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I - tg Tracking 'M' teams
Check out the Michigan field hockey team at Gcker
Field at 3 p.m. on Friday. The stickers take on Big TN
arch rival Penn State.
Wednesday
October 27, 1999

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Women's hoops shoots for NCAAs

By Raphael Goodstein
Daily Sports Writer
After dancing in the NCAA Tournament two
years ago, the Michigan women's basketball
team boogied into the WNIT's second round last
year. The post-season experience should prove
valuable this year for the Wolverines, who return
all five starters and are expecting to be back in
the NCAA Tournament this year.
"I'm expecting to build off of what we did last
year," Michigan coach Sue Guevara said. "Going
to the NCAA two seasons ago was great for us.
I expect that we'll go again this year. We have all
five starters back."
In addition to the returning starters, the
Wolverines add depth, thanks to two freshmen:
guard Infini Robinson and center LeeAnn Bies.
The two have played better than Guevara could
have expected, and both will get significant play-
ing time-- either as starters or coming off the
bench.
"It's very competitive," Guevara said, describ-

ing practice. "Our players are in better shape and
I've changed the lineups. (The freshmen) give us
more depth and we're more versatile"
The 5-9 Robinson is quick and Guevara
describes her three point shot as "legitirnate."
The 6-3 Bies will add depth Michigan's low
post.
"She's our strongest low-post player, but most
inexperienced," Guevara said. "It's been a major
adiustment for both of them. They'll both see
time."
Another player who will "see time" is point
guard Stacey Thomas. The second-team All Big
Ten member will need a big year for the
Wolverines if they are to return to the NCAA
Tournament.
"Stacey Thomas is going to leave here as one
of the best players we've ever had," Guevara said.
"She's certainly been the most talented we've
had since I've been here. She just works so hard."
But if Thomas is to reach her ultimate goal -
making the WNBA - she will have to improve

her scoring.
"Her scoring will have to improve, but it has
every year," Guevara said.
Last year, the senior averaged 14.9 points-per-
game.
But Thomas and the Wolverines will need the
two freshmen to step in and play well if
Michigan is to return to the NCAA Tournament.
The Wolverines play one of the toughest sched-
ules in the nation, including No. 3 Louisiana
Tech and No. 6 Colorado State in the non-con-
ference schedule, before conference play. The
Big Ten is among the nation's toughest confer-
ences, and it is where national champion Purdue
resides.
Michigan will undoubtedly start the season
unranked, but Guevara is not concerned with
national rankings - at least not yet.
"It can be a motivating factor," Guevara said.
"But I'm not really concerned with pre-season
polls. I'm only worried about what the polls look
like at the end of the season.

Home, sweet home
1[EE'M' recuperates from
EjE ltrip, 1-1 split in Alaska

Michigan seeks to out-pace the rival
Badgers at Saturday's Big Ten meet.
Big Ten
looms for
Wolverines
By Ryan C. Moloney
Daily Sports Writer
In the sport of cross country, there is
a saying which encompasses the big
meet hopes of every team, whether
favorite or doormat:
'It doesn't matter what you've done, all
that matters is what you do on this day.'
Forthe Michigan men's cross coun-
try team, nothing could be more truth-
ful. The Wolverines, still "riding the
wave" from their impressive perfo-
mance two weeks ago in the Wolverine
Interregional, are gearing up for what
has the makings of a showdown in this
weekend's Big Ten meet in State
College.
Standing in the way of a possible
three-peat for the Wolverines?
Wisconsin, of course.
"We're aware of who they've got,"
senior co-captain Jay Cantin said. "I
don't know if they know how good we
are, but we've still got to run well to
win."
See CROSS, Page 11

By Uma Subramanian
Daily Sports Writer
Prior to heading to Alaska for last
weekend's series against Alaska-
Fairbanks, Michigan hockey coach Red
Berenson said that one of the most
unusual things about the trip was having
to return home and rake his leaves.
But for the players, the weirdest thing
about coming back to Ann Arbor after a
trip to the northernmost state is readjust-
ing to the time zone.
"We left after the game on Saturday
and flew all through the night on
Sunday," freshman J. J. Swistak said.
"We didn't get back till Sunday evening,
so the whole sleep thing is still messed
up. It's still affecting me."
To help the players readjust, the
Wolverines took Monday off and
returned to full practice yesterday. The
valuable lessons they learned from their
weekend excursion will be implemented
this week in practice.
On Friday night Michigan suffered its
first loss at the hands of the underrated
Nanooks, who we're predicted to finish
at the bottom of the CCHA.
"Both games were hard fought games
that were good to get under our belt,"
Berenson said. "They were physical and
emotional close games. We played in a
fairly hostile arena. Our penalty killing
was really good."
Prior to the contests, Alaska coach
Guy Gadowsky said that playing
Michigan was the measuring stick that
teams used to determine how good they
were at a particular point during the sea-

