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'ield hockey coach Patti Smith resigs post after 7 years and 74 wins

Skipper quits 1st job with .551 win rate but no Big Ten title; search for successor to begin immediately

From Staff Reports
Michigan field hockey coach Patti Smith
resigned Friday after spending seven years
ading the squad.
Smith had been with the team since
1987, beginning as an assistant coach be-
fore moving into the top spot before the
1989 season.

In her seven years, Smith compiled a 74- seasons at that level. During Smith's tenure her players have
60-4 (.536) record overall and 21-38-1 Last season's overall mark of 12-9 was accumulated many individual honors, in-
(.350) in conference play. the team's first winning campaign since cluding College Field Hockey Coaches As-
Michigan was 3-7 in 1992, the first year 1993. sociation All-Midwest Regional, Academic
of Big Ten field hockey, and has finished The Wolverines played in an indoortour- All-Big Ten and second-team All-Big Ten
4-6 each year since. The Wolverines have nament in Toronto this weekend and were accolades.
never finished higher than fourth in the unavailable for comment. Smith did not The search for a new coach will begin
conference, ending six of Smith's seven accompany them. immediately.

Patti Smith's Career Record
Smith began her career at Michigan
Year Overall Conference
1989 9-9-2 .500 MCFHC 3-7-0 . 300 (4th)
1990 12-7-2 .300 3-6-1 .350 (5th)
1991 9-9-0 .500 4-60 .400 (4th)
1992 10-8-0 .555 Big Ten 3-7-0 .300 (4th)
1993 13-7-0 .650 4-6-0 .400 (4th)
1994 9-110 .450 4-6-0 .400 (4th)
1995 12-9-0 .571 4-6-0 .400 (4th)
Totals 74-60-4.551 25.44-1 .364

Can't beat the Boilers
'Purdue, Part II' is closer, but losers are still Blue

By Barry Sollenberger
Daily Sports Editor
WEST LAFAYETTE -The Michigan men's basketball
team did not get blown out again by Purdue Saturday.
Two weeks after being pounded by the Boilermakers, the
Wolverines played their conference rivals close.
But it didn't matter. Purdue beat the Wolverines anyway,
69-64, in front of 14,123 at Mackey Arena.
"We fought today, which is something we didn't do in our
first appearance (against Purdue)," Michigan coach Steve
Fisher said. "We clawed, scraped and put ourselves in a
position to win the game. We failed to make the plays at the
In the overall standings, there More Basketball
is not a column for moral victo-
ries. Give the Boilermakers an- COVerage
other "W" and Michigan another Page SB
The No. 23 Wolverines (5-5
Big Ten, 15-8 overall) battledback from a 56-40 deficit,
though, to tie the game at 60 on a Travis Conlan 3-pointer
with 1:52 left. The No. 13 Boilermakers (9-2, 19-4) then
turned it over on the other end, and Michigan had a chance to
take the lead for the first time since 2-0.
But Conlan missed a free throw line jumper and Maurice
Taylor was short on the putback. After Taylor's miss, Robert
Traylor fouled out going for the rebound. Purdue's Chad
Millerthen made both ends ofthe two-shot bonus foul to give
his team a lead it would not relinquish.
"We were on fire in terms of excitement with a minute to
play," Fisher said. "But we missed (the) shots."
After Miller's free throws, the Wolverines had a chance to
tie, but Albert White wasn't close on a turnaround jumper
from the baseline. Michigan was forced to foul and Maceo .
Baston hacked Justin Jennings with 44 seconds to go.
The Purdue forward then gave Michigan an apparent
break. With the Boilermakers up two, he missed both charity
shots. But the Wolverines failed to block out on the second
foul shot.
Brandon Brantley's tip-in gave Purdue a four-point lead
and sent Michigan back to Ann Arbor with its fourth loss in
five games.
"Brandon's tip-in was great," Purdue coach Gene Keady
said. "It saved him from getting killed - by me. We expect
him to rebound better."
The senior center had six points and six boards on the
The Wolverines might have left town with a victory ifthey
had been anything short of terrible during the first 30 min-
utes. Michigan was lucky to trail only 36-26 at the half. The
Wolverines tumned the ball over 11I times and made only nine
field goals before halftime.
Things got worse after intermission as Purdue's lead grew
to 16 on a couple of Jennings' free throws with 10:35 left.
Then Michigan woke up. A 20-4 Wolverine run tied the
game at 60.
But it wasn't enough.
"Purdue held on and found a way to win when they
struggled," Fisher said. "We pounded the boards pretty hard
and played pretty good defense, but they made some hard
For thegame, Taylor's21 points led Michigan and Jennings'
16 paced Purdue. The Wolverines were just 2-of-I I from
downtown on the day. Conlan, despite hitting the late 3-
pointer, had a poor game. He wasone ofsix fromthe field and
committed six turnovers.

