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2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 10, 2003

CLUBSPORTSWEEKLY
Club hockey fails to bury its chances at ACHA tourney

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

By Maggie Adams
Daily Sports Writer
"They scored, we didn't."
Those are the words of freshman forward
Michael Periera, who commented on the Michi-
gan club hockey team's performance at the Amer-
ican Collegiate Hockey Association's national
tournament two weeks ago.
The team has been consistent contenders in the
ACHA tournament since its first playoff bid in
1998-99, a short four seasons after the concep-
tion of the team in 1994: From a field of more
than 110 Division II teams, just 16 teams are
invited to participate in the tournament - so the
invite is quite an honor. Although the team lost in
the finals to Georgia's Life University last year,
the team was the top-ranked team going into the
tournament this year.
The team arrived in Anaheim, Calif. on Feb.
24, visiting Southern California's campus for the
tournament. It spent Tuesday practicing and
played the first game on Wednesday, against Vir-
ginia's Liberty University.
After a slow start, the team was down 5-2 at
the end of the first period, but with the help of
four powerplay goals from senior team treasurer
Derek Schlonsky, it managed to tie the game at
DALY SCOREBOARD

six. Liberty managed to eke out another goal, and
forced Michigan to begin tournament play with a
loss.
"We went into it thinking we were going to
win, so we were pretty disappointed with that
first loss," Periera said. "We got a little cocky."
The second game was against Weber State.
Again, the club was unable to pull through with a
win, losing 4-2 to the eventual third-place finisher.
"We were high in our region, and favored to
win, but it was hard to prepare our rookies for
the atmosphere at nationals," team captain and
president John Nadzam said. "With about 14
rookies and three new goalies, the adjustment
was tough."
Michigan did manage a win in its final game
against Penn State, beating the Nittany Lions 4-2,
but it wasn't enough to land the team near the top
of the pack. Only the top four teams get to move
on from the round robin setup of the first half of
the tournament to the bracket play of the final
three games, so the Wolverines had to head home
with a weak 1-2 record.
"We told them all year that nationals are totally
different, but they had to see it themselves,"
Nadzam said. "Our four seniors had 10 goals, but
there just wasn't much production from the
younger players. They weren't ready for the

change from the regular league games."
Regular season games are plated against the
five other members of theGreat Midwest Hockey
League. Two other members are Indiana and
Michigan State.
"In league play, we like to face Miami of Ohio,
because they're a really clean team," Nadzam
said. "When we played them in the regional
championship there was only one penalty in the
entire game.
"We came back from a two-goal deficit in the
last two minutes of the game, but eventually lost
in overtime. Still, that was a great game to play
in, loss or not."
Despite the disappointing end to this season,
Michigan is likely to be a heavy favorite at next
year's nationals. The team is losing four seniors
this year - including Nadzam and Schlonsky,
who were both All-Americans last year - but is
confident that its experience this year will help it
overcome those key losses and regain its spot at
the top of national rankings.
"There were a whole- lot of positives this sea-
son, a whole lot of fun," Nadzam said. "There are
20 guys coming back, and they've learned from
this season. They're going to go into next season
with a better mindset, in better shape, and I think
they're going to do something great."

Who: Sheetal Narsai
Hometown: Commerce, Calif.
Position: Driver

Sport: Water Polo
Year: Sophomore

Why: Narsai was instrumental in the Wolverines' come-from-behind, 9-7
victory in overtime over arch-rival Indiana on Saturday. The sophomore
tallied four goals - matching her career high - including the game-
tying goal on a penalty shot with 38 seconds left in regulation.

