6B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - September 9, 1996
'M' men's harriers slosh through
weekend tourney, grab top-four spots
By John Friedberg
Daily Sports Writer
Many sporting events get post-
poned due to inclement weather, but
the rain could not stop the Michigan
men's cross country team from com-
peting in the Michigan Open on
The times were slower than in
years' past, with the weather slowing
down the pace.
"Everyone was pretty happy with
their results" Steve Lawrence said.
"The rain made the course slower
and it was harder to push off the soft-
er, wet ground."
The freshman from Consecon,
Ontario, finished fourth in the intra-
Sophomore John Mortimer won
the event, followed by senior co-cap-
tain Scott MacDonald and junior
"We ran together for most of the
course on Saturday," Lawrence said.
Mortimer and MacDonald are
expected to be two of the top runners
on the team this season, so their top
finishes in the weekend event were
not much of a surprise.
Mortimer finished 37th at the
national championships last season
and expectations are high for another
He will have to have an impressive
season if the Wolverines are to over-
come the loss of their top runner
from the past three years, Kevin
Sullivan. The six-time All-American
"We feel that
we are in pretty
good shape right
now, but Kansas
(the Jayha wk
be a better test
Ontario, will be counted on this sea-
son for strong times.
Cantin finished fifth at the
Canadian Olympic Trials this sum-
mer, so he is no stranger to big-time
Lawrence and Cantin are part of a
young Wolverine squad that features
only five seniors on its 23-man ros-
While inexperience would seem to
be a factor this season, Warhurst sees
the team as extremely developed
despite the lack of college experi.
The Wolverines will have to be at
their best if they are to have a top
finish in Kansas.
The Jayhawk Invitational will fea-
ture No.1 Arkansas.
Women cruise, 19-42
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Daily Sports Writer
- Steve La
Michigan cross c
and seven-time Big Ten c
will miss the season du
achilles tendon injury.
"We feel that we are in pre
shape right now, but Kan
Jayhawk Invitational) will be
test next weekend," Lawrenc
Lawrence is expected to b
er of Michigan's top
Michigan coach RonV
expects a lot from the seco
finisher at the Canadian cro
Another freshman from C
expected to contribute gre
Jay Cantin from Ca
w rence So much for limping into the season.
ountry Without its two top runners, the No.
6eMichigan women's cross-country
runner team easily defeated Michigan State
on Saturday, 19-42, in its first meet of
hampion the season.
e to an The Wolverines dominated the
leaderboard, taking five of the top
etty good seven scoring positions.
sas (the Redshirt freshman Allison Noe won
e a better the competition with a personal best of
:e said. 18:09.
e anoth- Freshman Elizabeth Kampfe (18:28)
runners. grabbed a third-place finish for the
Warhurst Wolverines, while sophomore Katie
nd-place McGregor (18:49) followed in fourth.
ass coun- In fact, four of Michigan's top five
finishers were freshmen.
anada is "For an opening meet, they were
atly this good performances," Michigan coach
Mike McGuire said. "I was happy with
mlachie, Noe, Kampfe, Shields and Egghart
running for their first time. Kamp4
and Shields had a hell of an effort for
their first time."
The Wolverines are counting on per-
formances like this past weekend's by
their freshmen, as 12 members of the
squad are first-year runners and five
are redshirt sophomores.
The three Michigan seniors, captain
Jennifer Barber, Molly Lori and Tanya
Manson, did not run against th
Another Wolverine who did not par-
ticipate in the dual meet, freshman
Julie Froud, is waiting for her ;final
transcript to come through the NdAA
"There's no problem with (Froid),"
McGuire said. "She's academically
eligible, the transcript just has to be
The Wolverines travel to Kansas for
the Jayhawk Invitational next we
The Michigan men's cross country team grabbed the top four finishes in
Saturday's Michigan Open, despite rain and mud. The Wolverines are gearing up
for the Jayhawk invitational in Lawrence, Kan., next weekend.
'M' soccer earns a victory the Wright way
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By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Writer
After the Michigan women's soc-
cer team dropped its first game to
Butler, the Wolverines saw a need to
"learn each other's strengths and
It didn't take them too long.
The Wolverines (1-1) regrouped
and defeating Wright State, 2-0, on
"This game, we were a lot more
relaxed and we had a rhythm,"
Michigan forward Marie
Spaccarotella said. "We just connect-
The unity displayed by the
Wolverines was spearheaded by team
captain Deb Flaherty.
Flaherty was on fire the entire
game, taking shots from all over the
field and connecting for Michigan's
Her kick from the center of the
box at the 34-minute mark of the
to Butler, blank Wright
first half gave the Wolverines the
lead, as it turned out, for good.
Flaherty knocked in the rebound
of Spaccarotella's shot after it
bounced off the goalkeeper.
She attempted seven shots
throughout the contest -.only two
less than the entire Wright State
Her five attempts in the first half
kept the pressure on the Raiders
from the outset.
While seven shots may appear
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extraordinary, it was just anotter da
for the Michigan co-captain.
"(Seven shots on goal) is normal
for Deb," Spaccarotella said. "She's
a great player."
Flaherty's first-half performance
rubbed off on her teammates A the
second stanza as the entire teatit got
The Wolverines fired off 1I shots
in the second half, with freshman
forward Amber Berendowsky kIing
the victory for the Wolverines in ti
89th minute with her first collegia
This game, we
were a lot more
relaxed and we
had a rhythm We
- Marie Spaccarotella
Berendowsky's score was a prod-
uct of her own creativity.
She emerged from a scramble fb
the ball and fired it past the goal-
"(Amber) just took it in and
scored, "Spaccarotella said. "She got
the ball, dribbled in and shot."
With 25 shots on goal, Michigan
exceeded its total from its first
game, while pitching a shutout on
Sophomore Jessica Jones, who d
not see action in the game again
Butler, stopped all nine Wright State
shots while staying in the net the
"Everyone, as individuals, stepped
up their game," Spaccarotella said.
"(As a result), we played more as a
That team effort showed on the
Twelve of the 15 Wolverines who
saw action in the contest agai4
Wright State got a shot off, with six
making multiple attempts at the net.
After last week's defeat, Michigan
coach Debbie Belkin saw the need for
a change and altered the game plan.
"We worked a lot on having the
forwards pressure up (this week),"
Spaccarotella said. "They went high
instead of being in the middle as
much. That changed the whole flo'
(of the game) for everyone."
With a consistent flow, teamwork
and rhythm, the Wolverines are
learning how to win.
Michigan's next game is tomorrow
at Eastern Michigan.
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