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Thursday, September 19,1991
'M' Lax aims for Big
Men's lacrosse prepares for spring season with fall exhibitions
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by Bruce Inosencio
With the return of coach Bob
DiGiovanni and many returning
starters, the Michigan men's
lacrosse team looks to capture its
third straight Big Ten Club
Lacrosse League title. The prepara-
tion will begin with a fall exhibi-
tion season that will stress condi-
DiGiovanni has been gone for a
year, as he started a program at Ann
Arbor Pioneer High School, but he
is back at the helm of an experienced
team at Michigan.
The coach is confident of the
team's ability, yet unsure how it
will fare against other Big Ten
schools. "The fall will be impor-
tant for me to assess the potential
of the team," DiGiovanni said. "I
am, however, hopeful that we will
be able to compete for the Big Ten
Club Lacrosse Championship."
For fall tune-up games, a home
matchup against Western Michigan
has been confirmed and the team
will also be playing either Bowling
Green or Toledo. There are also ten-
tative plans to travel to a weekend
tournament. Although there are
only a few fall games scheduled, the
three weekly practices will help
new players as well as veterans
sharpen their stick skills and fun-
Defensive players Ken Nick,
Aaron Axel, Bill Kolakowski, and
Tony Martinez have handled the de-
fensive responsibilities effectively
the past few years, as the Wolver-
ines have usually taken a tenacious
approach toward defense.
Whereas many Big Ten teams
jean toward a defense that is some-
what lackadaisical on ground balls
and in-bounds plays, Michigan
tightens up and applies pressure. The
Wolverines' swarming defense has
been tough to score on in past years,
and this year should be no different.
A strong defense, however, will
not win games without an offense.
The six foot by six foot goal should
be shot at frequently by attackmen
Tony DiGiovanni, Ian Laing, and
Marc Silbergeld. Senior Silbergeld
has anchored this area of the squad
for the past three years, and his
experience on the field is going to be
a big part of the Michigan scoring
The offensive midfield is just as
strong as its defensive counterparts.
The quick ball movement of John;
Paul, Dave Morath, Ranjiv Advani,
and Adam Levy will prove to be in-
strumental throughout the season.
Hustle is another aspect of the, .
game in which Michigan has risen
above its competition in past years.'
Junior Ivan Frank, recipient of last .
season's Mr. Hustle award, willa
lead the charge once again.
This is the 28th season for men's
lacrosse, making it one of the oldest
club teams at Michigan. Undoubt-
edly this group has the ability and
experience necessary to win three ;
Big Ten titles in a row. The team be-
gins its season with a mass meeting
Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. in 1250
The men's lacrosse team, two-time defending Big Ten Champions, opens
its fall exhibition season today in preparation for the spring campaign.
" 'Iowa snares top
RECRUITING NOTEBOOK Michigan recru
by Albert Lin
Daily Basketball Writer
The rich will not get richer, at least not for
The Wolverines lost out on the top basketball
recruit in Michigan yesterday when Battle Creek
Central senior Kenyon Murray announced his
intentions to attend Iowa.
He listed Iowa's academic programs and coach
Tom Davis' style of play as two factors in his
The 6-foot-7 senior had narrowed his choices
down to two, eventually electing the Hawkeyes
over Michigan. His original list of schools also
included Kentucky, Notre Dame, Michigan State,
Ohio State, and UCLA.
LaPorte (Ind.) Herald-Argus sports editor
Dave Krider, who runs a summer camp and ranks
players and teams for several national publica-
tions, said that everyone he had spoke with in
Michigan considered Murray the state's top
"He is a real good small forward," Krider
said. "He has good quickness, good jumping abil-
ity, good shooting ability. The question is
whether he'll move over and be a big guard. I
think he's fluent and athletic enough (to make the
In addition, Murray's team is one of the best
in the country, and will be ranked in USA To-
day's preseason poll.
Michigan already has received a verbal com-
mitment from Clarkston senior Dugan Fife,
who is also considered among the state's top five.
A 6-foot-2 guard, Fife will follow in the
footsteps of his father, Dan, who played for
Michigan from 1968-1971, captaining the squad
during his senior year.
NO KIDD-ING: Alameda (Calif.) St. Joseph
Notre Dame senior Jason Kidd also announced
yesterday his college plans. Kidd will stay at
home and attend California.
Kidd is almost unanimously regarded as the
best player in the country. Some experts even felt
that last year, he was the top player in the United
States regardless of class.
The 6-foot-4 Kidd is a do-it-all guard. "He can
beat you with his defense, his passing," Krider
said. "He's not a tremendous shooter, but he gets
a lot of points. He can score off steals, off re-
bounds, or just plain shooting.
"He plays so hard, and brings his teammates
to another level. When your superstar is out there
playing his butt off, the rest of the team has to
"He's looked up to so
much by the younger kids.;
If he was playing with aG
third-grader who had a
better shot than him, he
would give up the ball. Hek
is so unselfish and has a,
lot of charisma.".
Bob Gibbons of All-'
Star Sports wrote last
year that "some Westr
Coast coaches believe
(Kidd) will bypass col- Kidd
lege and go directly to the
NBA." The few athletes who have gone to the
NBA without playing in high school all have
been big men, with the ability to physically
It appears that Kidd will go to school for at
least one or two years, but "his biggest hurdle is
he's got to get eligible (under Proposition 48),"
Krider said. If he does not score high enough, he
may still decide to turn pro.
THE TOP FIVE: In addition to Kidd, the
players generally considered the best in the coun-
try include three other swingmen.
Rodrick Rhodes is a 6-foot-7 forward at Jer-
sey City (N.J.) St. Anthony's. He is an incredible
athlete, and is expected to be turned loose this
year by coach Bob Hurley. He has played behind
the likes of Bobby Hurley, Jerry Walker, Terry
Dehere, and Danny Hurley as an underclassman,
and this is his year to shine.
Rhodes reduced his school list to five in the
spring. Seton Hall, with former teammates
Walker, Dehere and Danny Hurley, may be the
Steve Edwards, a 6-foot-5 swingman out of
Miami Senior, is an outstanding offensive player.
"He has to work on his guard skills, handling the
ball and protecting the ball," Krider said. "As a
shooter, he's right up there with the big guys. He
just has to learn how to handle the smaller,
The brother of Florida State forward Doug
Edwards, Steve has said he will not attend the
same school as his brother, also a former high-
Othello Harrington is the best big man in the
country. At 6-foot-9, he is an incredible re-
bounder and top-notch shotblocker. Krider said
the competition in Mississippi is not up to par
with the rest of the country, and whether or not
he can perform well against quality opposition is
the big question mark with Harrington.
He attends the same high school, Jackson
(Miss.) Murrah, that produced Alabama sopho-
more James "Hollywood" Robinson.
Corliss Williamson is also a 6-foot-7 for-
ward. He is a strong offensive player, but if he is
to play forward in college, he will have to bulk
up and crash the boards more, according to Krider.
A senior at Russellville High, Williamson is
expected to stay in-state and play for Nolan
Richardson at Arkansas.
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Michigan's Magic Running Wild
Michigan's Desmond Howard earns national attention as he is
captured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Hitting newsstands
yesterday, this week's Sports Illustrated has extensive coverage of
Saturday's victory over Notre Dame.
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