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Looking ahead to tomorrow...
The Michigan-Maine matchup is the third lifetime meeting between the
two schools. The Wolverines defeated the Black Bears, 3-1, in the
championship of the 1990 Great Lakes Invitational. Maine, however,
gained revenge with a 4-3 victory over Michigan in the 1993 NCAA
semifinals. The Black Bears went on to grab the National Championship.

Page 10
Wednesday,
March 29. 1995

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SOFTBALL
NOTEBOOK:
Wet field
rorces
cancellation
Bly Danielle Rumore
Daily Softball Writer
The No. 5 Michigan softball team
(4-0 Big Ten, 21-3 overall) is fresh off
a four-game sweep of Purdue (0-4, 8-
14) in West Lafayette last weekend.
Riding the wave of their hot streak,
the Wolverines were set to fight No.23
Notre Dame (15-7 overall) yesterday at
Alumni Field. Instead, thedoubleheader
was canceled due to inclement weather
and rescheduled for April 11.
The rescheduled game will be the
fourth meeting between the Fighting
Irish and Michigan. Notre Dame leads
the season series, 3-0.
The Wolverines lost to the Irish in a
4-3 extra-inning affair Feb. 24 at the
Arizona State Classic. Elizabeth
Perkins scored the winning run for
Notre Dame on a passed ball.
Terri Kobata is one of the hottest
pitchers in the nation. She is 7-1 on the
mound with a 0.62 ERA for the Irish.
She struck out 12 and allowed two hits
inNotreDame's 2-1 winoverBall State
last Saturday.
A LEAGUE O HER OWN: Wolverine
freshman pitcher/shortstop Sara Grif-
fin was named the Louisville Slugger
National Player of the Week March 22
for her play at the Florida State Lady
Seminole Invitational.
Griffin hit .458 with two homers,
threw three complete game shutouts
and struck out 17 in helping Michigan
win the invitational.
"I was very surprised to be named
player of the week," Griffin said. "I had
heard of it, but a lot of people I know
haven't gotten it. I was very honored."
The Wolverines went 8-0 in the 24
team round robin in Tallahassee, scor-
ing 25 runs on the weekend. Michigan
dismantled the No. 9 Lady Seminoles,
5-0, on their home field.
HoTHITERs: Lastseason,Michigan
mustered a mere three home runs, com-
pared to 12 by its opponents. This sea-
son, however, has been a different story.
The Wolverines havealready doubled
last year's total and have held their oppo-
nents to just two homers on the season.
Griffin leads Michigan with three homers.
Griffin is three dingers short of break-
ing the team season home run record set
by Alicia Seegert in 1986. If Griffin
averages three homers per season, she
will also breakthecareerhomerunrecord
of 11 set by Seegert from 1984-87.

Different paths to
meet in Providence

By Darren Everson
Daily Hockey Writer
There certainly wasn't any one road
to the hockey final four this season.
Of course, Michigan's fel-
low participants - Boston
University, Maine and Minne-
sota-allhadProvidence,R.I., 1
in mind when the season began KCAM
in October, and each team N
reached itsdestination. No two
paths, however, were alike. Sen
Preseason expectations MI
suggest the Black Bears (30- WoI
5-6) are the biggest surprise of {(
the group. Maine won the
NCAA title in 1993, but onlyM
defenseman Chris Imes re- Bla
mains from thatteam. Soat the(
start of the season, no one ex- Ton
pected too much of the Black cE
Bears -not even their coach.
"We werejust trying to see
if we could (finish) in the top four in our
league and get home ice for the play-
offs," said Maine coach Shawn Walsh,

whose team ended up winning Hockey
East. "Things started to jell early.
"Before we knew it, we were be-
coming a team that was ranked in the

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top 10 and later on moved to
No. 1."
The Black Bears are cur-
rently either the top- or sec-
ond-ranked team in the coun-
try,depending upon which poll
you choose to believe. But as
impressive as that ranking is,
this Maine team has hardly
dominated its opponents.
"We're just a team that's
been in aton ofclose games,"
Walsh said. "26 ofourgames
have been decided by one or
twogoals; we certainly don't
blow teams out very often, if
at all.
"We've had to play it;
very close to the vest, and

DOUGLAS KANTER/Daily

The Michigan hockey team is reaching for its first national title since 1964 this weekend in Providence, R.I. The
Wolverines face Maine tomorrow in the NCAA semifinals. If Michigan gets by the Black Bears, it will face the
Boston University-Minnesota winner Saturday afternoon for the National Championship.

that's the only way we can play."

