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2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 18, 2002

CLUBSPORTSWEEKLY
Edited by Kareem Copeland and Jim Weber
Cuts, bruises part of
'M' women's lacrosse

Sure sign of Spring

Ea£tdjn Bug
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Who: Jason Coben
Hometown: Marple Newton, Pa.

Sport: Men's diving
Year: Sophomore

By Jim Weber
Daily Sports Writer
Women like to do things a little bit
differently than men. Lacrosse is no
exception.
"They shouldn't call (men's and
women's lacrosse) by the same name
because (women's lacrosse) is a com-
pletely different sport," said team sec-
retary Jessie Simmons.
For starters, there is no pocket on a
woman's lacrosse stick. This makes it
much more difficult for women to
move the ball up the field.
Would they like the convenience of
a pocket?
"No! That would be cheating!"
senior defenseman Lauren Peters
exclaimed.
Simmons agrees that the absence
of a pocket does make catching more
difficult, but for good reason.
"Since (men) are wearing pads and
can wail on each other, if they didn't
have pockets, no one would have the
ball for more than two seconds," she
said. "Because there is no contact (in
women's lacrosse), if there was a
pocket, no one would ever drop the
ball."
At least, there isn't supposed to be
any contact in women's lacrosse.
It is illegal for women to check
other players, but they can still take
serious blows from the sticks of
opposing players or the ball. Peters
said most injuries have come against
teams that are either "really aggres-
sive or just violent." Michigan players
suffered four concussions last season.
Peters also recalled one her team-
mates thht was just run over during a
game "like it was football."
While the men wear pads and hel-
mets, the women wear only a mouth-
piece for protection.
The lack of facial protection poses
the most serious threat to the women.
Once, Simmons witnessed a girl
break her nose after she got in the
way of a shot.
Pads and helmets aren't the only
thing missing from the women's
game. There also aren't any sidelines.
Said Simmons: "If you are out on a

big open field, they won't stop you
until you have run into a crowd of
people, a tree or a parking lot."
So far this season, Michigan has
had its opponents on the run. The
Wolverines won their first two games
this season by a combined total of 39-
2.
One of the top 15 club teams in the
country, Michigan will face more of a
challenge'this weekend by playing
the top three club teams in the nation
- Georgetown, Loyola (Md.) and
Navy - in Annapolis, Md. Michigan
is hoping to see these opponents
again in May at nationals in St.
Louis.
To continue the progress of the
program, the Wolverines have made
some changes. At the beginning of,
the year, the team hired Mary Ann
Meltzer - a former All-American at
Maryland - to coach them.
.Michigan has also become more
selective. Last season, the Wolver-
ines started having tryouts. Just half
of the girls that tried out made the
cut, leaving Michigan with 22 play-
ers on its roster. The selectivity has
an unfortunate consequence. While
anyone can play during "Fall Ball" in
fall semester, girls without prior
lacrosse experience can't play on the
spring squad.
Girls that have not played before
"would definitely have to go some-
where else to learn to play," Simmons
said. "But we had to do what was best
for the team and the growth of the
sport."
The girls on the team, including
those cut during the spring, become
good friends and do many things
together off the field, such as going to
the men's varsity club lacrosse
games.
But there weren't any friendships
formed between the upperclassmen
and the underclassmen last Friday. As
part of a light-hearted initiation,
Peters and the other upperclassmen
required the freshman wear their
game skirts to class.
"I don't think they liked it very
much, but we thought it was fun,"
Peters said.

What: Big Ten champion Jason Coben continued his success on the 10-meter
platform with a third-place finish at the NCAA Zone C Meet on Saturday. It
was the runner-up finish in the one-meter dive, though, that earned Coben a
berth to the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga. Coben has been named the
Big Ten's Diver of the Week twice this year and was the meet champion in
the platform event at the Big Ten Championships earlier this month.

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Coben

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In honor of St. Patrick's Day, two high school students play "Scotland the Brave" on
their bagpipes at the spring training game between Colorado and Arizona.
PMPNOTEST

Coben keeps season
alive with one-meter
One may be the loneliest number, but
for sophomore diver Jason Coben it
should be his favorite.
Of the three Michigan divers who
went to the NCAA Zone C meet Friday
Coben was the only one to advance to the
NCAA Championships next week. He
did so thanks to the one-meter dive
where he was runner-up. Coben also
placed third in the platform dive.
The other two to compete for the
Wolverines were Kelly Vander Kuyl and
Tealin Kelemen. Of the two women's
team divers, Vander Kuyl's seventh place
in the platform event was not enough to
be one of the seven female divers to
advance to NCAAs in Austin, Texas later
this week. Coben was one of six males to
go on to the national meet.
For Coben this accomplishment is bit-
ter-sweet as he will greet his second
NCAA trip in as many years, but this
time he will have to say goodbye to div-
ing coach Dick Kimball who is retiring
after over 40 years of service.

