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2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 16, 2002

CLUBSPORTSWEEKLY
National success gives
lacrosse financial woes

6MNOTES

By Rob Dean
For the Daily
For Michigan women's lacrosse, suc-
cess has not come cheap. As one of sev-
,eral organized sports on campus with
club status, the members of the team
bear the burden of paying dues for the
year that may escalate into the hundreds.
In the past, women's lacrosse has not
been competitive enough to worry about
travel expenses or salaries for top coach-
es. But with an unexpected fourth-place
national finish coming from an extreme-
ly young squad (over three-fourths of
last year's team were underclassmen),
team president Jane Friend is looking for
more recognition from the Athletic
Department.
"Whether or not we get varsity status
is completely out of our control," says
Friend. "But we have applied and
appealed a decision that would make us
a varsity club team," Friend said.
"Varsity club status would give us a
booster in terms of securing facilities,
of which there is only one right now
shared by several teams, and in support-
ing more travel."
Women's lacrosse is looking to capi-
talize on this past spring's success with a
return to St. Louis, the site of the nation-
al tournament. First, the team must fin-
ish atop a field of 37 teams in March at
a regional tournament hosted by the
Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League.
This team had no trouble last year beat-
ing other club teams from New England
and the Midwest.
Friend said that their own division
includes Calvin, Albion, Michigan
State, Western Michigan, Oakland and
Men's gf
S app's first
By Matt Kramer
Daily Sports Writer
This wasn't exactly the start that
first-year men's golf coach Andrew
Sapp was looking for. But for now, it
will have to do.
The Wolverines opened their
2002 season this past weekend, fir-
ing a two-day team total of 913 at
the 54-hole Ridges Intercollegiate
in Johnson City, Tenn. Michigan
finished in 14th place out of 14
teams.
"We struggled this weekend, espe-
cially (yesterday)," Sapp said. "We
played well, but this was a difficult
golf course with difficult condi-
tions."
The Wolverines dug themselves
into a deep hole on Saturday when
they could only muster rounds of 12-
over 300 and 16-over 304. Saturday's
604 put Michigan 23 shots behind
eventual winner Wake Forest before
the final round.
But while Sapp wasn't necessarily
pleased with the way the Wolverines
played, by no means was he disap-
pointed.
Unlike previous seasons, when the
Wolverines started the year against
smaller schools that they could easily
handle, the field at The Ridges con-
sisted of seven of the top 25 teams in
the country and a plethora of individ-
ual All-Americans.
"This was a good experience for us
to be playing with the best teams,"
Sapp said. "It was a great growing
experience for us as a team."

Hope College.
"But with the exception of MSU,
those have all been easy wins for us,"
Friend said.
The team coasted through the
WCLL, earning a birth to the national
finals and finishing among the semifi-
nalists, despite starting the year ranked
19th. The team's unprecedented success
has also drawn the attention of one of
the area's top coaches.
"One of the prerequisites of creating
a varsity team includes attracting a good
coaching staff, which obviously we
have," Friend said.
Mary Ann Meltzer joined the team as
head coach after guiding the Birming-
ham Unified club to three Michigan state
championships in the' past five years.
Meltzer herself is no stranger to national
competition. She starred at the Universi-
ty of Maryland as an All-American in
the late 1980's and competed for the
United States Lacrosse team from 1989
to 1992.
Also joining the team from Birming-
ham Unified is Meltzer's assistant
coach, John Sung, hiiself an accom-
plished competitive player. Michigan
begins its six-week tune up for the
spring season on September 23.
According to Friend, "these games
will not count against our official
record."
Instead, the team will be evaluating
new players while hoping to fundraise
enough money to support the team's
growing needs. Efforts to raise cash
have intensified this year with candy
bar sales at football games and a
"Lax-a-thon" to be held tentatively in
the Diag from October 21-25.
struggles in
tournament
The individual medallist honors
came down to a five-way tie at one-
under par 215.
Among the five were U.S. Amateur
semi-finalist Bill Haas from Wake
Forest, North Carolina All-American
Dustin Brey and Duke All-American
Leif Olsen.
"There was not much of a surprise
with the competition," Sapp said.
"These are some of the best golfers
in college. We're not far off."
To make matters tougher, three
Wolverines - redshirt freshmen
Mark McIntosh and Jimmy Wisinski,
and true freshman Bruce Svechota-
Kingsbury - were making their first
collegiate starts. McIntosh led the
new Wolverines with rounds of 75-
75-80-230.
Sophomore Rob Tighe led all
Wolverines with rounds of 73-77-73-
223.
"I was really pleased with the way
Rob played," Sapp said. "He had it 3-
under par today before the weather
got bad."
Michigan returns to Big Ten terri-
tory in two weeks when it travels to
Indiana to compete in the Northern
Intercollegiate.
"We may see some new faces in a
few weeks," said Sapp. "We have 12
days to go before the tournament.
That means there will be a lot of time
for other guys to get in through qual-
ifying."
The Wolverines last played in the
Northern Intercollegiate in 2000, fir-
ing a team total of 33-over par 897,
finishing third out of 18 teams.

