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Berenson
humbly gets
milestone

DETROIT - When Michigan coach Red Berenson exited
the Wolverines lockerroom on Saturday night and saw the
hoard of reporters and TV cameras waiting to greet him, he
seemed a bit surprised.
The team's 5-4 win over Michigan State on Saturday was
the 500th victory of Berenson's 19-year career in Ann
Arbor. But Michigan's leader on the bench doesn't put much
stock in individual accolades, especially in the crunch time
of the Wolverines season. He would much rather talk about
his team.
"I'm still lamenting the fact that we didn't win last night, and
it's not because of the 500 business," Berenson said of Michi-
gan's 4-0 loss on Friday. "It's because these were big games and
we lost a home game last night. We had to bounce back with a
FILE PHOTO better game tonight and I thought we did that. If it's 500, then
One of Red Berenson's biggest wins came in 1996 when he you guys have made a pretty big thing of it and you know me,
and the Wolverines won his first national title. it's not a big thing until it's all over."
Friday night had seemed like the perfect opportunity for Beren-
A NEW ROTson to reach 500 - with a game at Yost Ice Arena and Michigan's
N A NEW biggest rival in town. It was also Senior Night for the five graduat-
MRFESTONE ing Wolverines. But all of the distractions proved to be too much.
Michigan came out slowly and the Spartans took advantage.
To see more pictures of Red Berenson from his 500-win cal- "I think there was so much built up into (Friday) night's game,
lege hockey coaching career, check out page 8B for a Beren- I think that's why we were so flat," associate head coach Mel
son collage. Inaddition, hockey writer Kyle O'Neill writes Pearson said. "There were so many distractions, and I think it
about Michigan backup freshman goaltender adjusting to the showed in our play."
role of backing-up Al Montoya after starting his enitee But Saturday night, Michigan bounced back and got its coach
youth hockey career. a milestone victory. For the graduating seniors, it was a fitting
See BERENSON, Page 48
eers split series with Spartans
P M

TONY DING/Daily
Big Ten Co-Diver of the Championship Jason
Coben is in midflight.
Tankers fly
at Canham,
win Big Ten
By Waldemar Centeno
Daily Sports Writer
Fully clothed, Michigan's men's swimming
and diving head coach Jon Urbanchek dove
into Cahnam Natatorium's pool preceded by
the entire Michigan men's swimming and
diving team. Overheating, the Big Ten Coach
of the Year had all the reason to celebrate.
His Wolverines had just won the Big Ten
Championship.
"How am I going to describe this man in a
couple of sentences?" senior co-captain Jeff
Hopwood said of Urbanchek. "He's unbe-
lievable. He's such an amazing man because
he cares probably more about us out of the
pool than in the pool. You know, that's really
hard to come by in a coach. He is like a
father to all of us."
As they announced the winner of the Big Ten
Championship, the Wolverines awaited in ecsta-
sy for the results of a dramatically close tourna-
ment. Pressured by the resilient Golden Gophers
(689), the Wolverines used their final few events
to capture their first Big Ten title (727) since
2000.
"Every little thing counted," Urbanchek said.
"For us to win this meet we could not give up
any points."
After winning the 500-yard freestyle and
being a favorite throughout the Big Ten Champi-
onship, Big Ten Freshmen of the Year Peter Van-
derkaay fell short to Minnesota's Justin
Mortimer in the 1,650 free.
"It's definitely disappointing, but it was a
good time," Vanderkaay said. "I gave it a good,
effort but I just got to refocus and comeback to
get ready for the NCAA, which we like to call
the 'Big Dance."'
Although Vanderkaay lost, he was able to cap-
ture a NCAA automatic qualifying time, and
with the help of four other Wolverines, allowed
Michigan to maintain its narrow lead over Min-
nesota.
Following Vanderkaay's loss, senior Garrett
Mangieri furiously entered the pool for the 100-
yard free. Mangieri's intensity turned into
results, as he came in second and helped Michi-
gan gain momentum going into the final events.
Feeling the thrust for victory, Jeff Hopwood
then attained a first-place finish in the 200-yard
See SWIMMING, Page 7B

By Courtney Lewis
Daily Sports Editor
DETROIT - The superstitious among Michi-
gan fans may have been a little worried. With
coach Red Berenson perched at 499 wins, the
Wolverines suffered an uncharacteristic home
loss - just their second all season - Friday
night, they were shutout for
the first time this year andICHIGAN 5
they were headed to Joe Louis
Arena - home rink of Brett
Hull, the Detroit Red Wing who was stuck at 699
career goals for seven games.
Michigan couldn't afford to wait that long for
another win. The Wolverines responded to Fri-
day's 4-0 shellacking at the hands of Michigan
State by sqeaking by the Spartans 5-4 in a back-
and-forth game to give Berenson his 500th
career victory behind the bench.
The loss the night before probably had more to
do with Michigan's lethargic start and multiple
turnovers than with a "curse of the milestone,"
although John Shouneyia did admit Michigan
might have been distracted. The Wolverines said
they weren't prepared for that game and made
sure they were ready for Saturday.
"I think as a whole we really had to come
together mentally," Shouneyia said. "Tonight we
put everything aside. We had to come out and
execute as a team and that's what we did."

