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Field Hockey
vs. Maine
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Oosterbaan Fieldhouse


Women's Soccer
vs. Eastern Michigan
Today, 5 p.m.

Blue stickers
stifled by
*No. 11 Ball
State, 3-1
All good things must come to an
Unfortunately for the Michigan field
hockey team, that includes its winning
streak against non-conference oppo-
Under sunny skies in Muncie, Ind.,
Tuesday, the Wolverines (2-5 Big Ten,
10-6 overall) saw a 14-game winning
streak against non-Big Ten foes come
toan end against the No. 11 Ball State
Ball State forward Jerri Lucido
scored the first of her two goals with
@2:33 left in the first half to give the
Cardinals a 2-1 lead. Ball State's de-
fense made the lead stand by holding
the Wolverines offense in check for
the rest of the game.
Lucido added her second goal of
the gamejust 1:32 into the second half
to give the Cardinals a two-goal lead
andmake the final score 3-1.
Sherene Smith lifted the Wolver-
inestoan earlylead when she scoredon
* direct penalty corner 23:10 into the
first. That, however, was all the offense
that the Wolverines were able to mus-
"We started strong scoring on a
directcomer. Unfortunately we weren't
able to continue that momentum,"
Michigan coach Patti Smith said. "Ball
State played very well, they're a very
strong team."
BallState'sdefense, whichhasnot
allowedagoal in any of its seven Mid-
American conference games, was al-
most as stingy against Michigan.
Mindy Pretzman, playing goal for
the Cardinals, had to make only five
saves in the game en route to recording
her ninth win without a loss.
Ball State's first goal was an unas-
sisted tally by junior midfielder
Ashleigh Schultz 24:52 into the first
Tuesday's game was the first time
all season that Michigan had played on
grass instead of artificial turf. Smith
didn't think that the playing surface
played a very big role in the game.
"We played pretty well, better in
the second half," she said. "We ad-
justed to the grass pretty well."
Aside from ending the Wolverines
winning streakagainstnon-conference
foes, the Cardinals also hurt the Wol-
verines chances of making the NCAA
Regional Tournament starting Nov.12.
Teams are selected for the tourna-
ment by the national poll with the top
12 teams qualifying.
Unranked Michigan has been
ranked as high as No. 8 this season.

Johnson, Colins leave football team

With the Michigan football team
mired in eighth place in the Big Ten
and running back Tyrone Wheatley
sidelined for this weekend's game
against Wisconsin, it didn't seem that
things could get a whole lot worse for
Wolverine coach Gary Moeller.
That is until yesterday.
On the heels of Felman
Malveaux's farewell from the Wol-
verine squad last week, sophomore
linebacker Shawn Collins and senior
tailback Jesse Johnson also decided
to leave the team. Both players cited
personal reasons for their departures.
While Johnson's move was not
much of a surprise, the loss of Collins
was an unexpected blow to an already
weak linebacking corps. With a host
of injuries to a variety of players,
Collins had played in all seven games
this season, including starts against
Notre Dame and Houston. However,
he felt it was time to move on.
"I have other goals besides foot-
ball, like studying and trying to get
into the business school," said Collins,
who will continue his schooling at
Michigan. "I'm not saying anything
negative about the Michigan football
program, but I don't feel football is
part of my long-term plans."
A native of Paterson, N.J., Collins
met with Moeller Tuesday to inform

him of his decision. He characterized
the meeting as having gone well.
"Wehada long conversation about
it," Collins said. "Coach Moeller was
trying to make sure I understood what
I was doing and what I was giving up.
I expected that from him."
Collins said his decision was not a
hasty one as he had contemplated the
move as early as the first week in
September. However, he remained
with the team to prove a point to
himself and others.
"The one thing that was key was
that I didn't leave Michigan because
'I couldn't play with these guys,"
Collins said. "I think by starting and
getting newspaper articles "written
about me, that I proved I could play at
this level.
"I just felt that I had other goals. I
just felt it was time to move on."
With the loss of another outside
linebacker, true freshman Trevor
Pryce is expected to pick up more
playing time, including apossible start
against the Badgers Saturday.
While Collins' future seemed to
be bright, Johnson's star had all but
extinguished. Nicknamed the
"Housecat," Johnson had been rel-
egated to fourth-string after finding
his way into Moeller's doghouse last
spring. Johnson appeared in only two
games this season, gaining a mere 14
yards on four carries.

Michigan running back Jesse Johnson and linebacker Shawn Collins left the team yesterday, citing personal
reasons. Johnson only registered four carries this season after playing regularly the past two seasons.


