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Everybody's favorite nut case
Chicago Bulls' eccentric forward Dennis Rodman's tirade Saturday
night, which included a head-butting of referee Ted Bernhardt, has cost
him six games of action and $20,000 in fines. With Rodman missing
one-third of his team's final 18 games, and All-Star Scottie Pippen out
for at least two more weeks with an injury, the Bulls' chances of
becoming the first team to win 70 games are in jeopardy.

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Tuesday
March 19, 1996

9

Wnetters
prep for
Spartans
D~lyStrs Writer
Sc$emes it is tougher to win a match
gonpM as the favorite. This could be the
, est problem for the Michigan
omens tennis team when it goes up
againstits intrastate rival.
T tblo. 33 Wolverines(1-l Big Ten,
2-4 overall) square off at 3 p.m. today
agains Michigan State in East Lansing.
"They have been struggling this year,"
Michigan assistant coach Susan
Sonrnerville-Courtright said. "(Michi-
gai rM(ae) has taken their knocks."
1ibhgan State has more talent than in
pist,said Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt.
Last, year, the Spartans ended up at the
bottom of the conference. The Wolver-
ines arpn't expecting anything less than a
ep tperformance from last year. The
Spartans were blanked, 9-0, in the dual
meet in Ann Arbor.
Michigan is well rested after having
the. entire weekend off. A break was
needd after its rough trip to Califomia.
Th*y,9lverines came back from their
"Vacgion" winlessinthreeattempts.They
owe signs ofbrilliance in singles play,
Tut ihiiroppedallthreedoublesmatches
agaiinstCalifornia-Santa Barbara.
SMihigan will get a chance to test its
doubles play again and to try to pickup an
early,pgint before starting singles play.
The key to victory will be rebounding
from its West Coast swing with a quick
.start out of the gate.
In a match where the question is how
c"'lF~ia will win by, rather than if they
illbe victorious, the Wolverines will
have a chance to evaluate their play. The
coachs plan to take a look at each
individual's performance, as well as the
entire team. Every player has been con-
centrating on critical areas of their game
in practice over the last week.
Even after going through choppy waters,'
the Wolverines are still above the surface.
FresbatW Jean Boylan is out for the rest of
the season with a knee injury. Boylan prob-
*ly won't even be able to pick up a racquet
until mid-summer. Combining the injury
with their California slide could have af-
a*' Wolverines mentally.
S. is not the case for Michigan.
4're intense," Sommerville-
l|C|ht said. "They're a focused
group."
A little fine tuning maybe in the works
for today. The lineup may be shaken up
t a bit, but Ritt isn't letting on. Angie
k may be bumped up in the lineup,
becausashe has played higher before. As
for th 'oubles team, Ritt said she hasn't
lanned on any changes.
t Sarah Cyganiak looks to continue her
perfect 6-0 record in dual matches and
addtoherseven doubles wins, amark she
shares with Sora Moon and Tumeka Har-
ris. Each team member is at least over
00 in doubles play.
"(We are) stronger on paper,"Ritt said.
be just have to go out and prove it
y) in the match."

Tough opposition
stands in Blue's
path to Cincinnati
By Alan Goldenbach Chris Drury (the former Little League
Daily Sports Writer baseball phenom from Trumbull, Conn.)
Michigan hockey fans and, more and Jay Pandolfo, the Terriers boast a
importantly, Michigan hockey players lot of offense, as exemplified by their
know much of the talent within the 6.17 goals per game average. Drury led
CCHA. Thirty-five of the Wolverines' Hockey East with 62 points, and
40 games this season have been against Pandolfo led the conference in goals
league opponents. with 33 after missing a good part of last
But now, as the NCAA tournament is season with an injury. Add the blister-
upon Michigan and its fans, the two will ing slapshot and physical play of for-
soon receive a crash course in hearing ward Mike Grier, and Boston Univer-
k of the other top players in the nation sity could ride that line to its second
from the other three Division I confer- straight title.
ences - WCHA, ECAC and Hockey Vermont's Eric Perrin and Marti
East. The Wolverines will have to deal St. Louis have way too much in com-
with teams from these conferences at mon. Besides being teammates and
least once in the tourney, and perhaps linemates, the duo both hail from
even more. The first time Michigan can Laval, Quebec, and are finalists for
meet up with a fellow conference oppo- the Hobey. They have combined for
nent is at Cincinnati in the final four. an astounding 151 points, more than
With that in mind, here's a look at any other pair of teammates in Divi-
some of Michigan's potential oppo- sion I. Perrin, the center on that line,
nents on its path to national title who led the ECAC in scoring, as he tallied
haven't been heard of within CCHA 27 goals and 49 assists. St. Louis
circles: followed right behind him with 75
Minnesota, a team that Michigan points, posting his second consecu-
faced, and lost to, 3-2, earlier this sea- tive 70-point season.
son, will likely meet up with the Wol- "They're really talented boys," Ver-
verines in the quarterfinals. The Go- mont coach Mike Gilligan said. "Any
phers boast a pair of Hobey Baker final- one who hasn't seen them is going to be
ists. Senior center Brian Bonin led the in for a treat."
nation in scoring with 80 points (33 The Catamounts are one of the hot-
goals, 47 assists) and is considered the test teams going into the tournament,
favorite for the award. Bonin is one of going unbeaten in their last I games
the fastest skaters in the nation. He (10-0- 1) and winning their conference's
scored the game-winning goal against postseason tournament. Their defense,
Michigan in the College Hockey Show- which posted the nation's second-low-
case. estgoals-against average (Michigan was
Minnesota's othersuperstar is sopho- first), is led by goaltenderTim Thomas;
more defenseman Mike Crowley. whose .923 save percentage was tops in
Crowley led all defensemen in the na- the country.
tion in scoring with 62 points, and his
45 assists were just two shy of pacing This weekend at Munn
the WCHA.
Colorado College, the No. 1 team in Here is the schedule for this
the nation with a 31-4-4 mark is led by weekend's first-round and
senior right wing Peter Geronazzo, also
a Hobey finalist. Geronazzo scored 35 quarterfinal games at Munn ice
goals and added 30 assists for the team Arena in East Lansing.
with the deadliest power play in the
nation that scored more than one-third Saturday, March 23 - first
of the time with the man advantage, round
Geronazzo anchored that power play, Minnesota vs. Providence
scoring 18 times when the Tigers had Ms.Lwlvs iha tt
the extra man.Mass.-Lowellvs. Michgan State
But Colorado College is equally as
dominant on defense, platooning junior Sunday, March 24 -
goaltenders Judd Lambert and Ryan quarterfinals -
Bach to perfection. Lambert's 2.15 Minnesota/Providence winner
goals-against average was the nation's vs. Michigan, 2 p.m.
best. Both posted save percentages over Mass-Lowell/Michigan State
900. winner Colorado College,
Coming out of Hockey East is Bos- :30 p..
ton University, the defending national
champion, which is poised for a repeat
performance. Led by Hobey candidates

