2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - January 13, 2003
Lacrosse's local history helps it thrive in Ann Arbor
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
By Waldemar Centeno
Daily Sports Writer
While lacrosse is the oldest sport
played in the state of Michigan and the
newest of sports at the University, the
country at large still does not completely
absorb the game.
According to Michigan History Mag-
azine, lacrosse was the first sport played
in the boundaries of what is now the
state of Michigan. The first match could
have been played as early as the 1630s,
nearly two centuries before Michigan
became a state.
"The sport of lacrosse was started by
the Native Americans," Michigan head
coach John Paul said. "It was pretty pop-
ular in the northeast region and through-
out the past 30 years the sports
popularity status has continued to grow
Despite the sport's similarities to other
major sports, like hockey and soccer,
lacrosse is still not set in the same glare
of publicity as the major sports in the
Dating back to the 17th century, the
French Jesuits and English explorers in
Huron County began the sport of
Although the sport has major history
in the country and Great Lakes area,
Michigan has not yet presented its own
lacrosse team with varsity status.
Understanding the position of Michi-
gan's athletic department, Paul declared
that the lacrosse team is ecstatic for their
position at this moment.
"Working with the athletic department
for many years I realize that it isn't pos-
sible to add another varsity sport to the
University," Paul said. "We are doing our
best job as a team and we feel that we
are in a good position when the universi-
ty decides to add another varsity team."
In the fall of 2000, Athletic Director
Bill Martin announced that two Michi-
gan club teams, men's lacrosse and
men's crew, would become the first club
programs to receive "varsity club pro-
gram" status. This means that lacrosse is
receiving some of the same benefits that
a varsity team would. But the team still
does not have the authority to offer
scholarships or provide influence with
the admissions process.
Is it hard to recruit players because
Michigan's lacrosse team is not a varsity
"It is and it isn't," Paul responded.
"It's hard to recruit, but because it's in
Michigan a lot of players turn down
scholarships to come and play here."
Entering his sixth season as coach of
Michigan lacrosse, Paul has accumulat-
ed an astonishing record of 89-20. With
that winning percentage of .817, his
teams have produced a remarkable
record of 45-1 in the Central Collegiate
In the years of Paul's reign as head
coach, Michigan has won four straight
CCLA championships and emerged in
the national quarterfinals for the past
four years as well.
Beginning the season on Feb. 15 in
Ann Arbor, senior captains Sooman
Kim and Chip Thomas will take the
field for their last season. Kim and
Thomas were both All-Americans last
season and are very important to the
success of the team.
"We have a good team despite our
injuries in the fall," said Paul.
"Right now we are ranked number 5
in the nation, and we'll stay in the
mix throughout the season."
Who: Jenny Deiley
Hometown: Dayton, Minn.
Why: The freshman phenom made an impressive debut as a Wolverine
on Saturday against Ohio State, winning the vault, uneven bars and
balance beam en route to taking first place in the all-around with an
overall score of 39.475. Delley
Wednesday, Jan. 15
M Basketball at Ohio State, 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 17
W Swim/Diving at Illinois Invitational, 6 p.m.
M Swim/Diving vs. Purdue, 6 p.m.
W Tennis vs. Illinois-Chicago, 6 p.m.
W Gymnastics vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18
M Tennis vs. Western Michigan, 10 a.m.
M Swim/Diving vs. Indiana, 1 p.m.
W Tennis vs. DePaul, 1p.m.
M Basketball at Northwestern, 2:07 p.m.
M Gymnastics vs. Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m.
W Track/Field vs. Indiana, Michigan State, Kent State
M Track/Field vs. Indiana, Michigan State, Kent State
Wrestling vs. National Dual Team Championships
Sunday. Jan. 19
M Tennis vs. DePaul, 12 p.m.
W Basketball vs. Indiana, 2 p.m.
Bucs click on all fronts
in victory over Niners
Carr elected to serve
on AFCA board
Michigan football coach Lloyd
Carr was selected late last week by
the American Football Coaches Asso-
ciation to become a member of its
board of trustees. Carr plans to work
with a group of distinguished coach-
es to direct the association, which is
primarily dedicated to maintaining
high standards in football and the
Carr just completed his eighth sea-
son with the Wolverines with a 38-30
Outback Bowl victory in Tampa, Fla.
