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12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 17, 1995

'M' faces Lake State, again.

By Barry Sollenberger
Daily Hockey Writer
Back in mid-January, the Lake Su-
perior State hockey team seemed to
have little chance of reaching the NCAA
tournament and repeating as National
Champions.
The Lakers dropped a two-game set
at home to Michigan Jan. 13-14 and fell
to 7-9-4 on the year. Indeed, Lake State
appeared CCHA cellar-bound rather
than NCAA title-bound.
But that was then - and this is
March.
Since losing to the Wolverines Jan.
14, Lake State is 13-2-2. This late-
season surge earned the Lakers (20-11-
6 overall) a date with No. 1 Michigan
(29-6-1) in the semifinals of the CCHA
Tournament tomorrow at Joe Louis
Arena. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
Theothersemifinal pits No.5 Bowl-
ing Green (25-10-2) against No. 7
Michigan State (24-10-3). The semifi-
nal winners meet at 2 p.m. Sunday for

the CCHA title.
Lake State's second-half run is not
unusual. February and March normally
mean one thing for the Lakers - lots
and lots of victories.
Three years ago, Lake State won its
last 10games-andtheNationalCham-
pionship. The 1992-93 Lakers finished
9-1-1, losing to Maine in the NCAA
title game.
And then there was last year.
Lake State ended the season with a
12-1 run and captured its third NCAA
Championship in seven years. An over-
time victory over the Wolverines in the
quarterfinals of the NCAAs was part of
that finish.
While the Lakers are the defending
National Champions, Michigan is the
reigning CCHA champion. Last year,
the Wolverines defeated Lake State in
the CCHA title game before succumb-
ing to them in the NCAA playoffs. .
The CCHA Tournament title was a
first for Michigan after losing to Lake

State the previous two seasons in the
league playoffs.
"We had been frustrated for two
years in a row and finally got that mon-
key off our backs," Wolverine coach
RedBerenson said. "Now wehaveother
monkeys on our back."
Michigan still carries the frustration
of 29 straight seasons without anNCAA*
title. Vietnam wasjust agleam in LBJ's
eyes when the Wolverines last won the
NCAA Championship - 1964.
The Lakers reached tomorrow's
contest by knocking off Miami (Ohio)
Wednesday in a play-in game.
Despite its strong finish, Lake State
may need to win the CCHA title to even
reach the NCAA playoffs. The Lakers'
early season struggles put them in a big
hole.
"(Lake State) has the most momen-
tum of anybody," Berenson said. "But
they're probably a team that needs to
win (the CCHA title) to have a shot of
getting into the NCAAs."

MARK FRIEDMAI
John Madden and the Wolverines take on Lake Superior State in the CCHA semifinals tomorrow. The Lakers
have won three national titles in the past seven years but are in danger of missing the NCAAs this season.

SWIMMERS
Continued from page 11.
"You don't want to see any DQ's at the
finals. You want to see the best team
win."
The first record of the day to drop
was the two-year old Michigan and Big
Ten Individual Medley record. Gustin
bested the time by .23 seconds in the
morning session and then improved
upon it further in the evening - bring-

ing it down to 1:59.19 and earning a
fourth-place finish.
The Wolverines also set a Big Ten
and team record in the 200 free relay
while Melisa Stone broke a team record
in the 50-yard freestyle.
This year's early success brightens
the Wolverines' title hopes, but
Richardson is not looking that far ahead.
"We're taking (the events) one at a
time," he said. "The team has great
focus, and we're trying to have fun."

MICHIGAN SPORTS ROUNDUP:
Hitters head south to battle Seminoles.

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By John Leroi
Daily Baseball Writer
Coming off its best weekend series
of the season, the Michigan baseball
team heads to Tallahassee, Fla., for a
three-game set with Florida State. With-
out question, the No. 2 Seminoles are
the toughest competition the Wolver-
ines will face this season.
But Michigan (6-8) is not unfamil-
iar with the Seminoles. The Wolverines
were whipped by Florida State, 17-6,
March 5 at the Hormel Foods Baseball
Classic in Minneapolis.
Michigan managed only 10 hits in
that game and committed four errors
that led to 11 Florida State runs. Second
baseman Andy Wade knocked in three
of Michigan's six runs with a bases
loaded triple in the eighth.
The Wolverines are coming off a
27-5 drubbing of Georgia Tech, last
year's national runner-up. After afairly
tepid start, Michigan's hitters caught
fire. The Wolverine outfielders batted
12 for 17 at the plate with two home
runs and 14 runs batted in.
Brian Simmons leads the Wolver-
ines in several offensive categories in-
cluding batting average (.365), home
runs (six) and RBIs (24).
"Our hopes are that we can pick up