His final mistake was the mostcostly. With 23 seconds left
and Michigan down four, Conlan got caught up in the air and
threw a perfect chest pass - directly to Purdue's Porter
"Pressure on their guards has really been good and that was
our focus," Keady said.
The Wolverines' Louis Bullock was botheredby the flu all
week and did not start Saturday. He scored nine points on
one-of-five shooting in 24 minutes.
All in all, the game was a forgettable one if you bleed
maize and blue. But that is not unusual these days. The
Wolverines are 6-6 since starting the season 9-2.

Lancaster is more than just a swimer

By Susan Dann
Daily Sports Writer
Throughout our lives, we
endure stereotypes.
In elementary school, you
may have been called a sissy. With
age comes a larger vocabulary:
jock, nerd, loser, geek, over-
achiever, workaholic. At many
points in our lives, we feel like we
fit solidly into one of these
Some people think you can place
an individual into a category
simply based on appearances.

Pocket protector, argyle sweater,
glasses, back pack - nerd. Muscle-
bound, letter jacket - dumb jock.
Dyed hair, tattoos, body piercings
- freak.
A select few defy categorization.
They blow all of our assumptions to
Take Jason Lancaster. Physic
books - nerd? Letter jacket -
dumb jock? Dyed hair and body art
- freak? Where to place him?
The sophomore swimmer has
earned a unique distinction. He is
an individual. He is his own type.

It is not easy to miss Lancaster.
His look is all his own.
The sides of his head show
traces of shaved, blond hair. On
top, blond tresses finish in black
curls, as if painted by the hand of
an artist.
"My hair was kind of a mistake,
but I really like it," Lancaster said.
"I had dyed it black, then decided I
wanted to bleach it. I bought
normal hair bleach, but the ends
stayed black. I think it's really

Justin Jenning's 16 points led Purdue over Michigan, 69-64.

Flames, Irish no match for 'M'
Wolverines drop UIC, 4-1, then demolish Notre Dame, 12-0

y5 f l Pesky Madden gives opponentsfits

Alan Goldenbach
ily Sports Writer
CHICAGO - The Michigan hockey team was
feeling a bit nostalgic this weekend - nostalgic
for the days of last month.
After two weekends of up-and-down and un-
derachieving play, the No. 4 Wolverines (18-4-2
CCHA, 23-5-2 overall) played like the team that
rolled over its opponents in the month of January,
taking advantage of their final weekend of sec-
ond-division opposition.
Michigan fought off a pesky Notre Dame team
7iday, 4-1, and shellacked Illinois-Chicago Sat-
urday, 12-0.
The two Wolverine wins, coupled with confer-
ence front-runner Michigan State splitting a pair
with Western Michigan, created a huge logjam at
the front of the CCHA as the stretch-run hit full
Six points separate the top four teams in the

conference with the Spartans leading the way with
42 points. Following them is Michigan, four points
behind with the Broncos right on its tail, just one
point back with 37. Lake Superior is sitting in
fourth place with 36 points.
"Our team played with a little more emotion
than last night," Michigan coach Red Berenson
said following Saturday's win. "I think some of it
carried over from the end of (the Notre Dame
A good deal of that emotion was brought out
through the play of John Madden in the third
period Friday.
After already being stopped twice on short-
handed breakaways by Irish netminder Matt Eisler
earlier in the game, Madden got another chance.
And the third time was the charm.
Madden received a clearing poke-check pass
from Kevin Hilton at center ice, coasted in all
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CHICAGO - You know he's
there, somewhere, waiting to
bite you. He lurks where you
won't see him until it's too late,
waiting to steal the puck, break up a'
play and make you look silly.
The guy's relentless, and things
would be much nicer if he'd just go
Every player in the CCHA knows
Michigan's John Madden is a bug.
He's a fly, a mosquito or a hornet.
He's never wanted anywhere he goes,
and he causes more havoc than a
bumblebee at a picnic.
"When he sees an opportunity, he
goes into action," Michigan hockey
coach Red Berenson said. "He turns it
on and good things happen."
Madden has been the Wolverines'
best player this season. He hasn't
scored the most points or been the
most dynamic personality. But he has

been the most consistent, putting in
impressive effort every night.
He always seems to be plugging
away at full speed, breaking up passe:
and heading in
alone on goal.
It's not that he
skates harder
than everyone
else, however.
It's just that he
skateshard more
than everyone
The Greek everything on
Speaks the line," said
teammate, Kevir
Hilton. "He's the best type of player
there is. He works hard and never lets

Michigan's Matt Herr did more than physically level Notre
Dame and Illinois-Chicago this weekend. He hurt them
offensively as well. Herr scored a goal against the Fighting Irish
Friday and added three more against the Flames Saturday.

Wrestlers roll
Jeff Catrabone continued his
hot streak as the No. 15
Wolverines knocked off No.
18 Ohio State, 19-15,
yesterday at Cliff Keen

3 AC. talks
Former Wolverine All-American
wide receiver Anthony Carter
takes a moment to tell the Daily
about his coaches, career and
future plans.


6 Women's hoops loses in
University Park
The Wolverines visited No. 12 Penn State
Friday night, but the Lady Lions were rude
hosts, sending Michigan home with an 83-63
Ir I 1 'Y Nac .

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