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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 4, 2002 - 3B

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Michigan 8
Michigan 8, USNTDP U18 2

Gajic returns with a vengeance


By Dan Rosen
Daily Sports Writer


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First period - 1, MICH, Dwight Helminen (Eric Nys-
trom, Jed Ortmeyer) 13:21; 2, MICH Brandon Kale-
niecki (Danny Richmond, David Moss) 17:12 (pp).
Penalties - Jed Ortmeyer, MICH (slashing) 6:20;
Mike Brennan, USA (slashing) 6:20; Adam Pineault,
UISA (high sticking) 8:06; Michael Bartlett, USA
(interference) 15:54; Milan Gajic, MICH (high stick-
ing) 18:38.
Second period - 3, MICH, David Moss (Brandon
Kaleniecki, Nick Martens) 4:22; 4, MICH, Joe Kautz
(J.J. Swistak, Charlie Henderson) 17:18.
Penalties- Brandon Kaleniecki, MICH (holding the
stick) 12:00; Mike Brennan, USA (slashing) 18:22.
Third period - 5, MICH, Milan Gajic (Eric Werner,
Danny Richmond) 4:03 (pp); 6, MICH, Milan Gajic
(Mark Mink) 7:22; 7, MICH, Jed Ortmeyer (Dwight
Helminen, Brandon Rogers) 9:14; 8, USA, Steve
Manders (Michael Bartlett, Ryan Suter) 11:24 (pp);
9, USA, Josh Sciba (Ryan Suter) 12:24 (pp); 10,
MICH, Brandon Kaleniecki (Michael Woodford, Nick
Martens) 13:30. Penalties - Adam Pineault, USA
(roughing) 2:05; David Wyzgowski, MICH (obstruc-
tion-hooking) 4:27; Eric Werner, MICH (obstruction-
tripping) 9:56; Mark Mink, MICH (holding) 10:55;
Jacob Dowell, USA (high sticking) 13:47; Andrew
Ebbett, MICH (hooking) 16:27; Ryan Suter, USA
(cross-checking) 20:00; Josh Sciba, USA (roughing
after the whistle) 20:00; Milan Gajic, MICH (rough-
ing after the whistle) 20:00; Andrew Ebbett, MICH
(roughing after the whistle) 20:00.
Shots on goal: USA 2-6-7 15; MICH 8-19-10 47. Power
plays: USA 2 of 6; MICH 2 of 5.
Saves - USA, Rogers 2, Holt - 27; MICH, Ruden
11, Montoya 2.
At: Yost Ice Arena. Attendance: 6,091.
No.1 New Hampshire (3-1-2) def. Merrimack
4-3, lost to Boston University 3-2.
No. 2 Denver (7-1-0) def. Wisconsin 5-3,
def. Wisconsin 5-3.
No. 3 Boston College (5-0-1) tied Notre
Dame 3-3.
No. 4 Minnesota (2-1-2) def. Alabama.
Huntsville 12-1, def. Alabama-Huntsville 4-2.
No. 5 Michigan (5-1-0) def. USNTDP-18 8-2.
No. 6 North Dakota (60-0) def. Princeton
5-2, def. Yale 7-3.
No. 7 Boston University (4-1-2) def.
Northeastern 7-6, def. Boston University 3-2.
No. 8 Cornell (1-0-0) def. Ohio State 3-1.
No. 9 Colorado College (5.1-1) def.
Michigan Tech 5-1, vs. Michigan Tech.
No.10 Maine (5-1-1) def. Mercyhurst 5-
0, def. Mercyhurst 7-0.
No. 11 Providence (6-0) def. Massachu-
setts 2-1 (ot), vs. Princeton.
No. 12 Michigan State (4-2-0) did not
No. 13 Ferris State (7-1-0) def. Alaska-
Fairbanks 5-0, def. Alaska-Fairbanks 5-1.
No. 14 St. Cloud (3-2-1) def. Rensselaer 3-
0, lost to Rensselaer 3-1.
No. 15Harvard (0-1-0) lost to Brown 4-0.
Friday's games:
Ferris State 5, ALASKA-FAIRBANKS 0
Northern Michigan 3, LAKE SUPERIOR 2
WESTERN MICHIGAN 8, Nebraska-Omaha 2
MIAMI 3, Bowling Green 2
MicriA 8, US Under18 Team 2 (exhib.)
Cornell 3, OHIo STATE 1
Boston College 3, NOTRE DAME 3
Saturday's games:
Ferris State 5, ALASKA-FAIRBANKS 1
Northern Michigan 3, LAKE SUPERIOR 0
Nebraska-Omaha 2, WESTERN MICHIGAN 0
MIAMI 6, Bowling Green 1
Yesterday's games:
OHIO STATE 6, Colgate 2

His teammates gave him a hard
time for his lack of a celebration, but
Milan Gajic was too relieved to do
any dancing.
After the sophomore forward took a
pass from defenseman Eric Werner in
the opening minutes of the third period
of Friday night's exhibition and fired a
wrist shot into the top left corner of the
net, he could barely crack a smile.
The goal, the first of two in the
game for Gajic, helped the Wolverines
to a runaway 8-2 win over the U.S.
National Team Development Program
Under-18 Team.
After recording nine goals in his
freshman campaign, Gajic had yet to
find the back of the net this season. In
fact, he had just one point in the
team's first six games - an assist
against North Dakota on Oct. 12. And
even though Friday was just an exhibi-
tion, Michigan coach Red Berenson
hopes that it will be something that
Gajic can build on.
"You hope there are some players in
that lockerroom that got some honest
confidence from that game," Beren-
son said. "It's good for players like
Gajic and it's about time."
Before arriving at Michigan, Gajic