where we left off (against Georgia
Tech)," Michigan coach Bill Freehan
said. "Our offense has got to score five
runs or more each time out."
The Seminoles' pitching staff has
been the key to their success this sea-
son. Freehan believes that Michigan
will have to score runs and win the
battle on the mound if it is to emerge
victorious.
"Pitching has been (Florida State's)
strong suitall year," Freehan said. "They
consistently play low-scoring, five-run
games."
RighthanderMattFerullo (1-2), who
took the loss against the Seminoles in
Minneapolis, will take the hill tonight
for Michigan. Righthander Mark
Temple (1-2) will pitch tomorrow, and
freshman hurler Tyler Steketee (2-1)
will hurl for the Wolverines on Sunday.
For the Michigan softball team,
February and March mean weekend
trips to warmer locales in order to es-
cape the harshness of an Ann Arbor
winter. But with a week of 70-degree
weather, the Wolverines may wish they
could have stayed at home.
Michigan (9-3) travels to Florida
State to compete in The Lady Seminole
Invitational. The round-robin tourney
starts today, as 24 teams will be vying
for aSunday afternoon spot inthe cham-

pionship game.
The No. 9 Seminoles (24-5) are the
host school and have been able to play
all year long. That could give them an
edge over the Wolverines.
Yet the team to beat will be the No.
8 Wolverines, who enter the weekend
as the top-ranked squad in the tourna-
ment. Michigan will face Southwest
Missouri, Samford, Miami (Ohio),
Northern Illinois and Florida State in
round-robin play.
Leading the way for the Wolverines
will be pitcher/shortstop Sara Griffin
(3-2), who has 27 strikeouts in five
appearances. Senior first baseman
Michelle Silver leads Michigan with a
.385 batting average, 15 hits and 10
runs.
- By Tim Smith
Daily Softball Writer
'WOMEN'S TENNIS
The Michigan women's tennis team
is looking for the consistency that led it
to a Big Ten regular season title a year
ago.
After winning their first fourmatches
of the 1995 campaign, the Wolverines
(6-4 overall, 3-1 Big Ten) have since
dropped four of their last six contests..
More significantly, Michigan hasn't
won a non-conference meet against an
opponent from this country. The Wol-
verines hope their luck changes as they
travel to Williamsburg, Va. to take on
No. 15 Vanderbilt and No. 13 William
and Mary.
"Our non-conference schedule is
very tough," Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt
said.
The fact that the Wolverines haven't
played a match on their home court in
over a month may also be a factor in
Michigan's erratic play.
"Because we're playing on the road
a lot, we get tired more easily," Ritt
said. "We really just need to psych
ourselves up more and get more enthu-
siastic for these games."
A sweep this weekend would erase
any ideas of inconsistent play.Playing
against teams the caliber of Vanderbilt
and William and Mary could do won-
ders for the Wolverines.

"(Winning this weekend) would
not only raise our confidence," Ritt
said, "but it would move us up in the
polls and prove to our players that we
play with the top teams in the nation."
- By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Writer
LACR-SSE
Although the Michigan State men's
lacrosse team showed up for Wednes-
day night's game against the Wolver-
ines, the Spartans acted more like spec-
tators than players.
Michigan (2-2) embarrassed Michi-
gan State (0-1) for the third straight
year, overpowering the Spartans 26-2
at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse.
The Wolverines held Michigan State
scoreless until late in the first quarter
when a poor line change allowed the
Spartans to score. But Michigan State's
glory was short-lived, as Michigan re-
sponded with 21 unanswered goals.
Most of the scoring came from
graduate midfielder Paul Tauber and
senior attacker Tony DiGiovanni.
Tauber knocked in five goals and had
two assists, while DiGiovanni chipped
in four goals and two assists.
The Spartans put little defensive
pressure on the Wolverines. Michigan
State left Michigan wide open in the
slot and allowed it to go on a 51-shot
shooting spree.
Yet, the biggest difference in the
game was not Michigan's dominating
offense, but the strength of its defense.
Led by graduate defenseman Marc
DeCristofaro, the Wolverines held
Michigan State to just 13 shots.
"(The defense) played 100 times
better than they have in the last two
games," senior midfielder Paul Dreyer
said.
The- Michigan goaltenders helped
shut down what little offense Michigan
State could muster. Wolverine
netminder Anil Arora allowed only one
goal. Freshman Tom Herrgott and
sophomore Matt Armstrong relieved
Arora, and faced a combined seven
shots.
- By Amber Uyesato

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individuals have demonstrated the highest level of undergradu-
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Michigan congratulates these students on their superior scholastic
achievement and wishes them continued success.
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Douglas Stephen Daniels
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Amy Stephanie Faranski
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