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Men's Soccer
vs. Macomb
Tomorrow, 5 p.m.
Mitchell Field


Women's Soccer
vs. Tiffin
Tomorrow, 6 p.m.
Elbel Field

'M' field
blanked by
Black Bears
Daily Sports Writer
In boxing, the mostbrutal ofsports,
ko fighters go at each other for 12
rounds until one of them goes down,
dhe to physical exhaustion.
Last Saturday, the Michigan field
hpckey team and the Maine BlackBears
ggt together for whatcan only be termed
as a hard-fought grudge match.
In the end, the Black Bears pulled
offan upset over the favored Wolver-
ines, winning, 1-0, before a capacity
Maine freshman Karen Hebert's
fgrst collegiate goal, a backhand shot
off Wolverine goalie Rachael
Geisthardt's pads, proved to be the
game-winner. But Hebert credited her
teammates in the backfield with hold-
ing Michigan at bay.
"Our defense was unbelievable,"
HIebert said.
The Black Bear defense was sti-
Wfling, limiting the Wolverines to just
five shots on goal and three penalty
crners. Meanwhile, Maine was able
to put up 10 shots of its own, with
eight penalty corners.
Yet, these numbers are mislead-
i g, as the game was a battle for the
"(The game) was a lot more even
than the stats (belie)," senior captain
Tatcy Irvine said.
1 In addition, Michigan played into
the hands of its opponent. The Wol-
verines' inability to convert on scor-
ing chances, a problem plaguing the
team in earlier games, came back to
haunt them.
"Maine's defense was pretty
good," junior forward Gia Biagi said.
"'But (the reason we lost) was more of
fact that we didn't find the holes to
make something happen."
Irvine agreed with Biagi. "We just
weren't finishing," she said. "We just
weren't making things happen in the
Maine was able to capitalize on
Michigan's inability to score, and was
farther boosted by the home crowd.
The packed stands proved to be ad-
equate motivation for the Black Bears.
"We were confident and we were
on our home field," Maine senior for-
ward Jenni Stinchcomb said. "It's our
year and we were totally focused."
This same optimistic attitude was
echoed by Black Bear coach Terri
Kix, who realized her team was in
position for a good year.
"This was a real battle and a good
indicator of where we are at this point,"
*Kix said. "Today was an indication that
we're going to be extremely strong."
Although a loss was tagged on its
record, Michigan looked at the game
as an invaluable learning experience.
"We're definitely jelling," Biagi
added. "These independent games are
important to find out what type of
tetim we are."

QBs present stark contrast
Collins, Stewart stride different paths to victory

Daily Football Writer
If you were starting a college football team - and
we're not, by any means, suggesting you do- you would
be well-advised to begin by finding a quarterback. A
tough guy, solid arm, good poise, strong will to win.
Like Kordell Stewart or Todd Collins, for example.
Stewart, the man at the wheel of the high-powered
Colorado scoring machine, has shown he is one of the
nation's few outstanding quarterbacks. Collins, the leader
of the high-efficiency Michigan offense, is also among
the elite.
But while both players have shown they can coax their
team to victory, their skills are far different.
Collins is a consistent signal caller with a knack for
making the right split-second decision. He fits in well
with Michigan's take-what-they-give you offense. He
isn't known as a scrambler, but when a hole opens up, as
it did on the first play of the Wolverines' game-winning
drive against Notre Dame Sept. 10th, Collins can run.
Stewart, on the other hand, does not run - he flies. He
burns defenses with bursts of open-field speed. He has
been timed at 4.2 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Stewart can
throw pretty well, too. He owns over two dozen school
passing and total offense records, and currently ranks
second in the nation in passing efficiency and fifth in total
"Collins is a real good quarterback, and I feel that I'm
a real good quarterback," Stewart said. "But I'm not
getting caught up in that. It's just a matter of which guy
goes out there and makes the least amount of mistakes."
Stewart has earned the respect of his opponents as well.
"He's one of the best quarterbacks I've seen in my five
years here," said Michigan defensive tackle Tony
Stewart is the biggest reason Wolverine coach Gary
Moeller calls Colorado "one of the best offensive teams I
have ever faced. They're very similar to Florida State a

couple of years ago, and yet this quarterback can really
That 1991 Florida State team ran up 51 points on
All of Stewart's skills make Collins slightly jealous.
"Yeah, running a 4.2, that would help my game,'.
Collins said.
Not that his game needs a lot of helping.
"Todd Collins is a very fine quarterback," Moeller
said. "I think he can play with anyone."
In just over one season as Michigan's starting quarter-
back, Collins has quickly carved his place in the school's
record book. He could leave Michigan as the highest-rated
quarterback in Big Ten history.
'Yeah, running a 4.2, that would
help my game.'
- Todd Collins
Michigan quarterback
Although the season is still young, Stewart and Collins
have already silenced some of the preseason doubters.
The knock on Stewart was that he was a glorified option
quarterback who couldn't pass.
"I feel I'm a totally different (quarterback now),"
Stewart said. "I feel like I can go out there and do just
about anything I want, knowing that my offensive line will
do a great job and my receivers will go out and catch thq
ball for me."
Collins took some heat last season for Michigan's
subpar 8-4 record. Some observers tabbed him as a quar-
terback who put up impressive numbers but couldn't win
the big game.
Collins proved them wrong in just 44 seconds lasi
week at Notre Dame, when he drove the Wolverines
downfield for the winning field goal.

E"AN ' Rtiw y
Todd Collins (above) employs a slightly different style than Kordell Stewart.
Women har'ers fill
All-American gaps


9q " A l l I A

For The Daily
Senior cross country All-Ameri-
can Karen Harvey and junior All-
American Courtney Babcock high-
light a roster full of returning stars
and blue-chip recruits looking to
improve upon fifth-ranked
Michigan's sixth place finish in the
1993 cross-country NCAA Cham-
The team enters the 1994 season
under the tutelage of third-year coach
Mike McGuire.
Babcock, who is coming off a stel-
lar 1993 season in both cross-country
and track, must step up to the chal-
lenge of replacing All-American
Molly McClimon as the team's top
Babcock finished second to
McClimon in the Big Ten Champion-
ships and NCAA District IV meet in
1993 and placed an impressive 13th
at the NCAA Championships.
"Courtney is truly one of the top

runners in the nation and a tremen-
dous talent," McGuire said.
Babcock said she expects to shoul-
der much of the load this year.
"I want to help my team and I am
going to perform the best I can to
achieve this," she said.
While Harvey had a good 1993
season, but because of nagging inju-
ries her performance did not match
that of 1992. Harvey's early season
results, however, have indicated that
her training may have paid off.
"I had a disastrous season last
year, my worst since I have been
here," Harvey said. "I took the whole
summer to train alone and I feel reju-
venated." .
Senior co-captain Jessica Kluge,
who gained All-America and All-Big
Ten honors last spring in track, is also
a key member of the cross-country
"Captains Courtney (Babcock)
and Jessica (Kluge) have great
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