Narsal

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NBA STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION

NHL STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION

M nine unable to take
moad senies firom Sooners

'M'SCHEDULE
Today
W Golf at Coastal Carolina Invitational (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
M Golf at UC Irvine Anteater Invitational (Coto de Caza, Calif.)
Friday, March 14
Baseball vs. Northwern Illinois, 2 p.m.
W Tennis vs. Western Michigan, 6 p.m.
Water Polo vs. Michigan State, 7 p.m.
W Gymnastics vs. Nebraska, 7:30 p.m.
Ice Hockey vs. Bowling Green, 7:35 p.m.
M Basketball vs. Indiana or Penn State, 8:10 p.m. CST
M Track/Field at NCAA Championships
W Track/Field at NCAA Championships
W Swim/Diving at NCAA Diving Zones
M Swim/Diving at NCAA Diving Zones
Saturday, Marchi 15
Baseball vs. Birmingham Southern, 11 a.m.
M Tennis vs. Ohio State, 12 p.m.
M Basketball at Big Ten Tournament semifinals, 3:05 p.m. CST
Baseball at Winthrop, 5 p.m.
W Tennis vs. Michigan State, 6 p.m.
Ice Hockey vs. Bowling Green, 7:35 p.m.
M Track/Field at NCAA Championships
W Track/Field at NCAA Championships
M Golf at El Diablo Intercollegiate (Citrus Springs, Fla.)
Sunday, March 16
Baseball at Winthrop Tournament championship/consolation game, TBA
M Basketball at Big Ten Tournament championship game, 2:30 p.m. CST
Ice Hockey vs. Bowling Green (if necessary), 7:35 p.m.
Feldkamps ow
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New Jersey
Phildelphia
Boston
Orlando
Washington
New York
Miami

CENTRAL DIVISION

w
39
36
36
33
30
28
20
W
39
38
36.
32
24
22
20
11

L
25
26
27
31
33
35
42
L
23
25
-28
31
39
42
40
52

Pct.
.609
.581
.571
.516
.476
.444
.323
Pct.
.629
.603
.563
.508
.381
.344
.333
.175

GB
2
2.5
6
8.5
10.5
18R

New Jersey
Philadelphia
NY Islanders
NY Rangers
Pittsburgh

W
39
35
30
28
25

GB

Detroit
Indiana
New Orleans
Milwaukee
Atlanta
Chicago
Toronto
Cleveland

NORTHEAST DIVISION
W
Ottawa 42
Toronto 37
Boston 31
Montreal 24
Buffalo 21
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
W
Washington 32
Tampa Bay 30
Florida 21
Carolina 20
Atlanta 22

L
17
18
27
31
35
L
18
26
26
29
32
L
25
23
27
34
34

T
6
11
9
9
4
T
7
5
8
8
8
T
8
10
12
9
6

OL
5
3
2
2
5
OL
1
1
3
8
6
OL
5
5
9
6
4

PTS GF GA
89 178 140
84 158140
71 181188
67 186205
59 167211
PTS GF GA
92 216147
80 200176
73 203195
64 171202
56 151176
PTS GF GA
77 193186
75 185182
63 157 201
55 142193.
54 174234

1.5
4
7.5
15.5
18
18
28.5

By Josh Holman
Daily Sports Writer
After an improbable comeback in
Friday's game in Norman, Okla., the
Michigan baseball team appeared all
out of rally magic yesterday and failed
to convert on a bases-loaded situation in
the top of the ninth inning, handing
Oklahoma a 5-4 victory and the week-
end series.
Oklahoma relief pitcher Jarod McAuli-
ff struck out the first two batters he faced
in the ninth, but then proceeded to walk
senior second baseman Jordan Canta-
lamessa and hit junior designated hitter
Jake Fox, sandwiching senior third base-
man Brock Koman's single in between.
Senior outfielder Mike Sokol stepped
up to the plate, but struck out to end the
game, dropping the Wolverines' record
to 4-6 on the season.
"This was a good game for us to win,"
Oklahoma head coach Larry Cochell
said. "They played us tight all game, and
it's good for us to play in tight games
and learn how to win them."
The difference in the game came in
the bottom of the sixth inning when

freshman pitcher Craig Murray loaded
the bases. Oklahoma's Jay Yaconetti
drove in Matt Arkinson on a slow
ground ball.
Murray earned the loss, although
Arkinson's run was unearned after he
reached base on a dropped fly ball.
The Wolverines had the bats working
on Friday, when they scored 12 unan-
swered runs, including an eight-run sev-
enth, to wipe away an eight-run deficit
and come away with the 16-12 victory.
Cantalamessa drove in seven runs on
4-for-6 hitting for the Wolverines while
Fox added four RBIs on two home runs.
"Michigan did an outstanding job of
swinging the bats (Friday) and staying
in the game," Cochell said. "We did
everything we had to do to win the
game today. We hit well, and we played
good defense, we just didn't pitch well."
Senior outfielder Gino Lollio ended
up driving in the game-winning RBI
with the score tied at 12-12 in the eighth
inning.
In Saturday's game, Sooner's pitcher
Buddy Blair quieted the Wolverine line-
up, striking out nine in the complete
game, 5-2 victory.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION

