michigandaily.com/sportsS P O R T SSEPTEMBER 28, 2001FRIDAY
Football Saturday '01:
No. 17 Michigan va,
No. 22 Illinois
TOMORROW, 3:30 P.M., ABC
By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan hockey team is in the middle of an
Players' roles have not been defined, line changes
are a daily event and the fact that coach Red Beren-
son can recognize all the new faces is no small feat.
Perhaps, as many psychological professionals.
would say, the Wolverines will find their true identi-: °
ty by looking at themselves.
The introspection process will begin tonight at
7:35 p.m. when Michigan hits the ice for the first
time in the annual Blue-White intrasquad game.
So how long will it take for these 10 freshmen to
gel with the rest of the team?
"That depends on the results," Berenson said. :
"It's easier when the team is winning. I'm not wor-
tied about the chemistry stuff, but on the ice it may
take a while."
But the players realize that one game may raise
more questions than solutions.
"One game isn't going to solve everything," Mike
Komisarek said. Michigan will need senior goalie Josh Blackburn to ker
In an effori to at least shine some light onto the becomes acclimated to the fast pace of college hocke
unknown status of the team, the coaching staff will shortly after the game for the "Skate with the
divide the group into two separate squads. The ros- Wolverines" promotion. Photos and autographs will
ters willbe posted on the wall junior-high basketball be available.
style shortly before the game - leaving little time On Sunday at 2:05 p.m., Michigan will host its
for division or trash talk. first opponent of the 2001-02 campaign Queens,
But make no mistake -- this will not a Canadian school that will also face
be just a glorified scrimmage. Michigan State this season.
"The Blue-White game is going to YOST IcE ARENA The Wolverines are 7-0 all-time
be important for us," junior captain Jed Who:Bluevs.White, Michi- against the Golden Gaels. Facing out-
Ortmever said. "We're going to use gan(00)vs Queens(0-0) side competition will give Berenson
that game to prepare for the Cold War' When:7:35 p.m. tonight, another way to evaluate his new talent.
game. We have to go out and take it as 205hpm"SundayIt'll help a lot," Berenson said.
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seriously as we can and make sure we Ie tm thi "It l give us a chance to see people in
execute is mnueh is possihle. san with an intrasquad game situations, their decision-making,
In addition, the losing team will have game and an exhibition patience, intensity - and we'll get a
some extra duties to deal with. against a Canadian school better idea of their playing personali-
"Maybe they'll have to tie our shoes ties.
for us or something," Komisarek said. "We haven't "Some players are great in practice. Others are at
really decided that." their best during the games."
Win or lose, all of the players will return to the ice This weekend's action should reveal the type of
The nonconference season is over and it is time for
the Big Ten season to begin. This is the first step in
deciding who will win Big en conference title.
The past two games have been exciting and we
expect, as we're sure you do, that this one will be as
Inside this edition of Football Saturday, you will find:
Kurt Kittner - he has earned the respect of the
Wolverines bytorching the Michigan defense the past
two years. ill he do it again?
Illinois transplants - Michigan has six players on its
roster from the state of Illinois. Find out how they feel
going into the game.
As always, Football Saturday contains matchups, a
preview of the game and recaps of the teams' efforts
That and more in this week's Football Saturday. So if
you haven't found it yet, look down, it is probably at
your feet. If it isn't there you can also pick one up at
Michigan Stadium tomorrow. Enjoy!
M Bcross countr heads
to Bronx for crucia meet
*p games close while a young group of forwards
personalities that Michigan's unproven skaters real-
WALKING WoUNDED: When the Wolverines begin
their season today, they will be without two of their
alternate captains, senior defenseman Jay Vancik
and junior forward Mike Cammalleri, will be nurs-
Vancik returned to practice after sitting out earlier
in the week with a partially separated shoulder. He
will not skate in the Blue-White game, but could
play on Sunday.
Carmmalleri, the team's leading goal scorer last
season, skated briefly before practice yesterday, but
his hip flexor trouble will keep him out of both
"It'll be really rough to just watch," Cammalleri
said. "Sometimes, though, you just got to be a
cheerleader for a while."
Junior forward Mark Mink is also out with a bro-
By Kareem Copeland
Daily Spains Writer
After a week long layoff, the
women's cross country team is heading
to New York. The Bronx and its famous
Van Couriland Park will h ist the lout
Meet of Champions tomorrow. The
meet has national implications for the
Wolverines- four other teams that fin-
ished in the top 20 last year will com-
There are 19 teams thatsvill attack
the 6,000-meter course. Along with thne
favorite, Boston College, oiier notables
include Yale, Brown, Villanova aind
Boston University. Tomorrow will mark
the finst meet outside of the Great Lakes
region for the squad. For Michigans,
qualifying for nationals is predicated on
defeating teams outside of its regioe.
Flying to New York may cause con-
cern to many, but the team sounds
"We're aware of wvhat's going on,"
Michigan coach Mike McGaire said.
"It's in the Bronx, so we're flyinig in
and doing i."
