The Michigan Daily- Friday, March 19,1993 - Page 11
ICERS' CCHA OPPONENT HINGES ON FRIDAY CONTESTS
The waiting is the hardest part
by Tim Rardin
Daily Hockey Writer
All the arrangements have been
made. You've called for reservations
at the restaurant. You've conned
your parents into letting you have
the car. You've even had your best
outfit pressed. But, you overlooked
one minor detail.
You don't have a date.
Such is the dilemma facing the
Michigan hockey team this weekend.
While they are set to play in the
semifinals of the CCHA playoffs
Saturday at 8 p.m. at Joe Louis
Arena, the Wolverines (29-5-3
overall) don't know who they're
going to play, and won't know until
Friday night's results.
Bowling Green (19-20-1 overall)
and Lake Superior (25-7-5) square
off Friday at 5 p.m. at the Joe, with
the winner set to face Michigan.
Wolverine coach Red Berenson is
not particularly concerned about the
"We know we're going to play a
good team either way," he said. "We
don't play off of other teams, we
play our own game. If we play well,
it doesn't really matter who we
The Falcons , who have won five
straight, are coming off a mild upset
of Western Michigan last weekend,
recording 5-4 and 6-3 victories in
Kalamazoo. The road sweep marked
Bolwing Green's first since the
1989-90 season, when it took a pair
of games from Miami in Oxford.
"It's difficult for visiting teams to
make 'the next round;" said BG
coach Jerry York, whose team re-
turns to the CCHA championship
after a two-year absence. "The teams
were very close. Even though we got
down in each game, we didn't come
The Lakers, who also boast a
five-game winning streak, easily
dismissed Illinois-Chicago, 7-2, and
4-2, at the Soo. LSSU has won the
last two CCHA playoff cham-
pionships and has appeared in the
league championship game five
"We're honored to be back,"
Lake State coach Jeff Jackson said.
"At times, we've looked like we're a
better team than a year ago (when
they won the national title). Other
times, we haven't. Our No. 1 focus
now has to be Friday night."
"Obviously, Lake Superior has
the advantage based on the season
record (The Lakers won all three
meetings between the teams)," Ber-
enson said. "But if Bowling Green
can beat Lake Superior, then they'll
be a tough team to reckon with."
Still, the Wolverines might give
preference to the Falcons, who
they've controlled rather handily this
season. Michigan also took three of
three from Bowling Green: 4-0 and
12-1 in Ann Arbor, and 8-1 at the
Bowling Green Ice Arena. The
Wolverines split a pair with Lake
Superior in Sault Ste. Marie in
November and took a close 5-3
game at Yost three weeks ago.
In the other semifinal game at 5
p.m. Saturday, Miami, which cap-
tured the regular-season CCHA title,
awaits the winner of Friday's 8 p.m.
quarterfinal matchup between Ferris
State and Michigan State. The finals
will be played at 2 p.m. Sunday, but
unlike years past, there will not be a
consolation game for third place.
The change is one that Michigan
State coach Ron Mason, among
others, is glad to see.
"The consolation game was a
waste," he said. "Now it's the way it
should be. When you lose, you
should go home."
Brian Savage, Miami
George Gwozdecky, Miami
Chris Brooks, W. Michigan
Steve Shields, Michigan
Best defensive forward
Chris Bergeron, Miami
Best offensive defenseman
Joe Cook, Miami
Best defensive defenseman
Bobby Marshall, Miami
Terry Flanagan Award
Wes McCauley, Michigan St.
Ted Drury, C, Harvard
Greg Johnson, C, N. Dakota
Mark Kauffman, C, Yale
Paul Kariya, LW, Maine
Jim Montgomery, C, Maine
Derek Plante, C, Minn.-Duluth
Brian Rolston, C, Lake Superior
Brian Savage, C, Miami
David Sacco, C, Boston Univ.
Brian Smolinski, C, Mich. St.
Cam Stewart and the rest of the Wolverine hockey team will play for the CCHA title at Joe Louis Dce Arena this l
weekend. Michigan plays the winner of Lake Superior and Bowling Green Saturday at 8 p.m. in the semi-finals.
l .@ OO 1 W l;S O t t
by Brett Johnson
Daily Sports Writer
At the beginning of the season,
pitching was singled out as the
', strong point of the Michigan base-
'ball team. Unfortunately, the staff
has been marred by inconsistent
performances so far this season.