By Mustafizur Choudhury
Daily Sports Writer

CENTRAL DIVISION

Dallas
San Antonio
Minnesota
Utah
Houston
Memphis
Denver

W
48
43
41
35
32
21
13
W
45
40
35
33
30
28
20

L
14
18
24
27
30
41
51
L
19
22
26
29
33
33
42

Pct.
.774
.705
.631
.565
.516
.339
.203
Pct.
.703
.645
.574
.532
.476
-459
.323

GB
4.5
8.5
13
16
27
36
GB
4
8.5
11
14.5
15.5
24

Detroit
St. Louis
Nashville
Chicago
Columbus

W L
38 17
35 19
27 25
24 29
24 33

NORTHWEST DIVISION
W

Vancouver
Colorado
Minnesota
Edmonton
Calgary

39
34
33
29
23

PACIFIC DIVISION

Sacramento
Portland
LA Lakers
Phoenix
Golden State
Seattle
LA Clippers
NBA GAMES

L
18
16
24
23
31
L
14
25
31
28
31

T
9
8
10
10
7
T
11
11
9
8
10
T
15
8
4
8
6

OL
3
6
5
5
3
OL
1
7
1
8
4
OL
2
4
4
4
5

PTS
88
84
69
63
58
PTS
90
86
76
74
60
PTS
91
76
66
66
61

GF GA
216167
214178
165 165
160 174
175214
GF GA
218175
201165
160144
182187
154195
GF GA
207140
164166
18418
175 184
184 198

T-sirt desgnunveiled

PACIFIC DIVISION
W
Dallas 37
Anaheim 32
Los Angeles 29
Phoenix 27
San Jose 25

By Seth Klempner
Daily Sports Writer

Yesterday's games
NEW YORK 97, Washington 96
LA LAKERS 106, Phildelphia 92
San Antiono 94, BOSTON 78
DETROIT 107, Golden State 105
ORLANDO 111, Denver 98
Memphis 119, TORONTO 106
NEW JERSEY 102, New Orleans 92
MINNESOTA 105, Phoenix 98
SACRAMENTO 107, Indiana 88
Today's games
LA Clippers at ATLANTA
Utah at MIAMI
Minnesota at DALLAS
Tomorrow's games
Miami at CLEVELAND
New Orleans at INDIANA
Orlando at WASHINGTON
Memphis at NEW YORK
San Antonio at MILWAUKEE
L.A. Lakers at CHICAGO
Toronto at DENVER
Portland at SEATTLE
Phoenix at GOLDEN STATE

NHL GAMES
Yesterday's games
CHICAGO 8, Boston 5
Minnesota 6, ATLANTA 4
ANAHEIM 2, Detroit 0
OTTAWA 4, Pittsburgh 2
DALLAS 3, San Jose 0
Today's games
Columbus at CAROLINA
Florida at NY RANGERS
Phildelphia at WASHINGTON
Montreal at NASHVILLE
Toronto at EDMONTON
Phoenix at COLORADO
Detroit ay Los ANGELES
Tomorrow's games
Boston at OTTAWA
Dallas at COLUMBUS
Atlanta at NEW JERSEY
Edmonton at CALGARY
N.Y. Islanders at VANCOUVER
St. Louis at SAN JOSE

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7 p.m.
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8 p.m.
9 p.m.
10 p.m.
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7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
9:30 p.m.
10:00 p.m.
10:30 p.m.

