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Men's Basketball
at Purdue
Tomorrow, 8 p.m.
West Lafayette

SPORTS

Women's Basketball
at Illinois
Thursday, 8 p.m.
Champaign

The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, March 10, 1992

Page 9

OSU ousts Falcons
from CCHA playoffs
by Andy De Korte
Daily Hockey Writer
The regular season of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association came to
a close Saturday night. While the Michigan hockey team clinched the con-
ference the previous week, its first round opponent, Ohio State, was in a
dogfight for the final playoff position.
The Buckeyes stormed past Bowling Green by winning their last six
games, leaving the Falcons out of the playoffs for the first time in 21 years
of conference history.
Bowling Green delivered the Wolverines their worst blow of the season
by sweeping them on the heels of their sweep of Lake Superior. However,
no one showed any enthusiasm to play OSU rather than BGSU despite
Michigan's records against the teams, 4-0 and 2-2, respectively.
"They've won six in a row in the conference and that is tough to do for
anyone in this league," David Oliver said. "It's the playoffs and anything
can happen, so we've got to play Michigan hockey. If you worry too much
about the other team, it is going to take away from your own play."
Although the Wolverines now know their opponent, this weekend they
are more concerned with themselves and are not looking at the Buckeyes as
an eighth-place team.
"We just have to play our own game," Cam Stewart said. "Then it won't
make any difference who we play."
After enjoying their first weekend off this term, the icers were greeted by
one of their most strenuous practices in some time. The tough practice regi-
men will continue to supplement Michigan coach Red Berenson's charge to
his team to be well prepared for the hot eighth-place team.
OSU's surge did not surprise Berenson, and he relies on the results of
regular season contests about as much as he does goals from Steve Shields.
"On paper we should win these games. We should be able to beat any
eighth-place team, but the big thing is getting to the place we should be,"
Berenson said.
"We're not the same teams we were the last time we played - I hope
we're better and I know they're better. They may not have had a great year,
but they have talent and I respect them. We need to be prepared for them.'
We're expected to win. But if they make it to the Joe, they've had a helluva{
season."

Spartan lacrosse
too much for 'M'

by Chad Safran
Daily Sports Writer
When it comes to the game of
lacrosse, certain fundamentals such
as the transition game and stick
skills are important in the quest for
victory. Michigan State showed off
these talents in its 18-5 victory over
Michigan this weekend.
The Spartans displayed a fero-
cious transition game, scoring quick
and often on their balanced, multiple
fast-break attacks throughout. Four
of their players had three goals
apiece.
Michigan goaltenders, junior cap-
tain Pete McPartlin, junior Jarman
Davis and junior Matt Couzens,
ended up facing 61 shots and making
21 saves on the 39 shots on goal.
The Wolverines managed only 32
shots and 24 of those were on net.
Michigan coach Bob DiGiovanni
knew that MSU was going to be
tough.
"The transition killed us," DiGio-
vanni said. "They beat us on faceoffs
and they got a lothof transition
backdoor goals from the weakside."
"It is like getting layups versus
shooting 25-foot jumpshots. They
earned the goals and created the
shots."
The Wolverines (2-3 overall)
found themselves down at halftime,

11-2, but were not discouraged.
"The guys never quit," DiGio-
vanni said. "We scored more after
halftime and it was not like it was
our first-team against their second-
stringers either. Both second teams
were pretty equal."
Despite the loss, Michigan had its
share of strong performances. Junior
midfielder Dave Wright put in two
goals on the night. His linemate,
Rich Belanger, also had a tally. Will
Clyde added a score and had one
called back because the Woverines
had too many players on the field.
However, the bright spots were
not limited to Michigan's offense.
"(Michigan) showed some of the
best hustle on defense," DiGiovanni
said.
The big difference between the
two teams cameadown to the fact
that MSU fields a varsity team and
at Michigan lacrosse is a club sport.
"They practice seven days a
week, three to four hours a day,"
DiGiovanni said. "We practice three
days a week. It is difficult to make
up the difference in just heart and
willpower. You can only get so far."
"We played three of our toughest
games of the season in the first five,"
DiGiovanni said. "We may not lose
again the rest of the season."

.U'^U'""N "' ally
Steve Shields stones Bowling Green earlier this season. The Falcons are
out of the CCHA playoffs for the first time in 31 years courtesy of Ohio State,
Michigan's opponent when it opens the CCHA playoffs Friday at Yost.

