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September 19, 1994 - Image 9

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When was the last time the
Michigan football team was 3-0?
(Answer, page 2)

M' Sports Calendar
AP Top 25
Q & A
Forrest Fires
Fall Sports Preview
Football Basics
College Football
Women's Soccer


places 2nd at EMU
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's cross country team, coming off a
1993 season that produced their first Big Ten title in 13
1ars, began their 1994 campaign in impressive fashion.
The Wolverines placed second at the Eastern Michigan
Invitational friday in Ypsilanti.
The Wolverines finished second behind Eastern Michi-
gan despite competing without three of their top five
runners including Kevin Sullivan, Scott MacDonald, and
Theo Molla. Both Sullivan and MacDonald are taking
September off from competition after a tough summer
spent practicing for the Commonwealth Games held in
their home country, Canada.
Captain Ian Forsyth led the way for Michigan, bring-
ing home first-place honors with a time of 25:21 on the 8
kilometer course. Also finishing in the top-five scoring
places for the Wolverines was David Barnett (11Ith place),
Kris Eggle (15 th), Don McLaughlin (18th), and Jon
AuBuchon (30th).
McLaughlin, a graduate of Ann Arbor Pioneer, run-
ning in his first collegiate race, was the only freshman
competing for the Wolverines.
"I was very happy. It was the first time I ran this
distance. I wanted to see if I could stay with Kris (Eggle)
Od I did for the most part. I just want to go out there and
do the best I can," McLaughlin said.
The Wolverines finished second in the nine team field
which included Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan,
and Windsor.
"It was a good, quality meet. A lot of good teams and
good individuals were there," Forsyth said. "Everyone ran
solidly and it was our best start as a team in three or four
"Judging by this meet, things are going well and we
uld get our goals high for this season," Forsyth said.

Brockway wins
Falcon Invite

Daily Sports Writer
A long victory drought came to an end
yesterday for the Michigan golf team.
While the Wolverines actually finished third
as a team at the Falcon Invitational in Colorado
Springs, Colo., junior Chris Brockway became
the first Michigan golfer in nearly three years to
medal in a tournament.
The junior from Ann Arbor Pioneer H.S.
fired a three-over par 219 to win the 54-hole,
par 72 event played Friday through yesterday.
Brockway's performance is the best indi-
vidual finish by a Wolverine since Dean Kobane
won the Spartan Invitational in 1991.
In the tournament hosted by the Air Force
Academy, Michigan finished with a team score
of 893 (298-294-301), six strokes behind win-
ner Minnesota 887 (292-292-303) and three
strokes behind second place Kansas 890 (300-
The outcome also marked Michigan's best
finish since placing third at the Buckeye Fall
Classic two years ago.
Brockway fired rounds of 72-74-73 at the
6,966-yard Eisenhower Blue Golf Course to
win the event by one stroke over Minnesota's
Aaron Barber (72-75-73) and Utah's Jon Wright
(70-74-76), who each finished tied for second
at 220.

Brockway was not the only Wolverine to
help Michigan to its impressive finish.
Senior Bill Lyle, also from Pioneer H.S.,
tied for sixth place with a six-over-par 222 (74-
72-76). In his collegiate debut, sophomore David
Jasper tied for 22nd with six other golfers at 225
Sophomores Kyle Dobbs and Brent Idalski
rounded out the Wolverines' scoring with scores of
228 (74-72-76) and 236 (79-81-76), respectively.
Last season. Dobbs was the only Wolverine
to play in every tournament.
The sophomore from Saline was one of the
top freshman in the Big Ten and led Michigan
with a 76.12 strokes per round average.
A year ago, Brockway was second on the
squad with a 76.83 scoring average in 30 rounds
of play. Lyle also saw action in 30 rounds and
ranked close behind his former high school
teammate with a 76.93 average.
In 1993, Idalski saw action in 18 rounds in six
tournaments and finished with a 78.94 average.
While the Wolverines could only muster a
seventh place finish at the Big Ten Champion-
ships a year ago, coach Jim Carras said that they
will be competitive this fall.
"We could have a very good team this year,"
Carras said. "We also have perhaps the most
overall talent up and down the roster since I've
been at Michigan.

The men's cross-country team started their season off on

the right foot.

