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Field Hockey Football
vs. Penn State vs. Iowa
Tomorrow, 4 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 (ESPN)
State College Michigan Stadium
SThe MichiganDys p 30, 1993 Page 5

Big bucks call CCHA's best
underclassmen to next level

By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
and JAESON ROSENFELD
DAILY HOCKEY WRITERS
DETROIT - Talk of green domi-
nated the Central Collegiate Hockey
Association (CCHA) luncheon yes-
terday.
The coaches weren't talking about
Bowling Green, mind you. And most
of them weren't talking about the veg-
etables served either, save Miami
coach George Gwozdecky.
"I hate cold broccoli, and you can
quote me," Gwozdecky said.
Everyone else was talking about
greenbacks - namely the large sums
of money that lured many of the
CCHA's top underclassmen to the pro
ranks in the offseason.
Among the league's casualties
were Miami center and CCHA Player
of the Year Brian Savage (Montreal),
Lake Superior center Brian Rolston
(New Jersey or United States Olym-
pic Team) and Illinois-Chicago goalie
Jon Hillebrandt (N.Y. Rangers).
"Our conference, in particular, is a
very NHL-style conference," Lake
State coach Jeff Jackson said.
"We didn't lose anyone to the pros,"
Michigan State coach Ron Mason said,
"which seems to be a cancer right now
in this league."

The team hardest hit by the exo-
dus was Michigan, which lost for-
ward Cam Stewart (Boston) and
defenseman Aaron Ward (Detroit).
While most coaches were flattered
by the conference's increasing stock
in the eyes of NHL teams, Michigan's
Red Berenson had mixed emotions
concerning the departures of Stewart
and Ward.
"I don't think Ward is leaving for
the right reasons," Berenson said.
"Sometimes (leaving) is the right
thing to do, and sometimes it's a
mistake. Now that Tamer, Neaton
and Harlock are gone, this would
have been Ward's year to be a domi-
nant college defenseman. Aaron al-
ways played behind that class. This
would have been his year."
Berenson had different feelings
about Stewart's deal with Boston,
saying that in his opinion Stewart has
an excellent chance of starting the
season with the Bruins.
Of last year's upper echelon teams
- regular-season champion Miami,
CCHA tournament winner Lake State
and Michigan - the Lakers' roster
was the least decimated by gradua-
tion and the NHL. The coaches cited
this as a contributing factor to the No.
1 preseason ranking awarded to Lake
State in both the coaches' and media

polls.
"There is no question in my mind
they're the best team in the league,"
Mason said.
Jackson, however, has learned to
take the coaches' lauding in stride.
"I do have to address the coaches
picking us as No.1," he said. "You
shouldn't have done that ... every
time you pick us first we finish third."
At least one of the coaches took the
opportunity to start a rampant rumor
at the luncheon.
"I'm here to start the rumor that
Notre Dame will be a much better
hockey team this year," Irish coach
Rick Shafer said.
Apparently though, neither the
coaches nor the media believed his
presage, as Notre Dame was chosen to
finish 10th in the preseason poll, iden-
tical to its finish last year.
The only team that every coach
agreed upon was Ohio State - which
garnered every last-place vote in the
poll.
"We get some relief in that we
didn't lose anyone (to the NHL) over
the summer," Ohio State coach Jerry
Welsh said.
Luckily for the Buckeyes one of
the players who returns is captain Tim
Green, who is staying with OSU in-
stead of going for the green.

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SHARON MUSHER/Daily
The Michigan hockey team, despite the loss of eight letterwinners, was chosen to finish second in the CCHA by the coaches and
the media. The Wolverines begin their season October 15.16 when they travel to Alaska-Fairbanks for a meeting with the Nanooks.

Blue stickers set out to upset Big Ten rivals

By BRENT McINTOSH
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Don't ask a Michigan field hockey
player who her opponent is this week-
end. You won't get a straight answer.
You'd probably be informed that
Friday the Wolverines are playing No.
6 University and Saturday's adver-
sary is the University of No. 7.
"We made a goal this season to
look at each game as a number," se-
nior forward Kalli Hose said. "This
weekend is just No. 6 and No. 7."
The challenge that faces the Wol-
verines, though, is that "just No.6 and
No. 7" turn out to be No. 1 Penn State
and No.3 Iowa, a perennial power and
last year's BigTen champ. Both games
will be played at Penn State.
The Wolverines will be no push-
over though. They come into the game
ranked No. 14, with five wins and no
losses under their collective belt. And
while they dropped from their all-
time high ranking of No.8 two weeks
ago, the players said they sense a
victory or two could be in the works.
"We feel we have the team to pull
off an upset," Hose said.
AMichigan victory over Penn State
(8-0) certainly would be a shocking
upset, considering that the Lions are

