The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 18, 1994 - 13
Athliete of the Week
WHo: Simone Lacher
TEAM: Women's Tennis
HOMETOwN: Burr Ridge, Ill.
WHY: Last week, Lacher led the Wolverines to victories over two top 25 teams. She beat Jaimie Fouret
from No. 24 Wisconsin in singles before teaming up with fellow Wolverine Jamie Fielding to beat Fouret
and Stephanie Benz in doubles. In another match, Lacher and Fielding beat No. 10 Northwestern's Mary
'Beth Novak and Anna Scharfeld. Later in the same meet, Lacher beat Novak in singles.
M' rugby finds perfection against Canadiens
WBy RAVI GOPAL
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
What do Nadia Comaneci, Don
Larsen and the Michigan men's rugby
team all have in common?
They all know how to be perfect.
Saturday, the Wolverines proved
themselves worthy of this description
when they dismantled the Sarnia
(Ont.) Saints by scores of 52-0 and
The opener matched up the teams'
top players. Michigan and Sarnia
:played even for the first few minutes.
*After the Saints missed a penalty kick
minutes into the game, the teams en-
gaged in a see-saw battle over posses-
sion of the ball.
Then the Wolverine backstook over.
Michigan out-center Ashby Kinch
,ained possession off a scrummage
Wand took the ball toward the goal line
before passing it off to winger Mike
Carter, who scored. Scrum-half Sean
Knight kicked the ball in for two more
points, and the Wolverines led, 7-0. A
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three wins. She eased past the Wild-
cats' top player, Elisa Kim, 6-4, 6-2.
Bojana Jankovic squeezed out a
nuch-needed win at the No.2 singles
spot with her 10-8 tiebreaker defeat
ofBranacaElsberry in the third set, 6-
Jankovich and Popek teamed up
to beat Northwestern's No. I doubles
team of Kim and Elsberry, 1-6,6-3,6-
"The key to winning the close
matches was we just hung in there and
never gave up," Ritt said. "We never
panicked all weekend and I think that
was a key to our victories."
Michigan faces Notre Dame in its
last dual match of the season April23.
few minutes later, Carter scored on a
similar play off a feed from Kinch.
The Saints then had a chance to get
on the scoreboard when they stole the
ball from the Wolverines and held the
ball deep in Michigan territory. But the
Wolverine defense held, and Sarnia's
attempts to push the ball across the goal
line were met by firm resistance on the
part of the Michigan forwards.
This defensive stand proved to be
a key to the Wolverines' success,
since, at the time, they were battling
two opponents: Sarnia's momentum
and the weather.
"It was a crucial point in the
game," Michigan Rugby Club Presi-
dent Tom Warburton said. "It was
tough for us because the wind was
After repelling the Saints' attack,
Michigan poured it on. It scored three
more times in the half, ending the first
stanza with a 32-0 lead.
The Wolverine onslaught contin-
ued through the second half as
Michigan's forwards overpowered
Sarnia during each scrummage. This
gave the Wolverine backs possession
of the ball, and the game was all but
Because of their speed, Michigan's
backs capitalized on the Saints' re-
laxed defense. Both Carter and Knight
had a field day, running through gap-
ing holes in the Sarnia defense for
multiple tries. Carter finished with
three tries, while Knight ended with
"(Sarnia's) backs play a passive
defense, and we did a good job keeping
it in our possession," Warburton said.
"The backs hit the holes (in the
Saints' defense) very hard," added
Warburton praised both of his stel-
"Sean (Knight), who is a Midwest
Select Side player, is a real excellent
player," Warburton said. "Mike
(Carter) is a great guy to have."
The second game proved to be more
'Mike Springs had a
great game, and
overall, we played tight
senior rugby player
of a battle, but the result was the same.
Sarnia ended the first half with an 8-7
lead. In the second half, however, the
Wolverines came alive. Keyed by a
sensational performance by sophomore
hooker Mike Springs, Michigan ex-
ploded for 17 points, keeping the visi-
tors winless in two attempts.
"I'm extremely satisfied (with our
performance)," senior tight-head prop
Tom Vestergaard said. "Mike Springs
had a great game, and overall, we
played tight and cohesively."
"Springs had an outrageous day,"
lock Jim Errin said.
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