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The Michigan Daily
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, September 26, 1990
Blue faces Chippewas
'M' stickers look to continue winning streak
by Josh Dubow
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan field hockey team
travels to Mount Pleasant today for a
match against the Central Michigan
Chippewas. The Wolverines (5-2)
will try to continue the strong play
they displayed this past weekend in
posting impressive 2-0 and 3-0
victories over Ball State and
Michigan State respectively.
Wolverine star senior midfielder
Josee Charvet, who scored two goals
Sunday against Michigan State,
looks for this game to be similar to
past matches between the two
"It has always been competitive
between us," Charvet said. "They
have a solid defense, but if we
continue playing our style we should
The Chippewas played a match
earlier this year in Ann Arbor
against Northwestern losing 8-3.
First-year forward Kalli Hose, after
seeing Central, describes the
Chippewas as a "scrappy team that
works hard on the field."
Hose also expressed the same
sentiment as Charvet: "If we play up
to our level of play, instead of down
to theirs, we should win. We need to
continue to play with the same
intensity level we displayed this past
The Wolverine attack also will be
powered by senior sweeper Patricia
Maran. Sunday, Maran anchored the
Michigan defense, consistently clear-
ing the ball out of the Wolverine end
of the field. Along with her strong
defensive play, Maran delivered the
third goal in the victory.
After today's game, the Wolver-
ines continue their nine game road
trip with weekend matches against
Northwestern and Northern Illinois.
Charvet leads renewed attack
ANTHONY M. CROLL'Daiiy
Josee Charvet, the senior co-captain of the Michigan field hockey team, sets up for a penalty shot which she
later scored on against Northwestern earlier this season.
MILLIGAN FALLS VICTIM TO MICHIGAN TURF
Plans set for switch to grass
by Eric Lemont
Daily Football Writer
Several weeks ago, it was punter Chris Stapleton.
Last Saturday it was inside linebacker John Milligan.
Both players suffered breaks in their feet serious
enough to sideline them for several weeks - and
both, according to football coach Gary Moeller
occurred with no bodily contact from another player.
Is the artificial turf of Michigan Stadium
responsible for these recent injuries?
Moeller said, "I don't know if it has a lot to do
with the field. Maybe it did."
However, according to sports information director
Bruce Madej, grass should cover the field of Michigan
Stadium within the next two years.
When Michigan makes the switch to grass, it will
be patterned after the field currently in place at Iowa's
Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes installed their grass
field one year ago along with a system that drains
excess water before it becomes a problem. This
underground plumbing/drainage network will also be
used with Michigan's field.
"The reason I'm looking forward to a grass field is
that when we went down to Iowa it was the best field
we've played on in a long time. I don't want to be
playing on a muddy field. If you can control the water
level you can play on a better surface (grass)."
Michigan's decision to remove the artificial turf
that has plastered the stadium since 1969 is part of a
Big Ten-wide trend.
"I would encourage every school to get off that
carpet and on to grass," Iowa coach Hayden Fry said.
Ohio State coach John Cooper also expressed his
approval of Ohio Stadium's switch: "We've only
played one game here on grass, but we're extremely
pleased with it. We love it. And I think you'll see
more and more teams reverting to grass in the near
Other than possible problems caused by inclement
weather, the only reservation Moeller feels about
playing on grass is the equalizing effect it has on
talent. Quicker players who can use the firm footing
of a turf field to their advantage both running and
jumping might be at a slight disadvantage on a grass
"The better athlete can better express himself on
an artificial field because the footing is perfect,"
by Rod Loewenthal
Daily Sports Writer
Who can tell what the most
important factor is concerning the
drastic improvement of this year's
Michigan field hockey team, posting
an impressive 5-2 record and recent
back-to-back shutouts over Ball
State and Michigan State?
One thing is for sure - this
year's co-captain Josee Charvet is
spearheading the resurgence of an
invigorated and talented field hockey
Equipped with enough ability and
desire to start all four years at
Michigan, Charvet explained her
fervor for the game as "working with
other people on a common goal."
And goals have been foremost in
Josee's mind these past few weeks,
not only in scoring them, but also
in setting goals for the team: "We
all had a concerted team effort in
establishing goals for this season,
which were we wanted to beat
Michigan State twice and to beat the
two big teams in our conference:
Iowa and Northwestern," she said.
To date, mixed results have been
the outcome of these ambitions. The
Wolverines lost to Northwestern
earlier in the season before blanking
State last weekend 3-0.
