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Amaker opens three
practices to 'M' fans

M' d efense
is fially
playing like
its old self
After Saturday's victory over
Illinois, there weren't too
any questions left unan-
swered by the Wolverines. So here's
one: When was the game really over?
You could say that it ended when
quarterback Jermaine Gonzales
caught a pass from
wide receiver Mar-
quise Walker and
ran 51 yards -
which was fol-
lowed up two
plays later by tail-
back Walter
Cross' 21-yard
touchdown pass to JON
Or you could The Schwartz
say that the game Authority
was over when the
stopped Illini quarterback Kurt Kittner
on fourth-and-one from his own 33-
yard line. Up 14-10 at the time,
Michigan scored a touchdown on its
next play.
Personally, I feel that the game was
really over when with just over nine
minutes to go in the third quarter, the
Ifni got called for personal fouls on
two consecutive plays. They had just
cut Michigan's lead to 15, but their
sloppy and thuggish play sure made it
seem like they had packed it in.
Obviously, exactly when the game
was over means nothing. It's water-
cooler banter. What matters is the
final score - Michigan 45, Illinois
But maybe I'm not being fair -
maybe the questions do say something
about Michigan's defense and how
much it has improved in one year.
Anyone who looks back to last year
will remember that games were never
over until the final whistle sounded.
This year, though, leads seem more
safe. And that's because Michigan
has, to date, shown an ability to hold
them. Even against Washington, the
only team to beat Michigan this sea-
son, the defense gave up just nine of
the Huskies' 23 points.
"I thought our defense was
absolutely outstanding against an
offense that has a lot of weapons,"
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. He's
right --it was outstanding. It was
dominating and it was intense, some-
thing that you didn't see often last
Saturday, Michigan went into half-

By Benjamin Singer
Daily Sports Editor
For the past several years, the only
time fans could see the Michigan bas-
ketball team on the court at Crisler
Arena was for games and exhibitions.
This year, the public can get a sneak
peak before the Maize-Blue scrimmage.
Coach Tommy Amaker is going to
hold three open practices. On the three
Fridays before the first exhibition -
Oct. 19th, Oct. 26th, and Nov. 2nd -
fans are welcome to watch the
Wolverines at Crisler. Practices start at
3:30 p.m. and will end either at 6 or
6:30 p.m.
The first official practice for the
team is Oct. 13th, a Saturday, which is
when the NCAA allows teams and
coaches to work together for the first
time. Traditionally at several schools
around the country, teams hold a prac-
tice open to fans at 12 a.m. on the first
day the NCAA allows practices for
Midnight Madness. Amaker consid-
ered instituting the tradition at Michi-
gan, but decided that would not best
suit the program or school.
"We are going to have a midnight
practice, but not a Midnight Madness,"
Amaker said. "We try to make sure
things fit the situation it's in."
Michigan had a Midnight Madness in
1991 - the freshman year of the Fab
Five - but haven't had open practices
since. Once Michigan plays the EA All-
Stars on Sunday, Nov. 4 in its first exhi-
bition game, all of Michigan's practices
will once again be closed.

The "Maize Rage" captains are
holding a meeting tonight in the
MSA offices on the third floor of the
Michigan Union at 6 p.m. to unite
and create interest in Michigan's
student section.
Open practices on Oct. 19, Oct.
26 and Nov. 2. from 3:30-6 p.m. at
Crisler Arena. All fans are welcome
to attend.
Report: Michigan rounds out
2002 recruiting class with verbal
commitments from two big men.
Also, Michigan sweats through "pos-
itive" workouts and builds chemistry.
Amaker did not hold open practices
in his tenure at Seton Hall. But as both,
a player and assistant coach Duke, he
experienced several practices in front
of fans leading up to the season.
"It's worked well for us, the concept
of having the opportunity specifically
for our students and people on cam-
pus," Amaker said. "We had a good
turnout from students which was thy;
main reason why we did it - have
that environment where the students
can come and watch the team practice:
It's a great way for the players to inter-
act with the students and see the play-.
ers on a different level."

Blue beats Wisconsin
1-0 on penalty kick

Senior wide receiver Marquise Walker catches a 21-yard touchdown pass from senior running back Walter Cross. "I thought it
was a great call," Walker said after the game.
Gotcha: Michigan uses trickery to
secure win over Illinois in opener

By Raphael Goodstein
Daily Sports Editor
It's rare to have the opportunity to put away a top-25
team early in the first half, yet Illinois' coach Ron
Turner gave No. 15 Michigan one midway through the
second quarter, when down 14-10, he elected to go for
fourth-and-inches at the Fighting Illini's own 33-yard
Michigan stacked two defensive linemen and two
linebackers right over center Luke Butkus and stuffed
quarterback Kurt Kittner's quarterback sneak for no
Michigan (1-0 Big Ten, 3-1 overall) scored on a 33-
yard pass to Ronald Bellamy and was on its way to its
45-20 win.
"It was a dumb play, and it cost us the ball game"
Turner said. "I take full responsibility. It wasn't very
In fairness to Turner, Illinois (0-1, 3-1) had outplayed
Michigan to that point, but was down because of unex-

pected trickery on coach Lloyd Carr's behalf.
Down 3-0, and with the offense having netted just
three yards and zero first downs, Carr substituted
sophomore Jermaine Gonzales for quarterback John
Navarre and called the "Transcontinenetal" - a lateral
to the wide receiver who passes it back across the field
to the quarterback.
"We weren't moving the ball and we knew we had to
do something to get a spark," Navarre said.
The spark came when Gonzales lateralled to Mar-
quise Walker, who passed it back to Gonzales, who
streaked 51-yards down the sidelines.
"I thought it was a great call," Walker said.
It was the fourth time Carr has called the play in the
last five years.
"It was a gimmick play, but it was well executed"
Carr said. "It changed the momentum of the game."
One play later, Carr started the fire when he called a
tailback option - senior Walter Cross took a toss at the
25-yard line and as the defense convened on him, lofted
See ILLINI, Page 5B

