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'M' water polo spends 2..
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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - October 14, 1991 - Page 5
PSU overwhelms
consistent golfers

by Tim Spolar
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan is not renowned for
having hospitable waters this time
of year. Luckily for the Wol-
verines, Canham Natatorium treat-
ed them like the big fish in the
The Michigan men's water polo
team made the most of its first
home-pool advantage in 12 years by
winning the Wolverine Invitational
in convincing fashion. No game was
affected more by the partisan
Michigan crowd of nearly 300 than
Friday's 14-9 victory over Michigan
"The game was really close at
halftime," Michigan coach Scott
Russell said. "We came out in the
second half and the crowd really
fired us up. It's a tremendous dif-
ference from playing on the road."
The Wolverines continued their
romp with victories of 16-3 over
Indiana, 8-7 over Northwestern,
and 12-6 over Purdue Saturday.
The Northwestern match,
Michigan's closest of the tourna-
ment, provided the Wolverines
with a chance to avenge their one-
point loss to the Wildcats in last
weekend's tournament in Madison.
Michigan did not squander the op-
portunity, despite narrowly avoid-
ing a tying goal at the end of

"The game was really close,"
Russell said. "(Northwestern) got
a breakaway on us with almost no
time left, but (senior goalkeeper)
Mike Winkelman came through for
Michigan capped its triumphant
homecoming with an 11-6 victory
over Ohio State.
The home-pool advantage ex-
tended beyond the support of the
home crowd. The pool in Canham
Natatorium is relatively large, as
far aswater polo venues are con-
cerned, and the Wolverines com-
bined this with superb condition-
ing to wear down their opponents
throughout the tournament.
The Wolverines were led in
scoring by senior Steve Kulp and
junior Paul Murray, each of whom
netted 13 goals over the weekend.
Senior Paul Harada tallied nine
scores, while junior co-captain
Aaron Frame chipped in with eight.
"We need to get more of our
players involved (in the offense),"
Russell said. "Steve Kulp is scor-
ing really well for us right now,
and we need to keep that going. But
he's our hole-set, and like a center
in basketball, you usually go to
him in a half-court offensive set-
ting. We need to focus on involving
some of the players who will be
effective in scoring transition

by Dan Linna
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's golf
team has been battling consistency
problems all year. This weekend,
Michigan played very consistently.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines,
though they played consistently
The Wolverines 980 (329-327-
324) earned them a distant third
among 10 teams behind Longwood's
963 (312-322-329) and champion
Penn State's 930 (309-302-319) in
the Lady Lion Fall Invitational.
"I think we will finish way up
on top somewhere," Wolverine
coach Sue LeClair said going into
the tournament, "at least in the top
While the Wolverines did indeed
finish in the top three, they did not
come close to posting the team
scores they have come to expect
from themselves.
Kristin Beilstein's 238 (83-78-
77) paced the Wolverines as she fin-
ished eighth in the individual stand-
ings. Jennnifer Zimmerman totalled
246 (79-83-84) as she and Beilstein
were the only Michigan golfers to
break the magical 80-stroke plateau.
Tricia Good's 246 (82-83-81) and
Maura Hawkins' 254 (85-85-84)
garnered them the thirteenth and
twenty-eighth positions, respec-

The Wolverines' leaders at the
season's start, Erica Zonder (85-87-
82) and Wendy Bigler (85-83-86),
both also shot 254, their worst
scores of the year.
In a test to its season of inconsis-
tent play, Michigan defeated the
same Nittany Lions by 19 strokes
two weeks ago.
"I was surprised," Penn State
Assistant coach Denice St. Pierre
said. "Michigan didn't play terrible,
but they didn't play up to my expec-
tations. They have a strong team but
these thing just happen."
Earlier in the season, the Wol-
verines also found it difficult to
string together three consistent
rounds in one tournament. This was
most apparent at the Spartan Invi-
tation three weeks ago. After
shooting a team-record 304 in round
one to put them in first place, the
Wolverines came back with a 316
and a 325 to drop to fourth and then
finish in ninth place.
Michigan vowed it wouldn't
happen again and went to the Lady
Northern and claimed sixth place
among an extremely tough field
while shooting a 941 (318-309-314).
However, the Wolverines' con-
sistent play this weekend didn't
earn them such a favorable finish.

The Michigan men's water polo team won this weekend's Wolverine

points for us to expand our offen-
sive capabilities."
Yet again, the Michigan defense
was well-disciplined and efficient.
"Our defense is tremendous
right now," Russell said. "Dan
Varner and Jeff Prince anchored the
defense and we're solid all around.
Right now, there is no team in the

Big Ten with an offense that scares
As an added bonus, water polo
fans were treated to two unex-
pected women's matches. North-
western's women's squad also
made the trip from Evanston, but
fell to the Wolverine team, 15-2
and 13-2.

