vs. Ferris State
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena
The Michigan Daily'
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 10, 1989
Can Blue continue mastery over Ferris
by Eric Lemont
Daily Hockey Writer
Both coaches of this weekend's Michigan-Ferris
State hockey series described the Bulldogs' season as
"up and down." Having tied their last three games,
Ferris State effort of late might best be described as "in
The Wolverines have also been inconsistent in the
win column, starting the season at 3-0-1 before losing
three of their last four games.
Michigan head coach Red Berenson believes that the
Wolverines' poor play in Sault Saint Marie against
Lake Superior State carried over into the first game
against Bowling Green last Thursday. Michigan lost all
"We haven't had real stable momentum," Berenson
said. "That's a combination of a long road trip and
injuries. You need a home game in there," he said.
But Michigan comes into this weekend as strong as
it has been all season. Injured players have recovered and
Brad Turner, who has been sidelined all season because
of a broken wrist, will be able to play this weekend, if
In addition, Michigan has just completed a stretch
that had them playing seven of its first eight games on
the road. In their first home game of the season, last
Friday, the Wolverines defeated Bowling Green 4-1.
"That was a very big win as we had to get things
turned around," Berenson said. "We want to build on
last weekend and establish some home (ice) presence."
Facing the Bulldogs (1-4-3) this weekend might
facilitate the accomplishment of this goal. The Wol-
verines (4-3-1) have won six of the last seven meetings
between the two schools including all four last year. In
their four losses to the Wolverines last year, the
Bulldogs scored only three goals.
"Michigan has to be considered one of the top teams
in the league," Ferris State coach John Perpich said.
"They skate well and they move the puck. It's difficult
to find a weakness." He said that his team's success will
depend on scoring more goals and playing better with-
out the puck on a more consistent basis.
Berenson has also seen the inconsistencies in the
Bulldogs' play. "On the positive side, they defeated
Michigan State and that was a big upset. On the neg-
ative side, they tied two games, (against Miami) one in
which they were up 4-1," he said.
"We have to learn to play with a lead and we have to
get better at finishing so we can increase our leads,"
Perpich said. "It's just a matter of bearing down and
challenging teams when they are trying to come at us."
The Bulldogs are led by a strong sophomore class,
including Norm Krumpschmid, the team's leading
scorer (2-8-10), and Chuck Wiegand (5-4-9) who had
three goals in the win over Michigan State.
Berenson, however, is most concerned with junior
"We know dePourcq is very dangerous and he has~
always played well against us in the past," he said. In
his first year for the Bulldogs, dePourcq scored five
goals and had one assist in four games against the Wol-
verines en route to being named CCHA Rookie of the:
on Stone's centering pass is broken up by Bowling Green's Rob Blake during last weekend's home opener
Ogainst the Falcons. The Wolverines hope to build upon their perfect home record tonight against Ferris State.
Cross country teams travel to Ypsilanti for weekend meets
by John Niyo the same regional. According to Taking a break doesn't mean that by Todd Drucker cheff both suffered stress fractures at In addition to the top four tea
Daily Sports Writer coach Sue Foster, that makes it a they have quit working, though. Daily Sports Contributor the oia 10 mFst and wil not rha theakns fie
The women's cross country team
has been enjoying a well-deserved
break the past two weeks. But their
"preak" will come to an abrupt halt
this weekend when they face their
maost important race to date - the
NCAA Regionals in Ypsilanti.
The team last competed in the
gig Ten Championships on October
28, finishing third behind Indiana
and Iowa which are ranked fourth and
eghth in the nation respectively.
TIhere will be familiar faces at the
starting line this weekend since all
the Big Ten Conference and Mid-
American Conference schools are in
very tough grouping.
"Ideally, we would like to finish
first or second to qualify for nation-
als automatically. But I think if we
finished third we could get an at-
large bid since the regional is so
strong," Foster said.
Time off has given Michigan a
chance to recuperate from a tiring
regular season schedule where it ran
five different meets in five weeks.
"Having a break probably helps.
You can concentrate on training a
little more. It's tough when you
have a meet every week," Foster
Practices have taken on a bit of a
different look recently, with the
squad doing some specialized train-
ing. They spent one afternoon work-
ing on grass speed running and
another afternoon on the Michigan
The Workout is a four-and-a-half
mile trial consisting of both track
and road work. The team alternates
between the two running an initial
mile on the track and then running
two 1 3/4 mile road-track sets.
"The Michigan Workout is some-
thing we've done a few times this
fall," Foster said.
The NCAA District 4 meet in
Ypsilanti tomorrow will bring to an
end the feelings of inexperience and
frustration that marred this year's
men's cross country season.
The team hit its nadir on Oct. 27
at the Big Ten Championships when
the Wolverines came away with a
disappointing eighth place finish.
This poor performance, however, can
be attributed to the predominance of
rookies on the Michigan squad.
In fact, Michigan will be
sporting a team comprised solely of
first-year runners this weekend. Vet-
erans Darryl Eddy and Dave Dim-
There will be twenty-five teams
competing in Ypsilanti this week-
end, including the entire Big Ten and
Mid American Conference schools as
well as a number of independents,
including Notre Dame and Loyola.
The top four teams will go on to
the NCAA Championships which
will take place November 20 in
When asked what the Wolverines'
chances were to finish among the
top four teams, Michigan coach Ron
Warhurst replied "none," without
blinking an eye.
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cluding runners from teams that have
already qualified, will go to the
NCAA Championships if they are,
among the fifteen fastest times.
This could open the door for Sean
Sweat, the top Wolverine first-year:
runner, to travel to Annapolis for the
NCAA Championships. Sweat's
times have been progressively im-
proving all year long. At the Big
Ten meet two weeks ago, Sweat's
time of 25 minutes and 9 seconds in
the 8000m cut thirty seconds off his'
previous personal best -and put him
in fourteenth place.
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