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swnnmers lose 1st league title in 11 years
Minnesota captures conference championship at Canham Natatorium by 75-point margin

By Susan Dann
Daily Sports Writer
A new day has dawned in men's Big
swimming and diving.
The sun set on Michigan's 10-year
reign atop the conference as the Minne-
sota Golden Gophers claimed the Big
Ten Championship by a convincing 75
points over the Wolverines.
But the loss hasn't eclipsed
Michigan's hopes for another day or
more victories.
"On my morning run, the sun will
rise again and life will go on," coach
0 Urbanchek said.
Minnesota claimed its first Big Ten
title since 1926, breaking its six-year
stint as the conference's runner-up.

Michigan's team score marked a no-
ticeable lack of points from its top swim-
mers. Untapered swimmers who are
focusing on peaking at the U.S. Olym-
pic Trials, including Chris Rumley, John
Piersma and Tom Dolan, did not con-
tribute the points that helped the squad
take the Big Ten and NCAA titles last
year.
Also not contributing to the point
total was Owen von Richter, who missed
the meet because of illness and will not
compete at NCAAs because of the Ca-
nadian Olympic Trials.
The Michigan underclassmen picked
up a lot of slack in the team's point total.
Among the untapered swimmers, Ja-
son Lancaster added considerably to

Michigan's quest for the champion-
ship. He has only recently returned to a
full training schedule after suffering an
injury to both shoulders. Like several
of his teammates, Lancaster did not
taper for the meet, focusing on the Olym-
pic Trials instead.
Lancaster took first in the 200-yard
individual medley, setting a pool record.
The sophomore finished third in the
100 butterfly and second in the 200
backstroke. Lancaster was the only one
of the untapered, unshaven Wolverines
to win a Big Ten title.
"Coming in (to the meet), I wasn't
fully rested," Lancaster said. "The 200
IM was pretty good but it wasn't some-
thing I'm used to. Being so far off the

team record, I was surprised about the
time being a pool record."
Urbanchek was equally surprised
and pleased with Lancaster's strong
performance, despite his injury and
untapered training regimen.
"Jason was really only 90 percent
focused on this meet," Urbanchek said.
"The meet was really good for his
psyche, knowing he's there (and able
to compete)."
Fellow sophomore Derya
Buyukuncu made his presence known
in the point totals and the record books,
setting a pool record in the 100 butter-
fly, breaking Big Ten and pool records
in the 100 backstroke and shaving more
See TANKERS, Page 6B

MICHIGAN 8, MICHIGAN STATE

Michigan
tbrives off
power-play
emotion,
Alan Goldenbach
F ly Sports Writer
DETROIT - The power play in
hockey can have a greater impact on a
game than a penalty in any other sport.
The whole face ofthe game can change
during a two-minute man advantage.
Don't believe it? Listen to Michigan
State coach Ron Mason and you'll be
convinced.
"The last thing I wanted to do was
get into a special teams game," Mason
said, following his team's 8-1 loss to
Michigan Saturday.
Talk to me now, coach.
"We got down two men twice," Ma-
son said. "Not only does that get you
behind in the game, but it allows them
to use more players offensively and it
takes a lot of energy out of our de-
fense."
That's a whole lot of stuff to be
concerned about.
The power play is truly a unique
aspect of hockey. In no other sport is
there anything like it. In other sports,
penalties are assessed either through
yards, change of possession or an out,
but neverthrough taking aplayer out of
action for a set amount of time.
But a team has to make good use of
its chances or the effect can be adverse.
Michigan took advantage of its
power plays against the Spartans, con-
verting 4-of-6 opportunities.
But the emotion that a team can gain
from scoring in such situations is im-
measurable.
With the
game tied 1-1 at
the 15:07 mark
of the second
period, Spartan
left wing Mark -
Loeding was
called for inter-
ference. Fifty-
two seconds
l a t e r,
d e fe n s eman
Tyler Harlton went off for high-stick-
ing, giving Michigan a 5-on-3 advan-
tage for 1:08
Although it doesn't seem like much,
that minute proved to be the turning
point in the game.
Fifteen seconds after Harlton's pen-
alty, Bill Muckalt scored off a beauti-
fulcross-ice feedfrom Mike Legg. The
goal ledthe Michigan contingent ofthe
Joe Louis Arena crowd to erupt.
And the emotion kept flowing, even
beforethe fans couldgetbackintotheir
seats.
Michigan knew it could go for the
kill and didn't hesitate. Before the
minute was over, Muckaltscored again
- this time in a 5-on-4 situation -
and a sense of victory permeated the
arena, even though there were almost
25 minutes of hockey left to play.
"I think (the power play) was the
turning point in the game," Michigan's
Kevin Hilton said. "I think the five-on-

NOPPORN KICHANANTHA/Daily
Minnesota coach Dennis Dale accepts the Big Ten first-place trophy.
Inspired Blue
topples Hoosiers
Cagers snap two-game home skid

