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6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 8, 2001


Continued from Page 1B
the dugout for a quick curtain call.
Before his second at-bat, fans
chanted "Five more years!" - a ref-
erence to cbmments by Bonds' agent
that he will seek a five-year deal
after this season.
Even though Bonds is having one
of the greatest offensive seasonsin
major league history, he may not be
back in San Francisco next year. He
is eligible for free agency after nine
seasons with the Giants, who may
not be able to afford his demands.
Bonds, 37, earned $10.3 million
this season in the last year of a three-
year, $22.9 million contract exten-
sion. His agent, Scott Boras, is
expected to seek a contract worth
perhaps $20 million a year starting in
Bonds would like to return to the
Giants, the team of his godfather -
Willie Mays - and one of the teams
his father, Bobby Bonds, played for.
He made that clear Friday night in a
ceremony following his record-
breaking homer.
"I don't know what my future is,"
he said. "I love San Francisco and I
love you fans. My family knows,
God knows, I'm proud to wear this
But the Giants have a projected,

payroll of S66 million next season,
and signing Bonds would mean com-
mitting nearly a third of that amount
to one player. Also, the Giants may
not be prepared to offer the five-year
deal Boras apparently is seeking.
"It's a simple equation," general
manager Brian Sabean said. "We'll
only pay him what we can pay him to
put a competitive team on the field.
If he's looking to break the bank, our
chances to sign him diminish."
And Giants owner Peter Magowan,
serenaded with chants of "Sign him!
Sign him!" during Friday night's cel-
ebration, said it's not such a simple
"It sounds like a stupid question -
are your chances to win better with
Barry or without him," Magowan
said. "But the biggest question is,
depending on what we have to pay
him, how much do we have left over
to win with?
"Barry has said all the right things.
His primary motivation is to win, and
he doesn't want to saddle the Giants
with a number that would prohibit us
from having that chance. He has said
that money is not the most important
thing. But Scott Boras hasn't said
that, and it remains to be seen what
comes out of the negotiating process.
"I'm sure he'd take less to stay
here," Magowan added. "How much
less, who knows."

Field hockey survives tight game in overtime

By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer
For a defender in field hockey -
scoring chances do not come often. So
for Michigan senior captain Catherine
Foreman, getting the opportunity to put
the game away in overtime of yester-
day's game against Harvard was some-
thing she wasn't used to.
Still, she blew the ball by Harvard
goaltender Kate Zacarian to net her sec-
ond career goal, giving Michigan the 2-
1 victory.
"As a defender," Foreman said, "it's
not really common territory for me, so I
just hit the circle, shot, and hoped
someone got the rebound. I just got
lucky and it went in."
The goal was a huge relief for Michi-
gan - since Molly Powers' goal five
minutes into the contest, the Wolver-
ines were unable to put the ball by
Zacarian. Despite putting 19 shots on
the Crimson netminder, Zacarian had
an answer for everything Michigan
gave her, making numerous diving
saves. Despite being unable to capital-
ize on their opportunities, the Wolver-
ines knew they could eventually put
home the winning goal.
"You're going to have matches like
that when you hit some adversity,
whether its self inflected of not, it's
going to happen," Michigan coach
Marcia Pankratz said. "We tried to talk
about it during the break and talk about

the fact that if you're going to be a
championship team you're going to
have to battle through adversity and
find a way to win anyway."
Michigan (3-0 Big Ten, 10-2 overall)
took the lead early into the contest
when Foreman pushed one near the
goal to Powers who dove to her right to
push it by Zacarian to give the Wolver-
ines the lead five minutes in.
But Harvard struck back just a few
minutes later when Pioneer High
School alumna Eliza Dick faked out
Michigan goalie Maureen Tasch, leav-
ing her with a wide-open net to glide
the equalizer through.
Harvard (2-0 Ivy League, 4-4)
almost took the game away with 2:30
remaining, when a shot went past
Tasch hitting the post.
"With them staying in the game so
long, their confidence grew as the game
progressed, but I felt like we handled it
well. It was a close call but we realized
how close it was and that we figured
we should put it away pretty quickly
after that," Powers said.
Once overtime started, the change
from 1 1-on-I1 to seven-on-seven
helped Michigan put the game away.
"I think we really are the fastest team
in the country so it's really advanta-
geous to play seven-on-seven, so we
feel confident going into the over-
times," Pankratz said.
Also hindering Michigan was the
emotion of its thrilling overtime victory


