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- The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 18, 1997

More output needed from all
icers to catch CCHA leaders

By Fred Link
Daily Sports Writer
Entering the season, the Michigan
hockey team knew that if it were
going to be successful, it would need
its best players to play like stars.
The Wolverines also knew that no
matter how well players like Bill
Muckalt and Marty Turco might per-
form, to compete for the CCHA title
the-Wolverines would need contribu-
tions from the entire team.
Thus far, the Wolverines' stars are
playing like stars, but they're still
waiting for consistent contributions
from the rest of the team.
Against Ferris State this weekend,
the Wolverines managed to take
three points largely because of the
efforts ofjust three players -Turco,
Muckalt and Bobby Hayes.
in the two- games, Muckalt and
Hayes scored all six of the
Wolverines' goals and accounted for
the majority of their scoring chances.
Going back to Michigan's two-
game set against Northern Michigan,
Muckalt and Hayes have scored the
Wolverines' last eight goals.
Certainly, part of the reason for the
Wolverines' lack of balance is the
absence of captain Matt Herr, who
has not played since injuring his
groit in Michigan's season opener.
Moreover, on a team with 10

freshmen, it will probably take some
time before players settle into their
roles.
But the freshmen aren't the ones
who are struggling to score.
In fact, three freshmen - Mark
Kosick, Mike Van Ryn and Josh
Langfeld - are in the top five on the
team in scoring.
Instead, it has been upperclassmen
who have had the most trouble find-
ing their scoring touch.
Players like Greg Crozier, Sean
Ritchlin and
Justin Clark
were expected
to contribute
r offensively.
E l e v e n
games into the
season, howev-
er, they have
only five goals
between them.
Defensively,
as well, Michigan is not getting the
kind of consistent play it needs to be
successful.
The Wolverines are still giving up
far too many excellent scoring
chances and expecting Turco to bail
them out - and so far he has.
In this weekend's series against
Ferris, Turco was up to the challenge,
stopping all but five of the Bulldogs

"We've got a lot
of guys who need
to contribute.'
- Red Berenson
Michigan hockey coach
61 shots, including a two-on-none
Sunday that would have given Ferris
a 4-3 lead.
Without such a performance by
Turco, the Wolverines could easily
have lost both games.
While three players may be able to
carry Michigan against the likes of
Ferris State, if the Wolverines are
going to be competitive against the
elite teams in the conference like as
Michigan State and Miami, they will
need contributions from more than
just their stars.
As Michigan coach Red Berenson
commented after Sunday's victory
over the Bulldogs, "We've got a lot
of guys who need to try to contribute
to this team more offensively and
defensively."
If they don't'get that contribution,
it might be a long season for the
Wolverines.
After all, there's only so much that
three players can do.

JOHN KRAFT/Daily
Freshman Mark Kosick has been one of the few underclassmen contributing offensively for the Wolverines so far this season.
Michigan has received poor offensive outputs recently from upperclassmen with the exception of Bill Muckalt and Bobby Hayes.

Beyond dynamic duo, Warhurst is able
to rely on 'M' harriers' supporting cast

By Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Writer
Everything seems to be falling into place for the Michigan
men's cross country team. First, the Wolverines ran the table
on their regular-season schedule, winning every invitational
on the slate.
Then, Michigan seized the' Big Ten title from defending
champion Wisconsin. Finally, the Wolverines gave coach Ron
Warhurst his first NCAA district championship win in his 24-
year career by winning the Great Lakes regional last weekend.
And it truly was a team effort.
Todd Snyder proclaimed himself healthy Saturday after a
month-long bout with illness. Snyder ran sick at Big Tens,
earning 11 th place overall despite feeling less than 100 per-
cent. At the district championship, Snyder began to realize his
potential, turning in a fast time of 31:43, good enough for
fourth place overall.
Along with Kevin Sullivan and John Mortimer, Snyder has
started to run well again.
Not only has he solidified himself once again as Michigan's
third man, he has become an individual force. Snyder is used
to success, after earning All-State honors at Ann Arbor Pioneer.
With the NCAA championships next Monday, Warhurst has
begun to taper the team's training, cutting mileage to ensure
fresh legs for the Wolverines' most important race of the year.
Michigan did a few speed workouts in between Big Tens and
districts, to prevent staleness.
Although Sullivan and Mortimer have turned heads with
their performances this year, they do have a qualified sup-
porting cast. With Don McLaughlin's probable return to the
lineup, the Wolverines' depth will be intact once again.

Michigan has six runners capable of finishing within 30
seconds of each other, and they only need five to score.
Steve Lawrence's consistent performances often go unno-
ticed, but Saturday, his finish of 31:56 played a key role in
helping the Wolverines lock up the district title. Lawrence has
been the stabilizing factor for Michigan, turning in quality
efforts in each meet. He is a key factor in the three-man pack
that keeps most teams at bay.
It has been a quiet season for Jay Cantin, but that's not to say
it hasn't been successful. Cantin completed Saturday's race in
32:00, earning him eighth place overall. His finish closed out
a spectacular 30-second pack time for the Wolverines.
Such a pack time is a high benchmark to shoot for in 8,000-
meter races, but Michigan was able to hold its five that close
together for the extended 10,000-meter race. The feat was
even more impressive due to the presence of star runners such
as Mortimer and Sullivan, who stretch out the pack time with
their superior efforts.
For the Wolverines, depth will be key if they are to unseat
NCAA favorites Stanford and Arkansas on Monday.
"Our goal is to finish third or fourth," Snyder said.
MCLAUGHLIN AILING: McLaughlin pulled out of Saturday's
NCAA Great Lakes regional race with a pulled calf muscle.
McLaughlin, one of the Wolverines'top five runners, ran most
of the way in visible pain before stopping. It's the first injury
any Wolverine has suffered this season.
"It's not a torn muscle, I just pulled it," McLaughlin said.
"I'll take a day off and I should be ready to go again soon."
The NCAA championships are scheduled for Nov. 24, and