son. Now, after having beaten the
Wolverines and Ohio State, the Nanooks
have proven they will no longer be the
cellar dwellers of the CCHA.
"They didn't surprise us," Berenson
said. "We heard they were good. They'd
beaten Ohio State and they had some
confidence and a little bit of momentum.
They did everything we thought they'd
do. But our team played with more des-
peration on Saturday night to win.
"Our team has confidence, they know
that they should win. They also under-
stand how hard they have to play. I think
they learned that after Friday's loss.
Every team that we play is going to play
us as though they were playing the
Detroit Red Wings. They are going to
give us their best game and if we give
them anything else in return, it's not
going to be good enough."
The loss came as a surprise to the
players - especially the freshmen. M
"It was kind of a shock to all of us,"
Swistak said. "We expected to go in
there and win. We didn't expect to go
undefeated, but we didn't expect to lose.
It just shows us that anybody can beat
us."
The Wolverines have a fairly light
schedule this week, not playing until
Saturday night until Yale visits Yost. The
Bulldogs finished last season with a 13-
14-4 record and ended up in fifth place
in the ECAC.
"We're supposed to beat Yale too,"
See HOCKEY, Page 11

=Around the Horn
Wolvennes
still have a
shot - sure
they don 't -
A fter Michigan's dumbfound-
ing loss to Illinois on
Saturday, many students on
campus have given up hope on the
Michigan football team doing any-
thing of note this season.
I even saw some random
Michigan fraternity boys selling
their Abercrombie and Fitch gear
for cowboy boots and Wrangler
jeans in anticipation of heading to
the Alamo Bowl in late December.
OK, that wasn't true at all. But it
might as well have been. After the okn ost h ihigIln,
expectations of Michigan fans have
hit the gutter
Things have gotten so bad in An
Arbor that when the Bowl
Championshtp Series rankings were'
released Monday night, it created
the stir of an intramural field hock
cy game.
By the way, the Wolverines are
No. 12 in the BCS rankings with
six weeks left to go until Bowl
Selection Sunday
While the
BCS' sole pur--T.j.
pose is to select BERKA
the two teams
that will play
for the national
title in the
Sugar Bowl, it
does have
impact as far as
Michigan is
concerned. TEEI=G
With six OFF
weeks to go, the- - -
Wolverines only have to move up -
10 places in the BCS standings to-
get a shot at the Sugar Bowl. While
no team has ever lost two games
and won the national title, who says
that Michigan couldn't be the first?:
If it can happen on Sony
PlayStation, it can happen in real
life.
This is what would have to occu"
at Michigan would have to kill S
Indiana, Northwestern, Penn State,
and Ohio State by an average of 56
points. While this is a difficult task
- especially since it would proba-
bly force the offense to score 87
points per game - -Wolverines can
take heart in knowing that this
would be the hardest thing that
would be asked of them. If
Michigan could pull this off, all the
rest of the garbage contained in th
column could come true.
This scenario would also elmini-
ate the other Big Ten teams from
screwing things up for the
Wolverines. Penn State, after losing
63-4 to Michigan. would lose to
Michigan State - which would be
angry about dropping games to
Ohio State and Northwestern by the
combined score of 123-2.
As for Wisconsin, which is com-0
fortably nestled in the rankings at
No. 9, you know they are going to

lose to somebody. The Badgers lost
to Cincinnati, for cripes sake.
b) Maryland would have to win
the ACC: While the Terrapins
haven't had a winning season since
the days of Boomer Esiason and
Neil O'Donnell, the Terps have a
chance to screw some stuff up.
All Maryland has to do is beat
Florida State by 17 touchdowns,
which can happen if Bobby Bowden
takes the Seminoles on a field trip
to the mall the week before the
game.
After all of the Seminoles are
suspended for the season for grand
theft and extortion, Maryland will-
only have to get by Georgia Tech.
Which should be easy, as the Yellow
Jackets haven't been the same since
Stephon Marbury declared for thee
NBA Draft.
c) Vanderbilt and South Carolina
go on a legendary tear: In most years,
the Commodores and Gamecocks
suck. This year is no different.
But both of those bunk teams
each get to play Tennessee and
Florida in the last month of the sea-
son. Vanderbilt is actually 5-3 this
year, so beating Florida and
Tennessee by 39 points each is a
realistic goal.
But South Carolina beating any-
body is not a realistic goal. In fact,
the Gamecocks haven't won an SEC
game in over two years. But they do
have Lou Holtz, who - if threat-
ened to be committed to a nursing
home - can lead his team to victo-
ryB
See BERKA, Page 11.

DANA LINNANE
Geoff Koch will be slamming into the boards at Yost Ice Arena again, as
as he overcomes jetlag suffered during the trip to Alaska last weekend.

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