Martin jacks Jackson,
receives suspension
NEW YORK (AP) - Kenyon
Martin of the New Jersey Nets was
suspended for one game without pay
by the NBA for the second time this
season yesterday.
The latest suspension was for a
flagrant foul against Jimmy Jack-
son of the Miami Heat on Friday
night.
New Jersey played at Memphis
yesterday without Martin. He previ-
ously was suspended for a game
against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Martin's foul on Jackson came
with 3:32 remaining in the first half.
That gave him seven flagrant foul
penalty points for the season, two
over the limit and the most of any
player in the league.
Nets president Rod Thorn said
Martin, a second-year forward, is
being judged differently from other
players.
"I think he's being singled out
now," Thorn said from Memphis,
where the Nets played the Griz-
zlies.
Thorn, once the NBA executive in
charge of discipline, said he has
expressed his concerns to the
league. But he said Martin needs to
"not give anybody a reason to call a
M M'sCIHIID UfE
Tomorrow
Baseball vs. Bowling Green, 3 p.m.
M Tennis vs. Bowling Green, 4 p.m.

flagrant foul."
"There's not anything you can do
about it," Thorn said. "It's done. You
go on."
Coach can't handle
NIT loss, retires
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -
Fran Fraschilla resigned as New Mexi-
co's basketball coach following a sea-
son marked by player discord, fan
discontent and a record of barely .500.
Athletic director Rudy Davalos said
Fraschilla quit during a meeting Satur-
day night. Fraschilla, the former Man-
hattan and St. John's coach, became
New Mexico's coach in April 1999.
"The nature of Lobos basketball is
high expectations," Fraschilla said yes-
terday at a news conference. "Our fans
deserve a great team. ... I feel like I let
Rudy down."
Last week, New Mexico (16-14) fin-
ished its third straight season in the
NIT. Minnesota beat the Lobos 96-62
in the first round.
In Fraschilla,'s three seasons, the
Lobos finished 55-41, including a 21-
21 record in the Mountain West Con-
ference.
Davalos said New Mexico will honor
the remaining two years of Fraschilla's
contract but declined to say how much
that will cost the school. He said a
search for a new coach has begun.

BRENDAN O'DONNELL/Daily
With a second place finish in the one-meter
dive, Jason Coben qualified for NCAAs.
Coben will join 10 other Wolverines
at the NCAA Championships.
-Staff Reports

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Hing's falls to No. 18 seed

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) - Teenager
Daniela Hantuchova, playing in her first tour singles
final, overpowered Martina Hingis 6-3, 6-4 Saturday
to win the Pacific Life Open.
Her hard, accurate groundstrokes kept Hingis scur-
rying side-to-side throughout the match, the 18-year-
old Slovak broke Hingis' service six times on her
way to the $332,000 winner's prize.
With the dominant victory over the second-seeded
Hingis, the 18th-seeded Hantuchova became the low-
est seed to win a women's tier I event since 1980.
Swirling wind that fanned sand into the air during
the men's semifinals earlier in the day had subsided
somewhat by the time the women's championship
match began in the late afternoon.
Hantuchova's backhand was particularly deadly
against Hingis, as she hit 20 backhand winners to just
five by the Swiss star, who has won 40 career titles.
Hantuchova hit 33 winners overall to Hingis' 16.
On one point early in the second set, after racing

from side to side to chase down shots, Hingis
watched helplessly as Hantuchova rocketed a fore-
hand winner just inside the right sideline.
Hingis raised both arms in apparent frustration.
Hantuchova, a lanky 5-foot-l 1, 123-pounder who
joined the tour in 1999, had extended top-ranked
Venus Williams to three sets earlier this year in the
third round of the Australian Open.
While the singles final was her first, Hantuchova
already has two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles to
her credit, the Australian Open this year and Wimble-
don in 2001.
Australian Leyton Hewitt barely broke a sweat in
the Pacific Life Open men's championship match
yesterday, cruising to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Tim
Henman.
Hewitt last year became the youngest player ever
to finish the season at No. 1, and he has won 34 of
his last 38 matches, dating back to his title run in the
U.S. Open last year.