The 10-3 season marked the fourth
10-win campaign for Carr in his time
in Ann Arbor. His career mark at
Michigan is 76-23.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa
Bay Buccaneers' offense finally
played as well as their defense in
Brad Johnson returned from a
month-long layoff to
throw for 196 yards and
two touchdowns, and the
NFL's top-ranked D shut
down Jeff Garcia and
Terrell Owens to beat the
San Francisco 49ers 31-
The victory sends
2-yard runs, and Johnson threw TD
passes of 20 yards to Joe Jurevi-
cius and 12 yards to Rickey Dud-
ley after missing the last two
regular-season games with a
Alstott's first TD snapped the
Bucs' 12-quarter touchdown
drought in the playoffs, a streak
that began in an 11-5 loss to St.
Louis in the 1999 NFC champi-
NFL defensive player of the year
Derrick Brooks led another stellar
performance by the Tampa Bay
defense. The Bucs forced four
turnovers, and the six-time Pro
Bowl linebacker had an intercep-
tion and recovered a fumble that
Simeon Rice caused with one of the
team's four sacks.
The Bucs also rushed for 121
yards, most of them in the second.
half when the 49ers struggled to
stop Alstott and Michael Pittman.
Alstott finished with 60 yards on
17 carries, and Pittman ran for 41
yards, also on 17 carries.
Tampa Bay to Philadel-
phia for next Sunday's
game against the Eagles,
who ended the Bucs'
season in the first round
of the playoffs the past
The Bucs have lost all six of their
road playoff games, including twice
in the NFC championship game.
At home against the 49ers, they.
did just about everything right.
Mike Alstott scored on a pair of
Tampa Bay's Brian Kelly (25) breaks up a pass intended for San Francisco 49ers'
Terrell Owens in the second half of their NFC Divisional playoff game yesterday.
ac Hole' too much for
Pennington and the jets
Lewis ma be
headed to engals
The Associated Press
Redskins defensive coordinator Mar-
vin Lewis is the frontrunner to become
Cincinnati's new head coach, but the
Bengals still will interview Steelers
offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey,
according to two sources who spoke to
The Associated Press yesterday on con-
dition of anonymity.
Lewis has emerged as the top pick of
Katie Blackburn, the Bengals' executive
vice president, according to one of the
sources, who is familiar with the NFL's
hiring situation. Blackburn is the daugh-
ter of Bengals president Mike Brown.
A source within the league said, how-
ever, that the Bengals were still commit-
ted to interviewing Mularkey, who was
one of their original preferences.
Mularkey had a short interview a
week ago but will be interviewed again
at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. The
Steelers were eliminated from the play-
offs Saturday, which under league rules
means other teams are free to conduct
extensive interviews with Pittsburgh
The Bengals fired head coach Dick
LeBeau on Dec. 30, the day after the
team finished with a league-worst
record of 2-14.
Lewis, who directed the Baltimore
Ravens' defense that won the Super
Bowl two years ago, would become
the third black head coach in the NFL
if he is hired. The others are Tony
Dungy of the Colts and Herman
Edwards of the Jets.
Lewis was the first minority candi-
date ever interviewed by the Bengals
for a head coaching job. The team
also interviewed another black, Jim
Anderson, their longtime running
Lewis has been interviewed twice
by the Bengals, who have lost more
games in the last decade than any
other NFL team.
The Bengals also had two inter-
views with Tom Coughlin, fired as
the Jacksonville Jaguars' coach after
eight seasons. Coughlin, however, is
believed to be out of the picture,
according to the source who said
Lewis is the frontrunner.
Rice ties playoff
'Ihe Associated Press
Jerry Rice set a record for career
playoff yards yesterday with a 15-
yard reception, moving past Buffalo's
Rice's catch late in the fourth quar-
ter of Oakland's AFC playoff game
against the New York Jets gave him
2,132 total postseason yards, surpass-
ing Thomas' mark of 2,124.
Earlier in the game, Rice scored his
21st postseason touchdown to tie an
NFL career record.
