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Icers shock No. Lakers, stuff Ferris
ESON ROSENFELD tered. That man was Steve Shields, of the best goalies in the country." Ho hum. Another day at the of- honor belonged to Kevin Hilton and Red Berenson's hopes for a4



that Michigan dominated Lake Supe-
rior State in Friday night's 4-2 victory
would be stretching the truth a bit.
Even saying that the Wolverines
played the better 60 minutes of hockey
might draw debate.
One man, however, did play 60
minutes of dominant hockey, and in
the end that was all that really mat-

and his 31 saves enabled the Wolver-
ines (3-0-1 CCHA, 5-0-1 overall) to
hang on to an early 4-0 lead and
escape Sault Ste. Marie with a victory
over the then-No. 1 Lakers (4-2-0, 4-
"That's the sign of an experienced
goaltender," Lake State coach Jeff
Jackson said. "He knew he had to pick
up his game to beat us at home and he
did. He proved tonight that he's one

Simply put, Shields did whatever
it took to win. He dove, crawled,
sprawled, kicked and gloved with no
regard for his own body. He helped
stop fierce Laker power plays eight-
of-nine times and saved 20 shots un-
der heavy attack in the last two peri-
ods. Shields even threw in a second-
period assist for good measure. And
what was Shields' reaction to his stel-
lar performance?

"That's what I am there for, to
stop the tough shots that come to me,"
Shields said. "It's not like I don't
expect to get tough shots. You get
them every game."
Shields was but one man though,
and one man does not a team make.
After all, Shields deserves credit for
keeping the puck out of the net, but
not for putting the puck in it. That

Jason Botterill, who each victimized
Laker goalie Paul Sass twice early.
Hilton buried a 15-foot wrist shot
in the five-hole, giving the Wolver-
ines a 1-0 lead at the 1:45 mark.
Precocious freshman Botterill then
scored his sixth goal of the season on
a power-play setup from Brian
Wiseman and David Oliver. That gave
Michigan a 2-0 first period lead after
only 4:09 and fulfilled Michigan coach

Wolverine start.
"(Scoring early) was very impor-
tant, particularly for our young play-
ers," Berenson said. "They had heard
a lot about this great Laker team and
they are a great team. We knew if we
were going to have any chance at all,
we had to have a good start."
Just three minutes after Botterill
put the Wolverines up, 2-0, Wiseman
See HOCKEY, Page 7

Before Saturday's triumph by
Evander Holyfield, how many
boxers had won back their world
title from the man they lost it to?
(Answer, page 2)

SPORTSMonday Calendar
AP Top 25
WMEB Hockey Poll
Close But No Sugiura
Women's Volleyball
Ice Hockey


Football runs past Purdue
Frosh running backs lead way in ugly 25-10 win

Picasso it wasn't.
"It isn't exactly the way you would
like to paint the canvas, I guess," was
Gary Moeller's appraisal, exhibiting
a curator's eye for the aesthetic.
To be sure, Michigan's 25-10
outlasting of Purdue Saturday at
Michigan Stadium was hardly a piece
de resistance. Were this game a com-
missioned work, the Wolverines' fifth
win against four losses might rank
somewhere just after "Dogs Playing
Poker" and before any number of
velvet-borne representations of Elvis
One didn't need Moeller's artistic
acuity to figure it out. Four fumbles,
including Derrick Alexander's
embarassing muff on the opening
kickoff, a pair of shanked point-after
attempts and the altogether icky
weather provided more than enough
evidence for even the most Philistine
It was the definition of gauche.
But as anyone could have told
you, particularly win-starved Michi-
gan, all victories count the same. And
the Wolverines were more than ready

