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16 -The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 22, 1998

Spartans to keep lips shut, ears open
in preparation for Saturday's contest

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -
Michigan State has had its ups and
downs this season. Now it plays a
game that could say a lot about
whether the whole season follows
that trend.
The Spartans - lackluster in their
first two games but dominant against
Notre Dame - travel to Ann Arbor to
take on in-state rival Michigan at
noon Saturday.
Unlike many years, the Spartans
and Wolverines each enter the game
with 1-2 records. At stake: In-state

bragging rights and a possible sal-
vaging of a potentially dismal season.
"It's not just another game,"
Michigan State coach Nick Saban
said yesterday.
"Seldom do you go through a day
when you don't confront somebody
that's on the other side, or for the
other side. And even though we
respect them and we respect their fol-
lowing of people, I think it's impor-
tant for our players and our fans and
our institution.
"This game's an important game.

I'm sure they feel the same way about
it because it is an in-state riaIry."
Michigan State opened the season
with losses to Colorado State and
Oregon, then stunned Notre Dame.
Michigan lost to Notre Dame and
Syracuse before rebounding last
weekend against Eastern Michigan.
But don't expect any badmouthing
of Michigan - at least from Saban.
He knows better.
"I would most certainly hope that
our players would show nothing but
the ultimate respect for the University

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of Michigan, their coaches, their
players and their team, and represent
themselves that way," Saban said.
"I don't see any reason to talk trash
relative to the other side, because talk
is cheap and the game will be decid-
ed on the field."
"Tell me that hasn't happened yet,"
he almost begged reporters at his
weekly news conference.
At least Bill Burke, the Michigan
State quarterback, is firmly on board
when it comes to respecting
Michigan.
"Michigan is Michigan. It's going
to be a formidable task," Burke said
of the approaching game. "There's a
tremendous amount of respect for
each other."
And as for Saban, he has enough to
worry about at home without putting
down Michigan.
"We don't talk much or focus much
on Michigan and how good they are
or what they've accomplished and
what they've done and all that,
because really our focus is on what
we can control here and what we can
do here with our players," he said.
"We don't make a lot of compar-
isons relative to them."

Michigan State isn't saying much about this week's matchup in Ann Arbor, ind,
rect contrast to last year's trash talking. The Spartans hope that their actions on
Saturday will speak for themselves.

Oakes jumps in, takes charge of
defending Big Ten champions

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By Josh Borkin
and Joanna Freeman-Solman
For the Daily
When goalkeeper Amy Helber left
after helping lead the Michigan field
hockey team to a Big Ten champi-
onship last year, she left big shoes for
her successor to fill.
Kati Oakes, the Wolverines' goal-
keeper, has filled those shoes
admirably thus far this season. After
redshirting in 1996, her first season
- while Helber recorded five
shutouts - Oakes has stepped in and
provided similar numbers.
Ever since she took the goalkeeping
reins from Helber this season, Oakes
has won defensive player of the week
honors two consecutive times. So far
this season, she has 3 1/2 shutouts and
a 6-1 record.
Oakes has accomplished much
without any buzz to boost her ego. She
doesn't need any such confidence-
builders. her coaches say.
"Kati is quite mature for her status,"
says head coach Marcia Pankratz.
"Everyone's confident with her
back there," agrees assistant coach

Tracey Fuchs. "She's a good commu-
nicator - she keeps the defense solid.
We like to play aggressively, and she
allows us to do that."
With her 3 1/2 shutouts putting her
in the race to reach Helber's record of
shutouts, Oakes focuses surprisingly
little on the tally.
"I haven't really thought about that.
Shutouts are more of a team thing than
an individual thing," Oakes said.
"When we talked about team goals
at the beginning, we didn't talk about
that."
She also claims that any compari-
son to Helber is misplaced. She
describes herself as a risk taker who's
not afraid to call out orders as the
game progresses.
It's not uncommon for Oakes to
suggest a daring play to one of her
teammates at a pivotal point - but
these traits are Oakes originals. She is
unaffected by Helber's legacy and,
beyond seeing the graduated goalie as
an inspiration, she sets her own goals.
"You can't compare Kati to Amy
because they are two different-style
goalkeepers," Fuchs explains.

During the BC and Northeastern
games "she kept us in the first half."
Fuchs said. "We want to play attack-
ing - we can concentrate on the
offensive game with Kati."
But while Oakes is an individual,
her coaches are definitely taking a
hand in her development.
"She got a chance to learn from
Amy," Pankratz concurs. "We sit down
and discuss how we're going to devel-
op every player. So, yes, we do have
goals" for Oakes.
The recent trip to Boston didn't
seem to detract much from Oakes'
focus. The team easily beat
Northeastern and narrowly missed an
upset at Boston College.
"In one respect, traveling makes it
easier to focus," Oakes said. "On
weekend, there are football games and
everything - on a road trip, you real-
ly don't get to do that kind of stuff"
Next up is Michigan State and the
Big Ten season. Oakes said she is con-
fident in her team's ability to succeed,
and cites its depth of talent and com-
munication skills as major advan-
tages.

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