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2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 21, 2002

CLUBSPORTsWEEKLY
Club icers want to forget
Life and bring home title

By Waldemar Centeno
Daily Sports Writer
Runner-up in the nation last year,
Michigan's club hockey team begins
the new season with a clean slate. With
a completely new coaching staff and
nine new players on the team this sea-
son, Michigan was hoping to build
team unity while it tries to recreate the
chemistry it had in last year's club.
"We expect to win a lot of games
with our offensive power," coach
Tony Jalaba said. "Our guys do a
good job of handling the puck, and
we want to be in possession of the
puck as often as we can, especially
in the offensive zone."
With high standards set for this
season, Michigan wants nothing less
than dominance throughout its route
to the National Championship,
which they lost last year in New
York to Life University.
"So far we have a lot of guys putting
the puck in the net," Jalaba said. "We
are obviously 3-0 and off to a good
start, however, we still have a lot to
work on to become a better team. We
are continuing with my expectations,
and our goal this year is to win the
National Championship."
With some questions that needed to
be answered, the team entered Saturday
night's game against Ohio State -
which Michigan won 9-1 - with four
different goalies that are all fighting for
the starting spot on the team. Michigan
also has an injured captain, John
Nadzam, who is still recovering from a
knee injury that occurred during last
year's trip to the finals Despite having a
few problems, the team's chemistry
already rivals last year's team.
"Compared to last year's team, we
Season-best
By Daniel Bremmer
Daily Sports Writer
Sometimes even a team's best isn't
enough..
That was the case on Saturday, as
the No. 21 Michigan men's cross coun-
try team turned in a season best per-
formance, but still came away with a
sixth-place finish.
Racing in Terre Haute, Ind. at the
NCAA Pre-Nationals, six of Michi-
gan's seven runners posted their best
times of the year - including four

had about two lines. But this year,
we are now rolling about a good
three or four solid lines," Nadzam
said. "We are much more talented
up front. We thought our defense
was going to hurt us, but we picked
up a few good recruits and now we
are phenomenal there."
Against Ohio State, Michigan was
smaller but quicker than Ohio State.
With seven saves and a shutout in
the first period, goalie Steve Oku-
niewski did an incredible job control-
ling a very aggressive Ohio State team.
Continuing this trend, goalie Danny
Zeldes shut out Ohio State with 10
saves in the second period. Also in the
second period, Michigan forward,
Ryan Anderson, scored all three of his
goals to record a hat trick for the game.
In the final period, Michigan was up
7-0 while Ohio State's frustration
began to set in. The Buckeyes began to
play dirty by throwing punches that
resulted in penalties for both teams.
Michigan's goalie Ryan Deery
had five saves, but Ohio State did
score its lone goal against him.
Although Deery let up a goal that
ended the shutout, Michigan's
goalies did a wonderful job in hold-
ing Ohio State to one goal.
The rest of the defense was playing
well, breaking up many passes and
clearing the puck during five Ohio
State powerplays.
Geoff Kobayashi and Justin Kozik
contributed superb play by displaying
their capabilities in the game with two
goals each.
Michigan will play Southern Cal at
home this Friday.
But the games to watch this season
should be Miami of Ohio on Nov. 16,
and Michigan State on Nov. 7.
finish is no

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Who: Jeff Tambellini Sport: Hockey
Hometown: Port Moody, British Columbia Year: Freshman
Position: Forward
Why: Tambellini scored two goals and had one assist in his home debut
this weekend against Merrimack. He was one of the few bright spots in
Friday's 4-1 win over the Warriors as he was one of two Wolverines to
score on one of Michigan's 13 powerplay attempts. Tambellini
'M'SCHEDULE
Thursday, Oct. 24
W Tennis at Omni Hotels Regional Championship (East Lansing)
M Tennis at Rolex Regional Championships (Madison)

Cobi Jones (center) holds the MLS cup after the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the New
England Revolution 1-0 in the title game yesterday.
Galaxy doesn't pull a Buffalo
in MLS championship game

