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October 16, 1996
have to be
Asingle loss should not ruin any-
But for Michigan, it often
In fact, you could make the case that
Wolverines were never the same
after their first loss in each of the past
three seasons. Each of those first losses
sent Michigan into tailspins that eventu-
ally became four-loss seasons.
there's a general
campus that the
loss this season
two weeks ago
BARRY - has ended
SOLLENBERGER their season; that
Soilenberger Michigan is des-
i Paradise tined to limp to
rate bowl game; that the Wolverines'
Rose Bowl and national championship
hopes are gone.
If history tells us anything, all of this
s true. But it doesn't have to be.
Michigan can still finish the season
l1-1. And outside of Nebraska, Il-1 is
not a bad record for anyone. If the
Wolverines win their last seven games
(six regular season games plus a bowl),
they will no doubt end the season
ranked in The Associated Press top five.
They haven't finished that high since
Still, to say that the Wolverines will
n their last seven games is premature,
e they haven't had a winning
streak that long in four years.
But if you look at the schedule, it's
There is no excuse for the Wolverines
not to sail through their next four games.
Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan State and
Purdue all have one thing in common.
They are not very good football teams.
That leaves Penn State and Ohio
The Wolverines have the advantage
over the Nittany Lions, because the two
teams play in Ann Arbor. As for the
Buckeyes? Everyone knows about the
troubles they've had with Michigan in
Perhaps more importantly, the Ohio
State team that was invincible through
the first four games of the season was
almost beaten by Wisconsin last
rday. The Buckeyes narrowly
d the Badgers, 17-14.
"We were fortunate to come away
with a victory," Ohio State coach John
Cooper said. "They had some chances
early to put us away."
So you see, the Buckeyes can be beat-
en, and the Wolverines' season doesn't
have to be over.
Michigan's sickening loss to
Northwestern has not ended its Rose
cowl chances - or even its national
Championship chances. Nebraska has a
loss and has already moved back up to
No.5 in the AP poll. If the Wolverines
can put together a winning streak, they
too will move up in the rankings.
In fact, they can finish 11-1 or, well,
It's up to them.
BAD LUCK BADGERS: Speaking of
Wisconsin, coach Barry Alvarez's team
wa'js a couple of breaks away from
eing undefeated, with near-victories
over Penn State and Ohio State to its
The Badgers scared the Nittany Lions
on Sept. 28 in Madison, before falling,
23-20. They weren't dead until a last-
second, game-tying field goal attempt
sailed wide. Then last weekend,
Wisconsin led Ohio State in the fourth
quarter, 14-10, before the Buckeyes ral-
lied for the victory.
The Badgers were a couple of breaks
away from being 5-0 and at the top of
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Michigan attacker Michelle Smulders (right), who scored twice, chases down a Central Michigan defender in the Wolverines' 4-0 win, yesterday.
Smulders'2 scores lead Wolvenines to
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4th in line
By John Friedberg
Daily Sports Writer
After their fourth-place finish at the Kroger Intercollegiate,
yesterday, in Memphis, Tenn., the Wolverines couldn't help but
think the tournament was very similar to one they played in
just a week ago.
At their own Wolverine Invitaational, the Michigan men's
golf team occupied the top spot after the first two rounds -
yesterday, it was on top again. But unlike last weekend, the
Wolverines couldn't hag on to win, finishing three spots
behind team leader, Auburn
"This was the toughest tournament that we have had this
year by far" Michigan coach Jim Carras said. "We accom-
plished every goal that we had for the tournament except win-
ning it. I cannot say enough good things about our effort'
Despite the strong effort, however, Michigan could not sus-
tain its lead on the final day. Michigan shot a solid 299, but that
was not enough to maintain the lead with three top 25 teams
giving chase. The Wolverines finished the tournament with an
impressive fourth-place finish.
Although Michigan placed fourth for the tournament, it did
walk away with something to remember from the two-day
The Kroger Intercollegiate invites nine teams from the
Northern half of the United States and nine from the South.
The lowest-scoring team from the North takes home the Blue-
Gray cup. This year it was claimed by the Wolverines.
"It is really a beautiful trophy, but I don't know where we are
going to put it. It's really too big," Carras said.
Michigan's Monday was highlighted when the team shot the
low round of the tournament in the day's second round. Its
amazing one-under par team score of 287 propelled the team
into a tie with eventual tournament champion, Auburn.
The Tigers outdistanced the field by four strokes with a
three-round total of 870. Mississippi State hung on to second
with Georgia, Michigan and Nebraska, rounding out the top
Taking individual honors was Mississippi State's Chad
Wellhausen. Wellhausen's five-under 211 was highlighted by
his tournament-low 66 in the second round. That round
enabled him to edge Reid Edstrom of Auburn, who fired a 212.