A fast past
Results from Michigan men's cross
country's past five postseasons.
1993:
Big Ten championships - 1st
NCAA districts - 3rd
NCAA championships - 10th
1994:
Big Ten championships - 2nd
NCAA districts - 2nd
NCAA championships - 7th
1995:
Big Ten championships - 2nd
NCAA districts - 4th
NCAA championships - 11th
1996:
Big Ten championships - 2nd
NCAA districts - 3rd
NCAA championships - 14th
1997:
Big Ten championships - 1st
NCAA districts - 1st
NCAA championships - ?

JOHN KRAFT/Daily
John Mortimer, who finished second to teammate Kevin Sullivan at last weekend's
NCAA regional, will be able to count on his teammates at the NCAA championships.

McLaughlin plans
for the race.

Verbal battle continues

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won't necessarily mean roses for Ohio
State, however. The Buckeyes need to
win and hope that Penn State loses one
of its final two games - against
Wisconsin and at Michigan State - in
order to a avoid a three-way tie for first
place in the Big Ten. In the latter sce-
nario, Michigan advances to Pasadena
by virtue of the Big Ten's final tiebreak-
er - the team whose Rose Bowl

absence is longest.
But as in any season, the Wolverines
do not want another team to determine
their postseason destination. And they
most certainly do not want to share their
first Big Ten title in five years.
"This is a real shot for us to get our
dream that we have worked hard for all
season long," tailback Chris Howard
said. "There have been a lot of scenarios
on getting to the Rose Bowl. What we
are worried about is winning the Big Ten
championship outright."

on returning to the lineup at full strength
Women's Basketball Poll
The Associated Press Top 25 women basketball polt,
with last season's records, First-place votes are in
parentheses.
Team Rec, Pt s. Prev,
. Tennessee (35) 29-19 994 10
2. Louisiana Tech (5) 31.4 950 5
3. Old Dominion (2) 34-2 881 2
4. Stanford (1) 34-2 857 3
5. North Carolina 29-3 844 4
6. Connecticut 33-1 774 1
7. Illinois 24-8 747 16
8. Texas Tech 20-9 707 17
9. Florida 24-9 700 7
10. Vanderbilt 20-11 581 20
11. Alabama 25-7 580 8
12.Iowa 1842 508
13. Virginia 23-8 439 12
14, Georgia 25-6 407 5
15. Arizona 368 -
16. WesternKentucky 22-9 320 25
17. Stephen F. Austin 28-5 289 19
18. Colorado 23-9 263 18
19. Duke 19-11 258 -
20. Auburn 22-10 221 13
21. Tulane 27-5 175 23
22. George Washington 28-6 174 22
23. Texas 22-8 121 14
24. Kansas 24.6 118 11
25,Louisiana State 25-5 78 9
(tie) Wisconsin 1-11 78 -
Others Receivng Votes
Nebraska 69, Arkansas 57, Marquette 48, Notre
Dame 45, UCLA 43, North Carolina State 32,
Oregon 32, Maryland 31, Purdue 26, Colorado
State 25, Washington 23, Drake 22, Northwestern
22, Clemson 21, Michigan 12, Iowa State 11,
Louisville 11, Memphis 6, Michigan State 5,
Montana 5. Southwest Missouri State 5, Depaul 4,
Indiana 4, Pena State 3, San Francisco 2, Toledo 2.
Eastern Kentucky 1, Maine 1.

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Men's Basketball Poll
The Associated Press Top 25 ren.s basketball pol,
with records through Nov. 16. First-place votes are in
parentheses.
Team Rec. Pt s. Prey.
1, Arizona (30) 0-0 1,685 1
2. Kansas (28) 1-0 1,69 2
3. Duke (7) 1-0 1,592 3
4, N'orth Carolina (5) 1-0 1,558 4
. Clemson 10 1,352 5
6. South Carolina 10 1,284 7
7. UCLA 0-0 1,282 6
8. Purdue 1.0 1,259 9
9. Kentucky 0-0 1,248 8
10. Xaver (Ohio) 010 1,050 10
11. New Mexico 1-0 1,046 11
12. Connecticut 10 881 12
13, Fresno State 0.0 783 13
1.Iowa s 2-0 741 15
15. Stanford 0-0 702 14.
16 Utah 1-0 643 16
17. UNC-Charlotte 0-0 560 18
18. Temple 2-0 539 24
19. Oklahoma 1-0 437 20
20. Rhode Island 0-0 313 21
21. Mississippi 0-0 305 23
22. Louisville 0-0 230 25
23. Indiana 0-1 174 17
24. Ilinois State 1-0 158 -
25. Georgia 1-1 135 19
Others Receivng Votes
Cincinnati 121, Mar yland 96, Princeton 92,
Minnesota 91, St. John's 79, Flonida State 77,
Arkansas 63, Syracuse 55, UNLV 48, St: Joseph's 46,
Wake Forest 46, Michigan 39, TCU26,
Massachusetts 24, George Washington 22, Eastern
Michigan 19, Mississippi State 19, Hawaii 15, Illinois
15, Iowa State 15 Long island-Brooklyn 15, Texas
13, Georgetown 12. North Carolina State 12, New
Mexico State 10, Pacific 9, Tennessee 9. West
Virginia 9, Marquette 6, Cafornia 4, Washington 4.

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