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February 16, 1998 - Image 9

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The calm

befo ret storm

At long
can repare
he game might as well have never
even happened. As soon as
Michigan's game with Northern
Michigan ended and the press confer-
ence started, the questions began -
questions about the Wolverines' 4-2 vic-
tory, the naive sports fan would assume.
Maybe some
questions about
4 the multiple
9 Northern break-
aways Michigan
allowed in the
second and third
periods. Maybe
CHRIS something about
FARAH Michigan
Farah'd e fe n s em an
Faucet B u b b a
crucial two
points on the evening, or how he's devel-
oped into a solid two-way player and
uck carrier.
Maybe even a question about the
scrappy, rough style of play the Wildcats
used to harass the Wolverines into mak-
ing sloppy passes for much of the night.
It seems like it would actually make
some kind of sense, right? Michigan's
victory wasn't a foregone conclusion.
The Wolverines made enough defensive
mistakes to give the Wildcats a few good
chances to test Marty Turco one-on-one.
Fortunately for Michigan, Turco passed
*e tests as he usually does - with fly-
ing colors.
But the game could have been close, a
lot closer than the score of 4-2 makes it
appear. And the Wolverines definitely
looked sluggish after a hard-fought win
See FARAH, Page 5B

Miami, V
By Sharat RaJu ti
Daily Sports Editor g
In a weekend that featured a zam- W
boni breakdown, brutal fans and a t
conference foe that hasn't visited
Yost Ice Arena in 14 years, the d
Michigan hockey team showed the B
poise of a first-place team. a
After two strong victories against r
the third- and fifth-place teams this
past weekend, the Wolverines made a d
statement that clearly said they h
belonged atop the CCHNA. s
"Our main emphasis is to really h
play well each night and to maintain a
our position in the standings by what
we do on the ice," Michigan coach V
Red Berenson said. "We know we
have a tough schedule ahead, but V
we've had a tough schedule behind t
us." M
At Yost Ice Arena, No. 5 Michigan m
(19-4-1 CCHA, 25-6-1 overall) o
defeated fifth-place Northern b
Michigan (13-9-3, 15-11-4), 4-2, on
Saturday. The Wolverines avenged b
last month's series sweep at the hands c
of No. 7 Miami (Ohio) by defeating q
the RedHawks (13-7-4, 18-7-4), 3-1, t
on Friday.
Northern Michigan's first visit to r
Yost in 14 years was one the Wildcats p
would rather forget. On Saturday, the ti
Wolverines appeared in control of the w
game from the onset. With 13:57
gone in the first period, Michigan w
right wing Dale Rominski shot the "
puck past Northern Michigan goalie th
Duane loey during a wild pile-up in wi
front of the net.
"It was the kind of game that fa
could've went 4-1, 5-1 or 6-1 early in d
the second period, but it didn't," M
Berenson said. "That kind of kept g
them in the game." g
Although the Wildcats managed to

e the score in the first period on a
oal by Tyson Holly at 16:25, the
Wolverines' offensive attack proved
o be too much for them.
Michigan forward Josh Langfeld
eflected a blast by teammate Bubba
3erenzweig into the net for the go-
head score with just 40 seconds
emaining in the opening frame.
"With (Langfeld) on the ice, as a
efensemen, you can always expect
im to be in position," Berenzweig
;aid. "So when I shot the puck I knew
e was going to be there. And he was,
s he always is."
From that point onward, the
Wolverines never looked back.
Saturday's victory over the
Wildcats featured a remarkable goal-
ending performance by Michigan's
Marty Turco. The senior netminder
nade saves on a variety of 2-on-I
pportunities and Northern Michigan
"We put him in a tough spot and he
ailed us out," Berenson said. "I
an't remember giving up as many
uality chances in a game as we did
Stopping breakaways is somewhat
outine for the Michigan senior. In
ractice, Turco often works on situa-
ons resembling the ones he faced all
xeekend long.
"To be honest, those (breakaways)
Nere just little mishaps," Turco said.
I don't mind. That's my job to keep
hem out of the net. I felt good this
The biggest reason why Turco
aced just 20 shots was the strong
efense in front of him. While
Michigan's defense played a solid
ame on Saturday, Friday's Miami
ame was perhaps the best defensive
See ICERS, Page 58

Mark Kosick and the Michigan hockey team skated by Miami (Ohio), 34, on Friday. The Wolverines emerged unscathed from
rounds one and two of this week's CCHA title fight. Next up are two big matchups with rival Michigan State.