By Paul Barger
Daily Sports Writer
A team can only suffer so much ad-
versity before it gives in. The Michigan
men's basketball team went into
yesterday's game with Indiana with a
great deal on its mind and a lot to prove.
Five losses in six games, the Big Ten
title well out of reach and an NCAA
Tounament berth in desperate jeopardy
does not sit well with a team that boasts
the top recruiting class in the country
the last two years.
But, for the first time in a long time,
Steve Fisher's squad played through its
problems and got the job done.
'A day after a frightening car accident
cost freshman Robert Traylor the re-
mainder of his season, the Wolverines
stepped up big time, defeating the rival
Hoosiers, 80-75.
"I'm proud of how our team played,"
Fisher said. "They showed passion on
the floor. They were immensely sup-
portive of one another."
Five minutes into the second half,
things did not look promising. Sopho-
more Maurice Taylor was on the bench
with four fouls and Indiana had staged
a 19-point comeback to tie the game,
44-44. The Hoosiers took the lead, 46-
45, moments later.
Taylor picked up the dreaded fourth
foul very early in the second half and
the new found lack of depth in the
frontcourt caused by the loss of Traylor
began to show.
The Wolverines were forced to go
with a small lineup and Indiana man-
aged to crawl its way back into a contest
that looked like a
laugher early.
S o m e h o w
Michigan re-
gained its com-
posure and re-
took control of
the

game. Freshman Albert White and
sophomore Maceo Baston had back-to-
back dunks, bringing the crowd to its
feet and giving the Wolverines a 56-46
lead.
It looked like Michigan might put the
game out of reach until Taylor fouled
with just under seven minutes remain-
ing and Michigan nursing a 60-53 lead.
The Hoosiers cut the lead to 60-56, but
that was as close as they would get.
"I really like the way we fought and
stayed together," Fisher said. "We hung
tough in every posible aspect of what
we wanted to do."
White, who was unquestionably the
Wolverines go-to guy yesterday, picked
up his fourth foul with 3:32 left in the
game, but it made no difference.
White and his teammates made the
plays they had to make down the stretch
and came away with the essential vic-
tory.
"He was the man the whole game,"
Taylor said about White. "He rebounded
and scored when we needed a basket.
That's the kind of game we're going to
need out of him the rest of the season."
The absence of Traylor forced Fisher
to juggle the line-up. The Wolverines
started Taylor and Baston under the
basket and Louis Bullock, Travis Conlan
and Dugan Fife in the backcourt.
The Michigan players responded with
a fast start, something that has been
lacking during the recent slump.
The Wolverines built a 12-point lead
with 8:49 remaining in the first half
when Bullock connected on two foul
shots awarded after a Bobby Knight
technical foul.
Then White, who led
See CAGERS,
Page 56

WALKER VANDYKE/Daily

Michigan's

Dale Rominski helped the Wolverines get big wins this weekend against the Irish and Spartans.

One battle won
Wolverines close in on first with victory

By Danielle Rumore
Daily Sports Writer
DETROIT - The Michigan hockey team's two perfor-
mances this weekend were like an engineering course pack and
a trashy romance novel.
The Wolverines' play against Notre Dame (5-18-3 CCHA, 8-
21-3 overall) Friday at The Palace of Auburn Hills was a lot like
the engineering course pack -a little dry, not terribly exciting,
difficult to concentrate on, but important nonetheless.
Saturday night's play against Michigan State (22-5-0, 26-8-
0) at Joe Louis Arena was more like the romance novel - racy,
more intense and definitely a lot more interesting.
Although the No. 4 Wolverines (20-4-2, 25-5-2) beat the
Fighting Irish, 5-2, and rolled over the fifth-ranked Spartans, 8-
1, the games were like night and day.
Friday's victory was a lot closer than the score indicates, even
though Michigan was up 4-1 until the early minutes of the third
period. The Wolverines looked flat defensively, offensively,
and almost everywhere else in between.
"(Notre Dame) was always in the game," Michigan coach
Red Berenson said. "We were mediocre at best. We had poor
execution, didn't make sharp passes, we were not good offen-
sively or defensively and our power play was not sharp."
Michigan jumped out to an early 1-0 lead 1:13 into the first
period. Jason Botterill fired the puck off a Brendan Morrison
feed from between the circles past Irish goalie Wade Salzman.
But then Notre Dame tied it up after Aniket Dhadphale
intercepted a fanned shot from Michigan's Blake Sloan in the
neutral zone. He raced down the middle, scoring the breakaway
goal at 3:39.
Sloan's giveaway was the beginning of a bunch of defensive
errors for Michigan. The Wolverines found themselves down a
man or two on several occassions after a slew of penalties.
"We gave up too much defensively," Morrison said. "There
was a lack of execution and we were too lackadaisical. We just
didn't play hard."
The Wolverines notched theirfourth score, apowerplay goal,

second stanza. Morrison scored an empty net goal for the fifth
and final score at 18:56 of the third.
Saturday night was a different story than the night before.
The Wolverines and the Spartans both knew that a lot was
riding on the game, mostly precious ground in the CCHA
standings and a little bit of pride.
For Michigan, the game was a marked improvement from
the previous night in all areas. Aggressive, crisp passing, near
perfect execution and offensive and defensive surges gave
each team early chances in the first period. But it was the
Wolverines who were able to maintain the intensity for the
entire 60 minutes.
Michigan managed to shake down the goaltending before
the Spartans, scoring its first goal at the end of the first.
The score came on the man-advantage. Morrison made the
goal possible by intercepting a penalty kill attempt. He kept
the puck in the zone after grabbing it at the top of the blue line.
A Kevin Hilton feed to Warren Luhning pulled Spartan
golatender Chad Alban out ofthe crease. Luhning then flicked
a pass to John Madden who dumped it into the empty net for
an easy goal.
Madden's goal was the first of many Wolverine power play
conversions on the night. Michigan went on to convert three
more of its six total chances, good for a 66 percent clip.
The Spartans tied the game after Mike Watt drilled a shot
past Turco from between the circles at 7:54 of the second
stanza. That goal was their first and last on the night.
Michigan's defense prevented the Spartans from convert-
ing any of its eight power play opportunities.
"This game could have been a lot closer," Berenson said.
"Our penalty killing was able stop their power play and our
goal keeping, too. (Winning) still comes down to good
defense."
Michigan went on a tear in the third period, scoring its final
five goals in a little more than 10 minutes.
The victories moved the Wolverines into second-place in
the CCHA and just two points behind the Spartans for the

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