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n a sight familiar to Michigan cross country fans, John Mortimer and Kevin
ullivan finished first and second this weekend at the Wolverine Interregional.
Dynamic duo rolls
wn at Wolvennmeorse edge
Nden, women have home--course edge

y Chris Duprey
nd Rick Freeman
laily Sports Writers
John Mortimer and Kevin Sullivan are
avinga lot of fun with cross country
hi ear, and yesterday's Michigan
nterregional at the Michigan Golf
Aourse was no exception. The duo
ammed it up, "raising the roof" as they
pproached the finish line well ahead of
he nearest competition.
Mortimer and Sullivan sewed up a
dichigan victory in the men's race. The

throughout the 1997 season. The
Wolverines' third, fourth and fifth men
have been interchangeable this year, and
yesterday was no different.
Steve Lawrence finished 11th in a
time of 25:15, heading up a large
Michigan pack. Todd Snyder finished
13th (25:18), and Jay Cantin rounded
out the top five with a 14th-place finish
(25:21). While Sullivan and Mortimer
gave the Wolverines a great start,
Lawrence, Snyder and Cantin closed the
door on the opposition.

iomen's team was
pstaged but finished
hird in a disappoint-
s rformance.
men's victory
vas an impressive
ne. The Wolverines
efeated three ranked
pponents - No. 17
ashington, No. 19
4issouri and No.23
ernes Madison. The
in was their fourth
nvitational champi-
np of the year,
ontmnuing a perfect
The Michigan men's
:am was defending its
4 i c h i g a n
nterregional team

not completely

Depth has

NCAA rankings
Men's poll
Team Points
1. Stanford ........394
2. Arkansas.... .390
3. Michigan ........365
4. Colorado.. ...354
5. Oregon... ...327
Women's poll
Team Points
1. Stanford. .......225
2. Brigham Young......215
3. Wisconsin.............208
4. Oregon.... .....194
5. Colorado.......... 184
14. Michigan.............109

been a factor in the
women's season as
well, but not in the
same way. The wom-
ens' fourth and fifth
runners finished 45th
and 47th overall,
weakening the team's
score. The separation
between the third and
fourth runner has
caused trouble for the
women all season.
"A lot of people got
in between (Elizabeth)
Kampfe and (Lisa)
Ouellet," McGuire
said. "That's where the
work's got to be done"
The Wolverines did
not sweep the top three

play gives
way to
By Nicholas J. Cotsonlka
Daily Sports Editor
As linebacker Sam Sword squeezed
the football to his chest with less than a
minute remaining in the fourth quartet
Saturday, three hours of mayhem came
to an appropriate end. Sword's intercep-
tion iced No. 5 Michigan's 28-24 victory
over No. 15 Iowa on a day the
Wolverines' defense saved them from
themselves before 106,505 at Michigan
Sloppy play on offense and special
teams put the Wolverines behind,.21-7,.at
halftime. Two of quarterback Brian
G r i e se's
N Michigan 28 three inter-
ceptions led
,owa 24 to Iowa
and the Wolverines watched Tim Dwight
return a punt 61 yards for a touchdown
as time expired.
But none of that mattered in the end
because of a defense that allowed a lone
field goal in the second half- a defense
that put Griese in position to throw the
game-winning, two-yard touchdown
pass to tight end Jerame Tuman with
2:55 remaining.
The Hawkeyes' field goal was just the
third the Wolverines have given up in the
second half this season. No team has
scored a touchdown in the second half.
No team has scored a point in the fourth
"Most of the reason we were down
was because of me, and I knew I had to
come back and play well," said Griese,
who rushed for a one-yard touchdown
and finished 15-for-23 for 165 yards and
three touchdowns. The first half was "my
worst half of football since I've been
here, but I never lost confidence in
myself or my team. I know what we have
Except for tailback Tavian Banks's 53-
yard. touchdown run with 13:29 remain-
ing in the second quarter - the longest
run of the season given up by a defense
that had been allowing just 68 yards
rushing per game -the Wolverines (3-0
Big Ten, 6-0 overall) shut down the
Hawkeyes (1-2, 4-2) in a battle of bests.
The Wolverines entered the game with
the nation's top-ranked scoring defense,
giving up 5.2 points per game. They
were second in total defense at 211,8
yards per game and allowed the
Hawkeyes, who had the league's top
offense, t87 yards.
Banks, the league's leading rusher,
finished with 99 yards rushing. Tim

Jerame Tuman, Michigan's All-America tight end, eluded Iowa defenders all day in Michigan's 28-24 victory over Iowa. The
senior made seven catches for 85 yards, but none were bigger than his touchdown catch with 2:55 to play in the game.

