Page 12-The Michigan Daily- Friday, November 1, 1991
'M' stickers hope to get even
with Buckeyes in home finale
by Tim Spolar
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan field hockey team
plays its final home match of the
season against Ohio State Sunday at
11 a.m. The Wolverines hope to re-
verse the outcome of last season's
The Buckeyes are a fitting op-
ponent for the last home game of
the year. Last season, the Wolver-
ines took the road match, 3-1, but
dropped the season finale at home, 1-
0. In the squads' previous meeting
this season in Columbus, the Buck-
eyes scored two early goals and held
off a second-half Michigan attack
for a 2-1 victory.
The Wolverines hope that the
home-field advantage, including the
couple of hundred field hockey
faithful that turn up for the rare
Michigan appearances in Oosterbaan
field house, will provide a spark to
what has been an unpredictable of-
fense over the past month.
"(Playing in front of the home
crowd) is a great advantage," junior
forward Katie Vignevic said. "(The
seniors) are really excited ... every-
one seems to be pretty positive
about the game. And, of course, no
one wants to lose on their home
The Wolverines continue to fo-
cus on the right side of the field,
trying to incorporate the blazing
speed of senior forward Kristin
Shaiper into the offensive attack.
"We're working on channeling
the ball to our strong side of the
field," Vignevic said. "(Focusing on
the right side) is the best strategy
for us to move the ball down the
field. Kristin and Lelli (Hose) are
on that side - and focusing on get-
ting the ball over there works re-
ally well for us."
One of the main difficulties
Michigan faced in the first game
against the Buckeyes was the pres-
ence of five transfer students from
Holland. The Dutch players added
not only superior skill to the Ohio
State squad, but a language barrier
which caused problems in the
Wolverines' ability to matchup de-
fensively. However, Michigan con-
tinues to concentrate on Ohio State
as a whole.
"We're not really concerned
with any individual players on their
team," Vignevic said. "We were
able to stay with Iowa for a lot of
that game (last weekend), and they
are a far superior team."
The Wolverines (2-5 in the
MCFHC, 7-8 overall) are out of the
running for an NCAA tournament
bid. However, the team is striving
to better last season's 0-5-1 mark
over its final six games.
"Our goal is to finish third in
the conference (behind Iowa and
Northwestern)," Vignevic said.
The teams with which Michigan
is vying for the third spot are its
next two weekend opponents: Ohio
State on Sunday, followed by
Michigan State and Northern Illi-
nois in East Lansing next weekend.
How well the Wolverines perform
against the Buckeyes could set the
tone for the games in East Lansing.
The Michigan women's soccer team will be competing this weekend in
the Big Ten Club Conference Tournament at Mitchell Field.
'M' goals kick into gear
Xcountry begins championships
Harriers shoot for Badgers at Big Ten tourney
by Bruce Inosencio
Daily Sports Writer
The Wisconsin men's cross coun-
try team better look out for its
Maize' and Blue counterparts.
Eighth-ranked Michigan is gunning
for fifth-ranked Wisconsin at this
year's Big Ten Championships. The
meet will also feature No. 17
After losing to the Badgers by
three points last year, the Wolver-
ines are out for revenge at this year's
"Wisconsin is known as a team
that starts out slow and moves up in
the late stages of a race," senior
Wolverine co-captain Matt Smith
said. "We are hoping to go out and
get a big enough lead so that it
won't matter how much they move
Although Wisconsin has won
the Big Tens the last few years,
Michigan isn't intimidated.
"We really want to get at Wis-
consin and see what we can do. They
are ranked ahead of us in national
polls, but we have the talent and
we've worked really hard all sea-
son," Smith said.
The Wolverines are confident
they will bring home a champi-
onship this year. Michigan has
shown that it has the depth neces-
sary to defeat any other Big Ten op-
ponent. With the emergence of
sophomore Shawn MacKay, the Blue
has a solid front five.
Along with Smith and MacKay,
Michigan will be paced by Tony
Carna, Dan Oden, and Rob Lee. The
team as a whole has run well
throughout the season, with their
best performance as a team coming
at the Dartmouth Invitational.
Purdue's course is slightly hilly,
but nothing at all like Michigan's
"The course for the Big Ten
doesn't worry us too much because
we do a lot of hill work and we are
prepared for that type of course,"
coach Ron Warhurst said.
One of Warhurst's most stressed
points this season has been for his
squad to run together, which will be
the key to a championship in Michi-
gan's biggest meet of the year.
by Tim Rardin
Daily Sports Writer
Coming into the season, the
Michigan women's soccer team set
three primary goals for itself: beat
Michigan State, win the Big Ten
club soccer tournament, and win
the national club tournament in
The squad fell short of its first
goal, losing to the Spartans, 2-0,
last week. The second objective re-
mains well within reach for the
Wolverines, while the third is only
possible if the second is fulfilled.
Michigan has already defeated
four of the seven teams in the tour-
nament, including a 4-0 victory
over defending Big Ten and na-
tional club champion Minnesota.
The Wolverines managed a 1-1 tie
against Illinois, and have not yet
played Indiana or Penn State.
The eight teams will be divided
into two groups and will employ a
round-robin format within each
group. Each squad will play three
games on Saturday, with the top
two teams in each group advancing
to Sunday's semifinals. Group A
consists of Michigan, Illinois, In-
diana, and Northwestern; Group B
of Minnesota, Purdue, Ohio State,
and Penn State.
