Page 8 -The Michigan Daily- Thursday, December 3,1992
Ward prepares for
stint at right wing
by Tim Rardin
Daily Hockey Writer
Last weekend, Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson stressed the
importance of having the defense helping out the offense.
"You have to get offense from your defense," Berenson said after
Friday's 10-0 victory over Western Michigan. "We're not asking for a lot
of goals, but our defense has to chip in."
This weekend, Berenson's defense may be chipping in on the
offensive end a little more directly than he meant.
Junior defenseman Aaron Ward, who has been out for a month after
undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Nov. 4 to remove bone fragments,
will return to the lineup this weekend, and may see some action up front.
In order to speed up his reconditioning process, Ward has been skating
with the forwards in practice, and-may replace Anton Fiodorov at right
wing on the fourth line with Mike Stone and Rick Willis.
"Right now he's playing forward in practice, to get his skating and
conditioning back, and his timing," Berenson said. "We want to get him
in the lineup and we'll have him there if we need him on defense, and in
the meantime, he can help us out at forward because he's pretty versatile."
"I used to play forward when I was younger," Ward said. "With Willy
and Stoney, I guess Willy and I are just supposed to go into the corners
and-knock people over."
With the return of Ward Friday, the Wolverine lineup will be fully
intact for the first time since the Ferris State series, Oct. 23-24.
NEW RECRUITS: Before the Nov. 18 deadline for the early signing
period, Berenson and his coaching staff landed three recruits for next
year's squad. -
Mike Legg, a 5-11, 175-pound center/right wing from London,
Ontario, is currently leading his Junior B league in scoring for the London
The Wolverines also notched Warren Luhning, a 6-2, 185-pound
right wing from Calgary, in the early period. Luhning plays Junior hockey
for the Calgary Royals of the Alberta Hockey League.
"He's a Mike Knuble-type player," Berenson said of Luhning. "He's
real hard-nosed, and he has a good work ethic."
The third and final early signee for Michigan was Blake Sloan, a
defenseman from Chicago. A small but skillful 5-11, 190-pounder, Sloan
is presently playing for the Boston Pro Elite Bruins.
"We will be recruiting at least one more defenseman, possibly two,
'M' women harriers
take success in stride .
David Roberts swoops past the shell-shocked Bronco defense Friday
evening. Roberts is marching up Michigan's career scoring list.
since we are losing three this year," Berenson said. "We would like to get
one or two more forwards in the late signing period. At this point, we're
not recruiting a goaltender. That doesn't mean we won't be, but that is not
in our plans right now."
LONG RIVALRY: Friday's game between Michigan and Michigan
State at Yost Ice Arena will mark the 200th meeting between the two
teams. The Wolverines won the first game in 1922, 5-1, and currently
lead the series 104-90-6. Last year, Michigan took the season series
against the Spartans with a 2-1-1 record.
INCHING CLOSER: Senior David Roberts tallied a pair of goals and
one assist last weekend, giving him 192 career points (68 goals, 126
assists). Roberts, who earned second-team all-American honors in 1991,
is currently the No. 8 career scorer for the Wolverines, just four behind
No. 7 Gilbert Burford, and 69 behind Michigan's all-time leading scorer,
Denny Felsner. With those 126 career assists, Roberts is also only 13 shy
of becoming the leading assist man in Wolverine history.
POLLED OVER: Michigan (7-2-2) is third in three major polls. The
Albany Times Union poll, the WMEB (Orono, Maine) media poll, and the
WMPL (Hancock, Mich.) poll all show the Wolverines behind Maine (9-
0-1) and Lake Superior State (6-1-2).
by Tonya Broad
Daily Sports Writer
Looking at the overall picture,
the Michigan women's cross country
team has a lot to smile about. The
Wolverines boasted two all-
Americans, Molly McClimon and
Karen Harvey, en route to their
eighth-place finish at NCAA na-
tionals in Bloomington last week.
McClimon captured the honor for
the second time in her career, after
returning from four knee surgeries
(two on each knee). Harvey was a
first-time titlist as a sophomore.
McClimon was excited to get back
into running after taking over a year
off for rehabilitation.
"Running up front at Nationals
made it worth going through rehabil-
itation for one-and-a-half years,"
Harvey completed the second of
her two goals (Big Ten champion
and all-American) for the season.
Her new found title of all-American
brought different experiences.
"When I went home (to Canada)
people didn't understand, even peo-
ple who ran competitively couldn't
get it," Harvey said. "I explained
the process (of becoming all-
American,) but they kept asking,
'shouldn't you be all-Canadian?"'
Weather hampered the team's
performance at NCAAs. With cold,
blustery wind and a wet, muddy
course, traction was a problem for
all teams. Michigan coach Mike
McGuire does not think that affected
the Wolverines any more than the
"The weather may have affected
Arizona," McGuire said. "But if you
expect to run in the midwest, or mid-
wet as I say, then you have to expect
However, what might have been
worse than the rain was the muddy
condition of the coarse. Harvey bat-
tled the mud and herself to gain
honors at Nationals.
"I put longer spikes in my shoes
(to help with traction), but I didn't
wear socks," she said. "I couldn't get
any tread in my shoes and I was
sliding all over and I went out too
fast. By the 2-K mark I had nothing
left and was battling just to maintain
my position. I could've died, but I
said don't panic."
Although Michigan missed its
goal of fourth place by only nineteen
points, McGuire isn't disappointed.
"We made a good effort," he
said. "We wanted to finish in the top
four and knew we could if we ran
well. The point spread was not much
in cross country running. We were
close, but one of our most consistent
girls had problems with breathing
while running. That's unfortunate,
but there are no excuses."
Any place other than fourth or
higher may be seen as a let down to
Michigan, but the team overall im-
proved 143 points from last year's
NCAA National race.
All-American Amy Bucholz's
absence from the Wolverines start-
ing lineup, due to a knee injury, was
felt at Nationals. This would have
been her third appearance at NCAAs
giving the young squad a much
needed veteran. She was there to
help the team mentally, but Harvey
felt this could have been her meet.
"She would've ran well in the
mud and helped the team a lot,"
Harvey said. "She would have
helped us (MeClimon and Harvey)
personally with pace."
Despite Bucholz's absence, there
is great optimism for next year. The
team is losing Bucholz and Rachel
Mann, but neither of whom ran at
NCAAs, so there is room to improve
with this already multi-talented
team. McGuire hopes to repeat as
Big Ten champions next year.
"No question about it," he said.
"We have the talent to be among the
elite teams next year. Right now,
we're taking a break, then going into
the indoor/outdoor track season. We
can't put the cart in front of the
horse so to speak, but it's hard not to
look ahead. I'm still hungry and I
believe everyone else is too."
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