The tease has had plenty of time to
practice since placing third at the Miami
Invitational three weeks ago which has
given McGuire plenty of time to prepare
his team. The expectations for this
weekend's comspetition will be high.
"Esieryone has to step up and be bet-
ter than the first sime out - a lot
crisper," MeGuire said. le seemed
pleased with the progress of his munners.
"We've had good practices,"
McGuire said. "We haven't had a npeet
in threeveeks and we're definitely
three weeks better."
Exected to rein sell for the Wolver-
ines is sophomore Lindsey Gallo and
senior captain Katie Ryan.
"If our scorinig runners are 30 to 40
seconds behkitnd tne first collectively,
we'll be better as a team," McGuire
said. "If we go out and perform up to
our preparation we will be fine."
Ine teasm hopes to build on its perfor-
mance at Mianmi. Gallo finished sevenith
with a tisme oif518:43. Sophomore
Andrea Parker and Ryan finished eighth
and tenth with times of 18:48 and 19:08,
.F" _ x.Field hockey welcomes
familiar foe torield
By Brian Steere and she currently ranks third on Iowa's career
<.Daily Sports Writer ' goal list with 76 scores. Earlier this year, she
earned the distinct honor of being inducted into
One of the best feelings in sports for any ath- she school's sports hall of fame.
lete or coach is playing against a former team "It was a tremendous honor to be inducted
and earning a victory. into Iowa's Sports Hall of Fame," Pankratz
Michigan field hockey coach Marcia said. "The entire Hawkeye team sent me a
Pankratz mill have that same lovely card and bouquet ofeflow
opportunity this afternoon ers this year that I really
when she fourth-ranked 0ci icrAr ueeli appreciated.
Wolverines (1 0 Big Ten 6 Today s game marks she
2 overall) toss her almaWho edsranrra tssand 40th time these two schools
maters the No 16 Iowa 2) and Sal State d-2 have faced each other with
When:3:30pm. tnday, and 23tpm.en
Is's really fun whentyo Latest Mchigan, defending Bg Ten chany} dominating 33-6 advantage
gem so play against your alma pionnhoues tuuontinue itsuominance. in the series. But numbers
mater,"Pankratz said. "I can definitely be deceiving,
:.;have a lot of respect for Iowa's proigram, and as Michigan has won six of she last eight meet-
snnsnn....c.....a. I'm always rooting for them -- except when ings under the direction of Pankratz.
Michigan will need a scrappy performance much ike this past weekend's it they play us." I don't worry about that record as all, eon-
order to defeat Iowa, the ama mater tf Michigan ctach Marcia Paiikratz. Pankratz, who played fir she Hawkeyes sidering I was on the winning side for about 30*
from 1982-86, was a two-time All American, See HAWKEYES, Page 13A
Gophers counting on youthin the paint
BIG TEN PREVIEWS
As the college basketball season approaches, the
Daily basketball writers will give you the inside fl N
s scoop on every Big Ten team as they count down
the days until they release their special section CONF EsENCE
"Tipoff" in November.
Job Fair 2001'
By Benjamin Singer
Daily Sports Editor
When Minnesota was caught for
academic fraud several years ago, they
narrowly escaped the death penalty
from the NCAA and remained eligible
for postseason play. After a 15-3 start
last year, the Golden Gophers looked
as if they were going to take advantage
of their right to the postseason with an
NCAA Tournament berth.
Injuries and lack of depth led to a
ninth-place finish in the Big Ten and
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relegated them to an NIT appearance
where they lost in the second round.
But this season, Minnesota has a
chance to take care of its unfinished
Despite restrictions on recruiting and
scholarships sanctioned by the NCAA,
coach Dan Monson - who replaced
Clem Haskins two years ago -- man-
aged to bring in one of the best classes
in the nation.
"The problems are the past, and the
kids come here for the future," Monson
said. "We think the future is very
promising. Fortunately, we have some
All clean, but
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in-state players who want to be apart of
The two key players coming in from
the land of 10,000 lakes are McDon-
ald's All-American Rick Rickert and
transfer from Minneapolis Community
and Technical College Jerry Holman.
The two 6-foot-10 post players were
described by Monson as finesse play-
ers who are going to have to adjust to
the physical style of Big Ten competi-
tion. But he still expects an immediate
and significant impact from his new
"Rickert and Holman are probably
going to be forced into duty pretty
early in their careers because they're
very good players and we don't have a
lot of depth at their positions," Monson
said. "We think they're going to be an
integral part of our program this year
and we're excited to have them."
Rickert and Holman will be joining
the more experienced senior Dusty
Rychart in the frontcourt who led Min-
nesota last season with 14.2 points and
See GOLDEN GOPHERS, Page 11A
Inside the paint
MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS
5-11 8G TEN, 18-14 OVERALL
Pos. NAME 2000 STAT
F Dusty Rychart 14.2 ppg
F Mike Bauer 4.8 rpg
G/F Shane Schilling 3.4 ppg
F Rick Rickert
F Jerry Holman