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Page 10-The Michigan Daily- Tuesday, March 31, 1992

Women netters split
two Big Ten matches

Men's laxers on hot streak

by Sharon Lundy
Daily Sports Writer

The Michigan women's tennis
team held its even record (3-3 Big
Ten, 7-7 overall) this weekend by
splitting two conference matches.
Illinois (3-1, 9-4) was ranked
right below Michigan in this year's
preseason poll, and has finished its
season on Michigan's tail for the
past several years. The Wolverines
were prepared for a tough match, as
were the Illini.
"(Illinois) was very psyched up
for the match," Michigan's Liz
Cyganiak said.
Although the 8-1 Wolverine loss
was fairly decisive, many of the
matches were close affairs. Both
Cyganiak's No. 4 singles and co-
captain Amy Malik's No. 5 singles
matches were three-setters. The
doubles team of Jaimie Fielding and
Kim Pratt at No. 1 also went to three
sets. Fielding's No. 3 singles match
was a close two-setter, with Fielding
losing, 6-2,7-5.
"The three-setters and even some
of the two-setters could have gone
either way," Cyganiak said.
The only Wolverine victory came
from co-captains Freddy Adam and
Malik at No. 3 doubles, 6-0, 4-6, 6-
2.
No. 1 singles Kalei Beamon, No.
2 singles Kim Pratt, No. 6 singles
Allison Schlonsky, and No. 2 dou-
bles Beamon and Schlonsky all lost
in their two-set matches.

Michigan was able to recover
from its Illinois match with 9-0 vic-
tory over Purdue.
"We had a good feeling going
into the match," Cyganiak said. "Our
record was stronger than theirs."
The closest match was at No. 4
singles, with Allison Schlonsky
earning the 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 victory. The
test of the singles players all had two
set victories over their Purdue oppo-
nents.

Cyganiak

by Chad Safran
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan lacrosse team's
season has had as much consistency
as the weather in Ann Arbor. A loss
would be followed by a win, then
maybe two losses and two wins. But
the team never established a winning
streak.
That is, until this weekend. The
Wolverines extended their hot streak
to four in row with three straight
victories at the Big Ten Eastern
Division Club Lacrosse Champion-
ships in Bloomington.
Michigan (7-5) climbed above
the .500 mark with its come-from-
behind 13-11 thwarting of Purdue
Saturday afternoon. In what would
be their toughest game of the tour-
nament, the Wolverines fell behind
quickly as they surrendered six
Boilermaker goals before the end of
the first quarter. But Michigan
chipped into Purdue's lead, trailing
by only a goal, 8-7, at halftime.
A strong defensive stance by the
Wolverine defense in the third quar-

ter crippled the Boilermaker offense
and allowed Michigan to pull out a
hard fought victory.
"Coming back from 6-0 in
lacrosse is not easy," Wolverine
coach Bob DiGiovanni said.
"Coming back from 6-0 in football is
one touchdown. The defense had a
gut-check. They decided they
weren't going to give up any (more),
and the offense dug in and started to
execute a little better. We just
chipped away."
After each game a player is cho-
sen to be honorary captain for the
following contest. For its accom-
plishment, the whole team was be-
stowed the honor for Sunday's game
with Illinois.
"It was the best team effort I've
seen us play this year," DiGiovanni
said. "It was a complete team effort
It was one of the most satisfying vic-
tories in the past couple of years.
Coming back from 6-0 showed a lot
of character instead of just going
through the motions the rest of the
game."

The weekend opened up with a
22-8 conquest of Indiana, a game
which Michigan never trailed.
Attackman Will Clyde led the
Wolverine offense with nine points,
including seven assists. Fellow at-
tackman Dave Morath and mid-
fielder Ranjiv Advani each scored
four goals in the victory.
In Sunday's matchup with
Illinois, Michigan extended their vic-
tory streak to four with a 11-4 tri-
umph over the Illini. Once again,
Morath led the goal-scoring. This
time, he slipped five tallies past the
Illinois goaltender and contributed
two assists to the offensive effort.
The weekend's offensive display
pleased DiGiovanni.
"(The offense) is spreading it
around some more." he said.
"Advani really came to his own in
this tournament. We had been de-
pending on a couple of people, but
now some others have stepped for-
ward and said, 'I can put the ball in
the goal."