Couple that with a porous de-
fense, and the fact that the team has
faced Top 30 opponents in 13 of its
first 15 games, and one doesn't
come up with a pleasant answer to
the question, "How's the Baseball
This weekend, however, gives
the Wolverines (3-12) a chance to
begin to change that answer as they
travel to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama
(6-6). The only two unranked teams
Michigan has faced, it has beaten,
and the Crimson Tide fits this bill.
"Their pitching is a question
* mark," Freehan said. "They have
one outstanding player that we need
to be aware of, and they have pretty
good speed. I don't think they are
the caliber of team of an LSU,
Miami, or Florida. I'm expecting to
have a good weekend.
"We need to throw strikes. We
need to win. We've had our starters
and our relievers do a half-way de-
cent job at times, but we haven't
been able put it together."
Michigan will be throwing its top
three starters at Alabama. Tonight,
Eric Heintschel (0-2,4.43 earned run
average) will take the mound trying
to get his first win of the season.
Heintschel has been a hard luck
pitcher this year losing two close
ball games, including a 1-0 loss to
Tomorrow, sophomore Heath
Murray (2-1, 4.95) takes the mound,
and Sunday, fellow sophomore Ron
Hollis (0-3, 5.92) will get the start.
The Tide's top player is Al
Drumbiller. Drumbiller is a force
both on the pitching mound and at
the plate. The lefty is 3-0 as a starter
this season and is also the team's
leading power hitter with seven
homers and 14 runs batted in.
The Wolverines' offense has
been led by the outfielders.
Sophomore Rodney Goble is leading
the team in hitting along with fresh-
man Brian Simmons at a .333 clip.
Senior Pat Maloney and another
freshman, Scott Weaver, check in at
.314 and .311, respectively.
The final piece to a winning puz-
zle will be good defense. The
Wolverines have cost themselves
numerous games by way of errors,
and Freehan feels this must be cor-
rected in order to start playing con-
sistent baseball and getting wins.
NON-LETHAL SELF DEFENSE WEAPONS
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Men axers fall to Oberlin, 15-12
by J.L. Rostam-Abadi
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's lacrosse
team lost its first match of the year
to Oberlin Wednesday night, 15-12.
It was a learning experience for the
Wolverines despite controversial
calls, unfortunate injuries and
Oberlin's obvious advantage .
"This (Oberlin) is the first varsity
team we've played," midfielder Matt
Muir said. "Basically, (the game)
really brings out the essential fact;
they're a varsity and we're not."
With 13 minutes left in the first
quarter, Michigan starting attackman
0 .Tony DiGiovanni twisted his knee,
sidelining him for the game.
The first half was neck-and-neck,
each goal answered by another. In
the middle of the third quarter,
Michigan's Sten Carlson committed
his first of three time-serving penalty
fouls, two of which the Wolverines-
"Lacrosse is a contact sport and
I'm a rough player," Carlson, who
i led the team with five tallies, said.
"It helps me to get motivated; it
helps me to score five goals. Some
people don't agree with that. That's
the way John McEnroe plays, that's
the way Charles Barkley plays and
that's the way I play."
Upon the injury of Michigan de-
fenseman Steve Bishop, the Yeomen
jumped at the opportunity to score,
taking a 7-6 lead. By the fourth quar-
ter, Oberlin led for good.
"It's the same story every year
that we play these guys," co-captain
Ranjiv Advani said. "We hang with
them for awhile, and then we just
"Consistency is probably the
most important thing...and our team
does not have that," midfielder Ivan
Carlson, Dave Reichel and Frank
combined to give Michigan its final
four goals. Oberlin responded with
two more, resulting in a 15-12 final.
Oberlin never took the
"Michigan played very well; we
had our hands full," Oberlin coach
James Donovan said. "I thought it
was a well played game by both
teams. I was impressed with
Michigan; they played much better
than they did last year, and particu-
larly the goalie (Kennon Broadhurst)
- I thought he played an outstan-
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