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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 3, 1996 -11

.M' lacrosse keeps
up winning ways
Laxers run through weekend tourney

Michigan to slug
away in new park

By Jennifer Hodulik
WJaily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's lacrosse
team has been on a tear of late.
Actually, the Wolverines have been
on a tear all season, going undefeated
in all seven of their appearances this
Michigan's action last weekend in-
cluded a tournament in East Lansing,
where the Wolverines blew by a field
that included Wisconsin, Michigan
tate and Pitts-
burgh. W h
M i ch ig an t
didn't just win,
it did so in con- -eam
vincing fashion ! l
each and every many youi
The Wolver- players
ines won their
first match, cotrbu
Weating Wis-
consin, 12-2. - Bethany
Senior captain Michigan lac
Kate de
Rosayro led the way, accounting for
five goals.
The next game with Michigan State
resulted in an 8-2 finish, with junior
Heather Matthews chipping in three
goals to lead the team.
This was Michigan's second win in
gl s many meetings with the Spartans
his season. The Wolverines topped
Michigan State, 14-7, in their first
contest of spring.
In its final match of the event,
Michigan captured the tournament
with a 7-2 victory over Pittsburgh.
Junior captain Cara Stackpoole was
the leading scorer in the game with
two goals.
"We are really pleased with the
utcome (of the tournament)," senior
captain Bethany Charboneau said.
"We have a deep tea, including many
younger players making contribu-
Included among the younger con-


tributors on the team is freshman goal
keeper Jenni Moran.
Moran wasn't seriously tested all
tournament, allowing just five goals
in three matches. She also recorded
21 saves during the event.
Freshman Suzanna Roy also had a
successful tournament appearance,
scoring in every game and accounting
for five goals over the entire week-
The large margins of victory are
similar to all of the
Wolverines' vic-
Sa deep tories this season.
Michigan en-
dingtered the weekend
tournament com-
er w ing off a 15-1
thrashing of the
king Toledo.
"We just have a
ns lot of experienced
players," de
Charboneau Rosayro said of
rosse player her team's domi-
nation this season.
"These are club teams that haven't
played as long as we have. We work
well together and we take it really
The Wolverines compete in a league
of club teams interspersed through-
out the Big Ten and the surrounding
regional area.
The Wolverines' goal is to make a
playoff appearance in the final tour-
nament, which includes the top two
teams from each league around the
The playoffs are certainly a legiti-
mate goal if Michigan continues to
put up the kind of numbers it has so
far this season.
"We will probably make the play-
offs this year," Charboneau said.
"I'm very happy with the team -
we've had winning seasons every sea-
son, but this year is the best. We
expect more ofthe same," Charboneau

By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
In with the new, still with the old.
Oldsmobile Park, the home park of
the Lansing Lugnuts, has its grand
opening today as the Michigan base-
ball team squares off against the Spar-
tans at 3 p.m. in Lansing.
The 6,000-seat facility blends a fu-
turistic design with the feel of a tradi-
tional ballpark, such as Camden Yards
in Baltimore.
The Lugnuts - the field's prime
tenants - are a minor-league Class A
affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
So far, Michigan State has scheduled

a four-game series
against Indiana
May 4-5 at
Oldsmobile Park.
In all other
games, the Spar-
tans will continue
to play at Kobs
Field, which is
Michigan State's
oldest athletic fa-
cility still in con-
tinuous use. Ad-


