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September 5, 1997
September 5, i997 1.3
By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Editor
Already struggling to compensate
'for the losses of linebacker Jarrett
Irons and nose tackle William Carr
to graduation, the Michigan defense
was dealt another serious blow when
stavting tackle Ben Huff tore the
anterior cruciate ligament in his left
knee earlier this week. He will miss
the entire 1997 season.
Huff, a fifth-year senior, suffered
the injury during practice.
According to a report in the Ann
Arbor News yesterday, Michigan
coach Lloyd Carr said that the 6-
twisted his knee
after getting his
caught in the
Most likely to
replace Huff in
the starting line-
up is sophomore
Huff Josh Williams.
267 -pounder backed up Huff last
season as a redshirt freshman.
-A native of Charlotte, Huff started
Sall f2 games last year and made 40
tackles and recovered two fumbles.
Hle recorded his only career sack
against Minnesota in 1995.
W ,n ,} ly rcutdas a linebacker,
Huff has played in 32 of a possible
37 n games at tackle for the
Since Huff is a fifth-year senior
,and has already used one redshirt
a season, Carr will have to petition the
Big Ten to allow Huff a sixth year to
finish up his Michigan career.
Field hockey to host Heels
Two-time NCAA champs challenge Blue at Ocker'
r By B.J. Luria
4 Daily Sports Writer
David versus Goliath.
That might be the best way to
describe the field hockey game
tomorrow at Ocker Field between
Michigan (3-0) and two-time defend-
ing NCAA champion North Carolina
(1-0). And just like David, these
Wolverines actually have a chance of
knocking off their mighty opponents.
Few in the country would doubt
the might of the North Carolina
dynasty, a program that has won two
straight championships and has com-
. peted in the NCAA championship
' 'game in seven of the past eight years.
Michigan head coach Marcia
Pankratz knows first hand what kind
of program the Tar Heels have creat-
ed. Pankratz was an assistant coach
: :on North Carolina's 1989 champi-
"Certainly we can compete with
anyone in the nation," Pankratz said.
"Carolina, of course, is extremely
FILE PHOTO strong. We did beat them last spring,
The Michigan field hockey team faces a daunting task this weekend. The Wolverines so our kids know that on any given
play two-time defending NCAA champion North Carolina at Ocker Field tomorrow. day, anything is possible."
The Wolverines scrimmaged North
'M' golf teams hope to rebound
from loss of top perormers
Carolina during a spring training
session and became one of only two
teams in the past two years to defeat
the Tar Heels in game action.
Michigan goalie Amy Helber
agrees with her coach's optimism.
"We're looking forward to this
weekend," Helber said. "This should
be a good chance for us to prove our-
selves. (The game) is up for grabs."
The Wolverines will have to play
the game without the services of four
players, including two starters.
Goalkeeper Kati Oakes, forward
Amy Philbrook, midfielder Ashley
Reichenbach and Kelli Gannon are
in Seoul competing for the United
States in the Junior World Cup
Their absence leaves an opening
for several freshman to make an
impact early in the season.
"We do have freshmen on the field
and they have to hold their own"
The Wolverines will look for
senior Julie Flachs to lead them
Flachs scored four goals, includ-
ing two game-winning goals in the
three victories last weekend over
Stanford, California and Pacific.'
North Carolina is led by Cindy
Werley, who played on the U.S.
Olympic team in Atlanta in 1996. In'
her first game, Werley scored three
goals and recorded two assists.
"She's the best forward in the
nation," Pankratz said. "You can't
make a mistake against Cindy or, she
will capitalize on it." S
Michigan will also have to'wttch
out for Joy Driscoll, an alternate on
the 1996 Olympic team. Driscoll
recorded two assists in . North
Carolina's first game.
The Wolverines are hoping that
their extensive conditioning program
during the off-season will help them
compete with the best teams in the
After a 7-11 season in her first
year as Michigan's head " coach,
Pankratz employed training tech-
niques that she learned as a part of
the 1996 Olympic team. This week-
end will begin to show wheth'er that
training will pay off.
Look out Goliath, David isvell-
conditioned and ready for battle.
By Evan Braunstein
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's and women's golf teams are set to
begin their respective seasons next weekend. But instead of
trying to put the ball in the hole, they have to try to fill holes
in their rosters.
The men's team returns to find its championship-caliber
team not quite up to par. The Wolverines graduated seven
seniors out of 11 total players last season, leaving Michigan
coach Jim Carras a little unsure as to what names he will see
on the team roster this year.
"There are a lot of openings this year," Carras said. "We
need to find five or six strong new players, and to be hon-
est, I'm not sure who they're going to be."
Among the seven graduates were starters Kyle Dobbs,
David Jasper and Brent Idalski. Dobbs was a four-year
starter and led the team in scoring average his junior and
Returning to lead the Wolverines is redshirt junior
Michael Harris and fifth-year senior Isaac Hinkle. Harris
was tied for second on the team in scoring average with a
74.2 and competed in every round for Michigan last sea-
son. He had five top-20 finishes and twice placed in the
"Harris does a super job," Carras said. "He will anchor
Along with Hinkle, other returning hopefuls to make the
five-man starting roster are Keith Hinton, Mike Emanuel,
Kevin Vernick and Mike Reabe.
But, according to Carras, a few freshmen will challenge
these veterans for playing time.
Last year, "it was very difficult for a freshmen to break
into the varsity lineup," he said. "This year is totally differ-
ent. Other than two guys, everything is open.
"Golf is very different from other varsity sports. You have
to earn your spot (on the team), and then keep earning it."
Three freshmen who will vie for varsity spots are Larry
Hess, Kyle Kilcherman and Brian Seipke.
"Last year I know we had a good team," Carras said.
"We need to find five or six
strong new players... I'mn
not sure who they're going
- Jim Carras
Michigan men's golf coach
"This year, it's kind of exciting."
The women's team finds itself much in the same position
as the men, having to find replacements for three regular
starters. Wendy Westfall, Molly Vandenbark and Ashley
Williams each graduated last spring. Westfall was the team's
top player and named to the All-Big Ten team.
But, the Wolverines return from a fourth-place finish in
the Big Ten championship - their best finish ever - and is
continually improving under the guidance of head coach
Junior Sharon Park will provide needed experience
along with senior Nicole Green. Park led the team in scor-
ing average last season with a 79.1 and tied with Westfall
for seventh place in the Big Ten championship. Green was
a rock of consistency, playing in every round of every
"I'm really excited about this season," Park said. "We lost
four starters, but we have a lot of freshmen coming in from
all over the" United States.
Among those freshmen are a tag team of Amy's - Balliet
and Talbot, along with Lindsay Mammel and Trish Watkins.
The team needs its young talent to progress quickly if it
hopes to be successful this year, and Park said she and the
other veterans are trying to make the transition to college
"We're helping (the freshmen) adjust to life as a college
athlete - traveling, studying, etc," Parks said.
Departures of top Michigan golfers, such as Big Ten champion Kyle Dobbs,'fave'
left some gaping holes in the lineups of both the men's and women's teams.
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