rebound
past Terry.
The score remained 2-1 Toledo, for
most of the remainder of the contest.
Toledo kept the pressure on the
Wolverine defense and Terry, who
made save after save.
BISHOF FINALLY added an in-
surance goal at 33:10. She took a pass

from Patricia Demers five feet in front
of the goal on the right, and shot the ball
into the left corner of the net.
The closest Michigan came to scoring
in the final half came on a low angle
shot by Murray which passed from one
end of the goal to the other without
going in.
Wolverine coach Karen Collins said
she was not satisfied with her team's
performance. "But, I'm never
satisfied," she added.
Collins does not see things getting any
easier for her team this weekend.
Michigan, now 1-12-4, faces Iowa
Friday and Purdue on Sunday. "Iowa is
the number-two team in the Big Ten,
and Purdue is also a good team," she
said. "We will have to put two good
halves together to beat either one."

SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
Pistons bounce C124-107

Collins
... not satisfied

worked her way up the middle, and
finally passed back to Schofield on her
left. The senior forward blasted the ball
past Rocket goalie Sherri Mikolon to tie
the score at 1-1.
Aside from one flurry late in the first
half, the home team was rarely able to
get the ball into the Toledo end of the
field. Michigan had only six shots on net
all game.

By STEVE HERZ
Special to the Daily
PONTIAC - The season is just three
games old, but it appears that the
Pistons already have us aboard their
annual rollercoaster ride.
After being pasted by two of the
NBA's elite, the Knicks and Celtics,
Detroit took on the league doormat
Cleveland Cavaliers last night. Yes, the
Pistons got their first win, 124-107, but
impressive it was not.
COACH CHUCK Daly was not ec-
static with the results, saying, "We've
still got a ways to go.'' Nonetheless the
coach welcomed the team's first win
with open arms. "It wasn't pretty," he
said, "but it's still nice to get that first
win."
The Cavs (0-3) quickly showed the

crowd why they haven't won this
season. Kelly Tripucka scored six of
his team-high 31 points as the Pistons
reeled off the game's first 12 points.
As it turned out that was the game,
right there. Cleveland crawled to within
nine at the end of one period, trailing 35-
26. But the Pistons then broke off a 14-4
spurt to start off the second period and
led 64-48 at intermission.
The Cavs could not pose a serious
threat to the Pistons' cushion in the
second half, coming within ten points on
several occasions but never trimming
the lead to one digit.
Detroit center Bill Laimbeer
dominated play from the middle. He
filled up the nets for 15 points, had 15
rebounds, while limiting Cleveland
rookie Melvin Turpin to two points.

Said Laimbeer, "I assume he didn't
play a very good game."
Penguins 4, Red Wings 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Wayne
Babych scored two goals to lead the Pit-
tsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 National
Hockey League victory over the Detroit
Red Wings last night.
Babych broke a 1-1 tie with 1:48 left in
the second period when he scored on a
pass from Mario Lemieux. Lemieux
carried the puck in from the red line,
avoided two checks and slipped a pass
to Babych, who beat goalie Greg
Stefan.
Warren Young gave Pittsburgh a 3-1
lead at 2:17 of the third period, when he
took a pass from Lemieux and fired a
slap shot past Stefan.

Blue Lines
Icers No. 5 in nation...
..who would have believed it?
By ADAM MARTIN
IT'S HARD to believe, isn't it.
The Wolverine hockey team is ranked fifth in the country, after just six
conference games. Who would have thought last year's club - a team
drowning in ninth-place ineptitude of the CCHA - would resurrect itself so
quickly?
Certainly not new head coach Red Berenson. The former Michigan and
NHL star stressed before the 1984-'85 campaign began that improvement
was his main concern - improvement from season to season.
Granted, Berenson was enthusiastic about disposing of last season's
dismal program and replacing it with a championship hockey team, but he
wasn't about to do it in one season, let alone six games.
Yet, after featuring a powerful, high-scoring offense in four of those con-
tests, along with a solid defense, the Wolverines have been suddenly hailed
as one of the top ten teams in the country by America's college hockey coaches.
But listen, don't get too excited, at least not yet.
Michigan has yet to play 85% of its season, and the bottom can fall out
quickly, just ask Bo.
In all the glory of last Friday's down-to-the-wire victory over Bowling
Green (John Bjorkman nailed the winning goal with 48 seconds left in
regulation) and a Wolverine team that has outscored opponents 32-24,
Michigan has still had its problems.
After watching the Wolverines lose twice from the pressbox, it is safe to
say the problems are real and will have to be remedied before Michigan can
honestly be a topten team.
For starters, the Wolverines' opportunistic
effort has been questionable. While being out-
played for most of the game in losses to
Miami and Bowling Green, Michigan had its
chances to mount comebacks, if only the team
could have converted its many good scoring
opportunities.
And just as winning has its posititve side-
effects, there is a chain reaction "to the
Wolverine woes.
In its two losses, much of the team's
inability to put the puck in the net resulted
from doing time in the penalty box. Saturday
night in Bowling Green, Michigan was called
for 16 two-minute minors, causing it to play
almost half the game shorthanded. And when
the Wolverines had the man-advantage, they Norton
failed to score - six times.
As Red put it, "We didn't make 'em count."
Not converting your opportunities has a good deal to do with momentum,
also. Michigan failed to generate one iota of momentum Saturday night,
much to the distress of the players who fought back with illegal ice conduct.
Still, it 's not as if the Wolverines couldn't identify why they lost.
Brad Jones, the club's leading scorer, was quick to blame the malady of
over-confidence. One that he felt can be very contagious.
"We didn't come ready to play Saturday night," said the Sterling Heights
native, "we were probably too high on Friday night's win, and we didn't take
it with us."
Jones also lamented the amount of time Michigan spent shorthanded
because it played havoc with the Wolverines effort to generate offense.
The loss to Miami resulted from similar complications.
"We went in Friday night knowing we were going to win," said rookie
defenseman Jeff Norton of his club's first contest of the season two weeks
ago. "We took it for granted that we were gong to win Saturday and we didn't
come alive."
Not coming alive is something good teams shouldn't have to worry about,
according to Jones, especially on the road.
"We can't get too overconfident over one win," he said, "the good teams
have to win on the road, and it's not good enough to go .500."
Which brings us back to the fifth-place ranking. If Michigan has been
playing .500 hockey on the road and been spending 40% of its ice time in the
penalty box, how can coaches rank the squad fifth?
It's simple. The Wolverines' explosive offense and prevent defense
produced four solid victories, all of which have overshadowed the negatives
- at least in the coaches' minds.
But as Bob Richardson, head coach of the number-one ranked Boston
University Terriers, put it, "It's nice for people to think that highly of us so
early, but I don't want to be complacent about it. It's not an achievement in a
tangible sense."
'Nuff said.
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