"State was a big win since we
had been really striving for it,"
Charvet said. "Northwestern we
came close to beating and we'll have
another shot at them later on."
On the field the senior co-captain
has committed herself to becoming
more of a scoring threat. "I'm pretty
satisfied with (my scoring) lately."
Last weekend against Michigan
State Charvet had good reason to be
happy with her performance as she
scored twice in a span of 60 seconds.
A French native, Charvet moved
to Great Neck, New York with her
family when she was just four years
old and began playing field hockey
in the eighth grade. As it turns out,
Charvet played on the Empire State
all-star team together with her now
current co-captain Patricia Maran
when-the two were in high school.
According to Charvet the two co-
captains could not have more drastic
leadership styles. "Tricia is more of
the quiet type, she helps out one-on-
one and leads by example. I'm more
of the vocal type and I never shut-
up. I think it's a very nice
Charvet feels that the team's
improvement over last year is a
combination of coaching and better
team chemistry. She credits much of
Michigan's turnaround to new assist-
ant coach Meri Dembrow. "She's a
real disciplinarian and she speaks her
mind. That's really good for our
team to hear," Charvet said. "When
she's unhappy everyone knows it.
Besides being a team leader on
the field, the senior standout has
assumed a similar role when she's
off the field. Charvet is also the
coordinator for the project outreach
program that takes students to the
Huron Valley Women's Facility
which is a maximum security prison
in an attempt to get to know the
women living there. This experience
has spurred her interest in criminal
law encouraging the psychology
major to attend law school next fall.
"I don't know which side of the
law I want to work on," Charvetd
said. "I just know that it's very sad
going to the prison since there's no.
rehabilitation going on there at all."
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Brett just too good to r
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by Jim Foss
Daily Sports Contributor
George Brett will win the American League batting title this year. He
has just been too tough on pitchers in the second half of the season not to.
In the process, the Kansas City Royals' first baseman will become the first.
*layer in the history of major league baseball to win a batting title in three
A young Brett won his first title in 1976 by maintaining a .336 batting
average. Then in 1980, Brett made a run at becoming the first player since
Ted Williams in 1941 to hit .400 (Williams hit .406), before settling for a
Though Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics and Rafael Palmeiro
of the Texas Rangers are still hitting in the low .320's and have chances of
catching Brett, who is currently at .332, it seems unlikely that Brett will
cool off enough to even give them the opportunity.
Since the All-Star break, Brett has had the hottest bat in the majors,
itting for a .389 average, while belting 11 home runs, smashing 32
doubles, and knocking in 54 runs.
The George Brett who batted in the first three months of the season was
far from the one people had become accustomed to watching. He had hit
over .300 in nine seasons. On opening day, Brett began what would be a
poor month by going 0-for-6 against the Baltimore Orioles.
By the beginning of May, Brett was hitting just .216, and he was
demoted from third in the batting order (a spot which he has occupied for
most of the 1980's) to sixth. Brett started to play well again in May, but
then slumped throughout June. He hit the All-Star break hitting only .267
with just 29 RBI's.
With the Royals in dead last in their division after expecting to contend
for the American League West crown and with his own statistics sagging,
Brett must have pondered retirement.
After all, he was 37 years old on a team which decided to emphasize
youth the second half of the season.
Any questions about how George Brett would respond during the second
half of the season were answered the first day back from the All-Star break.
In the game, Brett began what would be a 15-game hitting streak by ripping
three doubles. Throughout August, Brett's average continued to climb. Day
after day, he continued to move up on numerous all-time offensive
Brett has attributed his resurgence to a change in mechanics. His early
season slump was a result of committing too early on pitches and not
waiting for the pitch to come to him. Even when he was making contact, he
was unable to hit the ball solidly. This spelled disaster for a man who had
made a living in the big leagues drilling the ball to all fields.
Brett did struggle at the plate early in the season, as both his average and
his confidence hit all-time lows. However, it was days like August 10th,
when he went 7-for-10 in a doubleheader, that made everyone realize just
how great a baseball player George Brett still is. His stroke, a result of his
discipline and instruction from the late Charlie Lau, is still one of the
sweetest in all of baseball.
So don't concede the race to Brett, just expect him to win it. Brett
doesn't want the title handed to him. He expects to go out there and
continue to both frustrate young pitchers and to confound the critics who
say that his best years are behind him.
Just expect Brett to make history and sit back and watch. Just check the
box score the final days of the season and count on seeing a couple of hits
next to Brett's name each day, as a future hall of famer finishes off what has
been a Jeckyll and Hyde season.
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