__The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, April 10, 1995 - 7
I* ontlnued from page 3
tar, the face-in-the-turf anguish of
felled cornerback. I cover sports
or the love of writing, for the love
of the game and because I get in
It's been three years since I
tarted at the Daily. I've learned a
ot since I cautioned into the
iewsroom: Never ask women's
.asketball coach Trish Roberts,
vhen her team is 0-11, if she's
going to look back at the season
and laugh. Never pick Arizona to
;o past the first round of the
1CAA tournament. Never hire
Walter Smith to do P.R. for your
In addition to learning these
*hings, I have developed a solution
o the Locker Room Situation.
There is one thing that would solve
he age-old debate of whether or not
vomen should enter athletes'
iallowed ground, putting an end to
,he nakedness issue once and for
I call it The Towel.
Final seconds provide glory for men's rugby
By Monica Polakov
Daily Sports Writer
In the last minutes of the game, it
looked like the Michigan men's rugby
team had no chance ofdefeating Sciota
Valley, Saturday at Mitchell Field.
The Wolverines were down by
five points and a victory looked
bleak. However, sophomore Kevin
Komer pulled Michigan even at 18
with a try in the final seconds of the
The play began with forward
Deron Albright picked up a loose
ball. Before getting tackled, Albright
passed the ball to Komer who had a
clear run to score the try.
Kicker Jay Friedan's field goal
made the score 19-18, giving the
Wolverines their first victory of the
"Friedan's kicking enabled us to
win," sophomore Jason Wolff said.
"His kick put us over the top."
The game was as difficult as the
Michigan players had anticipated.
Sciota Valley was bigger and more
experienced than the Wolverine
squad. They also used a mauling
offense which Michigan is not ac-
customed to seeing from its oppo-
However, the Wolverines played
aggressively and their home-field ad-
vantage motivated them to play agood
"They scored up on us," junior
Mike Springs said. "But we never
We finally came
- Mike Springs
Michigan rugby team
gave up. We continued to persevere."
"We tried to cut off their outside
so they couldn't cut around us and
tried to bunch them up," freshman
Carl Wahl said.
However, Michigan had some
mental breakdowns which allowed
Sciota Valley to score easy points.
"I felt there were points in the
game when we let our guard down
and they gained yardage," Wolfffsaid.
Although they had difficulties, the
Wolverines remained focused when
it counted. They relied on their for-
wards to win the ball and had strong
play from backs Wolff, Scott
Salamango and Bimal Kapoor.
"Bimal was just outstanding,"
Komer said. "He was our leader. Ev-
eryone got on his shoulders and fol-
Kapoor, who usually plays scrum
half, was moved to fly half. He played
well in the unfamiliar position, scor-
ing atry along with Wolff and Komer.
The Wolverines were extremely
happy with this win. They have not
been playing together for very long
and are still getting used to each
other's strengths and weaknesses.
This game gave Michigan the expe-
.rience that it will need in order to
win in the future.
"This game is definitely a turning
point for us," Springs said.;"It gave us
some confidence which we can build
on. We finally came together and
The Wolverines' next goal is to
beat the Louisville Rugby Football
Club next week.
The culmination of their season
will be in two weeks when Michigan
heads to the Ohio State Invitational
where they will face Penn State, Notre
Dame and Ohio State.
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