Damon demon
Michigan's Damon Devasher and the Wolverines were stopped on the blocks by
rain last weekend In Gainesville, Fla.
Blue olfiers flat in,
Dr. Pepper tourney

ministrators are working on plans for
future Big Ten games at Oldsmobile.
The$12millionstadium isdesigned
as a community resource that will
also accommodate concerts and local
events. Featuresinclude luxury boxes,
patio dining areas, team facilities,
press facilities and concessions.
The Wolverines are excited about
playing in the inaugural game.
"I heard it's pretty nice,"
Michigan's Kelly Dransfeldt said. "I
heard it's sold out, and 3,000 tickets
of ours are sold, so I'm really looking
forward to it."
Men's and
women's track and
Rain wiped out half the weekend
for Michigan's track and field squads,
as Saturday's competition at Florida's
Gainesville Open was canceled.
On Friday, the men's 4 x 400-meter
relay team finished second with a time
of 3:10.12. The 4 x 100-meter relay
team also finished second, with atime
of 41.59 seconds.
Those garnering individual honors
included Todd Burnham, Brian
Renaldi and Jeff Wood, who placed
second, sixth and eighth, respectively,
in the 400 dash.
The women's relay squad came in
with a handful of top-10 finishes, in-

eluding a first-place finish by the dis-
tance medley team, second in the 4 x
1600 and fourth in the 4 x 10 0-meter.
Competing in individual events,
Stephanie Wiggins placed third in the
shot put, while Tania Longe finished
eighth in the 100 high hurdles.
Both squads will compete this week-
end at the Colonial Relays in
Williamsburg, Va.
- Kim Hart
Men's gymnastics,
Thirteen years is a long time.
That's how long Bob Darden has
been coach of the Michigan men's gym-
nastics team. Including this season, he
has complied a 76-120-1 record.
To put everything in perspective,
when Darden started in 1984, Ronald
Reagan was finishing his first term of
the presidency. The University presi-
dent was Harold Shapiro. The Fab Five
were still in grade school. Michael Jor-
dan was a rookie in the NBA. "The
Transformers" and "G. 1. Joe" were the
hottest cartoons around, and the Detroit
Tigers won the World Series.
Darden, having lasted through three
Wolverine football coaches, two bas-
ketball coaches and three presidents,
will coach his last meet Friday at
Michigan State.
- Sharat RIaju
Women's tennis
The Michigan women's tennis team
is singing the blues.
The Wolverines just got back from
yet another disappointing warm-
weather road trip in Florida. They were
swept over spring break in California.
Michigan has been riddled with in-
juries and cannot afford to see more
players sidelined. To fill the lineup
last week, the team added senior Jodi
Brewer, a former freshman walk-on.
"She is a positive person, and we
are happy to have her," Michigan
coach Bitsy Ritt said.
Brewer had been playing
recreationally, but not at a compeli-
tive level like the one she faced in
Florida. Brewer also practiced while
she helped coach the women's tennis
team at Huron High School, where
she once played.
"It's pretty exciting, but a little frus-
trating," Brewer said. "I'm not back
at the level that I was at."
Brewer is fortunate to be playing
doubles with her roommate Tara Graff.
"I feel the most comfortable with
heron the team," Brewer said of Graff.
"Talking to her between points helps."
-Jiten Ghelani

Hokies wrap upA
'men's lacrosse for
second straight year

By Donald Adamek
Daily Sports Writer
S Familiar foes defeated the Michi-
gan men's lacrosse club again and
again this weekend.
For the second straight year, Vir-
ginia Tech knocked the Wolverines
(9-4) out ofthe Pittsburgh Invitational
Tournament, this time in the semifi-
nals, a round earlier than last year.
The Hokies, who went on to defeat
Navy in the final game, had already
defeated the Wolverines in the first
Michigan won their other three
games in the tournament, but had no
answer to the superior play of Vir-
ginia Tech.
"Virginia Tech, except for name, is
a Division II varsity club. They have
a full-fledged program. They just
haven't been made varsity because of
gender equity," Michigan coach Bo
DiGiovanni said. "They're running a
rogram that is varsity in everything
but name only. So they're a super
team, and there's no embarrassment
in losing to them."
In the semifinal game, Michigan
lost, 15-7, but the score was mislead-
The Wolverines hung in with the
Hokies nearly the entire game.
"At the end of the third quarter they
were winning, 10-6, and we actually
cored the first goal of the fourth
~uarter," DiGiovanni said.
"It was really a ball game, and then
they, went up, 11-7, and basically,
with about four minutes to go, I put in
some guys who hadn't played, and
they scored four goals in the last three
- four minutes. The game was closer
than the score made it appear."
Another indication of the closeness
ofthe game was Virginia Tech's half-
ime lead, 6-5.
This was a good indicator consider-
ing other Hokies' games, including
their earlier 18-8 thrashing of the
Michigan's offense was strong all
weekend, netting 49 goals in its five