WALK~ER VANDYKE/Daily
Kevin Hilton and the Wolverines have a host of tough opponents in their way of a national championship. Hilton, who suffered
a thigh bruise against Lake Superior Saturday, should begin practicing today and be ready for Michigan's game on Sunday.
Laxers to Motor Ci 16-13

By Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Writer
Games between siblings are interest-
ing, aren't they? The younger tries its
best to win, and at times it even seems
to have a chance. But in the end, the
elder usually comes away the winner.
This scenario was no different Satur-
day night at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse,
when the Michigan men's lacrosse club
faced an older, more experienced Mo-
tor City lacrosse club. MotorCity, made
up of former Division I lacrosse play-
ers, including six All-Americans, defi-
nitely lived up to its billing, as the
Wolverines lost, 16-13.
And though the score might be close in
those childhood games, the game never
is. The same can be 'said for Saturday's
lacrosse match.
"It was one of those nights when
everything that can go wrong does,"
Michigan coach Bob DiGiovanni said.
The Wolverines hung close in the
beginning, scrapping and fighting, just
like a kid brother. The defense started
strong for Michigan, highlighted by the

play of captain Alex Cedro.
The offense, though, was rattled for
most of the first quarter, with Wolver-
ine attackers Brian Molitor and Tom
Lall scoring the only goals of the quar-
ter. Motor City, on the other hand, was
putting on a clinic, demonstrating pa-
tience on offense and good ball-han-
dling scoring four goals.
"We had trouble with all aspects of
our game, even the basics, like passing
and catching," DiGiovanni said.
Michigan was able to turn it around
in the second quarter, as it outscored
Motor City, 3-2. Midfielder Chuck
Garner had two unassisted goals, while
attacker Doug Henke added one goal.
The Wolverine defense continued to
hold up, allowing only six goals in the
first half. Going into the second half
down only 6-5, Michigan seemed poised
for a possible upset. The offense was
coming around, and the defense was
playing well.
The third quarter put any thoughts of
an upset out of reach, as Motor City
showed just why they were so heralded.

After a quick goal by Wolverine
midfielder Andy Tumpowsky to tie the
game at six, and an exchange of goals
by both teams, Motor City took over.
Motor City scored five unanswered
goals midway through the third period,
making the score 12-7.
"We just had a complete defensive
breakdown," DiGiovanni said.
Finally, Michigan midfielder Dan
Jerneycic ended the skid as he scored
his first goal of the game. Henke added
another to end the quarter at 12-9.
In the end, though, Motor City used
its sheer might to put away the Wolver-
ines, nearly matching its offensive out-
put from the previous period. Motor
City scored four goals in a row, as
Michigan had yet another defensive
breakdown.
"Wcjust have to get focused again for
the Big Ten Regionals," DiGiovanni said.

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A Visit to the Gallery:
Poets Explore the Museum of Art
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7 pm, Tuesday, March 19, 1996
Rackham Amphitheatre (4th floor)
In celebration of the UM Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary,
distinguished poets from the Department of English
and the Visiting Writers Program were commissioned to compose
poems and short prose pieces about works of art in the Museum's
permanent collection. This festive, multi-media reading of
the new works precedes their publication in a volume
entitled, "A Visit to the Gallery."
Speakers include
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