vs. Ohio State
Friday, 7 p.m.
Saturday, 3:30 (ABC)
Stickers take victory lap
Wolverines regain winning form, top Chipps, 6-0
By BRENT MclNTOSH
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
When Michelle Smulders says, "It
feels good to be back running laps,"
most people would probably think
she was a little bit crazy.
But that's how Smulders and her
Michigan field hockey teammates felt
last night. Need an explanation?
The Wolverines jog a lap around
the field, proudly singing 'The Vic-
tors,' after each and every win, so
after suffering two tough losses last
weekend, that victory lap was a wel-
come relief. The Wolverines earned
their round trip with a 6-0 pasting of
Central Michigan (0-8 MAC, 2-12
overall) at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse.
It was a game that any observer
would have expected the Wolverines
to dominate, and they didn't disap-
point. The only goal Michigan (1-4
Big Ten, 8-4) needed to seal the vic-
tory came just 7:25 into the game, and
the margin was 5-0 by the half.
It was the second goal, though,
that had Wolverine coach Patti Smith
raving. The score was an unassisted
blast by seniorKeely Libby that came
suddenly blazing 'out of a mad
scramble for the rebound of a penalty
"After the second goal, I knew we
were going to keep scoring and scor-
ing," Smith said. "I think that goal
was such a strong statement. No one
was going to stop that ball."
Libby refused to take much credit
for the score.
"That's what's been missing from
our corners; thereboundsjusthaven't
been there," Libby said. "It was kind
of a mess in there. We need to get
those goals in close and off the pads.
I just hit it - no finesse or anything.
Anyone who was there could have
done the same thing."
Libby also had an assist, as did
Lelli Hose, on the evening's firstgoal.
A penalty corner set up senior Jen
DiMascio for that score, DiMascio's
first of the season.
Three other players scored for the
Wolverines, with Aaleya Koreishi
doing much of the work. The sopho-
more forward scored unassisted twice,
once in the first half on a smooth flip
between Chippewa goalie Tristan
Diver's legs, and once for the final
goal of the contest on a blast past the
other CMU goalkeeper, Kate Clark.
Late in the first half, Koreishi also
sent a textbook crossing pass to se-
nior Kalli Hose, whose shot found the
cage for the Wolverines' fifth goal.
Koreishi finished the contest with a
team-high five points, which brought
a big smile to her face, followed by a
bigger sigh of relief.
"Finally - I felt great," was all it
took to convey her emotions.
The other Michigan goal was an
unassisted tally by junior Gia Biagi,
who scored after the ball bounced
high and in front of the goal offDiver's
The solid victory was a relief to
Smith, who had seen her team drop
four of its last seven contests.
"This is the game we needed," she
said. "We came out on offense, we
had good team passing. It feels good
to beat a team convincingly."
Yes, it feels good to beat a team
convincingly--and torun laps again,
if you ask the Michigan field hockey
Senior captain Keely Libby follows up her own shot during yesterday's 6-0 victory over Central Michigan. Libby had
one goal and one assist in the Wolverines' first victory in three games.
Alaska's a pipe dream for 'M' icers
By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
AND JAESON ROSENFELD
DAILY HOCKEY WRITERS
Ah, Alaska. The mere mention of
the state conjures up image of a bear
lumbering through amountain stream
with a salmon in its mouth. But ac-
cording to the Michigan hockey team,
the Great White North is more over-
rated than pop crooner Biz Markie.
Apparently, it's going to take more
than a Klondike bar to get Wolverine
captain Brian Wiseman back.
"I wouldn't go back, I'll tell you
that," Wiseman said. "We heard it
was beautiful. I just didn't see it.
Maybe its pretty in the summer."
Didn't. the team see any worth-
"I think our hotel was the biggest
attraction there," winger David Oliver
said. "Maybe Anchorage is different,
but Fairbanks ... I was expecting to
see a lot more there, some mountains
and stuff. There's not really anything
Some of the players visited the
Alaskan pipeline during the visit. But
once they got there, they realized that
when you get down to it, it's basically
just a big pipe.
CHEMISTRY 101: Before the trip,
coach Red Berenson said he felt it
would give the younger players a
chance to bond with the veterans. The
players felt Professor Berenson's ex-
periment was a success.