to snap their two-game losing streak
any way possible, callous disregard
for the beautiful or not.
"No matter how we won it, we
won it," said defensive lineman Buster
Stanley, who provided rugged play
inside for the hobbling Michigan de-
fense. "A win is a win."
The victory was Michigan's first
since its Oct. 16 victory at Penn State,
and lifted the Wolverines to 5-4 over-
all and 3-3 in the Big Ten. In keeping
with the ungainly nature of the game,
Moeller, who it sometimes seems
would sooner feature a panda in the
backfield than a freshman, played two
of them (freshmen) almost exclusively
down the stretch.
Tailback Tshimanga Biakabutuka
and fullback Jon Ritchie got most of
the playing time in the second half
when the slow-starting Michigan of-
fense heated up. The duo, enlarged a
3-0 halftime lead behind two scores
from Biakabutuka and another from
Ritchie scored first, a one-yard
plunge in the middle of the third quar-
ter that put the Wolverines up, 12-0,
when Pete Elezovic missed his point-
after attempt.

Purdue quarterback Matt Tregzger
then threaded a 17-yard touchdown
pass to flanker Burt Thornton and
Brad Bobich drilled a field goal from
35 yards away to bring the Boilers to
within two, 12-10. After the charge,
Biakabutuka clinched the game.
He was the engine of Michigan's
two final drives, penetrating holes
large and small, gaining many of his
game-high 140 yards and sending the
frostbitten 104,326 into hysterics with
each announcement of his name over
the public address system.
Biakabutuka capped both series
with touchdown runs, the first a 25-
yard dash around right end, the sec-
ond a 3-yard burst to ice the game.
"Coach (Fred) Jackson, the run-
ning back coach, told me I was going
to run a lot, and I didn't expect to
carry the ball so much," he said. "I'm
kind of happy I did."
Equally pleased were his team-
mates, for whom the triumph over
seemingly harmless Purdue (0-4 Big
Ten, 1-8 overall) provided a great
"I'm just happy with the win. It
feels good to win after awhile," said
See PURDUE, Page 4

Todd Collins and the Wolverines congratulate freshman fullback Jon Ritchie after his touchdown run Saturday.

Irons rises to leadership as Wolverines attempt to salvage season

Whatever Michigan linebacking
coaches Bobby Morrison and Jim
e' Hermann did in their previous
lives to deserve what has happened to them
during the 1993
football season
couldn't have been this
bad. With more
missing pieces to deal
with than in a John
Grisham novel, it
would seem that the RYAN
* pair had been put HERRINGTON
through enough The R H.
punishment for one Factor
Yet with a little under five minutes to go
in the first quarter of Michigan's 25-10
victory over Purdue Saturday, it shouldn't

have been a surprise to those who braved
the November chill that yet another
Wolverine linebacker was being visited by
two trainers on the beaten turf of Michigan
On top of it all, the fact it was Jarrett
Irons was only more fitting. Here was
Michigan's best defensive performer this
season, leading the team in tackles as a
redshirt freshman - why should he be
immune to the disease afflicting the
Wolverine linebacking corps?
However, with time running out on the
Michigan football season and a bowl berth
remarkably still in doubt, there was not
much of a mystery about what the 6-foot-1
Texan had to do. Just as Matt Dyson and
Steve Morrison and Bobby Powers and the
other members of the Wolverine MASH

unit had done previously this year, it was
now Irons' turn to play with pain.
"I just wanted to win the game," Irons
said. "That's why when I got hurt, I knew
the team was depending on me to come
back. I knew I just had to suck it up."
So he rested for the remainder of the
series, putting the aching caused from his
bruised ribs in the back of his mind and
reentering the game, determined to help the
Wolverines scratch and claw and if
necessary crawl to another victory.
And in the end, Irons had done just that.
His 12 tackles paced a Wolverine defense
that had finished a grueling week of
practice, testing just how badly it wanted to
win again.
"When (Irons) walked off that field, I

about died," Michigan coach Gary Moeller
said following the game, the anguish of a 5-
4 season etched on his wind-dried face.
Indeed, in a season where consistency
has been as tough a challenge as
maintaining a sustained drive, there has
been one presence on the defensive side of
the ball which has persevered. Without the
stellar play of Irons, Michigan might have
been lucky to come away with even one
win in the Big Ten, let alone the three it
now has.
The statistics speak for themselves.
Fourteen tackles against Iowa. Fifteen
against Penn State. Eleven against Illinois.
Sixteen against Wisconsin.
While the numbers have piled up, so
have the critical plays, none more
memorable than Irons' stop of Penn State's