Alum, ex- ast goes
after Miss America crown
Former All-American women's
gymnast Sarah-Elizabeth Langford
will represent the District of
Columbia next Saturday night at the
Miss America pageant in Atlantic
City, N.J.
Langford, a 2000 graduate, was a
member of arguably Michigan's best'
squad ever in 2000.
Ranked No. 1 as a team through-
out the 2000 season, Langford aver-
aged 9.832 on the vault competing
in all 15 meets.

As a vault specialist, she helped
Michigan to a second-place finish
at the NCAA Championships in
1999, still the Wolverines' best per-
formance.
Langford's career best on the
vault was a perfect 10 on March,
11, 2000 in a duel meet against
Florida and Bowling Green.
An LSA graduate in French, Lang-
ford now attends law school at
Howard University in Washington,
D.C.
The Miss America pageant will
be televised on ABC next Saturday
at 8 p.m.

Who: Erin Moore
Hometown: Tiffin, Ohio
Position: Middle backer

Sport: Volleyball
Year: Junior

ATleE OFtg THE WEE
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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Bloody mess

Why: Moore helped Michigan (5-3) to its only victory Friday night when
she recorded a double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs against Alabama.
She also added nine blocks to barely miss a triple-double. Against No. 4
Nebraska on Saturday she had 11 kills in the loss
'SCHEDULE
Thursday. Sept.19
Volleyball vs. Toledo, 7 p.m.
Friday. Sept. 20
M Cross Country at Michigan State Open, 2 p.m.
W Soccer vs. Iowa, 4 p.m.
M Soccer vs. Oakland (Elbel Field), 6 p.m.
M Tennis at Tom Fallon Invitational (South Bend)
Saturday. Sept. 21
Field Hockey vs. Temple, 10 a.m.
Football vs. Utah, 12:05 p.m.
W Cross Country at Sundodger Invitational (Seattle), 1:15 p.m.
Volleyball at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
W Golf at Mary Fossum Invitational (East Lansing)
M Tennis at Tom Fallon Invitational (South Bend)
Sunday. Sept. 22
W Soccer vs. Illinois, 11:30 a.m.
M Soccer vs. Penn State (Varsity Field), 2 p.m.
Field Hockey vs. Northeastern, 2 p.m.
W Golf at Mary Fossum Invitational (East Lansing)
M Tennis at Tom Fallon Invitational (South Bend)
Sponn BRIEFS

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AP rPHOu
United States Postal's Michael Barry rides on despite crashing during the
eighth stage of the Tour of Spain.
Former Piston missing,
may ave been killed

Anna wins! Although
Koum ikova still loses
SHANGHAI, China (AP) - Anna
Kournikova is still seeking her first
WTA singles title.
Anna Smashnova dashed Kourniko-
va's hopes with a 6-2, 6-3 victory in the
final of the Shanghai Open yesterday.
The 21-year-old Russian, better
known for her glamour and lucrative
commercial endorsements, has lost all
four finals she has played in her career.
"I am quite disappointed. She played.
her game, and I didn't play the right
way," Kournikova said. "I tried to mix
it up. I should have been more aggres-
sive,, gone to the net more."
Kournikova was slowed by unforced
errors, repeatedly hitting balls too long
from the baseline and missing key
shots at the net.
Smashnova, ranked No. 19, was pre-
cise and controlled throughout the
match, hitting perfect winners in stride.
Kournikova didn't score a point until
the third game of the first set when
Smashnova hit a shot wide.
"She was like a wall today, hitting
everything back," Kournikova said.
Kournikova, playing in her first sin-
gles final since 2000, was looking for
her first singles title in 115 WTA tour-
naments.
This final appeared to be one of
Kournikova's best chances at a title.

