12- The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 29,1993
'M' field hockey hopes to bounce
back into polls with weekend pair
By BRENT McINTOSH
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Down and out.
That's where the Michigan field
hockey team dropped in the NCAA
poll after losses to Northwestern, 4-3,
and Ball State, 3-1. The Wolverines
hope that wins over Michigan State
(0-7 Big Ten, 5-10 overall) today and
Maine (3-2-1 North Atlantic, 11-3-1)
Sunday are enough to catapult them
back into the poll.
The Wolverines' fall from the top
20 was frustrating for the team and
curious to observers. "Why should
they drop out?" Spartan coach Michele
Michigan's last two losses were in
close games against quality oppo-
nents. Northwestern is ranked second
and Ball State is 11th.
The Wolverines' (2-5, 10-6) only
was an overtime loss to Ohio State.
Four of its six losses are to top-five
"It is incredibly disappointing,"
Wolverine assistant coach Meri
Dembrow said. "I guess it goes with
the territory ofonly having acoaches'
poll. I don't agree with it and most of
the other coaches we've talked to
don't agree with it. Now we can't lose
to another unranked team."
The two games this weekend pose
achallenge for the Wolverines. Michi-
gan will need to win both games,
coupled with victories next weekend
against No. 1 Penn State and North-
western, in order to be one of the 12
teams to qualify for post-season play.
Michigan State has yet to prevail
in aBig Ten contest. Michigan rolled,
3-1, in the season's first meeting, but
the Spartans have shown signs of
improvment in recent weeks.
"State is playing better than they
were at the start of the season,"
Dembrow said. "I think they've settled
in with their new coach by now."
Maine has only three losses, yet it
is unranked. That's another quirk of
the polls if you ask Dembrow. She
summed up Maine in three quick
words: "Maine is good."
Maine coach Terry Kix is looking
to the game as a chance to test her
squad against what she calls "a tough
team and a respectable program."
"This is a great opportunity to
play some top teams and get some
games on turf," she said.
The Black Bears play around 70
percent of their games on grass. That
should be an advantage for Michigan,
which plays most of its games on turf.
However, Maine's one victory
against a ranked team came against
No. 10 Boston University on turf.
The Wolverines will have to deal
with Black Bear junior goalkeeper
Mary Lou Winstel, who is leading the
NAC in every category. She has an
outstanding 0.50 goals against aver-
The Michigan field hockey team dropped out of NCAA poll after two losses to
ranked opponents last weekend.
Women swimmers begin quest for yet another Big Ten title
day at noon, the team will be looking
to defend its championship in the
The Wolverines -- attempting to
win their eighth consecutive Big Ten
title this season -are looking for an
exciting meet as they go up against
the Wildcats. In fact, some consider
Northwestern to be the favorite to win
the Big Ten this year.
"Northwestern is a great team,"
Michigan coach Jim Richardson said.
"They are better and stronger than
last year. They'll probably be the fa-
vorite in the Big Ten. They brought in
three good freshman, two with big
scoring ability. The question is
whether our 12 freshmen are going to
make up the points we lost and then
Unfortunately for Northwestern,
Michigan has also improved from a
The freshman class is the stron-
gest ithas everbeen.Freshmen Rachel
Gustin andAnne Kampfeare expected
to make some noise this year in not
only the conference but at the NCAAs
"We're abetter team than we were
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last year, despite losing some key
people," Richardson said. "We're very
deep in breaststroke and backstroke,
but we are a little shallow in middle
distances and butterfly, although we
have improved on this over last year."
The divers are another key to win- 0
ning this year.
"I wouldn't trade our divers for
any in the world," Richardson said.
"We're a diving powerhouse, and
we're going to have to do some dam-
age in order to make up some points."
The trio of Martha Wenzel, Cin-
namon Woods and Carrie Zarse will
be the focal point of the diving team.
Sunday's opposition in the North-
western Relays consists of Northern
Illinois, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and
Big Ten teams Wisconsin and host
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