Thursday, March 21
W Swim/Diving at NCAA Championships, (Austin, Texas), 12 p.m./8 p.m.
M Track/Field at Florida State Relays
W Track/Field at Florida State Relays
Wrestling at NCAA Championships (Albany, N.Y.)
Friday.,March 22
W Swim/Diving at NCAA Championships, (Austin, Texas), 12 p.m./8 p.m.
Baseball at Kansas, 3 p.m.
Ice Hockey hosts NCAA West Regional First Round, 4:30 p.m.
Softball vs. Saint Louis at Louisville Invitational, 5 p.m.
M Gymnastics at Big Ten Championships (Minneapolis, Minn.), 8 p.m.
M Track/Field at Florida State Relays
W Track/Field at Florida State Relays
Wrestling at NCAA Championships (Albany, N.Y.)
Saturday, March 23
M Tennis at Indiana State, 1 p.m.
Water Polo vs. Princeton at Indiana Invitational, 11 a.m.
W Swim/Diving at NCAA Championships, (Austin, Texas), 12 p.m./8 p.m.
W Tennis at Marquette, 1 p.m.
Softball vs. Saint Louis at Louisville Invitational, 2 p.m.
Ice Hockey hosts NCAA West Regional Second Round, 4 p.m.
Softball at Louisville in Louisville Invitational, 4 p.m.
Baseball vs. Oral Roberts (Lawrence, Kan.), 4 p.m.
Water Polo at Indiana in Indiana Invitational, 5 p.m.
W Gymnastics at Big Ten Championships (Columbus), 6 p.m.
M Gymnastics at Big Ten Championships (Minneapolis), 8 p.m.
M Track/Field at Florida State Relays
W Track/Field at Florida State Relays
Wrestling at NCAA Championships (Albany, N.Y.)
Sunday, March 24
Softball at Louisville in Louisville Invitational, 12 p.m.
W Tennis vs. Tulane (Milwaukee), 12 p.m.
M Tennis at Ball State, 1 p.m.
Baseball at Kansas, 4 p.m.
DAILY COEL OARW

Swiss-miss Martina Hingis continued her woes In the
finals of events with a loss to Daniela Hantuchova.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
New Jersey
Boston
Orlando
Philadelphia
Miami,.
Washington
New York
Central Division
Detroit
Milwaukee
Indiana
Charlotte
Toronto
Atlanta
Cleveland
Chicago
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Midwest Division
Dallas
San Antonio
Minnesota
Utah
Houston
Denver
Memphis

W
41
38
36
34
30
30
25
W
37
36
34
32
30
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23
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W
46
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35
25
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Pct
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.576
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.455
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Pct
.578
.562
.508
.492
.455
.391
.354
.254
Pct
.708
.682
.615
.538
.385
.302
.262
Pot
.719
.719
.615
.552
.507
.448
.266

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3.5
5.5
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10.5
11.5
15.5
GB
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4
5.5
8
12.5
14.5
21.5
GB
1.5
6
11
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29
GB
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10.5
13.5
17.5
29

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
W L
Philadelphia 37 20
N.Y. slanders 32 25
New Jersey 30 25
N.Y. Rangers 30 32
Pittsburgh 26 32

Northeast Division
W
Boston 36
Toronto 35
Ottawa 35
Montreal 28
Buffalo 28
Southeast Division
W
Carolina 28
Washington 27
Tampa Bay .24
Florida 19
Atlanta 17

L
21
20
21
27,
30
L
23
31
32
37
40

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
Central Division
W L
Detroit 48 13
Chicago 35 22
St. Louis 32 23
Nashville 25 32
Columbus 19 38

T
5
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8
10
8
T
13
10
7
7
8
T
6
11
8
11
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6
11
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Ptst
84
74
72
68
62
Pts
84
83:
83
69
65:
Pts
74
65
58
50:
46:
Ptst
104
82:
75:
61:
49:
Ptst
88:
74:
73
68
62
Ptst
83

GF GA
201 154
196 186
162 154
189 217
165 200
GF GA
200 170
198 170
212 171
174 181
175 169
GF GA
184 194
186 211
139 165
150 208
158 243
GF GA
219 150
188 177
175 152
162 183
137 200
GF GA
183 143
178 165
210 184
168 184
163 196
GF GA
202 166

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Pacific Division
W
Sacramento 46
L.A. Lakers 46
Portland 40
Seattle 37
L.A. Clippers 34
Phoenix 30
Golden State 17
Yesterday's games
Orlando 105, PHILADELPHIA 103
INDIANA 85, Atlanta 68
Sacramento at TORONTO, inc.
New Jersey at MEMPHIS, inc.

Northwest Division
W
Colorado 40
Edmonton 30
Vancouver 32
Calgary 27
Minnesota 22

L
22
26,
28
28
28

Pacific Division
W L T
San Jose 36 21 8

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