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Martin adjusts to new role
Senior sweeper anchors Michigan defense

by Jeff Cameron
and R.C. Heaton
Daily Sports Contributors
The opposing forward dribbles uncontested
toward the Michigan goal. She is about to score
when, at the last possible moment, the ball is
kicked away by the Wolverine sweeper.
No, we are not talking about the person who
comes to clean your chimney. We are talking
about Leslie Martin, the anchor of the Michigan
women's soccer team's defense.
Martin made the switch to sweeper this year,
after playing halfback during her first three years
with the Wolverines.
Michigan coach Phil Joyaux had a hole to fill
on his last line of defense and the sweeper
position requires a field general. Joyaux saw the
respect Martin's teammates had for her, and his
choice was obvious.
"We needed a leader back there," Joyaux said.
"Leslie is a fine athlete, a quick learner, and her
good attitude made the switch possible."
Her good attitude can be traced to her humble
nature. When told she was being featured in an

article, the senior asked if the focus could be on
the seniors as a group. Martin always puts the
team first.
"We're trying to focus as a team," Martin
said. "That makes it a lot more fun in that
respect because when we win or when we play
well, it's a total team effort."
Martin has played soccer all of her life and
starred at Farmington (MI) High School under
the direction of coaches Ed Bartrum and Jack
Bode. She led Farmington High to a top ten state
ranking during her senior year and also lettered in
cross country and volleyball.
Although the Wolverines set no specific goals
for this season, Martin claimed that Schoolcraft
College and Michigan State are their main rivals.
The team has already defeated Schoolcraft, in
what could be considered a mild upset, and is
looking forward to upending the Spartans.
The State game has added special significance
for Martin. Her younger sister, Margaret, a first-

year student, is currently the leading goal scorer
for Michigan State.
This will be the first time the siblings have
squared off against one another. When asked if
she would take it easy on her rookie sister, the
seasoned veteran said, "I'll do whatever it takes."
The task of defeating Michigan State will be
very difficult because the Spartans are a varsity
team. The Wolverines' application for varsity
status was denied last fall and Michigan
continues to operate as a club team.
"It was not really a setback," Martin saidO
"We kind of expected it." Since they are only a
club team, the Wolverines must raise their own
money. "We do things such as donut sales,"
Martin said. "In a few weeks, we will be handing
out advertisement booklets."
The respect from her teammates can be
summed up best by sophomore forward Shannon
Loper. "Leslie deserves all the credit and praise
that she receives," Loper said. "She is a real team
player."

JOSE JUAREZ/Daly
An 11 year assistant at Michigan, Mike Boyd gets his first shot as a
head coach after named to replace Kevin Mackey at Cleveland State.

Malone makes impact on Bruin defense

BOYD
Continued from page 1
tremendous addition to its staff,"
Fisher said. "Not only is Mike Boyd
a terrific basketball coach, but he is
also the type of individual who will
add to the image and total develop-
ment of the entire University. He
will, Icpromise you, bring it addi-
tional class and success."
CSU President Dr. John A.
Flower, who spent 18 years working
at Michigan, also praised his choice.
"As a personal aside... I know you
can' t go wrong with a Michigan
man.".
Boyd learned the position was his
Monday night from Cleveland State
Athletic Director John Konstantinos,
beating out four other candidates. Af-
ter hearing the news, he phoned
.Fisher and each of the Michigan
players.

"They wished me well," Boyd
said. "I joked with Eric Riley that I
would put Michigan into our sched-
ule and we would allow him to score
just five points - (Riley) just
laughed."
Boyd began his coaching career in
1974 as an assistant coach at Kent
State. Michigan coach Johnny Orr
brought Boyd to the Wolverines five
years later.
Steve Fisher said he would begin
an immediate search for a new assis-
tant. Among the rumored possibili-
ties are Kurt Keener of Detroit
Country Day, Perry Watson of De-
troit Southwestern and Ben Kelso of
Detroit Cooley. Fisher declined to
comment who will be interviewed
for the position.
Robinson signs with Hawks
Former Michigan guard Rumeal
Robinson signed a four year contract
with the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday.

by Scott Brown
from The Daily Bruin
Waiting has become a standard
part of life at UCLA. We wait for
books, classes, food, parking, and
tickets. Even our lines have lines.
For one Bruin, however, patience
has paid off, and now the waiting is
over.
James Malone is finally getting
the chance to show what he can do
for the UCLA football team.
Entering his fourth year, the
Bruin linebacker has paid his dues.
His first year he was redshirted. He
only played on special teams his
second year. And last year he suffered
a season-ending knee injury with
four games to play.
While many players might have
given up, Malone has remained op-
timistic, using the obstacles, includ-
ing the injury, to push himself
ahead.
"You have to work hard to get

back after an injury," Malone ex-
plained. "Dislocating my kneecap
has made me want to play a lot
more. When you're hurt, it takes
that much more effort to get your
body back to where it was."
While hard work is no stranger to
Malone, football has come fairly
naturally to him throughout his ca-
reer. In his years at Pierce High in
Dallas, Malone made 262 tackles and
recovered six fumbles in only
twenty-five games. Lettering three
times in football, and once in track,
the Texas native earned honorable
mention all-America honors from
The Sporting News.
When the time came to choose a
college, it didn't take Malone long
to decide to leave the Southwest and
head for the coast.
"When I came out of high
school, the situation in Texas wasn't
very good," Malone explained.

"There were a lot of problems with
probation - it was basically just a
down time for Texas. Initially, I had
wanted to get out of state, and Cali-
fornia seemed like the place to go."
Deciding to head west still left
some significant choices for the
sought-after prep standout.
"USC, Stanford and Arizona
State all contacted me, but UCLA
had all the elements I was looking
for to grow as an individual and real-
ize my athletic and academic goals,"
Malone said.
Now healthy, Malone looks to
have a significant impact on the
Bruin defense. After a very success-
ful spring, the Bruin coaching staff
moved the 6' 2" Texan from the out-
side linebacker spot to the inside, in
order to utilize his strength and speed
against the run.
Malone has played well up the
middle in the first two games,
recording ten solo tackles - includ-
ing one tackle for a loss in the win
over Stanford.
"Our team is on a mission," the
junior insists. "We played much bet-
ter against Stanford than we did
against Oklahoma, and we just want
to keep improving every week."
So how will this year's squad dif-
fer from the 1989 team that showed

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son was a fluke," Malone said. "Two
years ago we could just go out and
win, it was easy. Last year we got
complacent and had doubts about
winning. This year there are no
doubts, we go out looking to win
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