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10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 5, 1994

Stickers go for second straight
victory in Michigan State game

By MARC DILLER
Daily Sports Writer
When the Michigan field hockey team entered con-
ference play on September 23, expectations were high.
But now with almost half of the Big Ten season
behind them, the Wolverines need to make a significant
turnaround in the weeks ahead.
Michigan State is coming to town at the right time.
On the heels of a much-needed victory against the
defending Big Ten champions, Penn State, Michigan
(1-3 Big Ten, 5-6 overall) takes on last year's confer-
ence cellar dwellers, the Spartans (0-4, 2-6-2), at
Oosterbaan Field house today at 7 p.m.
"Finally all the hard work has come together and it's
great for the rest of the Big Ten season," junior forward
Gia Biagi said.
"Michigan State is tougher this year and they are not
a team we can just assume victory against."
In order to win today, the Wolverines will have to
improve their offensive presence. In its last four con-
ference games, Michigan's offense came up short.
The Wolverines tallied a mere two goals over the
four-game span, during which they suffered a 144-
minute, 37-second scoring drought. The only two goals
scored thus far in conference play are by freshman
defender Julie Flachs and junior defender Aaleya
Koreishi.

The front line has yet to capitalize on numerous
scoring opportunities.
"Sometimes you score and sometimes you don't,"
Biagi said.
"We just haven't had luck until we finally put it all
together against Penn State."
Biagi leads the team in scoring
with 11 points after the first 11 games.
Junior assistant captain, Selina Har-
ris is a close second with 10 total
points.
The Wolverines' greatest advan-
tage against the Spartans will be its
home field one. Against the Nittany
Lions, Michigan felt empowered by
its fan support.
"We have really great fans," Biagi
Biagi said.
"When it came down to the wire against Penn State,
the fans were really on our side and it felt good."
Both the Nittany Lions and Michigan State play on
natural grass fields. The Wolverines play on turf.
Even though Michigan is only 3-3 at home this year,
the team is happy to be here.
"It's always good to be at home," Biagi said. "It
helps us get back in the rhythm and be more focused."

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DOUGULAS KAN I EVaiy
Sophomore midfielder Michelle Smulders and the rest of the field hockey team prepare to face off against the
underdog Spartans today. The game will take place at Oosterbaan Field House at 7:00 p.m.
Hoops recruits just keep on coming:
Albert White to commit to Michigan
Fisher gets off to fast start, landing Inkster forward

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By RYAN WHITE
Daily Basketball Writer
Call it Steve Fisher's hobby. In
recent years, the Michigan basketball
coach has collected the nation's top
recruits like some people collect bas-
ketball cards, and brought them to
play for the Wolverines.
The 1991 season brought the Fab
Five. This season it's the group of
Maceo Baston, Willie Mitchell, Jerod
Ward, Maurice Taylor and Travis
Conlin.
Now, before practice has even
gotten underway for the latest class,
Fisher is working on next year's edi-
tion.
Albert White, a 6-foot-6 forward
from Inkster, has called a press con-
ference for 3 p.m. today and is ex-
pected to announce that he will sign
with the Wolverines during
November's early signing period.

"This is a great senior class this
year and Albert White is one of the
best 20 among the group," said Brick
Oettinger, publisher of the recruiting
magazine The Poop Sheet.
Last season at Inkster, White av-
'(When I saw him) 1
thought he had a good
stroke, and he does
everything else well -
including perimeter
defense.'
Brick Oettinger
The Poop Sheet
eraged 20 points, 15 rebounds and 3.7
blocked shots per game.
According to Oettinger, White
probably doesn't have the size to play

power forward, and could be placed
at the off-guard or small forward po-
sition when he arrives at Michigan.
He will be competeing for playing
time with Mitchell and Ward.
"The only question about White is
how good a jump shooter is he,"
Oettinger said. "(When I saw him) I
thought he had a good stroke, and he
does everything else well - includ-
ing perimeter defense.
"He's an outstanding prospect."
Michigan State was among the other
schools that White was considering.
The Wolverines are still hoping to
land two other top prospects in 6-
foot-9 Robert Traylor of Detroit
Murray-Wright and 6-foot-10 Kevin*
Garnett from Chicago.
If those two were to sign along
with White, Fisher could have his
third No.1 recruiting class in the last
five years.

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