- J



cross country comes awal

by Kim DeSempelaere
Daily Sports Writer
Winning seems to be the name of
the game for the Michigan women's
cross. country team, which brought
home another victory Friday at the
State of Michigan Intercollegiate
Championships. The triumph ex-
tends the Wolverines' record to 4-1.
Three Michigan runners placed
in the meet's top 10. Junior Amy
Buchholz placed second with rook-
ies Karen Harvey and Kelly Chard
placing fifth and ninth, respectively.
Also running in top form were
sophomore Chris Szabo, who fin-
ished in tenth place and redshirt
sophomore Jessica Kluge, who
crossed the line in eleventh place.
"We ran pretty well," Michigan
coach Sue Foster said. "But some
people were a little flat from fa-
tigue. We ran a really hard practice
last Wednesday and not everyone
had completely recovered."
Overall Foster was pleased with

the team's performance.
"Buchholz ran a great race. She
was really tough," Foster said.
"Harvey is bouncing back really
well from her illness and you can
really see improvement in her per-
Men harriers
by Bruce Inosencio
Daily Sports Writer
Friday's State of Michigan In-
tercollegiate Championships meet
proved to be a success for the men's
cross country team.
Although the Wolverines expe-
rienced defeat for the first time this
season - finishing behind Eastern
Michigan - the team met its
Michigan did not run its top five
runners in order to give them a break
from competition. With the usual
leaders out of the race, Rob Lee led
the way for the Wolverines with a
third-place finish. Lee finished the
8,000-meter run in 25:20.

Michigan, currently ranked 13th
nationally, heads to Penn State next
weekend for the, Mini-Nationals
meet. The team's major competition
will be fifth-ranked North Carolina
State, Texas, Nebraska, and Penn
run to succes
"I felt good during the race, and
I ran with the eventual winner for
the first four miles," Lee said.
The strong run for Lee could be a
factor in future Blue successes this
"I wanted to give our top five a
rest to see what the rest of the team
could do," Michigan coach Ron
Warhurst said.
The overall third-place finish
should help Lee prepare for the Big
Ten Championships.
"I needed the run to build my
confidence for the Big Ten meet,"
Lee said, "and also for this Friday's
meet at Eastern (in the Central Col-
legiate Championships)."

y victorious
"The Penn State meet will be
very important," senior Carrie
Yates said. "The results of the race
could influence our national rat-
sful weekend
"We're bringing everyone out to
next weekend's meet at Eastern,"
Warhurst said.
Looking to avenge the loss to
Eastern may seem likely at this
point of the season, but that isn't
the Wolverines' primary aim.
"Our main concern is the Big Ten
Championships and after that we'll
worry about the NCAA District
meet," Warhurst said.

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by Tim Rardin
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's soccer
team upped its season record to 14-
0-2 with a pair of victories last
weekend. The Wolverines outscored
their Big Ten foes by a combined 14-
2, with a 6-1 victory over Purdue
Saturday and an 8-1 victory against
Northwestern yesterday.
Michigan scored first against the
Boilermakers with an unassisted
goal from Shannon Loper. Lisa
Ashton played a part in the team's
next two scores with a goal of her
own and an assist to Karen Jones for
the -team's third goal. Heather
Marshall added the Wolverines'
fourth tally to end the half.
Purdue scored its lone goal in the
second half, but Michigan answered
quickly with unassisted goals from
Molly Douma and Alicia Stewart.
Chrissy Rice and Anne Hollar
shared goalkeeping duties.
Despite the five-goal margin of
victory, Michigan coach Phil Joyaux
didn't think his squad played that
"We usually try to play four
games a week, but during midterms,
we like to keep it to about two
games," he said. "We've gotten used
to playing a lot of games and so
when we don't, we get out of
Michigan's scoring attack con-
tinued yesterday with eight goals
against Northwestern. Lisa Ashton
struck early off an assist from
Heather Marshall for the first goal
and assisted Jenny Steinhebel on the
Wolverines' next two scores. Alicia
Stewart rounded out the first-half
scoring with Lori Green assisting.
The Wildcats added their only goal
just before halftime.
Steinhebel added her third goal
of the game to start the second half.
The final three goals came from

stays unbeaten
many players were able to see ac-
"We got a lot of people in today.
We even had forwards playing de-
fense and defenders playing off-
ense," Carrie Taylor said.
Including last season, Michigan
now holds a 17-game unbeaten
streak, the longest in its history.
The Wolverines will look to make
it 18 against Sienna Heights

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