Close behind them were Michigan's David Jasper and Ball
State's Jamie Broce, who both shot two-under par 214s.
While the third-place finish was not a career-best for Jasper,
the senior did set two career lows in Memphis. Jasper's first
round 70 was a career-low. He followed the two-under par
round with two consecutive even-par rounds. Jasper's three-
round total of 214 was also a career-best.
Joining Jasper in the top 10 was senior Brent Idalski. Idalski
finished in a tie for 10th by shooting rounds of 73, 71 and 76
to finish with a 220. His score was his best 54-hole total of the
season. His 10th-place finish was also his season best.
Michigan has now had at least two golfers in the top 10 in each
of the past two tournaments.
Senior Kyle Dobbs and redshirt freshman Michael Harris
were close behind Idalski. Both shot 222s to finish in a tie for
16th with three other golfers. Dobbs' 71 in the second round
tied him with Idalski for the team lead for the round.
Harris continued his consistent play with 73s in the first two
rounds and a 76 in the third. The 222 was a three-stroke
improvement upon his 225 last weekend and his best 54-hole
total of the year.
Junior Isaac Hinkle followed a remarkable second-place fin-
ish last weekend with a respectable 25th-place tie. His 225
allowed Michigan to place all five of its golfers in the top 25
finishers for the second tournament in a row.
This fall season has been a vast improvement over last year
for the Wolverines. Last autumn, Michigan was only able to
finish in the top five once, which was a fifth-place showing at
the PGA Invitational in Palm Beach, Fla. This season the
Wolverines have been in the top five in three out of the four
tournaments that they have completed, including their first
tournament victory in two years at last weekend's Wolverine
By Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Writer
It would have been difficult for the
Michigan field hockey team to underesti-
mate the importance of its game against
Central Michigan yesterda, at Ocker Field.
After disappointing losses to Iowa and
Northwestern this past weekend, the
Wolverines (1-4 Big Ten, 6-6 overall) des-
perately needed a victory to bounce back.
And it was quite a bounce they took, as
Michigan blasted the visiting Chippewas, 4-
0. The shutout was the second of the season
for Michigan goalkeeper Amy Helber, her
first coming earlier this season against
William & Mary, 2-0.
"(The shutout) feels great," Helber said. "I
felt like it was a long time in coming, and it
was a real good pick-me-up. We were able to
work out a lot of kinks (Monday) in practice
and were able to pull together (against
In addition to their defensive efforts, the
Wolverines came out yesterday with an
offensive attack that wasn't there over the
Attacker Julie Flachs opened the scoring
for Michigan, putting a shot past Central
Michigan goalkeeper Kristin Novinger, just
over one minute into the game.
Michigan took Flachs' score and ran with
it, keeping intense pressure on Novinger
throughout the first half.
The Chippewas' offensive efforts weren't
helped by the Wolverines' strong attack, as
Central Michigan was barely able to pene-
trate Michigan's half of the field in the first
The Wolverines set the tone in the first
half, outshooting the Chippewas, 12-2, in the
The Wolverines' dominance in Central
Michigan's zone resulted in another quick
score, as Michigan attacker Aimee Remigio
came off the bench to put the Wolverines
Remigio's shot was quite an interesting
The junior floated a shot skyward at
Novinger. When the ball finally came down,
it slipped behind the head of the Central
Michigan goalkeeper - leaving the
Wolverines in celebration and the
Chippewas scratching their heads.
Nevertheless, Central Michigan battled on
and was able to muster a lone penalty corner
in the first half. But much like many earlier
plays, the Chippewas mishandled the incom-
ing pass, adding to their slew of mistakes in
the first half.
The period ended with an excited
Michigan squad and a dejected Central
Michigan team. Central Michigan coach
Cristy Freese was so disappointed with the
efforts of her of her goalkeeper that she
pulled Novinger in favor of sophomore net-
minder Carole Ewert.
Unfortunately for Freese, the change did
nothing for her squad.
Michigan came out in the second half with
the same energy that fueled it from the start.
On the point of attack for the Wolverines was
senior attacker Michelle Smulders, who
finally put the Chippewas out of their misery
with two goals in the period.
Smulder's inspired play in the second half
was exactly the type of kickstart Michigan
coach Marcia Pankratz was expecting from
her seniors following a disappointing week-
"We need strong leadership from those
girls," she said, "not so much verbal but by
their actions on the field."
Five minutes into the half, Smulders, set
up beautifully by teammates Selina Harris
and Meredith Franden, darted a shot past
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