Jplue Tennis
bounces back
By Drew Beaver
For the Daily
EAST LANSING After their loss to No. 12
Tennessee on Thursday night, the No. 28 Michigan
women's tennis team said it wanted to put the defeat
nd it and move on.
Michigan did just that. The Wolverines beat
Syracuse on Saturday at home, 9-0. Then, they trav-
eled to East Lansing to take on Big Ten rival
Michigan State yesterday, where they earned anoth-
er victory, this time 6-3.
With its No. I and No. 2 players out of the line-
up with the flu, Syracuse was at a disadvantage
coming into the meet. Michigan (1-0 Big Ten, 4-1
overall) completely dominated the Orangemen,
winning all six singles matches in straight sets. The
dmination was especially apparent in the lower
Erryn Weggenman beat Syracuse's Anna
Khvalina at No. 4 singles 6-2, 6-2. At No. 5 and
No.6 singles, Sora Moon and Jen Boylan both won
6-1, 6-1.
Entering doubles play, the meet had already been
decided, but Michigan swept the doubles anyway.
At No. 3 doubles, Boylan and Tumeka Harris
pitched a shutout, winning their match against

'M' women cap off
weekend in OT

Brooke Hart and the Michigan women's tennis
team won two matches this weekend.
Syracuse's Rachel Marcoccia and Rachel Kiley 8-0.
Danielle Lund would not admit that a depleted
Syracuse lineup was the reason for the Michigan
victory, though.
"I think overall, our level of play was higher than
their's," she said.
Michigan played its conference opener yesterday,
when the Wolverines faced an unranked Michigan
State team. The Spartans were not to be taken light-
ly, however, as they gave Michigan everything it
could handle.
See TENNIS, Page 88

By Josh Kleinbaum
Daily Sports Writer
In a game that no one wanted to win,
the Michigan women's basketball team
grudgingly took the prize, beating
Northwestern 70-64 in overtime at
Crisler Arena yesterday.
"Michigan wanted to give us the
game," Northwestern coach Don
Perrelli said, "and we didn't want to
take it"
The Wolverines beat Penn State on
Friday, 67-59, in their first-ever win in
Happy Valley.
Yesterday's victory over
Northwestern wasn't as important,
from a historical perspective.
Michigan (9-5 Big Ten, 17-7 overall)
held the Wildcats (3-12, 9-19) to just
two points in overtime, both on free
throws, and Pollyanna Johns scored
seven of her 21 points in the extra stan-
za to give Michigan the victory.
The Wolverines almost didn't need
With 20 seconds left and the game

tied at 62, Ann Lemire stole the ball
from Northwestern's Amber DeWall.
Lemire ran up the court for an open
layup, but was fouled by Megan
Chawansky with 16.4 seconds left. The
referee called an intentional foul on
Chawansky, giving Michigan two free
throws and the ball.
But Lemire - the Wolverines' best
free-throw shooter at 73 percent -
missed both shots from the charity
stripe, then missed an open 3-pointer
with three seconds left.
Johns took the team on her shoulders
in overtime, scoring all but one of
Michigan's points - the only other
point was an inconsequential free-
throw with six seconds left.
Johns hit five of seven free throws
and sank a layup while being fouled -
the only field goal either team scored in
Johns "does a good job of going to
the boards;" Guevara said. "She has a
nose for the ball."

Anne Thorius and the women's hoopsters were all smiles on
Friday after their first-ever victory in Happy Valley. The
Wolverines also defeated Northwestern yesterday.

*The misguzded Spirit

Gophers drop Blue, 27-10

e scene is eerily reminiscent of
my childhood nightmares. Up and
down the concrete, pounding each
step as if it was
his last, the man
in the full-body
paint creates a
ectacle of him-
Af in front of
thousands of
patrons. MARK
Waving green SNYDER
and white porn Mark My
nn-, with the 1J11rri

their beloved Spartans.
Unfortunately for this particular
Michigan State dropout, his perception
of excitement is vastly overrated.
And yet, Spirit, who claims that his
driver's license actually speaks to this
legal name, continues to scream regu-
larly in support of his team, reinforcing
all we take pride in here in Ann Arbor.
Primarily, that he has nothing to do
with Michigan. For more than 100
years, the Wolverines have stood tall in
the absence of an animal dressed in a
furry costume (i.e. a mascot) and
unnaralleledrBiTnsuice Tn schs ner-

By Jordan Field
Daily Sports Writer
The No. 13 Michigan wrestling team jumped
out to a 10-0 lead against No. 3 Minnesota, but
dropped the final seven matches and lost the
dual meet in Minneapolis 27-10.
"We put ourselves in a position to win the
match," Michigan coach Dale Bahr said.
"Usually in that situation, up 10-0 and with our
All-Americans left to go, we're going to win
the match, but Minnesota has a very good
Junior Chris Viola got the Wolverines on the
board early with a commanding 16-2 major
decision over Minnesota's Brett Lawrence at

The Gophers swept the next seven weight
classes, including big upsets over team cap-
taihs Jeff Catrabone and Airron Richardson.
"They have some very good wrestlers, and
some of those losses were expected," Bahr
said. "But to see Jeff and Airron lose, no one
was expecting that."
Catrabone, who is ranked fourth at 167
pounds, lost 2-1 to ninth-ranked Zac Taylor.
And at heavyweight, second-ranked
Richardson fell to seventh-ranked Shelton
The loss to Benjamin was Richardson's first
in dual-meet competition this season - he was
14-0 before traveling to Minnesota.

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