Durand and W

ool(

by Adam Miller
Daily Basketball Writer
Senior guard Leah Wooldridge
dribbled three times. She calmly
checked the Michigan State defense.
4 Suddenly, she fired a long pass
downcourt.
At the other end, senior forward
Char Durand positioned herself for
the catch. The pass bulleted in and
Durand fielded it in stride. Two
quick steps to the right and she was
in the lane. A soft banker, whoosh.
With no sign of emotion, Durand
turned downcourt and joined her
teammates in setting up the defense.
The score stood Michigan 8,
Michigan State 3, in the opening
minutes of the second-to-last home

pointers rattled off the rim, and
Durand hit the bottom of the rim
with some of her later layup at-
tempts. When Michigan's late run
cut the Spartan lead to three, Wool-
dridge wasn't even in the game.
The Spartans won, 58-52.
After the game, Michigan coach
Bud VanDeWege expressed his
sympathy for his seniors in their fi-
nal intrastate loss.
"I feel sorry for them," he said.
"They both worked hard, and were
real competitive, but had a tough
night."
A day earlier, in the final practice
of the week, the mood was just the
opposite. Wooldridge couldn't be
stopped. Free throws. Jumpers.
Three-pointers. She hit them all.
Only assistant Nikita Lowry, a for-
mer All-American, cooled her off at
the end of the workout.
Durand had similar luck. She
drove the lane, and scored. She
pulled up on the right side. Swish.
Short jumpers rattled home.
As the players showered and left
Crisler, VanDeWege paused to re-
flect on the seniors' careers.
"Leah is just a great point guard,
like a quarterback out there, in con-
trol all the time. Char is a great
competitor. She sets an example of
leadership on the team."
Both Wooldridge and Durand
went with Michigan to the NCAA
tournament in 1990.
"In high school, making the tour-
nament is a dream," Wooldridge
said. "We did make the tournament
once, and that was definitely a high-
light of my career at Michigan. That

Iridge
was a special team."
Wooldridge played ai
for Michigan throughoutI
and VanDeWege said h
was one of the key reason
made it to the second rou
"She came off the be
ally gave the team a spar
Wooldridge continue
man role through last ye
veloped into one of the
long-range shooters. S1
down three treys in last
with Auburn and repeate
this season's 67-58 vi
Indiana State.
Durand blossomed in
in the Wolverine mach
two Years. A starter mos

say goodbye
VanDeWege praised Durand as a
reserve role complete player.
that season, "Char is one of the most versatile
her support players we've had," he said. "Inside,
is Michigan outside, she can play it."
nd. But the State contest wasn't the
nch and re- home finale, though Durand said that
k," he said. she was glad that it was in the clos-
d her sixth- ing weekend. Sunday night's contest
ar, and de- against Penn State, "Senior Recog-
team's top nition Night," provided their last
he knocked hurrah in Ann Arbor.
year's clash "It's kind of a bittersweet mo-
d the feat in ment, I guess," Wooldridge said.
ictory over "You play the sport all your life,
then all of a sudden, it's gone. I've
to a key cog always been known as Leah
ine the last Wooldridge the basketball player,
t of the past now it's going to be Leah Wool-
dridge the person. It's kind of a
feeling of a loss, once basketball is
over, but on the other hand, I'm
looking forward to what's ahead."
"A lot of people back home said I
wouldn't make it this far," Durand
said, smiling. "For me, it's a real
sense of accomplishment. Of course
it's sad that I've played my last
competitive game on this floor, but I
think I feel good."
The clock quickly wound down
Sunday night. The Nittany Lions
took control early, and never let up.
In the closing moments, the score
read Penn State 88, Michigan 47.
ned on both Finally, four years after Durand and
Wooldridge arrived in Ann Arbor,
n's Defense the clock hit 0:00.
averaging Durand and Wooldridge, who
and said that had left the game to cheers from the
eer was this crowd with four minutes remaining,
over No. 11 looked at each other, glanced around
28 at the the arena, stared straight down the
Assic. tunnel, and walked off the court.

992 Collegiate North Zone.....
Synchronized Swimming Chapionships
.Michigan results
Junior Figures
I. Erin O'Brien 30,130
-2 Molly Shaffer 29.312
4. Jocelyn Gench *29.003
6. Jessie Tropman.....28.070
8. Becky Trombley 27.136
1, Nicole 8alcorm 26.657
18. Mary Ann Novak 25.861
..r.N:ylo... ...........:....25.212
Senior Figures
17. KarniKoto 39.544
Duet
4 KbtcYShaffe.................r7760.....
6. GeIch Thopman 70.53
Trio
3. 0'Brien, Sh affer, Koto 78.20
5. Balcom, Novak, Trombley 67.06.
Final Standings
Place Team Points
'1 Ohio State 102
2. Mihigan71

Durand
game of the Wolverines' season. The
second-to-last home game of Wool-
dridge and Durand's careers.
It didn't stay this easy for
Michigan. State built a 53-39 lead
with just over five minutes remain-
ing. Durand and Wooldridge strug-
gled, and their faces often showed it.
Wooldridge's trademark three-

Wooldridge

two seasons, she has shi
sides of the ball.
Durand won the tear
Award last year while
10.7 points a game. Duro
the high point of her car
season's 77-73 victory
Western Kentucky Dec
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