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Wolverines look to rebound,

rebuild

Norton and recruits
to dominate defense

By SCOTT G. MILLER
Hockey coach Red Berenson is in
charge of rebuilding the skyscraper of
a program known as Michigan
hockey. The Wolverines' 64 years of
competition have produced a record
seven NCAA championships. As head
architect, Berenson is designing his
own blue prints and recruiting his own
construction crew.
If last season is any indication, the
third-year head coach is well on his
way to enjoying a view from the pen-
thouse of the hockey world.
MICHIGAN FINISHED eighth in
the Central Collegiate Hockey
Association with a 12-26 record and
failed to better the 1983-84 campaign's
mark of 13-16-1. Despite the disap-
pointing record, Berenson and his
squad broke ground for many years of
future success.
The Wolverines proved they could
play with the best teams in the nation.
Michigan split a pair of contests with
1983-84 NCAA national champion RPI,
winning an 11-0 overtime contest.
The team also split its season series
with CCHA rivals Bowling Green and
Michigan State, which were both
ranked in the top ten much of the
season. The Wolverines lost a hard
fought series to the eventual national
champion Spartans in the opening
round of the league playoffs.
"WE SHOWED WE were capable of
beating a good team, but we weren't a
consistent team'" said Berenson.
"Defensively, we cost ourselves too
many games."
Potentially, the defense will win
games this year. Newly elected team
captain Jeff Norton returns as the

foreman of Berenson's construction
crew. The junior's aggressive play
combined with his 15 goals and 30
assists enabled him to win the Hal
Downes Trophy as the team's Most
Valuable Player. The Acton, Mass.
native also garnered the Vic Heyliger
Award as Michigan's Outstanding
Defenseman; marking the first time a

their place is head plumber Myles
O'Connor. The sophomore is in charge
of plugging defensive leaks. O'Connor
(6-19-25) will benefit from his heavy
workload last year and is developing
into another of the CCHA's best
defenders.
Four freshmen will join the plum-
bing squad. Todd Copeland, Brad
Turner, Randy Kwong, and Alex
Roberts help compose one of
Michigan's finest recruiting classes
ever. Copeland was one of the top
recruits in the U.S.
"This is a big-league class," said
Berenson. "There are some kids here

'We showed we were
capable of beating a good
team, but we weren't a
consistent team. Defen-
sively, we cost ourselves
too many games.'
-Head coach
Red Berenson

the skyscraper. Shraples led the Pen-
tiction Knights to the Centennial Cup,
the Canadian Tier II Junior A Cham-
pionship, by winning 25 of 28 playoff
games. Junior Tim Makris (5.48) and
sophomore Mike Rossi (6.32) are the
backups.
Master craftsmen Brad Jones, Brad
McCaughey, and Todd Brost will
provide the offense. Jones (28-39-67)
operates the blow torch that fuels the
Wolverine attack. He won the Doc
Losh Tropy given to the team's
leading scorer for the second straight
season.
McCAUGHEY IS the construction
crew's riveter. Frequently, the
rugged right winger rivets opponents
into the boards. Despite being slowed
by a midseason shoulder injury, Mc-
Caughey had 24 goals and 26 assists.
Brost is the electrician who sparks the
team with his drive. The 5-9
sophomore (9-26-35) won the Dekers
Club Award as the most colorful
rookie.
"There is no question Brost is a
leader," said Berenson. "You can
see it in the way he plays and the
way he conducts himself. He is here to
win."
So are the construction workers that
wear hard hats. The lunch-pail gang
includes forwards Billy Powers (15-
28-43), Bruce Macnab, Jeff Urban,
Joe Lockwood, Mike Cusack, Sean
Baker, Paul Rossi, and John Bjork-
man.
Joining the hard hats are recruits
Ryan Pardoski, Mike Moes, and
Bryan Deasley. They replace wingers
Tom Stiles (13-29-42), Chris Seychel
(12-26-38), and captain Frank
Downing (20-9-29), a second-team All-
American.

Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Winger Joe Lockwood exhibits the hard-checking style coach Red Beren-
son hopes to employ. Sporadic forechecking in the defensive zone hurt the
Wolverines last season.

defenseman won the award in his first
two seasons of play.
"Jeff established himself as an all-
star quality defenseman in the
CCHA," said Berenson. "His senior
year (1987-88) should bring our
program to the highest level it has
been in if everything falls into place."
ANOTHER TAKE charge defender
who will help Norton put opponents in

that really have some potential."
THE NEW PLUMBERS should
compensate for the loss of Todd
Carlile (6-20-26), Bill Brauer (1-2-3),
and Pat Goff (2-12-14), the Alton
Simms Trophy winner for most im-
proved player.
The. strengthened defense will help
freshman goalie Warren Sharples,
whose task is to lay the foundation of

New recruits fill tankers
with ideas of Big Ten Tide

Junior Brad McCaughney will again be an integral part of the Michigan
midseason shoulder injury.

Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
attack. The rugged forward scored 24 goals last season, despite a nagging

Stickers
By CHRISTIAN MARTIN
The bad news is all the players from
last year's field hockey team will be
back. The good news is that the team
should be healthy and greatly im-
proved.
A full squad returning is bad news-
because the 1985 field hockey season
couldn't have been worse. Devastated
by injuries, the team posted a dismal
1-14-2 record and could barely score a
goal.
AFTER RUNNING, lifting weights,
and practicing all winter long,
however, the Wolverines .are looking
to rebound from last year's season-
long debacle. Coach Karen Collins
thinks her club may be able to remedy
its problems. "They are coming off of
terrific winter practice sessions," she
said, "where the entire team worked
together and reinforced each player's
game.
In winter practice, junior Trisha
Mondul emerged as a potent offensive
weapon. "Trisha has made a tremen-
dous improvement over winter prac-
tice," said Collins. "She's developed a
much stronger shot on goal, one of the
more powerful I've seen."
If Michigan can develop some of-

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seekoffensive
fensive punch this year, with the NORTHWESTERN coach Nar
return of injured midfielders Joan Stevens feels "the conference isg
Taylor and Jane Nixon, they could ting better every year." In her pre
climb out of the. Big Ten cellar, a post tion of the conference leaders, Io
they've occupied for two consecutive and Northwestern, and near lead
seasons. Stevens made no mention
"GETTING OUT of the cellar. Oh Michigan.
boy! That's our number one goal," But all is not lost. Underestimat
Collins said. "Our priority this winter the value of a complete return
has been to work on things we need to team would bg a grave mistake. A
do to chop away at the bottom." Collins has an impressive recruit
What the Wolverines can rely on is class led by Chesire, Conn. h
defense. Spearheaded by goalie schoolers Juhy-Burinskis and Sha
Maryann Bell, the defense was solid Canter with 'Long Islander Il
all last year, securing both of the Meadows coming in for added punc
Wolverines' ties with shutouts "(Michigan) had a lot of key
defense also held Purdue's Boiler- juries last .year," Stevens explain
makers scoreless, supplying the "K.C.'s had a great recruiting clz
energy for Michigan's only victory. She's signed two players that sho
Still, competing in the Big Ten be able to help out immediately."
makes Michigah a tough bet to im- In addition Michigan has a str
prove. "We've got a very strong bench led by talented sophomc
schedule," said Collins. Diane Pentaleri and Sara Clark, v

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By LISA CHERNEV
Having completed his first season as
head coach of the women's swimming
team, Jim Richardson is making
some waves of his own in the University's
Matt Mann Pool.
Last season the Wolverines used 12
swimmers (18 is normal) but still
managed to finish a respectable fifth
place in the Big Ten, at 11-4. With that
tucked away in his pocket, Richar-
dson went recruiting.
AND HE succeeded.
Richardson-expects to add 13 .to 15
freshmen to complement ten retuir-
ning swimmers. "We'll finally be able
to field a team, from the number
standpoint," said Richardson.
"We'll probably have the oppor-
tunity to finish in the top three of the
Big Ten," he said. "But can't predict
because you don't now how they'll
(the freshmen) adjust
academically."
RICHARDSON has signed Gwen
DeMAAT of Grand Rapids, Mich.
DeMAAT's name appears twice on
the list of nation-leading times in the
1985-86 High School record book. In
the 200 freestyle she leads the country
with a 1:49.71, and in the 500 freestyle
a 4:51.09 puts her third in the country.
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To date DeMAAT is the only swim-
mer commtted to Michigan in writing.
But three other scholarship athletes
have committed verbally: Jennifer
Eck (Le Grange Lyone, Ill.); Amy
Appelhans (Rolling Hills Estates,
Calif.); and Linda Friedberg (Cincin-
nati, Ohio). Eck's time of 1:06.19 to
the 100 breaststroke places her 14th on
the list of 1985-86 National High
School Best Times.
Five other swimmers have made
verbal committments to become
Wolverines as walk-ons: Amy Honig
(freestyle, Ann Arbor); Laura Rollins
(backstroke, Algonac, Mich); Lisa
Cash (Junior National Qualifier in the
100 freestyle and 100 backstroke,
Birmingham, Mich); Kirsten Hirsch
(Belview, Wash.); and Stacey Wein-
thaler (Hillsborough, Calif.).
"We're still working on a world
class butterflier from Canada and a
quality freestyler from Mich," said
Richardson, refusing to name
prospects unitl something more
definite surfaces.
We're already happy with the nine
committed swimmers," he added.
"They'll make us competitive right
away.
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