The Wolverines fell behind early for the sec-
ond night in a row after Michigan State's John-
Michael Liles scored at 3:43, but Michigan
knotted it with a Jason Ryznar goal shortly after.
The Spartans left the period with a 2-1 lead,
but the Wolverines took control in the second, as
they often have this season. Shouneyia fed Jed
Ortmeyer to tie it 2-2, just 23 seconds in and
minutes later sailed a pass to Mike Roemensky,
who blew one by Michigan State goaltender Matt
Migliaccio.
"The game really came down to momentum
swings throughout the night," Shouneyia said.
"They had a lead, we had a lead, just going back
and forth. Every shift was just a momentum
swing, every powerplay. "
Michigan State snatched the momentum back
on a powerplay - a Michigan powerplay. Brad
Fast stole the puck in the neutral zone and sent it
to Tim Hearon, who dished to Lee Falardeau. He
beat Al Montoya from the slot to tie the game at
three with 9:04 left in the period. It was the
Spartans' second short-handed goal of the night.
After setting up his teammates for most of the
night, Shouneyia, who finished with three points,
drilled a shot from the left side to put Michigan
back on top - this time for good.
Freshman Brandon Kaleniecki added an insur-
ance goal early in the third period that turned
into the game-winner after Michigan State's Ash
See SPARTANS, Page 4B

TONY DING/Daily
Michigan's Jed Ortmeyer skates against Michigan State's Brad Fast in Detroit's
Joe Louis Arena Saturday night.

Illinois steals Big Ten
title from Blue's grasp

Long-distance finishes
give 'M' Big Ten title

By Jim Weber
Daily Sports Writer

By Seth Klempner
Daily Sports Writer
A. brass ring was presented to the
Michigan basketball team Saturday
afternoon when it tipped off against Illi-
nois. It was a chance for the Wolverines
to atone for their
worst performance
of the season, seizeM H N
control of first
place in the Big Ten and play its biggest
game against Illinois since the 1989
Final Four.
And while the Wolverines reached for
that ring with outstretched force, they
could only close their fist on the vacu-
um left by their prize, seconds after Illi-
nois had plucked it away.
They were presented with several
chances to win the game that both teams
called one of the best-played games of
the season. But in the end it was experi-
enced No. 18 Illinois (10-4 Big Ten, 20-
5 overall) that left Crisler Arena with the
82-79 win over Michigan (9-4.16-11 )

rebound off a missed LaVell Blanchard
3-point attempt and was fouled by Brian
Cook while putting the ball off the glass
and into the hoop. The 3-point play put
Michigan up a point, allowing it to gain
its first lead since a 66-59 advantage
with 8:17 to go.
On the ensuing possession, Illinois
freshman Dee Brown missed a shot that
traveled through a Wolverine's hand on
its way out of bounds. Had Michigan
grabbed the rebound, it would have
given it the ball with 1:35 to go and a
one-point lead. Instead, Illinois got the
ball back, and Brown hit a jumper from
the free throw line with Hunter in front
of him.
Michigan then failed to create a shot
on its next possession and with the shot
clock running down, Horton tossed up a
running jumper in the lane that seemed
to hang in the air - freezing time in
Crisler. The shot couldn't find the net
for Horton, who shot 4-for-17 in the
game.
Illinois capitalized in transition, as

Placed at the end of track meets, the
5,000 meters is usually more relaxed
than the other events as the meet
winds down. But that wasn't the case
at the Big Ten Women's Indoor Track
Championships yesterday in Bloom-
ington.
After exchanging the lead with
host Indiana for most of the cham-
pionships, the Wolverines found
themselves down by a half point
going into the 5,000 meters, the
second-to-last event.
Distance runners Rebecca Walter
and Andrea Parker responded to the
pressure by finishing second and
fourth, respectively. More importantly,
they tallied 14 points for Michigan,
clinching back-to-back indoor titles
for the Wolverines prior to the mile
relay, in which first place only
receives 10 points. Michigan added a
point in the relay to finish the race
with 129.5 points to Indiana's 115.

down championship, it didn't come
down to the final event.
"Anytime you are passing a baton, it
is a nail-biting experience," McGuire
said.
McGuire said he was confident that
Michigan's long-distance runners
would outperform the Hoosiers, but
there was still cause for concern. Wal-
ter could have been tired after finish-
ing third in the 3,000-meter race the
day before. Also, the Hoosiers had an
excited home crowd and a bitter taste
in their mouth after losing to Michigan
last season in the closest Big Ten
Women's Indoor Championship ever.
With the support of teammates,
coaches and parents, Walter and Park-
er put those fears to rest.
"I have never been at a track meet
with this much intensity and support
from the team members," Walter said.
"I could hear them the whole way."
Said Parker: "It was crazy. It was
really great to have the parents and the
teammates cheering. I heard roars of
people cheering and people yelling

TONY DING/Daily
LaVell Blanchard can't get the ball away from Illinois' Brian Cook in the Fighting
Illini's 82-79 win at Crisler Arena on Saturday.

Brown.
Down three with 32 seconds remain-
ing, Horton was able to get the ball to
Blanchard who had a plav drawn un for

pointers made in a game with 7-for-l 1
shooting, and Blanchard was forced to
pass the ball to an open Lester Abram.
The freshman, who had not taken a

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