Soccer debut spoiled
Buckeyes ruin Blue's first-ever Big Ten home game

Daily Sports Writer
Hordes of loyal Michigan fans
showed up at Elbel Field on Friday
for a peek at the newest sensation in
the Michigan Athletic Department.
Unfortunately those fans didn't get
what they really wanted to see - a win.
In its first-ever Big Ten home
game, the Michigan women's soccer
team lost its opener to Ohio State, 2-
0, on Friday afternoon.
"We have all the skill," freshman
forward Debbie Flaherty said. "We
just can't seem to pull it out when it
Buckeye forward Lori Helle
scored the game-winning goal from
30 yards out just 5:01 into the game.
Helle received a pass from her own
backfield and was able to catch the
Wolverine defense off-guard in the
transition. Her shot sailed into the top
left corner of the net, past Michigan
goalkeeper Alicia Smith.
"We just weren't ready for it,"
Flaherty said. "They just caught us on
our heels." ,
Michigan dug itself into a hole at
the 20:42 mark of the first half when
it allowed a second goal. Ohio State
Y freshman All-American Jodie
Stranges faked out Wolverine de-

fender Jamie Ross in the Michigan
backfield and booted the ball past
Smith for the final score of the game.
"We were overplaying and going
for the fake," Wolverine coach Debbie
Belkin said. "Jamie went for the fake
but no one was there to cover her."
The Wolverines weren't without
their own chances, though. Michigan
dominated the second half in the Buck-
eyes' backfield, but was unable to
connect on ten second-half shots on
"We need to finish the chances
like they did," Belkin said. "That's
the mark of a young team."
Michigan's best opportunity came
with just under three minutes to play
in the game. Flaherty passed the ball
off to sophomore forward Clare Loftus
in the left corner. Loftus eluded one
Ohio State defender and chipped the
ball into the goal post. Michigan for-
ward Betsy Axley was there for the
rebound but Buckeye goalie Stacey
Smith made a remarkable save. Smith
fell on the ball, preventing the five
Wolverine players converging on the
site from scoring.
The Wolverines came into the
game fatigued from their 120-minute
overtime game just 48 hours earlier
against Detroit-Mercy.

'We just weren't ready
for it. They just caught
us on our heels.
- Debbie Flaherty
freshman forward
In an attempt to counter her team's
exhaustion, Belkin played 19 of her
21 available players.
"We played 120 minutes last game
without really subbing anybody,"
Belkin said. "That last step for us,
taking that 100 yard run in the box, we
were struggling.
Luckily for the Wolverines, they
have five days off before they face
their next opponent, Tiffin (Ohio), at
home on Wednesday, the third game
of their five-game home stand.

Since the women
play varsity
soccer, should
the men have a

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women's soccer team is going through a season of firsts. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, this weekend's first
was their first-ever Big Ten home loss.

How Wolverines measure up

Dumb Jocks?
Balancing athletics and academics can be one of the many difficult
things about college life. Here is a comparison of how Michigan's,
athletes compare to other schools in the classroom.
H.S. core GPA L Graduation rate Graduation rate
(Ai Students) (Athletes)

varsity team? Read Pitts
Stop for one man's opinion.
- pg. 7.
takes two
of three at

Daily Sports Writer
Former Michigan basketball guard Rumeal
Robinson will be forever embedded in
Wolverine folklore for overcoming his free-
throw shooting problems in the most dramatic way
For all of the 1988-89 season - in moments of
pressure or during colossal blowouts - when the All-
nerican stepped to the charity stripe, it was a horror
story. He'd twitch, he'd sweat, and he'd throw up
That is, until he had to make the most important
throws of his life - in the finals of the NCAA
tournament against Seton Hall, with his Wolverines up
by one in the waning seconds of the game.

At many universities, where academics are but an
extracurricular activity for athletes, Robinson may not
have graduated. But at Michigan he did, thanks to an
extensive athlete academic support system and an
athletic administration that is relatively concerned
about the demands facing scholarship athletes.
"I think academics and athletics go hand in hand at
this university - it is like a marriage," associate
athletic director Peggy Bradley-Doppes said. "We have
strong athletic programs because of the strong
academic reputation of Michigan."
Robinson's academic success is one reason why Dr. Jack
Gourman in 1993 ranked Michigan the fourth-best non-Ivy
League school for balancing academics and athletics.
Gourman, a retired political science professor at
California State-Northridge and well-noted for his


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Va. Tech

Daily Sports Writer
Women's volleyball coach Greg
Giovanazzi knew that the injuries to
three of his key players would make it
hard to win three matches at the Com-
fort Inn Hoakie Classic. In the end,
however, injuries did not play such a
crucial role, as the Wolverines man-
aged to win two of their three tourna-
ment matches anyway.
"The weekend was an absolute

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