She beat Smashnova in their last two
matchups, most recently in August in
the Acura Classic in California.
"Not only did the fans here wish me
to win, but so did the fans all over the
world," Kournikova said.
Twins stick it to Selig
with AL Central title
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Min-
nesota Twins, the small-market sur-
vivors baseball couldn't eliminate,
will be hanging around a little
longer than anyone could have
imagined.
The Twins, targeted for contrac-
tion last November, clinched the AL
Central yesterday with a 5-0 win
over the defending champion Cleve-
land Indians.
"Bud Selig couldn't get rid of us,"
Jacque Jones said. "The White Sox
couldn't get rid of us. The Cleveland
Indians couldn't get rid of us. Here
we are, and we're staying."
Kyle Lohse (13-8) pitched six
shutout innings as the Twins secured
their first playoff appearance since
1991.
"It's been a long haul," manager
Ron Gardenhire said. "It started this
winter when they tried to kick us out
and take away our team. There's
been a lot of buildup here, and we're
going to let it all out today."

PHOENIX (AP) - FBI investigators
and French police have gathered on the
island of Tahiti, possibly on the verge of
opening a formal murder investigation
into the disappearance of former NBA
player Bison Dele
and two others, the
Los Angeles Times
reported yesterday. 4
The chief suspect
at this time is Dele's
brother, Miles x
Dabord, who wit- ..
nesses have said left
New Zealand on a
sailboat with Dele, Dele
Dele's girlfriend Serena Karlan, and the
boat's captain, Bertrand Saldo. Witness-
es also have said, according to the
Times, that a person fitting Dabord's
description brought the boat into Tahiti
alone.
Dabord already is being sought in
Mexico on an unlawful flight warrant
issued by the FBI bureau in Phoenix,
where he is suspected of trying to steal
his brother's identity.
The FBI and the French police are
expected to do a formal search of the
boat, a 55-foot catamaran, today. The
boat, which Dele named the Hakuna
Matata, was found docked in the Tahit-
ian town of Taravao on Thursday. No
one was on board, but the boat had been
repainted and renamed Arabella, accord-
ing to Andrew Black of the San Francis-
co office of the FBI.
A French police official told the Los
Angeles Times that a public prosecutor
in Tahiti is expected to declare an open
murder investigation today. The official
said his office has gathered "plenty" of
information from 20 witnesses to for-
ward suspicions that Dabord was
involved in the disappearances.
According to the Times, several
witnesses in Taravao reported seeing a
man they have identified as the 6-
foot-8, 270-pound Dabord stepping
alone off the boat before registering
it. The official said the man believed
to be the 35-year-old Dabord, former-
ly known as Kevin Eugene Williams,

signed the registration slip with an
alias that was not either of his two
names or that of Dele, 33, or his for-
mer name, Brian Williams.
Two Tahitian residents told the French
police they drove Dabord 60 miles from
Taravao so he could board an airplane
departing Papeete, Tahiti, on July 20, the
police official told the Times.
The police official told the Times
there were no signs of foul play, blood-
stains or damage, seen by inspecting the
boat from the dock.
He also said he would be surprised if
any bodies are found on the boat.
"My personal opinion is that the bod-
ies are in the sea," the official told the
Times. "The waters off our coast are
very deep - planes have crashed and
remain missing - so if the bodies have
been (dumped) it will be impossible to
find them."
Police in Phoenix detained Dabord on
Sept. 5 after he allegedly said he was
Brian Williams and signed receipts with
that name while trying to buy $152,000
in gold. He showed his younger broth-
er's passport as identification before he
was taken into custody by police, Black,
of the FBI's San Francisco office, said.
Dabord then was released without being
arrested, which was before it was known
that Dele was missing.
Dele, a member of the Chicago Bulls'
NBA championship team in 1997,
changed his name in 1998 to honor his
American Indian ancestry. Averaging
11.0 points and 6.2 rebounds in 413 reg-
ular-season games, he last played in
1999 with the Pistons.
Patricia Phillips, the mother of
Dabord and Dele, told the Chicago Tri-
bune she had received anguished calls
from Dabord on Tuesday and Wednes-
day of last week.
In those calls, Phillips told the Tri-
bune, '(Dabord) said, 'Mom, I just need
you to believe me. I wouldn't hurt my
brother. I need to know that you love me
before I die. I can't go to prison. You
know my personality is the type that I
can't survive in prison. Nobody will
believe my story."'