Shields closes in
on NCAA record

Michigan goaltender Steve Shields
is moving closer and closer to break-
ing the NCAA all-time record for
With lastweek's sweep of Alaska-
Fairbanks, the All-American candi-
date moved within three victories of
tying the mark.
If the Wolverines chalk up wins
against Bowling Green and Notre
Dame this weekend, Shields will be
in a position to do this Nov. 5 against
1992 NCAA runner up and CCHA
favorite Lake Superior State.
With the way the goalie thinks the
team is playing, reaching the record
may not take long.
"The effort is certainly there,"
Shields said. "We are not as con-
cerned with stopping them as seeing
if they can stop us. We are working
hard and are gaining confidence."
FRESH FACE: After two games, a
true freshman is pacing the Wolver-
ines in points and goals. Center

Brendan Morrison scored three times
in Alaska to help the team to its sweep
of Alaska-Fairbanks.
Morrison also has the dubious dis-
tinction of leading the squad in pen-
alty minutes with six.
POLLPOSITION: Michigan has been
ranked No. 7 in the first WMEB
(Orono, Me.) poll of the season.
Other CCHA teams in the top 10
include Lake Superior State (No. 1),
Miami (No. 6) and Michigan State
(No. 8). The Wolverines were ranked
No. 8 in The Sporting News' pre-
season Top 20.
"PASS" THE PUCK: Michigan's
CCHA opener will be broadcast live
on Prime Network (locally on PASS).
Those not traveling to Bowling
Green can catch the contest on chan-
nel 27 in the Ann Arbor area. Faceoff
is at 7 p.m.
coach Red Berenson participates in a
weekly talk show on WTKA (AM
The 30-minute program airs every

Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. from
Banfield's Bar & Grill.
The show is hosted by Ken Kal
and Drew McCaughey and gives lis-
teners a chance to call in and speak
with the Michigan coach.
those diehards that can't get enough
of the Maize and Blue, TRZ sports
has set up a telephone system that will
provide live action of Michigan
hockey games for the duration of the
To use Teamline, fans can dial 1-
800-846-4700 and enter Michigan's
four digit code, 5313. Calls average
20 to 50 cents a minute, depending on
length, and can be charged to either
Visa or Mastercard.
INJURY REPORT: The squad will
be without the services of sophomore
Drew Denzin once again this week-
The defenseman from Ann Arbor
suffered a sprained knee during the
Blue-White game Oct. 8 and is ex-
pected to be out another two weeks.


Michigan forward Anton Fedorov and his teammates can help goalie Steve
Shields become the NCAA's winningest goalie by winning three more games.


Carter's bash signifies
Canadian dominance

No monetary assessment can be
Accurately made for owning a piece
of history. Thousands of people paid
crazy amounts of money for apiece of
concrete from the Berlin Wall which
signified the unification of Germany.
People offered all kinds of cash
for the ball that went through Bill
Buckner's legs in Game 6 of the 1986
World Series.
There are even those who are will-
ing to pay for some of the ashes from
S)avid Koresh's remains. Good luck
Finding any meaning in that.
As forme, the value of history was
amere $80 lastSaturdaynight. Eighty
dollars was the price I paid a scalper
to see Joe Carter hit a one-out, three-
,un home run in the bottom of the
ginth inning at SkyDome to beat the
Philadelphia Phillies and win the
World Series.
The Toronto Blue Jays won their

second consecutive World Series Sat-
urday night in Toronto with an 8-6
victory over the bad boys of baseball.
However, the game was more than
just another Saturday night at the
ballpark. The Series-clinching vic-
tory signified the continuing demise
of American sports teams and the
superiority of Canadian athletics.
It's no wonder that the United
States wants to take over Canada. The
U.S.A. hates being second best to
anyone. And now the Canadians own
both the Stanley Cup and the World
Series championship.
In addition, Canada has recently
expanded into theNBA with aToronto
team due to play in the '95-'96 sea-
son. It's just a matter of time before
the CFL merges with the NFL to
make Doug Flutie the Super Bowl
What has led to this sudden de-
mise?Coulditbe the apathy ofAmeri-
can sports fans who watched the Se-

ries in record lows again this year? Or
maybe it's the general ignorance on
the part of American general manag-
ers who don't understand the price of
Or maybe there is some legiti-
macy to Canada's
socialist ways. Most of the Blue
Jays players share the wealth and make
relatively equal pay, whereas the San
Francisco Giants paid Barry Bonds
$44 million and his team didn't even
make the playoffs with 103 wins.
The Canadians even know their
superiority. In the seventh inning I
was bombarded with peanuts and pop-
corn when I waved an American flag.
Immediately following the game,
over 1 million fans crowded nearby

Yonge St. and its surrounding bars
until early the next morning.
Granted, Toronto did know how
to throw a great party without the
same destructive behavior that is ex-
hibited on South University after a
Michigan victory celebration; how-
ever, there is still no excuse for the
disrespect the Canadians showed to-
ward their bordering country's citi-
For all those of you who want to
own a piece of history, a few years
from now you will probably be bid-
ding on Joe Carter's socks worn dur-
ing Game 6.I got my piece of history
already. My ticket stub will soon be
worth millions and the smell is a lot
less vivid, eh?



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