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Men's Cross Country
Michigan Inter-Collegiate
At Eastern Michigan


vs. Northwood Institute
Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
IM Building

Thb Michigan Daily

Thursday, September 18, 1986

Page 7


'Improved stickers bring offense to life

Last year, goals for the field
hockey team were about as
common as empty seats at home
football games.
So far this season, the
Wolverines are finding the net
much more often. Their
impressive 5-1 start is a direct
effect of the increase in offensive
averaging just over two goals per
game, and they have scored in
every contest including a season-
high tdtal of five last Saturday
against Notre Dame.
These are startling figures
considering this is basically the
same team that managed a mere
three goals all last year.
"I think it's just better
execution," said senior back
Trisha Mondul.
"WE'VE BEEN able to build an
attack(in the past)," said head
coach Karen Collins, "but then
we'd lose it once we got within
scoring distance.
"Now we can maintain that
scoring drive right down to the
goal cage. We like to play a give
and go game and work the ball in
Two players who have figured
prominently in the offense are
senior midfielders Jane Nixon
and co-captain Joan Taylor. The
two missed a considerable
amount of action last season due
to injuries. Nixon missed all but
three games and Taylor was out
for six games with a broken

THE TWO are back now and
playing in top form. Nixon
scored three goals in the last two
games, and Taylor played a key
role in setting up scoring
Nixon, Taylor, and the rest of
last year's squad returned this
season determined to rebound
from last year's miserable 1-14-2
"They came back with an
attitude that they were going to be
better," explained Collins, "and
they worked very hard over the
winter and the summer to
improve their individual skills.
"WHEN YOU have the same
team returning, that gives them
extra incentive to show people that
they weren't the weak team that
everybody thought they were."
"I think winning the first
game gave us a lot of confidence;"
said Mondul, "whereas if we had
lost or tied, I don't think we would
have went into the rest of the
games with the confidence we
Another key element in
Michigan's turnaround is the
contribution of the freshmen.
"They have been able to come in
and make a difference right
away," said Collins.
FRESHMAN forward Judy
Burinskas is tied for the team
lead in goals with three.
Burinskas along with freshman
midfielder Sharon Cantor hail
from Chesire High School in
Connecticut where they were All-

State selections.
"We come from a really good
program, and they prepared us
well for the college level, so it
wasn't a big change," said
Cantor. "II feel like I've been
playing with the team all winter.
I've fit right in."
Whether the Wolverines can
carry their recent success into the
Big Ten season remains to be

seen. A good indication will
come this weekend when
Michigan travels east to face
Rhode Island and nationally-
ranked Boston College . and
Boston University.
One thing is certain, however.
If the Wolverines continue to
score goals, they are taking a step
in the right direction.

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Daily rnoto by P IEt IOS
Head field hockey coach Karen Collins keeps a watchful eye over a recent
practice. Michigan, coming off a 1-14-2 season, has started this year strong
with a 5-1 record.


Illinois' Wysinger
separates shoulder

Giants bid farewell
to kicker Haji-Sheikh
East Rutherford, N.J. Bay. He kicked in only two
(AP)-Former University of games in 1985, before suffering a
Michigan place kicker Ali Haji- severe hamstring injury.
Sheikh, who set an NFL record in "I feel sorry for him," Parcells
1983 for field goals in a season, -said. "I've waited a long time for
then never came close to him, longer than most coaches
matching that production, was would have."
waived by the New York Giants,
Coach Bill Parcells said
Haji-Sheikh, who has been
sidelined with injuries most of
the past two seasons, was placed
on the injured reserve list this
year after suffering groin and
back injuries prior to an
exhibition game against Green

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(AP)-Illinois basketball guard
Tony Wysinger is recovering
5from his second shoulder
dislocation in nine months.
Wysinger, a senior, was hurt
during a basketball workout on
campus Monday, said Coach Lou
"He had his arm extended for
the ball and sudden pressure
dislocated it," said Henson.
"We're hopeful he'll be ready to
play when practice starts October
'Wysinger opened the Big Ten
season in January with a career-
high 19 points against Minnesota,
but dislocated his shoulder in the
next game and missed four
Tigers fire Kirk
(AP)-Dana Kirk, who led
.Memphis State to the NCAA
Tournament the past five years,
was fired yesterday, the
university said in a statement.
"The termination of Mr.
Kirk's services is based upon the
university's decision to
change the leadership of the
men's basketball program,"
school President Thomas
Carpenter said.

Assistant coach Larry Finch
will be the interim head coach
until a replacement for Kirk can
be found, Carpenter said.
Kirk, 51, served as Memphis
State.head coach for seven seasons
and had a record of 158-58.

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