the unanimous top team. Penn State
earned its prestigious ranking with a
2-1 victory over Old Dominion. The
Lady Monarchs brought a 66-game
win streak and three consecutive na-
tional titles into the game.
The Lady Lions' strength lies in
their speed and passing --whatMichi-
gan coach Patti Smith calls "their high-
powered game" - and they can score
goals, goals and more goals behind
All-Big Ten player Chris McGinley.
Smith said the key to playing with
Penn State will be attacking its inex-
perienced, sophomore goalkeeper.
"We need to get a lot of shots on
her," Smith said. "If we put the ball on
the cage, we'll score."
The responsibility to score those
goals will fall heavily on the Wolver-
ine forwards, especially Hose and
sophomore Jennifer Lupinski.
Smith was cautiously optimistic
about the team's chances.
"They're a great team," she said.
"Every great team has slip-ups."
Iowa (8-1) poses a completely dif-
ferent challenge for the Wolverines,
and that challenge is named Kristy
Gleason. In 1992, Gleason was, among
other things, Big Ten Player of the
Year and conference scoring leader,

averaging 2.11 points per game for
the season.
Smith said the team will focus on
keeping the ball off Gleason's stick.
"We need to shut her down," Smith
said. "If she's in the middle, we'll play
on the outside. We think she'll be in
the middle."
Gleason's dangerous scoring skills
will put pressure on the defensive
unit, which freshman Bree Derr called
"the NGP," an acronym for the self-
titled "No Goal Patrol."
Derr will be joined in the NGP by
seniors Jen DiMascio and Lelli Hose,
Kalli's twin sister. The defenders are
three-time letter-winners, and Hose
was second team All-Big Ten last year.
Derr has been a key contributor to
Michigan's hot start, and is, iri Lelli
Hose's opinion, "an excellent all-
around player."
More defensive help will come
from sophomore goalkeeper Rachael
Geistardt, ranked third in the nation

with a .28 goals-against average.
It may be best that the Wolverines
are anticipating playing only "No. 7,"
not Iowa, Saturday. Michigan field
hockey is 0-23 all-time against the
Hawkeyes.
Smith claims the daunting figure
doesn't bother her.
"You can read about it, but you just
read about it and it doesn't affect
you," she said. "We've never beaten
them, but hey, we've never been 5-0
before either."
So the Wolverines head to Penn
State to play teams No. 6 and No. 7,
and despite the tough road ahead, the
mood is upbeat.
"We're looking forward to coming
back with two wins - that's realis-
tic," Lelli Hose said. "We're not just
saying that to pump ourselves up."
But the Wolverines will certainly
need to pump themselves up if they
want to turn teams No. 6 and No. 7
into victories number six and seven.

Schoolcraft teaches men's soccer a game lesson

By DARREN EVERSON
FOR THE DAILY
The Michigan men's soccer team
knew it would have its work cut out
against unbeaten Schoolcraft College
Wednesday night.
As it turned out, the Ocelots were
indeed too much for the Wolverines
(5-2-3) to handle as the Maize and
Blue fell, 2-0, in Livonia.
Schoolcraft (10-0-1) took an early
1-0 lead, scoring fifteen minutes into
the contest on a penalty shot. They
went on to ice the game with another
tally twenty minutes into the second
half, due to some questionable offici-
ating, according to Michigan coach

Steve Burns.
"The referee was consistently call-
ing everything very tight," Burns said.
"Then in the second half he started to
be more inconsistent with his calls,
and he let two fouls go - fouls which
he was calling earlier - and that let
them score again."
Positives for the Wolverines in-
cluded the play of team captain Brian
Rosewarne and forwards Rob Holt
and Guy Metzger.
"We played a very strong game,
but unfortunately the breaks didn't go
our way," Burns said. "Schoolcraft is
a junior college and they have some
young players, but they played a very

mature brand of soccer, and I was
impressed by them."
Burns attributed part of the Wol-
verines lack of success to the long and
narrow field the Ocelots play on, which
is in contrast to the wide field Michi-
gan is used to, which caused the team
to have to change its strategy a little.
"We gambled and went with a for-
mation to see if we could capitalize on
their weaknesses, while at the same

time exposing ours," Burnssaid, "and
unfortunately they got the best of us."
Michigan next takes on Ferris State
at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Mitchell Field.
The Wolverines soundly defeated the
Bulldogs, 8-1, last year, and more of
the same is expected this time around.
Burns doesn't plan on playing his
starters much.

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