Friday, Oct. 25
W Soccer at Michigan State, 3 p.m.
M Cross Country at Eastern Michigan Open, 4 p.m.
W Cross Country at Eastern Michigan Open, 4 p.m.
Field Hockey at Penn State, 4 p.m.
M Soccer at Illinois-Chicago, 3 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Illinois, 7 p.m.
Ice Hockey vs. Alaska Fairbanks, 7:35 p.m.
W Tennis at Omni Hotels Regional Championship (East Lansing)
M Tennis at Rolex Regional Championships (Madison.)
Saturday. Oct. 26
Football vs. Iowa, 12:05 p.m.
Field Hockey vs. Old Dominion (State College), 2 p.m.
M Basketball in Maize & Blue Scrimmage, 4 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Purdue, 7 p.m.
Hockey vs. Alaska Fairbanks, 7:35 p.m.
W Tennis at Omni Hotels Regional Championship (East Lansing)
M Tennis at Rolex Regional Championships (Madison)
Sunday, Oct.27
W Rowing at Head of the Elk (Elkhart, Ind.), 9 a.m.
W Soccer vs. Oakland, 1 p.m.
M Soccer at Northwestern, 3 p.m.
W Tennis at Omni Hotels Regional Championship (East Lansing)
M Tennis at Rolex Regional Championships (Madison)
DAY SCOREBOARD

9

FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) - Give
Carlos Ruiz enough chances, and he's
going to come out a winner.
Same with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Ruiz scored in the 23rd minute of
overtime yesterday to give the Galaxy
their first Major League Soccer title. He
broke a scoreless tie to end the longest
game in league history, a 1-0 victory
over the New England Revolution in the
MLS Cup.
Los Angeles' victory was one of perse-
verance - for Ruiz, who had two
chances to win it earlier in overtime, and
for the Galaxy, who lost three previous
t enouth fo

runners finishing less than 25 minutes,
more than any other race this season.
"When you get sixth in a race, you
always feel a little bit disappointed,"
Michigan coach Ron Warhurst said.
"But after reviewing the results of the
other race and our race, I felt that we
ran pretty good."
Because of the enormous field of
competitors, the Pre-Nationals are set
up in two separate races, one for each
division. The Wolverines ran in the
White division.
The top finisher for the Wolverines

was sophomore Nate Brannen (24:21),
who crossed the finish line 11th out of
244 competitors. Brannen was fol-
lowed closely by freshman Nick Willis
(24:27), who finished 15th.
Senior Nick Stanko (24:43) and jun-
ior Tom Greenless (24:52) finished
40th and 52nd, respectively.
Warhurst attributed the runners' sea-
son-best times to the quality of the
competition.
"That's why we're in sports,"
Warhurst said. "You've got to try and
get up and get better to face better

appearances in the championship game.
Ruiz, the leading goal-scorer, was cho-
sen the game's MVP after ending 112
scoreless minutes with a breakaway goal
over the outstretched legs of goalkeeper
Adin Brown.
Tyrone Marshall brought the ball
downfield with Ruiz on his left and only
one defender, Rusty Pierce, to beat.
Marshall crossed to Ruiz, who left-foot-
ed a shot behind the diving Brown and
into the far side of the net.
"Balls like that, you just try and make
yourself as big as possible and hope it
hits you," Brown said.
r Michigan
competition, and that's what we did."
Heading into the race, the coach had
hoped for a top-five finish.
"I thought if we were in the top five,
we would have a great run," Warhurst
said. "We were sixth, so we still did
very well."
The team got off to a very conser-
vative start, which may have cost it
the top-five finish that Warhurst
was hoping for. By the time runners
began to break from the pack, many
were in lower places than they had
expected.
In future races, especially the Big Ten
and NCAA championships, Warhurst
expects the team to go out with more
fire and intensity from the start.
"We learned our lesson that if you
want to place a guy in the top five or
10 guys, you have got to run aggres-
sively and keep up with the lead pack,"
Warhurst said.
Despite coming up short in their
division, the race showed some prom-
ise for the Wolverines. The team fin-
ished only four points behind No. 7
Georgetown.
Michigan also defeated rival Michi-
gan State by 38 points. While the Spar-
tans have currently fallen out of the
national top-30, they were consistently
ranked ahead of the Wolverines early
in the season.