Rice caught a 9-yard scoring pass
from Rich Gannon 45 seconds into
the fourth quarter.
The 40-year-old Rice is in his 18th
N NFC 3
WHo: Tampa Bay at PHILADELPHIA
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The
Oakland Raiders found
the surest road to the
game: Stay at home and
avoid controversy. .
No tuck rule. No snowy
night games in New Eng-
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Tana .v o iom traay.
In beating the New York
Jets 30-10 yesterday,<
league MVP Rich Gannon
and the Raiders made it a
clean sweep for the home I
A look at the
underside of U of M
teams this weekend. They will host the
Tennessee Titans next Sunday with a
spot in the Super Bowl at stake.
Third-year receiver Jerry Porter out-
performed his heralded fellow wide-
outs, Jerry Rice and Tim Brown,
catching a 29-yard touchdown pass
and. setting up Rice's 9-yarder with a
50-yard reception. Rice's catch was his
21st postseason touchdown, tying an
Oakland's defense harassed this
year's NFL version of Brady, the usu-
ally unflappable Chad Pennington, and
forced four turnovers to beat the Jets
for the third time in four games at the
"Black Hole" in the last year. After a
strong first half, Pennington came
undone, throwing high or forcing pass-
es, and looking rattled.
The Raiders got pickoffs from Tory
James and Eric Barton in the second
half, and recovered two fumbles, both
by Pennington, in earning their second
trip to the AFC title game in three
years. In the 2000 season, they lost at
home to Baltimore 16-3 for the con-
WHEN: 3 P.M Sunday, FOX
BREAKDOWN: Philadelphia has had its way with Tampa Bay the last three sea-
sons, dismissing the Buccaneers from the playoffs in both 2000 and 2001
and beating the Bucs earlier this year. Things have changed lately, as offen-
sive-minded head coach John Gruden has brought life to a once dismal
offense. Tampa Bay also won its first game ever in under-40 degree weather
this year, although it came against the lowly Bears. The Eagles looked slop-
py in their victory over the Falcons but they rarely lose at Veteran's Stadi-
um. Don't expect anything different in the stadium's last game.
PREDICTION: Eagles 23, Buccaneers 21
WHO: Tennessee at OAKLAND
WHEN: 6:30 P.M Sunday, CBS
BREAKDOWN: The Raiders have lost just one game in their last nine tries,
and the Titans are even hotter, losing just once in the last 13 games
after starting the season 1-4. Part of Tennessee's nightmarish start was
a 52-25 loss to Oakland in the fourth week of the season. The Titans are
a gritty team, but look for NFL MVP Rich Gannon to rip the Titans' sec-
ondary like he did to the tune of 381 yards in the first meeting, setting
up a rematch of the 1981 Super Bowl between the Raiders and Eagles.
PREDICTION: Raiders 34, Titans 17
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Eagles win the
Battle of the Birds
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Donovan
McNabb took the snap and dropped into
his own end zone. No one was open, so
he scrambled to his right, scooted past a
defender flying through the air and
finally stepped out of bounds with a 19-
McNabb came back to
complete 20 of 30 passes
for 247 yards and a touch-
Right away, McNabb 20
made it clear his right ankle
was in good shape - and T
the Philadelphia Eagles
Titans make most
of second chance
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -
The Tennessee Titans didn't need
another Music City Miracle - just
a few kicks and a helpful call from
the latest NFL officiating crew to
make playoff headlines.
After a series of
kicks - some counted,
some didn't - Joe
Nedney made a 26-
yard field goal 2:15
into overtime that gave3
the Titn b hricn 3
Philadelphia 23 10
New Jersey 23 12
NY Islanders 19 17
Pittsburgh 17 18
NY Rangers 17 22
Detroit 24 11
St. Louis 23 12
Chicago 19 13
Columbus 17 20
Nashville 13 18
Dallas 25 10
Anaheim 16 16
Los Angeles 17 19
Phoenix 15 18
San Jose 16 18
ine tans a ruising
34-31 playoff victory
over the Pittsburgh
Minnesota 91, Toronto 105
Dallas 96. LA Clipoers 90
Colorado 3, Carolina 2