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Women's Cross Country
Michigan Interregional
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
University Golf Course


Field Hockey
vs. Ohio State
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Oosterbaan Fieldhouse

Icers head to the last frontier
M' opens season in Alaska ready for challenge

A lotofquestions willbe answered
this weekend as the Michigan hockey
team takes the ice in the Great White
North against Alaska-Fairbanks in the
season opener tonight in Fairbanks.
Will the defense be able to quiet
its critics and pickup where last year's
team left off? Will the freshmen be
able to adjust to the college game?
Will goalie Steve Shields be able to
get his possible record-breaking sea-
son off on the right foot?
And most importantly, what ex-
actly is a Nanook and why are the
Wolverines traveling nine hours by
plane to play them?
As for the definition of Nanook,
the name originates from the 1922
film, "Nanook of the North."
And as for why Michigan is play-
ing theseNanooks tonight and tomor-
row night, well, it's not for the balmy
climes. Instead, itis becauseFairbanks
is an affiliate member of the Central
Collegiate Hockey Association
(CCHA). In fact, the Wolverines are
the last team in the conference to
make the trek to the Land of the Mid-
night Sun.
Actually, the Wolverines said they
did not mind the prospect of a five-
day excursion to Alaska.
"We're looking forward to the
trip," said Shields, whose team left

Wednesday. "This is a new team and
it will give us a lot of time to be
As for the games themselves, the
Nanooks are a formidable opponent.
Last year, they had an overall record
of 32-12-2 and a record of 7-6-0
against CCHA opponents.
Alaska-Fairbanks returns 18
letterwinners including last season's
top scorer, Dean Fedorchuk (28 goals,
36 assists), team captain Don Lester
(12, 39), right winger Tavis
MacMillan (16, 41) and starting
goaltender Brian Fish (3.34 goals
against average).
The Nanooks also have five solid
newcomers, all from junior teams, to
fit into the mix. The team has added
three high-scoring all-star forwards
and two all-star defensemen.
"We are coming off a successful
season," Alaska-Fairbanks first-year
coach Dave Laurion said. "There is
pressure to have another good one."
This may be difficult considering
the schedule that Fairbanks has to en-
dure. The Nanooks will play 12 regu-
lar-season CCHA contests and will host
the second annual Great Alaska Face-
Off with Lake Superior State, Notre
Dame and Michigan Tech.
Alaska-Fairbanks will also travel
to Milwaukee to compete in the Bad-
ger Showdown, where tournament
entries will include Wisconsin, Provi-

dence and Northern Michigan.
"This year's competition is bet-
ter," Laurion said. "Tough games can
only make people work harder."
Tonight, Fairbanks will encoun-
ter a Michigan team eager to get out
on the ice and see if it can repeatthe
success of last season, when the Wol-
verines advanced to the national semi-
finals before losing to eventual cham-
pion Maine, 4-3, in overtime.
"Our team's excited because they
want to play a game," Michigan coach
Red Berenson said. "This is the time
to go, early in the season. A long trip
like this will give us a feel of what
kind of a team and what kind of kids
we have."
With all the positives that should
result from this trip, there are a few
negatives as well. First, team members
are missing three full days of classes.
Also, due to the demanding travel
and resulting jet lag, practice will be
at a minimum. In addition, the Wol-
verines face the prospect of sluggish
play early in the contest, as the start-
ing time for both tonight and tomor-
row night's games is 11 p.m. EDT.
"The biggest effect will be on Fri-
day night," said senior David Oliver
of Vernon, B.C. "I'm from that side
of the world and I know that that far of
a trip takes a lot out of you. We may
be a little sluggish at first, but we'll
pick it up."


The Michigan hockey team opens the season tonight against the Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks.

Field hockey excited for No. 3 Iowa, Ohio State

In the history of the world, the
Michigan field hockey team has never
beaten Iowa. The Hawkeyes have a
24-0 lead in the all-time series, in-
cluding a 2-0 victory earlier this sea-
After playing Ohio State (1-2 Big
Ten, 6-7 overall) tonight at 7:30 p.m.,
the Wolverines (1-2, 8-2) will have a
chance to strike back against No. 3
Iowa (1-2, 10-3) at noon Sunday.
As both games will be at home for
the Wolverines, Michigan coach Patti
Smith hopes her team makes Ooster-
baan Fieldhouse an unfriendly envi-
ronment for its visitors this weekend.
"We have an advantage playing at
home," Smith said. "A lot of teams
don't like to play at Michigan be-
cause they feel enclosed."
Iowa presents a special problem
for the Michigan defense -Hawkeye
forward Kristy Gleason. She leads
her team with 23 goals and seven
assists (53 points) in 13 games.

On top of playing strong defense,
the Wolverines will have to start con-
verting the opportunities that are pre-
sented to them.
"Iowa has a good defense," Smith
said. "We know our chances may not
be as numerous, so we have to make
the most of our chances."
One person who's been making
the most of her chances is midfielder
Sherene Smith, who has scored four
of the Wolverines' last seven goals -
all on penalty corners.
"That (play) is working really well
for us," Michigan defender Keely
Libby said. "Sherene has a good shot."
With a big rematch against the No.
3 Hawkeyes, it would be easy for the
Wolverines to look past Ohio State.
But that's not the case, according to
"They are excited about Iowa,"
she said, "but they're excited about
Ohio State first. We are going to take
this weekend one day at a time."
The Wolverines face an Ohio State
team that, according to Buckeye coach

Karen Weaver, is better than its record
"We have to make the
most of our chances
against Iowa."
- Patti Smith
M' field hockey coach
"Right now we're struggling with
consistency. That's a mark of a young
team," Weaver said. "We're starting
a number of freshmen and it's a mat-
ter of getting adjusted to the tempo of

Big Ten play."
Apparently Weaver is not just
offering lip service, because
Michigan feels the same way
about the Buckeyes.
"Ohio State always plays
Michigan tough, and it's never a
gimme win," Libby said.
Weaver knows that it won't be
easy for her team, either.
"We need to put the ball in the
net," Weaver said. "Michigan has
had a number of good shutouts
and is playing very consistent
defense. Michigan is a good team
and it is a great rivalry between us
and them."

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While the main season for the
men's lacrosse team is not until the
spring, the Wolverines are geared
up for their game tomorrow against
Michigan State all the same.
"We plan to use this game and
the rest of the fall season as a time to
get a look at new players for next
semester," junior Paul Dreyer said.
The game occurs at Mitchell
Field at 3 p.m.
After losing only two seniors
from last year's Big Ten title win-
ners, the upcoming year looks to be
Under the tutelage of coach Bob
Digiovani, the Michigan offense this
season will be led by senior attack-
ers Tony Digiovani and Steve
Simich, both of whom are captains
of this year's team.
In addition, junior midfielders
John Kolakowski and Dreyer should

provide Michigan with solid play.
Although the lacrosse team is a
club and not a varsity program, there
is still an impressive amount of in-
terest in the team. Over 20 new
players are trying to earn a spot on
the team.
Following tomorrow's game, the
Wolverines will play in three more
games plus a tournament in West
Virginia this fall in preparation for
the spring season, which includes
about 20 games.
Throughout the spring, the Wol-
verines will generally compete
against either other Big Ten clubs
or Division III varsity teams.
"The fall season is more of a
benchmark for the rest of the year,
which hopefully will include a Big
Ten Club Tournament win," Dreyer
The Wolverines have won the
Big Ten club championship the last
four years.



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