Michigan rowers top

Purdue in
by Greg Richardson
Daily Sports Writer
Most of the Michigan rowers
expected an extremely close match
with Purdue last Saturday at Ford
Lake. They got what they bargained
for, as the Wolverines came out on
top, 5-4. Head coach Will Brewster
viewed the Wolverines and Boiler-
makers as evenly-matched teams.
"We're really great competition
for each other," he said.
Michigan's varsity men's eight
team keyed the overall victory with
some masterful strategy by coxswain
Mary Minnix. At the midway point
of the 2,000-meter race, Minnix -
the boat's motivator, and strategist
- called a power 20. The
Wolverines followed with 20 all-out
strokes.

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"Mary called it at just the right
time," said captain Daryl Laninga.
"That was the race right there.",
Brewster added that the move she
had them make was what clinched
the victory.
Brewster and Laninga felt the call
from Minnix was bold because at
1,000 meters a crew team begins to
tire, but the Wolverines had enough
energy left to leave the Boilermakers
in the dust. Michigan finished the
race in 6:07, bettering Purdue by
eight seconds, a difference of two
boat lengths.
The closest races of the day
involved the men's and women's
varsity. The Michigan women ended
up seven seconds behind Purdue's
squad as the Boilermakers finished
in 7:18.

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by Joshua Marlow
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's lacrosse
team crushed every opponent it
faced this weekend in the second
annual Michigan Tournament at
Pioneer High School, improving its
record to 5-1. The Wolverines beat
Purdue, 13-3; Chicago Club, 12-2;
Indiana, 13-2; and St. Mary's of
Notre Dame, 13-1..

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Rookie Karen Ros
in scoring with 14 goa
team-leading totalt
Sokolow and Lia E
contributed 10 goals f
Indiana and St. M
Dame both finished
Purdue and Chicago e
If the game agains
sign, the team is mu
last year's squad.

destroys all foes
ss led the team "We play Indiana at least once
als, running her each year," defender Jen Murphy
to 20. Jackie said. "Usually it is a close match."
Emanuel each The team credits much of the
for Michigan. success to their coach, Alex
Mary's of Notre Kazerooni, who went solo for the
at 2-1, while first time, without the help of co-
nded up 0-3. coach Eric Henkel.
t Indiana is any Perhaps the biggest difference
ich better than this year is the team's sense of unity.
"It is such an incredible thrill to
play well as a team and not as
-- individuals," Murphy said. "We
played the best lacrosse I've seen
since I've been here."
The addition of Ross and fellow
rookie goalie Nika Skvir has also
been a major factor in Michigan's

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Skvir did not have a big day on
Saturday because she did not face
many shots. She experienced several
10 or 12 minute gaps during which
she did not face even one shot on
goal.
"If you only have a shot on goal
coming at you every 15 minutes
with your feet stuck in the mud,"
Murphy said, "it can get very
frustrating."
The team will go on the road this
weekend to play in the Indiana
Tournament Saturday.
Hitters to
host EMU
in home
opener
by Andy Stabile
Daily Baseball Writer
Happy new year to ya.
OK, Ernie Harwell isn't doing
the game, but the Michigan Wolver-
ines (3-1 Big Ten, 6-13 overall) will
play in their home opener this
afternoon at 3 p.m.
Barring inclement weather, the
Eastern Michigan Eagles (7-9) will
set down at Fisher Stadium. Rain
and snow foiled last week's sched-
uled home opener, and the weather
man calls for a chance of precipita-
tion this afternoon. In that case the
home opener is against Toledo to-
morrow at 3 p.m. But if the skies
stay Blue, the first pitch will be
tossed today.
So bring your glove, grab a frank
(don't forget an umbrella and your
triple-fat goose down), and enjoy
the 1992 edition of Wolverine base-
ball. Here's what, to look for:
Eric Heintschel is expected to
take the mound for the Maize and
Blue. The junior righthander tooka
loss last time out against Purdue, but
allowed only four hits while going
the distance.
If the Wolverines go to the
bullpen, they'll call on senior co-
captain Todd Marion. The ace of the
pen picked up his school-record 16th
career save against Purdue last week
and will be called on to close
throughout the season.
Anchoring the infield (and
swinging the bat quite well of late)
is junior second baseman Scott
Timmerman. Timmerman was last
season's most improved player and
is the only returning starter in the
infield.
If spring football doesn't inter-
fere, defensive back Pat Maloney
and inside linebacker Nate Holdren

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