DAMY SCOREBOARD

MLB STANDINGS

NFL STANDINGS
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
East

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AMERICAN LEAGUE
Eastern Division
New York
Boston
Toronto
Baltimore
Tampa Bay
Central Division
Minnesota
Chicago
Cieveland
Kansas City
Detroit
West Division
Anaheim
Oakland
Seattle
Tex as
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Eastern Division
x-Atlanta
Montreal
Philadelphia
Florida
New York
;Central Division
St. Louis
Houston
Cincinnati
Pittsburgh
Chicago
Milwaukee
West Division
Arizona
San Francisco
Los Angeles
Colorado
San Diego

L
55
64
81
82
100
L
63
76
83
91
95
L
55
55
64
79
L,
53
76
76
77
79
L
63
70
76
84:
86
97
L
57
64
65
81
87

Pct
.631
.568
.456
.446
.329
Pct
.580
.493
.443
.385
.358
Pot
.628
.628
.568
.466
Pct
.639
.493
.493
.483
.470
Pct
.577
.533
.490
.436
.427
.349
Pct
.617
.570
.564
.460
.420

GB
9.5
26
27.5
45
GB,
13
20.5
29
33
GB
9
24
GB
21.5
21.5
23
25
GB
6.5
13
21
22.5
34
GB
7
8
23.5
29.5

Miami
New England
Buffalo
N.Y. Jets
South
Houston
Indianapolis
Jacksonville
Tennessee
North
Cleveland
Pittsburgh
Baltimore
Cincinnati
West
Denver
San Diego
Oakland
Kansas City

W
2
2
1
1
W
1
1
-1
1
W
1
0
0
0
W
2
2
1
1

The Michigan Athletic
Department would like to
thank all students for
their cooperation with the
new .0. card policy at
Michigan Stadium.
Take a break & join us for an evening of fun at
Lanes
2985 Washtenawx
Corner of Golfside _
734-434-1110 _

NATIONAL CONFEREN4CE
East

PA
34
21
76
75
PA
34
46
44
45
PA
47
30
35
54
PA
30
9
17
62
PA
23
32
37
27
PA
14
40
26
51
PA
36
69
80
72
PA
44
37
55
49

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Washington
Dallas
N.Y. Giants
Philadelphia
South
Carolina
New Orlns
Tampa Bay
Atlanta
North
Chicago
Green Bay
Detroit
Minnesota

W
1
1
1
0
W
2
2
1
0
W
2
1
0
0
W
1
1
0
0

-ARoller Hockey Team
2002-2003 Tryouts
Monday: Sept. 23 7:40-9:20 pm
Tuesday: Sept.24 7:40-9:20 pm
Wednesday: Sept. 25 7:40-9:20pm
Location: WdeWorld Sports Center

ARE YOU-
BILINGUAL?
Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
at the University of
Michigan is looking for
individuals who speak more
than 1 language, have no
history of head injury,
neurological disease. or

MLB SCORES
Yesterday's games
Baltimore 8, Boston 3
Tampa Bay 7, Toronto 4
Minnesota 5, Cleveland 0
N.Y. Yankees 8, Chicago White Sox 4
Kansas City 9, Detroit 3
Seattle 6, Oakland 3
Atlanta 6, Florida 4
Chicago Cubs 6, Cincinnati 0
Montreal 10, N.Y. Mets 1
Philadelphia 1, Pittsburgh 0.10 innings
Houston 8, St. Louis 0
Colorado 5, Los Angeles 4
Arizona 6, Milwaukee 5, 13 innings
San Diego 4, San Francisco 1
Texas at Anaheim, inc.
Today's games
Cleveland at BOSTON, 1:05 p.m.
Toronto at BALTIMORE, 7:05 p.m.
Kansas city at DETROIT, 7:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at PITTSBURGH, 7:05 p.m.

West

Arizona
San Francisco
Seattle
St. Louis

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NFL GAMES
Yesterday'sgames
'Chicago 14, Atlanta 13
Miami21,'Indianapolis13
Dallas 21, Tennessee 13
Carolina 31, Detroit 7
New England 44, N.Y. Jets 7
New Orleans 35, Green Bay 20
Cleveland 20, Cincinnati 7
Jacksonville 23, Kansas City 16
Tampa Bay 25, Baltimore 0
Arizona 24, Seattle 13
N.Y. -Giants 26, St. Louis 21
San Diego 24, Houston 3
Buffalo 45, Minnesota 39, OT
Deonver 24.San Frmniscon14

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