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Phoenix 5, BOSTON 2 Pittsburgh 17, KANSAS CITY 7
MONTREAL 6. Anaheim 6, OT
third-place at Head of the Ohio
Home team inCAPS.

October 8, 1996



M' to begin title defense
Waterloo's top-scoring line to be test for Wolverines

By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Writer
When the top-ranked Michigan
hockey team faces off tonight against
Canadian visitor Waterloo, it will be the
Wolverines' first real game of the sea-
<vn - sort of.
For its own purposes, Michigan will
count the game toward its record and
statistics. The NCAA, however, will not
count the game when seeding the play-
offs at the year's end, since Waterloo is
a Canadian team.
The Wolverines aren't even worrying
about that. They're just itching to get
into action - against another team -
for the first time since last spring's
$ational championship victory in
In the past, the Wolverines have
feasted on teams that hail from the
other side of the Ambassador Bridge
(see Guelph, 8-0 victims of
Michigan last year, and York, 8-0
losers in 1994).
But the Warriors may prove to be
more of a challenge.
"Some people think that just because
e're playing a Canadian school, they
on't be that good," Michigan coach
Red Berenson said. "Well, sometimes
they are."
Last year's Warriors fell just short of
winning the University Cup, which is
Canada's equivalent of the NCAA
championship. Waterloo was a 3-2 loser
in the championship game, after a
scorching second half of the season.
The loss in the final was just the
,Warriors' second since Christmas.
Now Waterloo invades Ann Arbor's

Ice Cube at 7 p.m., squaring off against
- at least according to the polls - the
top university hockey team in the
United States. This past weekend, the
Warriors started their season by win-
ning the York tournament.
This year's Waterloo squad, however,
is missing a key ingredient - defense-
man John Wynne, last year's Canadian
Inter-university Athletic Union Most
Valuable Player. Wynne was the team's
captain and leading scorer as a defense-
His departure leaves the blueliners
thin, but the Warriors' strength this
year lies on the offensive side of the
Waterloo returns all three members
of last year's top-scoring line - center
Steve Smith, and wingers Peter
Brearley and Jeff Goldie.
Berenson cited Waterloo's depth as
one reason why tonight's game may not
mirror past Michigan-Canadian
"I think Waterloo will be a pretty
good team," he said. "They won the
tournament they played last weekend..
They're coming off a big year, and
apparently, they have a big returning
nucleus. I think it will be (competitive).
"They're typically older players than
our players. I'd say the average (player)
is two years older than our players. We
need the game, and they've already
played two games, so they'll have better
timing than we will."
Berenson and several players said
they felt their timing was starting to
come together after Friday's
Blue/White game, but all were in agree-

ment that there was still some sharpen-
ing to do.
Michigan captain and senior center
Brendan Morrison, for one, is anxious
to get out on the ice and play against
someone other than his own teammates.
"It'll be a good tune-up," Morrison
said of tonight's contest. "(The
Warriors) were one of the top teams in
Canada last year, so we can't afford to
look past them at all.
"I think we're ready to play some real
games. We're getting kind of tired of
just playing against the same guys
everyday in practice."
Whether the Wolverines are ready for
the regular season or not has yet to be
determined, but it's just one of the ques-
tions tonight's game figures to answer.
"We need to play against another
opponent," Berenson said. "We need to
get into some games. We need to get in
and measure ourselves against some
Division I-level teams."
After tonight's contest, it's Division I-
level teams the rest of the way.
Michigan travels to Sault Ste. Marie
this weekend to face Lake Superior
State in the always-tough, always-noisy
Abel Arena.
The Lakers finished in a regular-sea-
son tie for first with the Wolverines last
year in the CCHA.
. Berenson said the lack of down-time
between games shouldn't be cause for
worry, however.
"I'm glad we're playing without
too much of a break," he said. "It's
not like we have a week off. We play
this game, and then we play again

3 :.

Defenseman Bubba Berenzweig will likely be paired with senior Blake Sloan tonight. Berenzweig, Sloan and the rest of the
Michigan hockey team begin the defense of their NCAA title against Waterloo at the ice Cube at 7 p.m. The Wolverines were
picked by the media and the coaches to win the CCHA this season and are expected to be a factor in the national title race
once again.

-----, Blue women's soccer drops a pair in Seattle

By Nancy Berger
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's soccer
team's only consolation at last week-
end's Husky Invitational was that it
only had to play one of its games in a
driving rain storm.
Michigan's weekend started
Thursday when it traveled to Seattle
to play two games against nationally-
ranked opponents Washington and
The Wolverines' weekend ended
Sunday with a 3-0 loss to No. 5
Portland and a last-place invitational
finish. The Pilots (7-0-2) handed the
Wolverines (4-4-2) their second con-
secutive shutout loss of the weekend.
The Pilots were led by junior sen-
sation Justi Baumgardt, who went
into the weekend with 20 points on
the year and 70 points for her career.
Baumgardt, the invitational's most
valuable player, kicked a shot from
10 feet out past Michigan senior
goalkeeper Jori Welchans just 13
seconds into the game.
The Pilots' Regina Holan added a
score of her own in the first half, and

