2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 4, 2002
Discipline paces crew
team in quest for 'shirts'
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Who: Molly Maloney
Hometown: Lake Bluff, 111.
Sport: Field hockey
By Robert Dean
Daily Sports Writer
Imagine waking up each morning
before 6 a.m. to go to practice. Only
after three hours of intense practice do
you go to class, do your homework,
maybe eat some food and then get to
bed early enough to wake up and do it
all over again. For an entire year. Oh,
and you have to pay good money to
do this, too.
Senior Kevin Alschuler doesn't
hide the fact that life on the Michigan
men's crew team is hard.
"It's very similar to what students
go through in the ROTC program,"
Alschuler said. "Then again, we have
guys here that also do ROTC."
In fact, many of the men's crew
team's 60 members are busy in some
capacity outside of their sport. The
average grade point average on the
team is a 3.3, so you know that the
team is as disciplined in the classroom
as they are in the water.
"Having to go to practice makes you
structure your time," Alschuler said.
"Whereas most students will have
eight hours in which to do two hours of
homework, we have two hours in
which to do two hours of homework."
That type of dedication has prompt-
ed many crew team members to pur-
sue graduate studies.
"We have several guys who are
applying to med school, a couple like
myself doing engineering, and others
who have gone on to do graduate work
in their own fields," Alschuler said.
The team, founded in 1976 by a
group of University students, is just
now beginning to enjoy success.
So far this season, the Wolverines
have traveled to three races. They took
every possible medal in the two region-
al competitions they attended and were
11th overall at the Head of the Charles
In last year's nationals race at
Camden, N.J., the team finished sixth
overall. This type of success would be
great for any program, but the men's
crew team at Michigan is composed
entirely of walk-ons. It is a club varsi-
ty team, meaning the team receives
only minimal financial support from
the Athletic Department.
"There something to be said about
going to these races, knowing other
teams are sleeping in hotels, and then
going out and beating them," Alschuler
said. "We travel, sleep on a gym floor,
and then wake up and race well."
Out of the top 20 teams in the
nation last spring, Michigan was the
only group without a varsity sport at
their respective school. Of course, the
team isn't going after trophies or
medals to bring home.
For Michigan crew, it's about win-
ning the shirts.
"It's a tradition for opponents to
give a team racing shirt to the crew
that finishes first," Alschuler said.
"We have a motto around here. It's to
come home with more shirts than we
Why: The Wolverines' goalkeeper wrapped up the regular season in style,
setting the school record for shutouts in a season with nine in a 5-0 win
over No. 20 Virginia on Saturday. Maloney then followed up by leading the
second-ranked Wolverines past Duke, 3-2, yesterday.
Brady proves Pats
m-a de right choice.
Hasidic spectators watch the first pack of the men runners at the 33rd Annual New
York City Marathon in the Williamsburg section of the Brooklyn borough on Sunday.
M Soccer at Detroit, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 7
W Soccer at Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals (East Lansing)
Friday. Nov. 8
Volleyball at Ohio State, 7 p.m.
Ice hockey at Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m. .
W Soccer at Big Ten Tournament Semifinals (East Lansing)
Saturday. Nov. 9
M Soccer vs. Oakland, 1 p.m.
M Swimming/Diving vs. Michigan State, 1 p.m.
Volleyball at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Ice hockey at Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m.
Football at Minnesota, 7:45 p.m.
Field hockey at Big Ten Conference Tournament Semifinals (Columbus)
Wrestling at Michigan State Open
Field hockey at Big Ten Conference Tournament Finals (Columbus)
W Soccer at Big Ten Conference Tournament Finals (East Lansing)
Wrestling at Michigan State Open
for USOC position
Michigan Athletic Director Bill
Martin was selected on Friday by the
United States Olympic Committee's
Executive Committee as its candidate
for Vice-President Secretariat.
Martin represents the United States
Sailing Association on the USOC
board. The 123-member Board of
Directors will vote to determine
whether Martin will serve as an officer
Martin has been a member of the
United States Sailing Foundation since
1991, and was president from 1995-98.
He also served as president on the U.S.
Sailing Association from 1988-91.
He has been a member of the USOC
Board of Directors since 1995. Martin
took over as Michigan's Athletic
Director on an interim basis in 2000,
and soon after took the position on a
Golf not able to
follow Nichols' lead
Junior Dave Nichols led the
Wolverines at the Landfall Tradition,
carding a 54-hole total of 216.
Nichols's overall mark, good enough
for seventh place individually,
included 12 birdies.
"I was really pleased with Dave's
(Nichols) play. Obviously anytime
you can get a top-10 finish with a
good field of individuals and a lot of
All Americans here is excellent,"
Michigan coach Andrew Sapp said.
Sophomore Mark McIntosh fin-
ished with a score of 230, which
placed him at 41st individually.
The Wolverines had three other
top-60 individual finishers: sopho-
more Rob Tighe (54), Jimmy Wisin-
ski (56), Chris Kellogg (58).