"The best thing about the trip was
the chemistry," freshman Jason
Botterill said. "The chemistry has
been building, and I think throughout
the year it will improve."
FEDORCHUK ExPRESS: While
Alaskahas the lowestpopulation den-
sity in the U. S., a recent study con-
firmed that it has the highest concen-
tration of Fedorchuks in the world.
Fairbanks center Dean
Fedorchuk scored a hat trick Friday
night and added two more goals Sat-
urday. Perhaps more impressively,
official scorerDana Fedorchuk cred-
ited him with all five goals. Coinci-
dentally, this is the only Fedorchuk-
Fedorchuk official scorer-center com-
bination Michigan will face all year.
NOT-SO-SPECIAL TEAMS: Mich-
igan's power play was nearly power-
less this weekend, scoring just four
goals in 18 chances for a 22.2 percent
success rate. The Nanooks, on the
otherhand, was five-of-16 with aman
advantage for 31.3 percent.
"You're looking for your power
play to score more than your penalty-
killing gives up," Berenson said.
"Hopefully we can get up to 30 per-
cent on the power play."
HEY! THAT'S MY LINE: Botterill
moved up to Michigan's starting line,
playing alongside Wiseman and
Oliver Saturday. Ryan Sittler
switched from that line to join Mike
Knuble and Brendan Morrison.
The Wolverine hockey team went 2-0 this weekend in Fairbanks.
Phillies more than
Forrest Fires just a bunch of nuts
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s there a patent on originality?
For weeks now, whenever I grabbed a publication
providing coverage of the 1993 baseball playoffs, I
continually saw one thing. Those Philadelphia Phillies
sure are nutty.
That John Kruk, he's a funny character.
Come to think of it, Pete Incaviglia does have quite
Mitch Williams? He certainly has a long mane.
Since you brought it to my attention, well, yes,
Lenny Dykstra sure chews a lot of tobacco.
OK, I get the point.
I guess the whole epidemic stems from the fact that
hordes of scribes from around the nation converged on
the two rounds of baseball's playoffs. Almost all of
these people saw fewer than 15 regular season Phils
Most of the writers are probably taking their initial
gander at these palookas and are immediately charmed
by the team's unkempt and seemingly carefree nature.
Admittedly, the National League champions are an
So these pros of prose decide they have to let
everyone know about the wacky guys from Philly. The
problem is, that's all we hear about the Phillies.
Is surrendering your originality a condition of
receiving a World Series press pass?
Let us harken back to March of this year.
Those crazy Michigan basketball-playing kids were
playing in the NCAA tournament. The Fab Five surely
took some games to the wire that they should have put
away early. The team still won, though - all but the
However, all you could read was how the players
Or talking trash.
Or wearing black socks-and baggy shorts.
The barrage was so focused that these points
became the only issues sports fans debated. What
happened to the fact that all five Wolverine starters
were only sophomores?
-might have been playing his last college season?
Or that they were in the Final Four tor the second
year in a row when many experts said they couldnever
The same thing is happening with this year's World 5
Series. The Philadelphia Phillies were a last-place team
Lenny Dykstra played his first full regular season
without injury since 1990.
Jim Eisenreich overcame Tourrette's Syndrome
and hit over .300 this season.
The Phillies are a quality squad. They had to be
exceptional to get to the big show.
Curt Schilling may have worn the same cap in all of
his starts this year. But he was also NLCS MVP, while
striking out 19 in two appearances.
Every close-up of manager Jim Fregosi might reveal
his ever-present chaw.
But he should also be
1 9 93manager of the year.
Daulton may be married
1 4 to a beautiful model.
That fails to explain his
status as:the game's best
catcher - especially
after undergoing six
operations on one knee.
Surely the Phils revel in their image, All anyone
said or wrote about the Atlanta Braves:was how they
had the best team in baseball and their season would be
a failure without a trophy waiting at the end.
It is the same storyline for the Toronto Blue Jays.
They have no holes in their lineup and possess the
pitching and hitting to vanquish just about any team in
baseball. Talk about pressure.
On the other hand, baseball fans expect nothing
from this team of out-of-shape, laid-off truck drivers.
How could they when they have read nothing of
Today, these skillful baseball players have a distinct
shot at capturing the ultimate award.
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