The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, February 19, 1996 - 8B
STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
, Who: Jodi Navta Sport: Women's swimming
Eligibility: Junior' Year: Junior
Hometown: Upper Montclair, N.J. High School: The Peddie School
Why: This week, Navta arranged for her and her teammates to visit
Wines Elementary School to participate in the SHARE reading
;program. Navta read to 28 second graders. Last spring, she was
involved in Family Reading Night at Burns Park School. Navta is a
certifiied volunteer at Mott Children's Hospital where she
volunteers every week.
Background: Navta swims the individual medley and the
breastroke for the Wolverines. She is a three-time All-American and
a Big Ten champion in the 200-meter breastroke. She has also won
Nava Acedemic All-Big Ten Conference as a sophomore.
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Who: Jennifer Brzezinski Sport: Women's basketball
Eligibility: Senior Year: Senior
Hometown: Warren, Mich. High School: Lincoln
Why: The senior totaled 36 points and 20 rebounds in two losses this
weekend. Friday the forward notched a double-double against
Northwestern, with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Yesterday against
Michigan State, Brzezinski poured in 24 points to go with nine rebounds.
She was one of the team's few bright spots as the Wolverines dropped
Background: Michigan's lone senior is also the team's captain ...
Michigan Offensive Player of the Year in 1994-95 ... Acedemic All-Big
Ten Conference last year ... Ranked second in career rebounding average
with 7.7 per game ... class valedictorian and president in high school ... Brzezinski
enrolled in the School of Architecture ... born April 1, 1974.
'M' lacrosse team dominates
Spartans in season opener, 21-11.
By Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Writer Wa need tn osrhan rn
Over the past eight years, the Michigan men's lacrosse
club has established a quiet dominance over the rest of the
Big Ten Conference. The Wolverines have won seven of
the past eight club championships, including six straight.
If Saturday night's game against the Michigan State
club team was any indication, the Wolverines will defi-
nitely be in the hunt for a seventh straight championship.
Michigan dispatched the Spartans, 21-11, at Oosterbaan
Fieldhouse in its first contest of the season.
"We played very well, considering it was our first
game," coach Bob DiGiovanni said. "Our offense played
Of the 16 players who played offense for the Wolver-
ines, 12 had at least one attack point for either assisting or
scoring a goal.
Leading Michigan's attack was midfielder Andy
Tumpowsky, who scored four goals and assisted on two
others, racking up six attack points. Tom Lall, who played
both attack and midfield, finished with four attack points,
including three goals. Four other Wolverines, attackers
Bill Argersinger, Doug Henke, Brian Molitor and Fred
Yun, each added two goals and one assist.
As excited as DiGiovanni was with his offense, he still
was able to point out flaws in the rest of Michigan's game.
"I wasn't pleased with our defense," DiGiovanni said.
"We need to sharpen our one-on-one defense, as well as
our team defense."
The Wolverines scored a quick seven goals in the first
quarter, but the Spartans kept it close as the quarter ended,
Michigan continued the offensive onslaught in the sec-
ond quarter, scoring nine goals. Michigan State again
responded with four goals and the Wolverines led, 16-8.
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one-on-one defense, as well
as our team defense"
- Bob DiGiovanni
Michigan lacrosse coach
"It was a high scoring first half, but then our defense
settled," Michigan co-captain Alex Cedro said.
In fact, the Wolverines slowed the Spartan output to a
screeching halt as Michigan State scored a meager three
goals in the entire second half. Michigan continued to
pour it on though, scoring five goals in the second half.
"They had some pretty poor midfield defense that we
took advantage of," Molitor said.
In addition to its defensive lapses, Michigan made some
mental mistakes during the.course of the game. On mor
than one occasion, the wrong unit was sent in for specific
"We made too many first game, logistical mistakes,"
With little information about the Spartan lineup,
DiGiovanni was hard pressed to find a specific strategy
coming into Saturday night's game.
"Basically, I try to implement an overall strategy,
regardless of our opponent," DiGiovanni said. "We run
a fast-break offense where we take (the ball) to the hoop
with a minimum amount of passing. On defense, we like
being in (their) face."
DiGiovanni said the Wolverines did less of the latter.
"They didn't do much to hurt us, but we hurt ourselves,"
DiGiovanni said. "We were not aggressive."
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