0

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
W
Philadelphia 3
Pittsburgh 3
New Jersey 3
NY Rangers 2
NY Islanders 2

OTL
0
0
0
0
0

Pts
8
7
6
6
5

Northeast Division
Boston
Montreal
Buffalo
Toronto
Ottawa
Southeast Division
Tampa Bay
Washington
Carolina
Florida
Atlanta

W
3
2
2
2
2
W
3
3
2
1
0

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Central Division
W
St. Louis 3
Detroit 3
Chicago 2
Columbus 2
Nashville 0

OTL Pts
0 7
05
0 5
0 5
0 4
OTL Pts
0 7
0 6
1 5
1 3
1 1
OTL Pts
07
0 6
0 4
0 4
2 3
OTL Pts
0 7
0 6
0 5
0 5
0 3
OTL Pts
0 7
0 6
0 5
0 5
0 3

NHL STANDINGS

NFL STANDINGS
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
East

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

W
5
4
3
2
W
4
3
2
1
W
3
3
2
0
W
6
5
3

a UM

Northwest Division
Minnesota
Vancouver
Colorado
Calgary
Edmonton
Pacific Division
Los Angeles
Dallas
Phoenix
Anaheim
San Jose

NATIONAL CONFERENCE
East
W
Philadelphia 4
NY Giants 3
Dallas 3
Washington 2

PF
190
217
152
95
PF
114
128
130
83
PF
104
161
110
51
PF
173
183
196
239
PF
185
86
94
115
PF
221
153
130
102
PF
203
132
132
137
PF
142
108
139
125

PA
143
214
134
169
PA
90
112
173
157
PA
111
151
112
181
PA
119
154
145
230
PA
102
98
127
167
PA
172
76
84
105
PA
154
155
189
185
PA
116
93
158
152

0

0

W
3
2
2
1
W
3
3
2
1
1

South
New Orleans
Tampa Bay
Atlanta
Carolina
North
Green Bay
Chicago
Detroit
Minnesota

W
6
5
3
3
w
6
2
2
1

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Washington at DALLAS, INC.
Today's games
Tampa Bay at NY RANGERS, 7 P.M.
Calgary at DETROIT, 7:30 P.M.
Boston at TORONTO, 7:30 P.M.
Atlanta at FLORIoA, 7:30 P.M.
Vancouver at SAN JOSE, 10:30 P.m.

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San Francisco 4
Arizona 3
St. Louis 2
Seattle 1
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Yesterday's games
DETROIT 23, Chicago 20
ATLANTA 30, Carolina 0
BALTIMORE 17, Jacksonville 10
Denver 37, KANSAS CITY 34
Buffalo 23, MIAMI 10
NEW ORLEANS 35, San Francisco 27
NY JETS 20, Minnesota 7
PHILADELPHIA 20, Tampa Bay 10
ST.'Louws 37, Seattle 20
CLEvELAND 34, Houston 17 -
San Diego 27, OAKLAND 21
ARIZONA 9, Dallas 6
GREEN BAY 30, Washington 9
Byes: Cincinnati. NewUEngland, NY Giants,
Tennessee.
Today's game
Indianapolis at PITTSBURGH, 9 P.M.
.Next week's games
Detroit at BUFFALO, 1 p.m.
Tennessee at CINCINNATI, 1 p.m.
Seattle at DALLAS, 1 p.m.
Oakland at KANSAS CITY, 1 p.m.
Chicago at MINNESOTA, 1 p.m.
Atlanta at NEW ORLEANS, 1 p.m.
Cleveland at NY JETS, 1 p.m.
Tampa Bay at CAROLINA, 1 p.m.
Pittsburgh at BALTIMORE, 1 p.m.
Arizona at SAN FRANcisco, 4:05 p.m.
Denver at NEW ENGLAND, 4:15 p.m.
Houston at JACKSONVILLE, 4:15 p.m.
Indianapolis at WASHINGTON, 8:30 p.m.
NY Giants at PHILADELPHIA, 9 P.M., 10/28
Byes: Cincinnati, New England, NY Giants,
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