teammate Nicole Pfiefer scored her
team's last goal with 18:20 left in the
Portland dominated the entire
game with its precision passing, pre-
venting Michigan from gaining an
opportunity to control the ball.
"Winning the ball from Portland
was the whole problem," freshman
Mari Hoff said. "They played to their
players' feet. They hit the balls right
at their players' feet.
"They didn't have to run after
Portland did such a good job at
playing keep-away that Michigan
only managed six attempts on goal
during the whole game, with just two
in the second half.
On Friday, Michigan could have
played water polo in its 3-0 loss to
No. 13 Washington.
In all four of Michigan's losses
this season the Wolverines have been
shut out.
Water polo requires a ball, net and
plenty of water. Michigan played
with all three Friday.
The Wolverines and Huskies (5-4)

played in a pool of water as a down-
pour drowned the field the entire
After Washington midfielder
Katey Ward scored on a crossing
pass 29 seconds into the game,
Michigan sophomore goalkeeper
Jessica Jones did her best to keep her
team in the game for the rest of the
Jones recorded eight of her 12
saves in the first half as she held the
Huskies to one goal in a 14-shot bar-
The weather was not a deterrent
for the Washington offense in the
second half, which continued to test
Jones and the Michigan defense.
The Huskies attempted 13 more
shots on goal in the second half and
came away successful on two of
them. Forward Marisa Lyons
increased Washington's lead to 2-0 at
the 79:34 mark. Midfielder Angie
Crivello put the final nail in the
Wolverines' coffin when she scored
with just 13 seconds to play.
Michigan never threatened
Washington goalkeeper Tina

Thompson, attempting only five
shots on goal the entire game. The
All-Pac-10 senior shut out the
Wolverines with just two saves.
While Portland and Washington
were obviously the superior teams, it
is important that the young
Wolverines face these elite programs
to build on their solid foundation of
talented but inexperienced players.
Michigan is looking to eventually
pull out a big upset that would propel
the team into the rankings for the
first time this season.
"We have to beat one of the top 25
teams to be ranked," Belkin said. "It
is going to take some more experi-
This season has been a tough
learning experience for Michigan.
In their first 10 games, the
Wolverines have faced six teams
ranked in the top 25.
These teams include Kentucky and
Washington, who played in the 1995
NCAA tournament, and Portland,
who was the runner-up in last sea-
son's national championship game
against Notre Dame.

Amber Berendowsky had just one shot on goal this weekend. The Wolverines were
shut out by both Washington and Portland In Seattle. Berendowsky is still tied for
the team lead in goals, however, with four in 10 games.

Frosh women netters solid at Eck

y Nita Srivastava
For the Daily
Three of the four freshmen on the
Michigan women's tennis team reached
the finals in their respective flights this
weekend at Notre Dame in the Eck
The Classic was an individual tour-
nament with no team scores kept.
Danielle Lund was the Wolverines'
only winner. She recorded a 6-2, 6-1
. Mictory over Kara Loffelmacher of
Illinois in No. 4 singles.
Michigan freshman Brooke Hart was
defeated by Minnesota's Nora Sauska,
6-2, 6-2, in No. 2 singles, and
Marquette's Sara Fernandez beat fresh-
man Tenley Hardin in No. 5 singles, 7-
6, 6-3.
"Sauska just worked the point
more," Hart said. "She kept the ball in
a lot longer, and she was a lot quicker."
Michigan senior Sarah Cyganiak and
junior Sora Moon also reached the

finals in No. 1 doubles, losing a close
match to Marquette's Elisa Penalvo and
Joanna Bauza, 9-7. With the tourna-
ment, Cyganiak and Moon raised their
record to 6-4 for the year.
Cyganiak finished fourth in No. I
singles competition, in addition to her
appearance with Moon. She posted a 2-
2 record, losing another match to
Penalvo in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-2. She
also lost to Purdue's Mary Beth
Maggart in the third-place match, 2-6,
7-6, 6-4.
Sophomore Tumeka Harris also fin-
ished with a 2-2 record, gaining fourth
place in No. 3 singles.
Harris and Hart lost their opening
match in No. 2 doubles but continued
on to win the following three matches,
making them consolation champions.
Harris and Hart defeated Ohio State's
Kadri Kanapi and Monica Koplas, 8-2,
in their final round of consolation. For
the first time this season, Lund and

freshman Erryn Weggenman played
No. I doubles. They won their final
two matches after losing their first two.
"Our biggest goal was to put what
we have been working on in practice
into the match," Lund said.
Moon placed sixth in No. 2 singles.
She lost her second round match to
Sauska, the eventual winner, 7-5, 6-3,
and split her final two matches to fin-
ish with a 2-2 record.
The Wolverines completed the tour-
nament with respectable scores, con-
sidering the top-notch non-conference
competition they faced from No. 6
Notre Dame, No. 40 Kentucky and No.
41 Minnesota. ,Illinois, Iowa,
Minnesota, Ohio State and Purdue rep-
resented Michigan's formidable Big
Ten competition at the tournament.
"The tournament was good for the
whole team," Lund said. "The competi-
tion was good, especially from the Big
Ten teams."


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