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Stdjt im Oa COLLEGE Sacamerato i15, UTAH 8, New Jersey 3.
Georgia 89 New York 93, Detroit at Goden Boston at
Texas 87 TORONTO 70 State, inc. Dallas. inc.
PRO Washington 93 PRO Carona at
BOSTON 96, Philadelphla 114, Washington 4, Montreal at
Denver86 HOUSTON 10 PiTTSBURGH 1 Anaher, ino
Atlanta 89 PHOENIX R& FLORIDA 2, Vancouver at San Thursday
MNDIANA 8 Miwaukee 79 NY Islanders 2 Jose, Inc. November 13, 1997
1espite title, Blue field hockeyleft out of NCArs
Regular-season champs dismayed
by rankings, tournament selection
By Rick Freeman lege careers, the possiblity no doubt
Daily Sports writer distracted the Wolverines - until
The waiting is over, and so is the yesterday.
. 1997 Michigan field hockey season. "I wasn't expecting to go," senior
After the Wolverines lost the Big goalkeeper Any Helber said. "To get
. Ten title game Sunday to Penn State, geared up and let down again is too
2-1, at the Big Ten championships in hard. ... It's kind of a helpless feel-
lowa City, they were holding on to ing."
the chance that they might receive an The Wolverines were uneasy about
at-large bid. Those hopes were the wait, but what bothers them eve
o dashed yesterday afternoon when more is they feel that perhaps tin
'UMichigan's name did not come up in were overlooked hy the selectio n'
.0''o.U'd<a , the NCAA's tournament brackets. comittee.
Sa th Penn State, as winners of the tour- "The comittee hasn't really bee
nament, received an automatic id to taking a strong look at t ke ids t"
sa~a .oo~Y ~ the NCAA field hockey tournament Michigan coatch Marcia laankrwx
and it will face Massachusetts tomor- said.
A N row. Pankratz - Big Ten Coach of the
"Obviously, we're disappointed; Year - believes that perhaps the
for the past three days our team's selection committee had certair
6,U ,a. kind of been sitting around in limbo, teams on its mind, and when those
1- ~not knowing if our season's done, if teams had disappointing seasons, the
we're going or not," sophomore committee looked elsewhere.
i OAshley Reichenbach said. "Instead of them looking at how
Lousy weather postponed one of strong Michigan and Michigan State
the conference tournaments this were this year, they only saw hi
weekend, forcing the NCAA to delay poorly Iowa and Northwestern wdre
,-w holding its "play-in" games until performing." Pankratz said.
Tuesday afternoon. Both the Hawkeyes and the
The "play-ins" are games held Wildcats lost their first-round games
between the champions of two of the in the Big Ten Tournament. Michig n
Sa four conferences to which the NCAA State advanced to the semifinals.
"a ~does not automatically extend bids. "It's frustrating because I know'
As a result of the delay, the that we have the ability to be playing
a'Wolverines were kept on hold until with the best of them," Helber saki.
SA " a '. ayesterday afternoon. "We're one of the top 12 teams in th
, After Sunday's loss, the six seniors nation without a doubt,"
on the team could not be certain that The NCAA chooses at-large bi
they had played in their last field based on teams' records against
hockey game, but yesterday's ranked teams as well as overall per-
announcement confirmed that they formance.
indeed have played in the last game "It's a system that's totally subjeg-
of their collegiate career. tive, not in any way objective,"
onsIEauSTLE lar Although few dared hope for a lelber said.
Senior Aimee Remiglo, junior Loveita Wilkinson and senior Julie Flachs have played their last game of the season. Michigan will not play in the NCAA tournament. last-second extension of their col- See STICKERS, Page 16A
Carter: 'M' hockey players used racial slurs
Berenson 'really disappointed' to hear Carter's allegations, 'would not tolerate' such conduct

By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Editor
Former Michigan State hockey star Anson Carter said in
a report published yesterday that he was the target of on-ice
racial slurs during his college career in games against
Michigan. Carter, who is black, played for the Spartans
from 1992-96 and now plays for the Boston Bruins.
Michigan coach Red Berenson said yesterday he was "real-
ly disappointed" to hear Carter's comments, which came in
the wake of the NHILs recent suspension of Washington
Capitals forward Chris Simon for a racial slur directed at
Mike Grier, a black player who starred at Boston University
and now plays for the Edmonton Oilers.
Carter told The Boston Globe that he experienced a situa-
tion with one or more Wolverines similar to the one Grier had
with Simon, who is a Native North American from the
Canadian Ojibwa tribe. Carter could not be reached for fur-
ther comment.
"We were playing the University of Michigan," Carter
told the Globe. "It was one of those things that when you
play against Michigan, anything is possible coming up.
"There are no excuses for it, but at the same time, I real-
ize it happens in everyday life. So who am I not to expect it
to happen in professional sports? Whenever things like that
have happened to me through the course of my life, I just
walked away.
"I grew up in a color-blind household, so whenever peo-
ple said things like that to me, it really didn't faze me too
much because I know who I am and I can't change the color
of my skin. So my parents always taught me not to let it
bother me.
"It happens everywhere, be it NHL, football, baseball,
everyday life. So whenever anything like this comes up, it

really doesn't surprise me."
Berenson said the use of racial slurs - on the ice or off -
has never been an issue before with his players or coaches.
Michigan currently has two black hockey managers.
Berenson had not heard of Carter's allegations previous to
their publication and asked if Carter was talking about Yost
Ice Arena's notoriously boisterous crowd.
"I never heard a player say anything like that," Berenson
said. "We would not tolerate that. So if he wants to make
that statement, that's fine. But I certainly don't know any-
thing about it."
Berenson said he had recruited Carter out of
Scarborough, Ontario. Carter was scheduled to visit

Michigan, Michigan State and Maine, but after he visited
Michigan State, he signed with the Spartans immediately
and canceled his other trips.
r "I always liked Anson," Berenson said. "I was a big fan of
his. He was a great kid, and I wish he would have waited
until he visited Michigan. I think we could have got him
But he had a great career (at Michigan State).
"I'm disappointed to hear (Carter's allegations). It's cer-
tainly not something we ever discussed in the lockerroom or
amongst coaches. I'm really disappointed to hear that."
Carter led the Spartans in goals three times and served as
captain twice. He ranks sixth in school history in goals wi0
106 and fourth in power-play goals with 40.

'ormer Michigan State star Anson Carter said one or more
fichigan players made him a target of racial slurs.

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