See ICERS, Page 11

Moelier ponders spring game as 'M'injury list grows

By Ryan White
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan football coach Gary
Moeller has a decision to make, and it
has nothing to do with who is going to
be his quarterback next season.
Thanks to a number of injuries,
especially at the tailback position,
Moeller isn't sure what to do about the
Wolverines'
scheduled April 8
spring game.
"There's
speculation on
whether or not
:> rr we'll have aspring
game," Moeller
said. "We'll have a
spring game ... or
something.
Biakabutuka "We might
have a scrimmage
or we might have a game."
TshimangaBiakabutuka is the lat-
est Wolverine to go down with an
injury.
The junior tailback twisted his left
knee in practice Monday and is hav-
ing arthroscopic surgery today to
search for a slight cartilage tear.
Biakabutuka is not alone on the
injured list, though.
Fellow tailback Ed Davis injured

his left shoulder while trying to run
through a tackle and will sit out the rest
of the spring.
According to Moeller, however,
neither injury should be serious
enough to prevent either player from
beginning the season on time.
Along with the two backs, there are
also problems on the offensive line.
Center Rod Payne is still recovering
from shoulder surgery and tackle Jon
Runyan has yet to practice because of
a foot injury suffered last season.
Senior widereceiver Todd Richards
is the only Wolverine that Moeller is
not expecting to be ready for the season
opener Aug. 26 against Virginia.
Richards injured his knee and was
forced to have surgery just before the
beginning of two-a-day practices.
Another receiver, Seth Smith, is
suspended indefinitely.
The lack of healthy bodies may
cause Moeller to simply put his team
through a scrimmage as opposed to
the traditional spring game.
"The only thing missing (in a
scrimmage) is the competition to win
or lose," Moeller said. "There would
also be more throwing than normal,
which wouldn't be a bad thing."
Moeller could use the extra tosses
from his quarterbacks to help him de-

G GThere's
speculation on
whether or not
we'll have a spring
game.
- Gary Moeller
Michigan football coach
cide who will replace the departed Todd
Collins.
Freshman Scott Dreisbach, jun-
ior Brian Griese and senior Jason

Carr are all competing for the posi-
tion.
And while Moelleris hoping to find
his starter by the end of the spring, he's
not going to make a hasty decision.
"To say anyone is ahead of another
at this point would be unfair," Moeller
said. "I'm delaying because I want to
make sure I'm making the right deci-
sion."
Like he did last season with Jay
Riemersma- moving the quarterback
to tight end - Moeller has reposi-
tioned another player.
He has moved linebacker George
Howell to fullback to help fill the void
left by Ch6 Foster who made himself

eligible for the National Football
League draft.
The Wolverines have also been
working more with a four-man defen-
sive front than they have in the past.
"We're going to use that
(scheme) a little more because of
our personnel," Moeller said. "I
don't know if we've got super speed,
but we're quick."
Overall, Moeller has been extremely
happy with the practices thus far.
"I don't like to have anyone banged
up, but there's a good attitude on this
team," he said. "Right now this is the
best attitude we've had in a couple
three years.".A

McDonald wins Saluki Invitational

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By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
Granted, it is hard to win a golf
tournament. But having to watch the
leaderboard to see how other golfers
finish can be even tougher.
These circumstances faced Shan-
non McDonald of the Michigan
women's golf team Monday in
Carbondale, Ill. McDonald captured
theSaluki Invitational forher first-ever
tournament victory.
"I was so nervous and I didn't think
that I had a chance to win the tourna-
ment," McDonald said. "I was really
surprised when I heard that I had won."
The Wolverines placed fourth in
the 13-team field, 10 strokes behind
winner Michigan State.
But it was McDonald who stole the
show. She beat Kerry Zebick of Cin-
cinnati by a stroke.
"We all stuck around to see how
she'd do," Michigan coach Kathy
Teichert said. "It was exciting and
an excellent win for Shannon. She's
always been a great competitor and
we're all very happy and excited for
her to start off the spring season so
well."

McDonald shot a 75 Sunday and
was tied for thirdplace,justthree strokes
behind Zebick.
McDonald fired a 78 Monday to
finish the tournament at 153. She
completed her play around 1 p.m so
the Michigan junior could only wait
and hope that Zibek would blow the
lead.
"I decided to stay by the leader-
board because I thought I would jinx
myself," McDonald said. "Since I fin-
ished so early, I thought I would be
very rusty (in a playoff)."
Zibek needed an 80 to win the tour-
nament. An 81 would have assured her
a tie with McDonald and a sudden-
death playoff. However, Zibek double-
bogeyed the 16th and 17th holes, put-
ting McDonald a stroke up with a hole
to play. Zibek needed a birdie to send
the match into a playoff.
It didn't happen as Zibek parred
the final hole, giving the title to
McDonald.
Itwasn'teasy forMcDonald, how-
ever. There were other factors that made
it even tougher for the junior to grab her
first tournament triumph. Aside from
having to overcome Zibek, inclement

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weather affected the tournament field.
It rained Sunday night and was
windy Monday, resulting in higher
scores for practically all of the teams.
The course that played short Sunday;
played 300-400 yards longer Monday, y
according to McDonald.
"It's amazing that on the first hole,
I hit a seven iron onto the green the first
day," McDonald said. "The next day
(on the same hole) I hit a seven wood.
(Due to the wind) you really needed to
be able to hit longer clubs and hit the
driver really long, too."
McDonald's solid driving proved
to be her biggest strength. She hit 11-
of-14 fairways Sunday and 12-of-14
Monday.
On theotherhand, it was Michigan's
short game that probably cost the Wol-
verines in team competition. Michigan
finishedjust four strokes out of second
place.
Rounding out the rest of the Wol-
verines were Wendy Westfall (78-86-
164), tied for 15th, Molly Vandenbark
(81-84-165), tied for 20th, Nicole
Green (86-83-169),Jenny Zimmerman
(83-88-171) and Laura Tzakis (83-
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