Catherine Foreman (right) scored her first goal of the season yesterday.

over No. 7 Michigan State on Thursday
"What happens is that you're so cog-
nizant of not having a letdown that it
plays on your mind a little bit,"
Pankratz said. "We tried very hard to
focus on the fact that after a big match
there is a letdown so we talked so much
that (the team) might have been a little
bit tight."
One unique aspect about the game
was the amount of Ann Arbor natives

on the field. Both squads had three ex-
Pioneer players.
For the three players frorp Harvard, it
was a fun experience coming back to
play in their hometown.
"I kind of felt like this is my field,
this is my town," Dick said. "When
you're born in Michigan it's kind of
like the Wolverines are in your blood.
Playing against them is just like any
other team but I still always kind of
cheer for Michigan," Dick said.



Volleyball bumps winning streak to four

By Charles Paradis
Daily Sports Writer

With a dominating 3-0 win over Pur-
due on Friday night, the Michigan vol-
leyball team extended its win streak to
four matches. More importantly, the
team earned its first road win of the sea-
This was the Wolverines' first victo-
ry in West Lafeyette since 1997.
Despite finishing higher in the Big Ten
standings than Purdue for the last two
seasons, Michigan had been unable to
beat Purdue outside of Ann Arbor.
"We couldn't seem to win at their
place," Michigan coach Mark Rosen
The Wolverines (4-2 Big Ten, 7-5
overall) got off to a good start as they
quickly grabbed an 11-3 lead over the
Boilermakers (1-4,1-10) in the first
game. Indiana native Jennifer Gandolph

returned to her home state for the first
time as a Wolverine. Gandolph's home-
coming was not a pleasant one for Pur-
due as she tied with Purdue's Maegan
Peterson for a match-high 12 kills. Gan-
dolph also led all scorers with 13 digs,
good for her fifth consecutive double-
Gandolph's impressive play in the
first game led to a 30-24 rout of the
Boilermakers. Purdue plays a different
style of game than Michigan usually
sees. The Boilermakers prefer to use
off-speed and slower attacks to fool the
defense. When Michigan was set to
receive a hard attack from Purdue, the
Boilermakers used softer attacks to
In the second game, the Wolverines
again jumped out to an early lead. Kat-
rina Lehman closed out the game with
consecutive kills. Lehman finished the
night with 10 kills and nine block
assists. One of Michigan's all time lead-
ing blockers, Lehman's nine assists

were a career high for the junior middle
"That's a big part of what she con-
tributes for us," Rosen said about
Lehman's impressive performance at
the net. Michigan tallied 10 blocks for
the night and Lehman was in on all but
one of them.
Joining Lehman on eight of her nine
blocks was sophomore Nicole Poquette,
who also recorded nine kills on the
night. Following a move to the right
side position, Poquette has tallied 23
kills in her last two games.
"We've gotten her the ball more, and
she has more opportunities now,"
Rosen said.
In the third game it was Purdue who
took the early lead. But once again, the
Wolverines proved to be too powerful
for the Boilermakers as. they rallied
back to win the third game 30-22. The
Wolverines dominated the end of the
match by scoring 11 of the 14 final

Michigan will be back in action
Tuesday night as it hosts Oakland at
Cliff Keen Arena at 7 p.m. The Wolver-
ines will try to extend their win streak to
five matches and remain unbeaten at
home this year.

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