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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
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HOME TEAM IN CAPS

Tuesday
October 15, 1996

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Blue defenders sustain
injunes, may miss action

By Barry Solenberger
Daily Sports Editor
The Michigan football team's
defensive unit is one of the nation's
best.
But much of it could be on the
sideline when the 13th-ranked
Wolverines face Indiana on Saturday
at Michigan Stadium.
The foot-injury gods have cast a
spell on Michigan.
Defenders Sam Sword, Jarrett
Irons, Glen Steele and Will Carr all
have sustained various foot injuries
over the past couple of weeks, and all
are questionable for this weekend's
game.
"These kids are so big and so fast,"
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said.
"There's a lot of stress on small
bones. It's one of the modern-day
football problems."
The injuries to Irons, Sword and
Swett present Carr with the biggest
problems, because the trio makes up
75 percent of Michigan's best inside
linebackers.
This means increased roles for
Eric Mayes and Dhani Jones at the
inside spot.

The injury woes could spell trou-
ble for the Wolverines against
Indiana running back Alex Smith.
Through six games, Smith has gained
769 yards rushing, good enough for
ninth-place nationally.
"I look at (Indiana) as an extreme-
ly dangerous team," Carr said. "I
think Alex is a tough, hard-nosed
guy."~
Still, injuries or no injuries, Carr is
not about to use health as an excuse for
the Northwestern loss or for any other
poor performances.
"There was no excuse in the fourth
quarter (against Northwestern) for not
executing," Carr said.
"Our defense was on the field for 29
plays in the first half. That's a vaca-
tion. Getting tired was no excuse."
The Wildcats outgained the
Wolverines, 172-28, during the
fourth quarter of their 17-16 upset
victory.
ANES IS IN: The Wolverines' week
off gave Carr a chance to look at
some of the younger players, and
freshman fullback John Anes is one
of those likely to see more action this
weekend.

Anes was impressive against UClA,
on Sept. 28, gaining 84 yards on 17
carries.
He will take some carries away fror@
Michigan's top two backs - Clarence
Williams and Chris Howard - against
Indiana.
Carr wasn't exactly disappointed.
with the play of Williams and Howard
against the Wildcats, but neither back
broke any long runs, and Howard had
a crucial fumble in the fourth quarter.
"I'm going to find out if a bigger
guy like Anes can make a difference,
Carr said.
"He'll be at fullback, and at times
he'll be our one-back."
NORTHWESTERN HANGOVER: Carr's,
largest problem during the past week
perhaps has been motivating his team.,
The week off gave the Wolverines
extra time to think about losing to the
Wildcats for the second straight year.
The loss, coupled with Ohio State's-
early dominance this season, make a
Michigan trip to the Rose Bow]
appear unlikely.
"I think the difficult thing of an
open week after a loss is that you're
See INJURIES, Page 13

JOE WESTRATE/Daily
Michigan's offense had occasional problems holding onto the bail In the first few games. Now, the defense has some of its
own problems. Four Michigan defenders have sustained various foot injuries and may not play against Indiana.

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'M' stickers drop two,.
prepare for Chippewas ...

Nanooks' icer
faces paralysis

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By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer

By Richard Shin
Daily Sports Writer
The way the season has gone so far for the
Michigan field hockey team, it might be a
good bet that the Wolverines will win their
next two matches against Central Michigan
today at 4 p.m. and Michigan State on Oct. 20.
It isn't because the matches are against
pushovers - the Chippewas and the IIth-
ranked Spartans are hardly cream puffs - but
rather, because of what the Wolverines have
done the past four weeks.
In the past eight matches, the Wolverines
have managed to alternate two-match winning
and losing streaks.
Following a pair of impressive victories
over Michigan State and New Hampshire at
home, the Wolverines (1-4 Big Ten, 5-6 over-
all) hit the road and dropped matches against
conference foes Iowa and Northwestern this
past weekend.
PThe unusual streak is not a product of an
ancient curse or a paranormal phenomena but,
lately, a lack of consistent performance from
the Wolverines.
"We need to be consistent in how we play,"
senior attacker Michelle Smulders said. "We
know we can play well. We just have to figure
out how to trigger it."
Against No. 2 Iowa (5-0, 12-1), the
Wolverines played well but were unable to gener-
ate any goals and lost, 6-1.
Michigan was outshot, 21-9, but had solid
scoring chances.

"We had scoring opportunities against
Iowa, but we didn't capitalize on them," junior
attacker Julie Flachs said. "We worked on
that"
Iowa took a quick 3-0 lead before Michigan
got on the board with a goal by Smulders with
a little over seven minutes left to cut the deficit
to two goals.
The Hawkeyes put the game away with
three unanswered goals, however, and shut
Michigan out in the second half.
Against No. 12 Northwestern (2-3, 7-6), the
Wolverines took a 2-1 lead behind a pair of
goals from Smulders, who scored on both her
chances in the first half.
But Michigan's offense stalled again, and
the Wolverines again gave up three unanswered
goals en route to a 4-2 defeat.
Overall, the Wildcats outshot the
Wolverines, 21-11, and outcornered them, 12-
4.
Smulders' three-goal weekend gives her
five on the season, good enough for second
behind attacker Julie Flachs' seven for the
Wolverines.
In the long histories of the two series,
Michigan is 2-27-0 against the Wildcats and
has never beaten the Hawkeyes in 30 meetings.
The Wolverines have one more chance to
improve the records against both teams this
season.
Today's match against Central Michigan
gives the Wolverines a chance to work on their
See STICKERS, Page 14

Mark Drygas said he has never been prouder of his son.
"I've been proud of my son many different times through,
out the years, but I've never been more proud of him than right
now" he said.
His son, Alaska-Fairbanks defenseman Erik Drygas, is ii
intensive care at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital after being pari
tially paralyzed in a freak accident in practice last Monday. *
Drygas is recovering from surgery that removed bone frag-
ments and repaired damage to his vertebrae.
The 20-year-old sophomore, who is a native of Fairbanks;
Alaska, injured the fifth cervical vertebra of his neck. A few
hours into practice, he crashed head-first into the boards while
going after a puck in the corner of Carlson Center during a
drill.
Drygas was participating in a power-play drill when two of
his teammates skated toward him from the corners. It is
unclear exactly how the collision occurred, but Drygas crosse
sticks with a player, tried to make a quick move to escape th
jam and fell forward. He went down on his knees and hit the
top of his head into the upper boards.
He never lost consciousness but was in a lot of pain and
said he couldn't feel anything below his chest.
Drygas was rushed to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where
X-rays showed the vertebra was broken in several pieces.
There was a lot of swelling in his neck, so the doctors decided
to wait until the swelling died down instead of performing
immediate surgery.
Doctors opted to perform the surgery on Wednesday, and
the operation took over six hours.
"The operation went extremely well," Alaska-Fairbank
spokesperson Scott Roselius said. "(The physicians) are very
happy. There were no complications as far as the operation.
Surgeons removed bone fragments from the injured verte-
bra and grafted bone from Drygas' hip to help stabilize the
See DRYGAS, Page 14

FILE PHOTO/Daily
Michigan midfield/defenderSandra Cabrera and the rest of the Wolverines take on
Central Michigan today at 4 p.m. at Ocker Field.

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