Its chance to shine was the first half
of the second Virginia Tech game,
when they kept the Hokies close.
"Holding Virginia Tech to 6-5 in
the first half, and keeping it to a four
goal game until literally minutes to
go, was really a tribute to the defen-
sive play," DiGiovanni said.
"The three defensive starters -
Alex Cedro, Marc DeCristofaro and
Jim Papp- (were a big part of) the
really intensive defensive effort and
the junior goalie Matt Armstrong,
In the first round Michigan defeated
Penn State and host Pittsburgh, after
falling to Virginia Tech in its first
After all the teams were ranked
based upon first round performances,
the Wolverines were placed in the A
bracket and drew Miami (Ohio), which
they defeated, 9-5.
The Redskins' instate rival - To-
ledo-is thenext opponent forMichi-
gan. The Rockets land in Oosterbaan
tonight at 9 p.m for a rare home game
for the Wolverines.
"We've only had two home games
so far this year," DiGiovanni said.
"We've played 13 games so far- I
of them on the road - so these two
games (against Toledo and Marietta
Friday) are really important."

By John Friedberg
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's golf team had a
weekend that resembled a pancake.
The Wolverines were just plain flat.
Michigan finished No. I t in the 18-
team Dr. Pepper Intercollegiate this past
weekcnd in Dallas. The breezy condi-
tions certainly did not help matters.
"It was very windy down there this
weekend," Michigan coach Jim Carras
said. "But the weather did not seem to
bother the good teams."
The one bright spot of the weekend
was Michigan junior David Jasper's per-
formance. Jasper was the most consistent
golfer for the Wolverines, as he shot
rounds of 73, 75 and 78. His 226 total
score earned him a tie for No. 16 overall.
The only other Michigan golfer in the
top 50wasjunior Kyle Dobbs,whose 232
points landed him in a tie for the No. 40
spot. Keith Hinton's promising start was
wasted when thejunior shot a final-round
83, to place No. 53 with a score of 235.
Top individual honors went to Xavier's
Jim Zettler, who shot a sizzling one-
under-par2 15forthethree rounds. Zettler
finished three strokes ahead of Maartan
van den Berg of Miami (Ohio).
Southern Methodist captured the team
title, 11 strokes ahead of Nebraska. Hank
Kuchne, Jason Enloe and Josh Gregory
led the team, all finishing no worse than
The Big Ten made a strong showing,
placing two teams in the top five. North-
western finished fourth, led by Jonathan
Loosemoore's seventh-place result.
Loosemoore's score of 222 was the top
individual score in the conference. Indi-
ana pulled into a tie for fifth place with a
strong final round. The Hoosiers were
paced by the No. 12 finish of Randy Leen.
Both Indiana and Northwestern out-
distanced Michigan by over 20 strokes.
"We weren't as competitive as I had
hoped we would be," Carras said. "Our
guys all had one decent round, but there
was not enough consistency."
The Wolverines did manage one strong

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team round. Michigan combined to shoot
303 Sunday in the first 18 holes, earning
the Wolverines fifthfortheround. Michi-
gan was sparked by the performances of
Hinton and Dobbs, who shot rounds of74
and 75, respectively.
Unfortunately forthe Wolverines, they
saved their worst for last. Three ofthe five
Michigan competitors had their worst
rounds late Sunday, as the Wolverines
slipped from ninth to No. 11 overall.
Michigan's score of 314 was not the
finish it had hoped for after the good start.

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