David Porter was the winner of the
athletic department's contest to design
its inaugural season shirt. The industri-
al and graphic design major modeled
the shirt with the wing of Michigan's
helmet on front in a borderless design,
over a thin block 'M.'
The junior kept the shirt yellow to
remain consistent with the Maize Rage.
He also placed several historical facts
about the team on the back, sandwiched
between lines reading, "Hail to the vic-
tors" and "Welcome to the Big House."
Football coach Lloyd Carr, Athletic
Director Bill Martin, several members
of the athletic department and groups
of students from the Michigan Student
Assembly, the Student-Athlete Adviso-
ry Committee and last year's Blue, Out
committee were involved in voting on
the winning project. They selected
Porter's submission from a pool of
approximately 50 applicants.
"I wanted to keep it simple," Porter

said of his design idea. "Michigan
football represents tradition, and I
hoped to represent that in my shirt"
Students can order the shirts along
with their football tickets no later than
March 21. The shirts will cost students
$10 when ordered with season tickets,
in addition to the $142 cost of season
tickets. If not purchased with season
tickets, the shirts can also be purchased
for $15 at the M-Den.
In reward for the winning design,
Porter will receive free tickets for the
2003 season and have the opportunity
to be on the field for a game next year..

This past weekend, six members of
the Michigan women's track and field
team made the trip to South Bend for
the Alex Wilson Invitational to take a
final shot at qualifying for the NCAA
Championships, which take place this
weekend. But of the six athletes, only
one was able to provisionally qualify
for the championship meet.
Sophomore Theresa Feldkamp ran a
provisional time in the 800-meter run
for the second time this season with a
fourth-place finish of 2:07.86.
The time topped her previous sea-
son-best mark of 2:08.32, her other
provisional time from earlier in the
season. Coincidentally, she earned
both marks on the same track, with the
first one coming at the Meyo Invita-
tional, Feb. 7-8.
Because she was unable to post an
automatic qualifying time, Feldkamp
and her coaches will have to wait until
tonight to find out if her provisional
time was low enough to give her a
chance to compete in the national
championships.
"We won't know until (tonight), but

we're planning to take her in any case,"
head coach James Henry said. "She
ran her personal best. She's a young
kid, she works very hard and she
deserves a chance to go."
Feldkamp, who usually crosses the
finish line after Michigan's top 800-
meter runner - senior tri-captain
Rachel Sturtz - was pleased with her
performance, but not astounded.
"I had already had a provisional
time very early in the season, so it
wasn't really a big dea1,"Feldkamp
said. "I was happy to get a new person-
al-best time. It was a good way to end
the indoor season and go into the out-
door season."
Henry has many expectations from
this young athlete and sees her per-
formance as an indicator of what to
expect in the future.
"She's done really well for us over
the first couple years," Henry said. "I
think she's going to be an outstanding
athlete, not just for the outdoor season,
but for the next few years."
Feldkamp will join her teammates
this weekend, as Michigan willbe
sending six Wolverines to Fayetteville,
Ark. to compete in the NCAA Cham-
pionships.

SPORTS

BRIEFS

Mhtocur-
tesy Michi-
gan athletic'
department

Merrimack goalie
critical after injury
BOSTON (AP) - Merrimack
goalie Joe Exter was in critical condi-
tion Saturday night, nearly 24 hours

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after he was hit in the head in a colli-
sion with a Boston College player.
Exter, a senior from Cranston, R.I.,
left the crease chasing a loose puck
and was hit by Eagles forward Patrick
Eaves in the third period of Friday
night's game at Kelley Rink.
"He started to go into convulsions
and shake," Merrimack coach Chris
Serino said.
Exter was unconscious on the ice,
but regained consciousness before
being carried off the ice on a stretcher
and taken to Beth Israel-Deaconess
Medical Center, where he remained in
an intensive care unit.
He was listed in critical condition
Friday night. He was upgraded to seri-
ous condition earlier yesterday, but
was returned to critical condition last
night.
"He has a serious head injury and is
being monitored closely," hospital offi-
cials said in a statement.
The game was delayed about 20
minutes.
Fights erupted between the two
teams following the collision, but Seri-
no said he didn't think Eaves' hit on
Exter was a cheap shot.
"Do I think Patrick Eaves tried to
hurt Joe Exter? No I don't," Sering
said.
Boston College went on to win 4-1
in the first game of the best-of-three
Hockey East quarterfinal series. The
Eagles completed the sweep last night
with a 2-1 victory.

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