Collectively the Wolverines fin-
ished 12th out of 12 teams. This
was Michigan's last tournament of
the fall season, and the Wolverines
won't be back in actin until the
"I think we can chalk (the fall sea-
son) up to getting experience," Sapp
said. "Looking at our fall, we have a
lot of things to work on - our short
games are not very good, we do not
make a whole lot of birdies on par
"We are excited about getting
some good conditioning done over
the winter and then getting right into
the spring season."
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -
Tom Brady exchanged cordial greet-
ings with former teammate Drew Bled-
soe before and after yesterday's game.
Brady saved his biggest statement
for the game, sparking the New Eng-
land Patriots to a
38-7 victory over
the Buffalo Bills.
of 27 passes for
310 yards and four
touchdowns it was
the most efficient
Brady's career. His
154.1 passing rat-
ing was 4.2 points Brady
short of perfection,
and it came in his biggest test of the
Brady and the defending Super Bowl
champions (4-4) snapped a four-game
losing streak to climb back into the
AFC East race. And it came against
Bledsoe, the Patriots' former franchise
player, who was facing New England
for the first time since being traded to
the Bills in April.
In a game billed as "The Bledsoe
Bowl," Brady showed up his former
mentor yet again, a year after taking his
job. Brady, however, said that was the
"last thought on my mind."
A better explanation for Brady was
the Patriots reclaiming a sense of
urgency, something they hadn't felt for
quite some time.
"For one reason or another, the last
four weeks we just haven't played Patri-
ot football," Brady said. "You talk
about a sense of urgency, and today we
Patriots' running back Antowain
Smith made a major contribution
against his former team with 111 yards
rushing and three touchdowns.
By comparison, the 5-4 Bills unrav-
eled, ending a three-game winning
streak and squandering a chance to
push the Patriots further out of the race.
Bledsoe, who entered the game as
the NFL's leading passer, didn't exactly
have an off day, finishing 28 of 45 for
302 yards. But he was stymied by an
aggressive Patriots defense, which at
times lined up in curious formations,
including a four-man linebacker front.
"Back to the drawing board after
that," said Bledsoe. "After the game,
you shake hands and live to fight
Ahead 17-7 at the half, the Patriots
put the game away with a 14-point third
The backbreaker came with the
Patriots ahead 24-7 and facing fourth-
and-3 at the Bills' 34. Brady hit Smith
for a 5-yard pass, and five plays later,
Smith capped the 76-yard drive with a
2-yard touchdown run.
Kevin Faulk, with a 45-yard recep-
tion, and Christian Fauria, with a 5-
yard touchdown reception, also scored
touchdowns for the Patriots, while
Adam Vinatieri kicked a 46-yard field
It was quite a turnaround for a Patri-
ots team that managed a combined 53
points in its previous four games.
"This is like taking 500-600 extra
pounds on your back and just throwing
it off, feeling like yourself again," Patri-
ots offensive tackle Matt Light said.
"This is huge for us. There's a'feeling
in here that we haven't felt in here for a
long time. And really, it's about time.
We've been beating up ourselves and
playing some pretty undisciplined ball."
The Bills had entered the game as
the NFL's only team to score 23 or
more points in its first eight outings.
While Bledsoe had difficulty finish-
ing drives, he got little help from usual-
ly reliable kicker Mike Hollis, who
missed all three field-goal attempts.
Bledsoe also had no control over
how his defensive teammates played.
After holding opponents to 34 points in
its previous 10 quarters, Buffalo sud-
denly reverted to old form.
On New England's first three scoring
drives, Brady converted four third
downs, including a 3rd-and-8 on a
screen pass to Smith, who ran it 13
yards for a touchdown to put the Patri-
ots up 14-0.
Faulk's 45-yard touchdown reception
also came on a screen pass in which he
ran untouched up the left sideline.
Third time's a charm for Singh
Philadelphia 8 1
Pittsburgh 7 2
New Jersey 7 2
N.Y. Rangers 4 8
N.Y. Islanders 3 7
Miami 5 2
Buffalo 5 4
New England 4 4
N.Y. Jets 3 5
in taking Tour
Tampa Bay 7
N.Y. Giants 3
ATLANTA (AP) - Annoyed by his two previous fail-
ures at East Lake, Vijay Singh left nothing to chance yes-
terday in the Tour Championship.
After working overtime on a swing he could trust, and
rehearsing a 3-iron shot to the 18th in case it came down
to the final hole, Singh finally got his revenge on East
Lake by closing with a 3-under 67 to win the final PGA
Tour event of the year.
"The last two times I came over here, I thought I was
going to win it," Singh said after a two-stroke victory
over Charles Howell III. "I've finally done it, and it's
really something I'm going to cherish."
It was the third straight Tour Championship at East
Lake that Singh held at least a share of the 54-hole lead.
He lost in a playoff to Hal Sutton in 1998 after making
bogey on the 72nd hole.
Two years ago, he was tied with Tiger Woods and closed
with a 73 as both were defeated by Phil Mickelson.