The Wolverines will face Illi-
nois Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at
Mitchell Field. Michigan will
then meet Indiana at 1 p.m., and
will finish with a 4:30 matchup
with Northwestern, whom they
whipped 8-1 in the teams' last
Sunday's two semifinal games,
which begin at 10 a.m., will match
the first-place team in Group A
against the second-place team in
Group B, and the first-place team
from Group B against the second-
place team from Group A. In the
case of equal records after Satur-
day's play, the edge will go to the
squad with more goals in the tour-
nament. The semifinal winners
will clash in the finals at 1 p.m.
Michigan, having finished sec-
ond to Minnesota the last two
years, is very confident this time
"We've been practicing very
hard trying to gear up for the tour-
nament," sophomore stopper Car-
rie Taylor said. "We feel very good
about our chances."
'M' needs complete effort to compete
by Shawn DuFresne
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's soccer club
will be competing on carpet this
weekend. Not the type from New
York Carpet World, but the kind
found in stadiums.
The club travels to Kalamazoo
Sunday to square off against West-
ern Michigan in Waldo Stadium.
"We haven't played on turf all
year," Michigan co-captain Dick
Hillary said. "I think Western
will have a greater advantage
because of that factor."
The club is practicing today in
Oosterbaan Field House in order to
familiarize itself with the astro-
"The ball moves faster on turf,
so it should be a fast-paced game,"
The Wolverines (8-8-4) are
coming off a successful weekend in
which they scored 14 goals in four
games at the Big Ten Club Tourna-
ment in Illinois.
Western Michigan (9-6) lost its
last match to Notre Dame, 1-0, but
is in second place in the Mid-
"We struggled early in the sea-
son, so I began to experiment with
different lineups," Broncos coach
Blake Glass said. "We only have
two seniors and one junior on the
team, and the rest are underclass-
After testing different combin-
ations of players, Glass found the
one that worked best, and the
Broncos went on a six-game
winning streak which ended with
the Notre Dame game.
Dan Edwards, the Broncos' lead-
ing scorer, and Jim Bernthal will
lead the Western Michigan offense.
Sweeper Kevin Bird will anchor
the Western defense.
Brian Rosewarne and Guy Met-
zger will lead Michigan's offense,
while Hillary and Kelley Kuehne
will try to tame the Broncos' at-
r works to
like it's our last year. No one has
higher expectations than I do."
The vaunted class of newcomers
to the Michigan program has put the
coaching staff at a recruiting disad-
Principles of supply and demand
dictate that the 1992 recruiting
class will be extremely sparse.
Every high-profile high school
senior wants significant playing
time as soon as he gets to college.
No recruit would be thrilled by the
log jam on the Wolverine bench.
Michigan is extremely well stocked
at every position - virtually any
incoming frosh star would face a
But this factor is a moot point.
Fisher has only one open scholarship
to offer for next season - and 6-
foot-1 guard Dugan Fife from
Clarkston (Mich.) High School
staked claim to it this summer.
Fife's early verbal commitment
allows the Wolverine coaches to fo-
cus on the current crop of high
school juniors, who comprise one of
the strongest classes in recent mem-
The most prominent change in
NCAA policy goes into effect next
season: the Michigan basketball
program must reduce its number of
scholarships in the 1992-93 season
Michigan's 1991-92 roster lists
16 players, 15 of whom play under
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above Jason's Deli
by Bruce inosencio
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's cross
country team expects to have a
strong showing at Saturday's Big
Ten Championships in West
Lafayette. Wolverine coach Sue Fos-
ter thinks it will be a good competi-
tive race, and the times will most
likely be fast.
"When we ran at Purdue last
year we did very well, and I think
our team has good memories of that
course," Foster said.
Although Foster admitted that
her team must run really well in
order to win, she believes in her
"The team is ready to race well.
We are looking for Wisconsin,
Iowa, and Penn State to be our
toughest competitors, but we think
we can beat them," Foster said.
"Penn State has beaten us once
this season, but I think we're better
at this point in the season," senior
captain Megan Nortz said. "I know
we can beat them if we run well as a
First-year harrier Karen Harvey
knows the team is capable of finish-
ing strong. "We can be right in there
if all goes well. We all need to run
our best and focus on this meet
only," Harvey said.
"We will be in the top three def-
initely, but I really think we can
win it all," Nortz said.
Although there is a question
mark surrounding the team's expe-
rience, the squad's youth is not seen
as a big drawback.
"We are a young team, but I
don't think it will hurt us at all. I
think we're more excited than ner-
vous," Harvey said.
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Michigan point guard Michael
Talley refers to his Wolverine team
as a family. In many ways he is right
- this is a normal family. Five pre-
cocious young siblings compete
with their sage older brothers while
the parents try to keep everyone
Michigan coach Steve Fisher
and his assistants will do what they
can to generate unity, but the re-
sponsibility lies with the players.
The veterans of last season's 14-
15 squad have a choice to make.
The brash rookies have a choice to
Family feud or family reunion.
Frosh guard Jalen Rose has cast
his vote: "We have no animosity -
but we are competing against each
other in practice. Off the court
we're all friends."
The returning nucleus is experi-
eusced and savvy. The new blood of
the newcomers adds talent and en-
This high-profile division of la-
bor could understandably tear a
team apart - but it will not happen
with this group of athletes.
"We care about one another on
and off the court," Talley said.
"We've all played together before,
so everyone gets along well.".
Rose, wise beyond his years with
either a basketball in his hand or a
microphone in his face, speaks well
for the rookies.
"Next year is not promised to
us. We need to do what we can
now," Rose said. "We can play hard,
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