By Allison Topp
Daily Sports Writer
Yesterday the Michigan women's
soccer team learned there is nothing
wrong with a little sibling rivalry.
Stephanie Chavez won the game
for the Wolverines (3-1 Big Ten, 5-4
overall) by scoring a goal in over-
time to give Michigan a 1-0 win
over Wisconsin. The goal was bitter-
sweet, since Chavez's sister Lindsay
was playing for the Badgers.
The Wolverines had trouble scor-
ing despite chances throughout the
game. The best opportunity came
after a Wisconsin foul in the goal
box led to a red card. This created a
situation for a penalty kick where
the Wolverines had a chance to gain
the lead. Junior Amy Sullivant took
the kick but came up empty.
Senior captain Allie Rogosh-
eske, the Badger who earned the
red card, had to sit out the rest of
the game and could not be
replaced. The Wolverines kept the
extra player back on defense, lead-
ing to another shutout after Friday
night's 2-0 victory over Northwest-

Michigan took advantage of an extra
defender to improve to 3-1 In the Big Ten.
ern. At the same time, keeping the
extra player in the backfield
instead of allowing her to play up
See BADGERS, Page 60


Freshmen lead icers to 9-0 win over Queens

By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Writer
Entering this season, many people
questioned the Michigan hockey team's
scoring capabilities.
Yesterday afternoon, this year's class
of freshmen forwards did everything they
could to show that they can - and will
- carry the offense.
When the Zambonis came oat for the
final time, the Wolverines had put an
old-fashioned 9-0 thumping on the Gold-
en Gaels from Queens University in
Canada, who lost to Michigan State 14-2
the night before.
Michigan outshot its first opponent of
the season 66-10. Although the game
was an exhibition, it allowed the inexpe-
rienced Wolverines to gain some much-
needed confidence before Saturday's
"Cold War" game.
"I think (yesterday's game) gave some
of our younger players and our team
some confidence in one another in a
legitimate game," Michigan coach Red

we moved the puck well and did some
good things."
Freshman forward Eric Nystrom
scored a hat trick to lead a strong perfor-
mance by the freshmen. All three goals
came during a five minute stretch during
the second and third periods.
"The pucks just came out with the
open net there," Nystrom said. "They
come in waves, so I hope they keep com-
Nystrom's current freshman linemate
and former teammate on the U.S. Nation-
al Team Development Program Under-
18 Team, forward Dwight Helminen,
tallied two goals and two more assists of
his own. In all, the new faces accounted
for 15 points yesterday.
"I liked all of (the freshmen)," Beren-
son said. "Nystrom obviously had a
strong game on the score-sheet and he
competed well all night. These guys are
all pretty good players. It's nice to see
them get off to a good start."
Playing against another team gave the
Wolverines a chance to see a more physi-

plenty of opportunities to work on its
special teams.
The Wolverines tallied four power-
play goals on 10 attempts and held the
Golden Gaels scoreless on the penalty
The offense got started when senior
defenseman Jay Vancik scored a rare
"I don't think I've even tried a back-
hand in three years," Vancik said. "I did-
n't even realize that it went in."
Vancik also stopped the best scoring
opportunity that Queens had. Scott Grif-
fm had a breakaway in the second period,
but was overtaken by Vancik before he
could put a shot on goal.
Vancik had been suffering from a par-
tially separated shoulder, but it appears to
have healed.
Michigan's Mike Komisarek, Craig
Murray, and Milan Gajic also scored.
Friday night the Wolverines hosted
their annual Blue-White intrasquad
game. The White team prevailed 2-1 in a
sloppy game.

think the players will be better off for it."
Junior forwards J.J. Swistak and John
Shouneyia scored goals and goaltender
Kevin O'Malley stopped 24 of 25 shots
to secure the White victory.
NATIONS UNITE: After yesterday's
game, Michigan captain Jed Ortmeyegr
and Queens alternate captain Mike
Tedesco carried an American flag togeth-
er, as a procession of both teams fol-
lowed them around the ice.
"That was a very good gesture,"
Berenson said. "It's too bad more people
weren't there to see it."
BATTLE SORES: Four Michigan for-
wards watched the game against Queens
from the stands while they nursed a vari-
ety of injures - Mike Cammalleri (hip
flexor), Mark Mink (broken hand), Dave
Wyzgowski (enlarged spleen) and Joe
Kautz (groin pull).
announced that Michigan will keep two
walk-ons on its roster. Justin Spurlock, a
goalie who played on the club team last
year, and forward Charlie Henderson, a

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