Ki-Jana Carter on 4th-and-goal to preserve
Michigan's greatest victory of the season.
Yet there was also a fumble recovery
against Illinois. Saturday marked the first
interception of his young career, a play in
which Irons slinked in front of Mike
Alstott, the intended receiver, returning the
ball 27 yards before being taken down by
the Purdue quarterback Matt Pike.
In the process, Irons has emerged -
despite his redshirt freshman status - as
the leader of the Michigan defense. With all
due respect to captain Buster Stanley, who
is a valuable spokesman in the locker room,
it is Irons' performance on the field that the
Wolverines could not have done without.
"Everyone says I'm young and this and
that, but when I'm out there I know that the

Field hockey scores first
*win ever against Wildcats

Running for their Home and Native Land

Imagine for a moment that you are
the Michigan field hockey team.
In all 23 of your games against
Northwestern, you have come up a
goal or two short of victory.
Now it's gametime Friday at
Northwestern; you're- unranked and
the Wildcates are fifth in the nation,
and a win in the contest would make
your season. You jump out to a 1-0
lead only four minutes into the game.
How do you react?
"You just keep on smiling," ac-
ording to Wolverine forward Aaleya
Koreishi, whose goal later in the first
* half provided a measure of security
for the first-ever 2-0 Michigan tri-
"It was so much fun to play,"
Koreishi said. "In games like that,
you catch yourself smiling. The first
:hina (Michigan coach Patti Smith)s

yet managed to lose.
"We have had better statistics and
outplayed them before, but this time
we showed them on the field," assis-
tant coach Meri Dembrow said. "We
were just tired of outplaying teams
and not beating them."
SThat Michigan had finally beaten
Northwestern was the main topic of
conversation among the Wolverines.
"It's great that we're not going to
have a huge goose egg in the win
column against them," said senior
forward Kalli Hose, who played the
final games of her Michigan career
this weekend. "We're a young team,
and those who will be back will know
for years that we can beat Northwest-
"It was a convincing win," Smith
said. "We went for it, and we were the
first to the ball, and that leads to
scoring opportunities."
The Wnverines' first coal came

D ick Vitale called Flint,
Mich., the Mecca of young
basketball talent, and Dan
Gable has turned Iowa into a haven
for wrestlers. For some
unbeknownst reason, certain
geographic locations have become
noted for producing outstanding
athletes in particular sports.
Men's cross country coach Ron
Warhurst has found such a place for
recruiting talented distance runners.
Five of the nine varsity runners on
this year's squad reign from the
same general area in Ontario, .
Each of these runners brought
impressive running credentials with .
them to Michigan.
Senior Shawn MacKay was a
prep star from Belmont who won
the two-mile race at the Keebler
Invitational. He was a two-time
member of Team Canada at the'
Junior World Cross Country
Chamnionshins. as well as being the

Michigan's Canadian runners stay

Canadian Junior National Finals.
Freshman Kevin Sullivan was
the top recruit in the country last
year. He was only the fifth North
American and second Canadian
high schooler to break the four
minute-mile. He was also a
semifinalist at 1,500 meters in the
1993 World Senior Championships
in Stuttgart, Germany.
Each of these runners chose to
come to America for college despite
the criticism that they would have
to endure at home.
The Canadian coaches and
national governing body discourage
athletes from heading south for
college. They have called America
the "Bermuda Triangle" because
the Canadian athletes supposedly
never return home to compete for
their country.
Furthermore, leaders in the
Canadian running system maintain
that the runners will get burned out
and accomplish little by running in
the NCAA, because American

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