Page 8. - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 4, 1985
Intensity drives laxmen
By HOWARD SOLOMON
Here's a trivia quiz, for all you die-hard Michigan fans.
What Wolverine team is the returning Big Ten tournament
champions, sports a membership of 60, and on a good day at-
tracts about 25 spectators? If you guessed soccer, try again.
The sport is Lacrosse and according to many people it's one
of the fastest, most exciting games played.
THE MICHIGAN LACROSSE Club has achieved a degree
of excellence over the past few years that is almost un-
paralelled at the University. The laxmen's (that's
right-laxmen) season is but a month old, and the team's
already captured six victories.
Lacrosse, however, is virtually unknown to most Wolverine
fans because of its status as a club sport. Nevertheless, the
Wolverines have beaten many established varsity teams and
field an impressive crew of former
collegiate stars, such as 37 year-old
defenseman Dana Friend, a former All-
American at Ohio State. "Dana T b ~
definitely inspires others," said
sophomore clubmate Jon Harwood.
"He picks up the tempo of the game.
THE CLUB'S motto is "Intensity and
Composure" both of which have, been
amply demonstrated early in the season. No team has come
within six goals of the Wolverines thus far. Admittedly the
competition has been relatively weak, with victories notched
against such "powerhouses" as Miami of Ohio, Hope,,
Hillsdale and Ashland Colleges. But according to club
President Steve Frielander, these games serve as a tune up
for tougher, future contests. "Michigan State, Ohio Wesleyan
and most of the teams in the Big Ten tournament will be
tough," he noted.
However, Frielander added, "We have the capability to
beat every team that we play. We play experienced teams
and inexperienced ones. We play teams of first-year players
and te'ams that have people who have been in the spot for
twenty years. I think that we can play with the best of them."
Togetherness has been the key to much of the club's suc-
cess., ''The older guys are always willing to help out the
younger, less experienced guys," said Spencer Brown, a
"We work excellent as a team," Harwood added. "A lot of
the guys have been playing together for four of five years. In
general we're more together than most of the teams we've
played so far."
Ironically, the greatest adversity the lacrosse club has
faced so far has not been their opponents, but raising funds to
support themselves. Although the University subsidizes
some expenses, each active member must contribute $25,000
for both the fall and spring seasons.
The team also sells programs at hockey games as a means
of creating revenue. But not everyone is happy with having to
support the club. Many players believe that the University
has overlooked their success.
"We're getting the shaft," said freshman Bill Goldbert.
"Michigan State, Ohio, and even Ashland College have
established varsity teams. I think that
the school is afraid to give us varsity
status because they think that we might
.. lose money. But we've established our-
selves and should be given a chance."
Regardless of whether the lacrosse
team gains varsity status, it is arguable
one of the most exciting and successful
teams representing Michigan. This
year the Big Ten championships will be held April 13 and 14
at Tartan Turf, right here in Ann Arbor.
"We're looking to repeat (as champions)," Frielander
said, "and we sure could use some support.""
Henderson to miss four games
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Rickey Henderson,
the base-stealing whiz and outfielder acquired by the New
York Yankees during the winter, was placed on the 15-day
disabled list and will miss the first four games of the 1985
season, the team said yesterday.
Henderson went on the disabled list retroactive to March 30
because of a sprained left ankle. He was hurt in an exhibition
game March 17 while sliding into third base.
He will be eligible to return to the active roster on April 14.
The Yankees open the 1985 regular season April 8 in Boston.
Daily Photo by BRAD MILLS
Defenseman Sheldon Ross jousts with attacker Matt Dawe (12) as the two laxmen duel in a lacrosse club practice
session yesterday at Tartan Turf.
PALM SPRINGS (AP) - Negotiators
for, major league baseball players and
club owners reached agreement
yesterday to expand the league playoffs
from five to seven games beginning this
Don Fehr, acting executive director
of the Major League Players
Association, and chief management
negotiator Lee MacPhail jointly an-
nounced the agreement following a one
hour afternoon meeting.
THE MAIN topic of disagreement -
distribution in television revenue from
the two extra games in each league -
was resolved for the time being. The
two sides agreed to place the money in-
to escrow next Sept. 16 if the overall
issue, of splitting broadcast revenue
isn't resolved by then.
Following the announcement, the
negotiators reconvened to continue
discussion on other topics effecting a
new Basic Agreement. The afternoon
session represented the 21st since
negotiations began. No further sessions
have been scheduled yet.
"We are pleased with the construc-
tive attitude of Don Fehr and the
Players Associat4Wn in helping to
resolve this problem," commented
MacPhail, president of the owners'
Player Relations Committee.
"We hope to move on from here to
tackle the problems that still exist
before a final Basic Agreement is
Both sides appear to be resigned to
continue negotiations through the
summer and are wary of imposing any
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