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12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 16, 1998

Big Ten finale filled
with emotion for Blue

Continued from Page 31
defense is really stepping up and our
offense is starting to score a lot more"
While Michigan has not lost to the
Spartans since 1994, the Wolverines are
expecting today's game to be a compet-
itive matchup.
"Michigan State has had a disap-
pointing season," Berendowskiy said.
"But in no way are we expecting this to
be an easy game. This game will be
very physical,"
While Berendowsky said she feels
that the game will be close, she should
be confident that both the offense and
defense are playing their best soccer to
In addition to Berendowsky's nine
goals this season, Jessica Limauro has
led the Wolverine attack with eight

goals and six assists. The two are fight-
ing it out for the career record as well as
the season lead. While the offense is led
by the two standout forwards, the
defense has been one of the most
impenetrable in the Big Ten.
Michigan's defense had strung
together six scoreless halves before
Toledo's goal at the 74:01 mark. Starting
in the first half of the Minnesota game
Oct. 4, the Wolverines went 317:04 min-
utes without yielding a goal.
Today's contest against Michigan
State will be Michigan's last conference
"We really want to end our Big Ten
schedule on a good note," Michigan
coach Debbie Belkin said. "We want to
finish strong and make a good run in
the Big Ten tournament. Today's game
will be tough, but I am sure we will be
up for the challenge."

Michigan's top shooters
Player Goals Assists Points
Amber Berendowsky 9 3 21
Jessica Limauro 8 6 22
Kacy Beitel 5 4 14
Emily Schmitt 4 2 10
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The Michigan hockey team will take a break from CCHA play with a two-game weekend series against Niagara. But the sched-
ule gets more rigorous for the Wolverines next week, when they make a transcontinental trip to Fairbanks, Alaska.
Murray out, Matzka questionable

Shannon to
be fitted for
new eye
By Israel Gut"erroz
ladependent Floda Alligator
Florida basketball point guard Eddie
Shannon's right eye will be replaced
with a prosthetic eye, ending a problem
that has affected him for nine years.
Shannon had surgery on Sept. 5 to
remove his eye after dealing with a
deteriorating retina condition since sev-
enth grade when he was struck in the
eye. No timetable has been set for ts
replacement surgery.
Florida coach Billy Donovan said
doctors knew at the end of last year that
Shannon would lose full vision in his
right eye, but that it should not affect his
playing time this season.
"I think that his eye has gotten pro-
gressively worse over the past several
years and particularly at the end of last
year, he'd lost about all his vision -
probably the last four games of t
year," Donovan said.
"His eye got swollen a lot, bloodshot
and really just started becoming, cos-
metically, a problem for him."
Shannon, a West Palm Beach native,
will be fitted for the prosthesis this
week, and Donovan said doctors are
waiting until his eye fully heals from the
Sept. 5 surgery before it is inserted.
Donovan said Shannon has not
shown any effects from the surgery dur-
ing drills and Shannon is clear to pla4
"I think he's shooting the ball like he
always has," Donovan said. "I don't
really see a situation because of his eye
that his shooting has drastically
dropped off.
"He should be able to play. He'll play
with protective eyewear. The doctors
feel it's perfectly OK for him to play."
Because Shannon had been dealing
with bad vision for years, Donovan sai
the prosthetic eye should not mak
much of a difference in Shannon's play.
"He told me at the end of the year last
year that if he put his hand over his
good eye, he couldn't see the rim,"
Donovan said. "His spirits have been
very good and he's kind of going on like
he's always gone on."
Shannon was unavailable for com-
ment, but his high school coach
Murray Smith, said Shannon never let
on about an eye problem during his fo4
years playing under him.
"From ninth to 12th grade, he never
said anything about an eye problem;'
Smith said. "It always seemed like he
was seeing the basket well.
"We talked (Monday) night. I knew
his eye was bad. He said it was bother-
ing him, but he never complained about
the eye or said anything to me."

Continued from Page 1U
He hopes to have the defensive puzzle
figured out by next week.
Senior captain Bubba Berenzweig can
breathe easy, knowing that he has earned
a spot in the top six, but even with play-
ers who have earned their position, it is
no time to start feeling comfortable.
"if they get too comfortable in a role
they still have to play hard," Berenson
said. "Bubba knows that he going to play
and he knows he has to play well for our
team to have a chance"
Also entering the lineup should be
freshman goalie Kevin O'Malley.
Berenson has hinted all week that fresh-
man Josh Blackburn would start tonight
and O'Malley might start tomorrow, but
he hasn't confirmed anything yet.
"From O'Malley's perspective, he's
got to be ready to play every night,"

Berenson said. "Blackburn could start
and he could be out in one shot"
O'Malley said he believes that this
weekend is his chance to shine.
"I think that it's a good weekend for
me to get a shot," O'Malley said.
"Things have been going real well at
practice, but there's no way I can make
Berenson won't have a chance to see
all his players this weekend, as the team
deals with its numerous injuries.
Freshman Craig Murray is still out
with a leg injury. The good news for the
Wolverines is the return of junior
Andrew Merrick.
After a slight hip pointer earlier in the
week, Merrick should be 100 percent for
the weekend double dip.
Sophomore center Scott Matzka prac-
ticed yesterday and looked as if he's
recovering well from the concussion he
sustained against Lake Superior.'
Still, Matzka has not been given an
OK to play by team doctors and
Berenson said he doesn't see him play-
ing on Friday.
"He might play Saturday if we get the
green light;' Berenson said. "The doc-

tors usually like to give six or seven
days' clearance"
Another item on the practice agenda
this week has been the power play.
The Wolverines were 0 for 1 on the
power play against Lake Superior and
even though they got plenty of shots,
Berenson says the team needs to capital-
ize on their chances.
"Even if we go one for 11, that one
goal might have been the difference,"
Berenson said.
On the other side of the ice, Niagara
believes it's about time it played Division
I hockey.
The Purple Eagles became an inde-
pendent in Division I this season and
even made a presentation to the CCHA
over the summer.
"They made a presentation,"
Berenson said "But they still have some
work to do on their stadium and they said
themselves that they are not ready."
Niagara says they may not be ready to
become the thirteenth team in the CCHA
- Nebraska-Omaha becomes the 12th
next season - but a CCHA logo with a
flying purple bird could be in the confer-
ence's future.

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