Singh finally figured out how to close the deal. He
struck the ball beautifully all day, kept out of trouble and
dared everyone else to catch him.
They certainly tried.
"Every time I hit a good shot, he was right there to
answer," Howell said after closing with a 66 in his Tour
First it was Jerry Kelly, who made an ace on No. 11 to
trim the lead to one stroke. Singh responded with three
straight birdies starting on the par-5 ninth.
Then came Howell, who holed a wedge from the 13th
fairway for an eagle and birdied the 17th to cut the mar-
gin to two shots.
That was a small enough margin for Singh to remember
his first failure at East Lake - a bogey on the par-3 18th
that allowed Sutton to get into a playoff and beat him.
"I had the same club in my hand," Singh said. "I was
practicing that this morning. I said if it comes down to
18, I need to hit a solid 3-iron.
"And that was the best one I hit. When I struck the
ball, I didn't have to look to know it was going straight
for the green."
A two-putt par gave him a 12-under 268 and a check
David Toms had a 67 to finish third. The former PGA
champion failed to win a tournament for the first time
since 1998, although he still finished fourth on the
Tiger-Woods was never a factor after taking a double
bogey on the opening hole.
Woods grimaced on his approach to the par-5 15th, and
later attributed that to a sore knee that has bothered him
"You just have to play through it," Woods said.
L.A. CLIPPERS 74, Detroit 72
Sacramento at MIAMI, inc.
Utah at SEATTLE, Inc.
Portland at L.A. LAKERS, Inc.
Chicago at ToRONTo, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at NEW JERSEY, 7:30 p.m.
Milwaukee atNEW YORK, 7:30 p.m.
San Antonio at MEMPHIS, 8 p.m.
Golden State at DALLAS, 8:30 p.m.
Detroit at PHOENIX, 9 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at CLEVELAND, 7 p.m.
Sacramento at ORLANDO, 7:30 p.m.
Indiana at MIAMI, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at MINNESOTA, 8 p.m.
Atlanta at DENVER, 9 p.m.
Golden State at SAN ANTONIO, 9:30 p.m.
St. Louis 3,N.y. RANGERS 2
COLUMBus 3, Buffalo 2
DETROIT 3, Dallas 3 (OT)
PHOENIX 2, Nashville 1 (OT)
Edmonton 4, CHICAGO 1
San Jose at ANAHEIM
Calgary at N.Y. ISLANDERS, 7 p.m.
Vancouver at CoLORADO, 9 p.m.
Minnesota at Los ANGELES, 10:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh 23, CLEVELAND 20
Tennessee 23, INDIANAPOLIS 15
TAMPA BAY 38, Minnesota 24
ATLANTA 20, Baltimore 17
DETROIT 9, Dallas 7
Philadelphia 19, CHICAGO 13
Cincinnati 38, HOUSTON 3
New England 38, BUFFALO 7
N.Y. Jets 44, SAN DIEGO 13
Washington 14, SEATTLE 3
St. Louis 27, ARIZONA 14
San Francisco 23, OAKLAND 20 (OT)
Jacksonville at N.Y. GIANTS, inc.
Miami at GREEN BAY, 9 p.m.
Byes: Carolina, Denver, Kansas City, New Orleans
Hanson kicks Lions
by Enimitt, Cowboys
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit
Lions aren't a great team by any
means, but at home they've been good
enough to already surpass last year's
victory total. Jason Hanson kicked his
third field goal from 43 yards out with
48 seconds left to help the Lions defeat
the Dallas Cowboys 9-7 yesterday.
"We've got three-game winning
streak at home, and that's a big state-
ment these players have made," Detroit
coach Marty Mornhinweg said.
The Lions (3-5) have lost all 12 of
the road games they've played under
Mornhinweg, but at Ford Field, they've
beaten New Orleans, Chicago and now
the Cowboys (3-6).
Joey Harrington, Detroit's rookie
quarterback, struggled for much of the
game, but he completed his longest
pass of the day - a 13-yarder to James
Stewart - on fourth-and-3 from the
Dallas 43 to keep the game-winning
Harrington completed 3 of 4.passes
on the drive, which began on the Lions
37, and Stewart ran four times to set up
the field goal.
"I don't want the game to come
down to me - we want to win by a
touchdown or two - but I always tell
myself to be prepared," Hanson said.
Kenyans sweep at
Chepchumba of Kenya.
"I'm very pleased with how I did,"
said Runyan, the first Paralympian to
compete at an Olympics. "You never
know if you prepared properly, how the
weather will affect you, how the dis-
tance will affect you."
With temperatures in the 40s and a
slight headwind, Boston Marathon
champion Rodgers Rop overcame pain
in his side to finish in 2 hours, 8 minutes,
7 seconds, helping Kenya gain its first
sweep of the men's and women's titles.
Christopher Cheboiboch (2:08:17)
- also second in Boston - and Laban
Kipkemboi (2:08:39) gave Kenya the
first 1-2-3 men's finish for a country
since the United States did it in 1975.
New York nominated