Ugly vict co
Poetry it was not, but championship teams need to
have a few ugly performances every once in a while
to keep them in sight of their goal.
Each of Michigan's six victories thus far has proven
something about this team that was in doubt leading up to
the game. Sometimes it's pretty, sometimes it's ... uh, well,
you know. Sometimes the lesson learned is of
great consequence, sometimes it's one of the lit-
tle things that you can't describe any other way
than just that.
But most important, the Wolverines have
retained what they learned from each victory as
the season has progressed as they target the Big{
Ten title, which makes these accomplishments all
the more impressive.A
The season-opening victory over Colorado
proved that starting the season later than every-
one else didn't affect the focus on this Michigan The B

nts just as much
show that the previous week's victory didn't drain it of all of
its emotion.
This Michigan team is clearly focused on this year and
this year only as evidenced by last week's seemingly
methodical victory over Lloyd Carr's nemesis,

hampionship, scoring a mere 38 points places - a
o'defeat the field. Mortimer and Sullivan Instead, the
rossed the finish line as a pair, with the McGregor, J
ictory given to Sullivan. Both posted a ished secon
m of 24:12, destroying the course The women
l by 22 seconds. Washington
The individual win closes out a solid Hoyas suc
iome career for Sullivan on the Michigan I
ichigan Golf Course. points.
"(Our course) is intimidating," Several w+
ullivan said. "It's maybe the toughest are middle-d
ollege course in the country" cross countr
Not all visiting runners saw the course their reperto
an intimidating presence. gressed, then
"I loved it, our last three meets were mous fourth
a lly flat, boring courses," said Erin ten stronger.
ler, a runner from Missouri and the on their p
bird-place individual finisher. Wolverines
The course played a negligible role in rest of the se
etermining Michigan's fate. "They ju
Depth has been the men's strong point Froud said.
Colgate brush
yred Unk
*ports Writer
The Michigan hockey team will have to start over
The Wolverines came into this weekend's action
gainst Colgate riding a 36-game home unbeaten streak,
ut they lost to Colgate, 2-1, on Friday night at Yost Ice
"It's a tough loss, but we start another streak tomor-
ow (Saturday)," Michigan forward Sean Ritchlin said.
To start the new streak at home, the Wolverines had to
oefrom behind to beat the Red Raiders, 6-4, on
But early in Saturday night's game, it looked more
ike the Wolverines would start a home losing :treak
ather than a new winning one.
Less than one minute into the game, Colgate's Andy
cDonald skated down the left wing and beat Michigan
oaltender Marty Turco to give the Raiders the early
ead, 1-0.

first for the team this year.
usual top trio of Katie
ulie Froud and Kampfe, fin-
d, fourth and sixth overall.
's team finished third, behind
and Georgetown. The
cessfully defended their
nterregional title with 69
Yomen on Michigan's team
distance runners now adding
y - a distance event - to
dire. As the season has pro-
Se runners, usually the infa-
and fifth runners, have got-
They will need to improve
past performances if the
want to be competitive the
st have to run like hell,"



But this week, Michigan showcased the sec-
ond component of a champion, that second char-
acteristic that coaches lust after, that second
thing that gives the chills and makes you start
believing that this is a special team - the ability
to look adversity in the eyes and make it run for

" Obviously, that lesson does not come easily.
And Michigan's first half was anything but easy.
How do you begin to describe that first half
ACH without using any of George Carlin's seven
words that you can't say on television?
Three interceptions, a fumble, a blocked punt,
six penalties. Just send the brown paper bag over
this way, please.
Instead, let's let Carr offer his take.

The following week against Baylor, Michigan
showed that it could put away teams early with


the killer instinct that is present in all championship teams.
That was the first championship component this team
Defeating Notre Dame indicated that lack of emotion on
this team will never be a concern.
Knocking the socks off Indiana proved both that
Michigan is quite a capable team on the road as well as

"We got a little bit away from our game plan in the first
half," Carr said. "Our game plan was to eliminate big plays,
don't turn the ball over and it will come our way. But we
decided to give a lot of plays, we turned the ball over and I
don't know how we won it."
See BOMBER, Page 4B

es off Blue, can't do it twice

advantage didn't last long.
Thirty seconds after Brokaw's goal, with the Raiders'
Jeff Potter in the penalty box for charging, Michigan's
Josh Langfeld took a pass from teammate Mike Van
Ryn. Langfeld put in his own rebound to bring the
Wolverines back within one. For Van Ryn, the assist was
the first of five he recorded on the night.
Another power-play goal by Langfeld tied the game,
2-2, at 15:52.
After Michigan and Colgate traded shorthanded goals
in the second period, the game stayed tied until Bill
Muckalt beat Colgate goaltender Shep Harder with a
slapshot with 6:54 left in the period.
After Michigan's Andrew Merrick scored to give the
Wolverines a two-goal lead, Colgate's Dru Burgess
reduced the Raiders' deficit in the third period. But
another power-play goal by Muckalt put the game out of
Michigan's success on the power play was a major
reason for its offensive success. On the night, they con-

on both ends of the ice.
Colgate opened the scoring in the first period when
Rob Mara outmuscled Michigan defenseman Chris Fox
on the boards, walked out in front of the net and beat
Turco top-shelf.
Michigan's only goal came early in the second
period, when Ritchlin scored on a breakaway to tie
the game, 1-1.
The Raiders pulled ahead with a little more than a
minute remaining in the second. Harmon beat Turco
stick-side, giving Colgate a lead it didn't relinquish.
"They played a good game and a great system,"Turco
said. "There's no excuses. We got outplayed. They just
wanted it a little bit more than we did."
One reason for Michigan's lack of offense was its fail-
ure to convert any of its seven power play opportunities.
"Maybe the difference between this game and a game
we would have won last year would be our power play,
Berenson said."Special teams can be the difference in a
close game."

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