was an offensive machine. In the
2000-01 season, as a junior player in
the British Columbia Hockey League,
he set Burnaby Bulldogs records for
goals, assists and points in a season
(46-52-98). But so far this year, he has
had trouble converting on his chances.
Early in Friday's contest, it
appeared Gajic's frustrations might
Just two minutes into the game, the
sophomore mistimed his shot on a
pass from the corner, and the puck
went wide. Eight minutes later, Gajic
was stopped on a 2-on-1 when the
U.S. Under-18 team defender forced
him into a low-angle shot.
But after his first goal in the third,
the Burnaby, British Columbia native
seemed to relax on the ice. According
to Gajic, it was about time.
"It was always something that came
so easily to me, and then I start off the
year five or six games without getting
a goal," Gajic said. "I've been press-
ing a lot, holding my stick too tight."
Not many of the Wolverines had
trouble scoring on Friday.
Dwight Helminen opened the
assault with a wrist shot from the
point. The sophomore center took a
behind-the-back pass from forward
Eric Nystrom and found an opening
to the right of U.S. Under-18 Team

goalie Chris Holt to give the Wolver-
ines a 1-0 lead.
Forward Brandon Kaleniecki added
to the lead less than three minutes later
thanks to his scrappy play in front of
the net. Freshman defenseman Danny
Richmond fired a shot wide left and
the puck caromed all the way around
to a well-positioned Kaleniecki just to
the right of the post. Holt was unable
to move across the crease quickly
enough, and the freshman forward
redirected it into the open net.
David Moss and Joe Kautz added
goals in the second period to give
Michigan a 4-0 lead. The Wolverines
led 7-0 in the third before the U.S.
Under-18 Team got on the board.
U.S. Under-18 Team defenseman
Ryan Suter helped his team capitalize
on a 5-on-3 advantage by assisting on
two goals within a minute.
On the first score, forward Steve
Mandes took a rebound from Suter's
shot from the point and roofed it over
backup goalie Noah Ruden. Just 60
seconds later, forward Josh Sciba
earned a tally on an eerily similar shot
from Suter.
Despite the late flurry, Michigan
held on for a comfortable 8-2 win.
"I think we realized that if you
don't play hard, it doesn't matter who
you play against," Berenson said.

Michigan State rivalry is
afamily affairfor many

n the autumn of 1948, a sweet
young lady in Royal Oak named
Margaret Basey was preparing to go
to Michigan Stadium for another Foot-
ball Saturday with her father. Unfortu-
nately, that week he could not take his
eldest daughter to see the Maize and
Blue. So Margaret went in search of a
ride to Ann Arbor. Once she arrived at
work, she asked a young World War II
veteran named Ralph Jackson that han-
dled her supply orders to join her, and
he happily agreed.
Things went so well that they bought
season tickets together in 1949, and
they were married before the 1950 cam-
paign. Thirty-one years later, their first
grandson - Steven James Jackson -
was born.
So when you think
about it, I can thank the I am the pr
Michigan Football Sat- the first Ja
urday atmosphere for
my very existence. attend M
This weekend, the perhaps tM
story came full circle. for the fami
Fifty-four years after
she asked my grandfa-
ther out for their first date, the rest of
my family asked "Grandma Jack" to
join us for Saturday's Michigan-Michi-
gan State game at the Big House.
In the Ann Arbor Pioneer High
School parking lot before the game,
the sweetest widow in the world retold
tales of the fun times she and my
grandfather had watching the Wolver-
ines drive up and down the field till
the band grew tired of playing "The
Victors." After the game, she said the
46-point blowout was eerily similar to
some of the games on those first
dates, but she would have preferred to
see a closer game - as would the rest
of my family.
Although Michigan Stadium may
have helped start the Jackson family, it
was still a Spartan crowd that accompa-
nied me to Section 43 Saturday. My
father graduated from Michigan State,
and my younger brother is currently
studying engineering in East Lansing.
There are all kinds of baby photos of
me in MSU outfits; I rooted for the
Spartans for most of my life, and I
never attended a Michigan football
game before college. But eventually I
was converted, leaving my father with a
sizable collection of new Michigan
State clothes when I moved into South
Quad freshman year.
I am the prodigal son - the first
Jackson ever to attend Michigan and
perhaps the last in line for the family


But at least this year I'll have brag-
ging rights. I won't have to read "26-24"
at the end of every e-mail from my
brother, yet I fear the Jan. 26 basketball
score may replace it soon enough.
My basketball fears, however, pale in
comparison to the pregame concerns of
my Spartan brother. On Friday, when I
was driving him to Ann Arbor, he said,
"Honestly, I just hope we come out of
this with some sort of dignity."
Sorry Dave.
Last year, he and I stood in the
Michigan State student section during
the debacle that took place on Nov. 3.
While I'll admit that I would rather sit
through one torturous final drive than
watch my team get destroyed like the
Spartans did Saturday, Mr. Timekeeper
certainly spoiled that
digal son - family gathering for
son ever to me.
After T.J. Duckett
higan and caught the floater from
last in line Jeff Smoker to win the
inheritance, game, the raucous
Spartan Stadium crowd
knocked me off my
feet, and pushed my brother (more than
200 pounds of him) several rows down.
When I finally located him, just three
words escaped my lips: "Let's go
NOW!" Then I followed my All-Confer-
ence high school center to safety and a
Jimmy John's sub, before finally retreat-
ing to Washtenaw County.
Since he saved me from bodily
harm and delivered me safely away
from the mob, I'll be nice and restrain
myself from mentioning Saturday's
final score in this column. In fact, I'll
talk about the Spartans' one big suc-
cess instead.
On its first drive, Michigan State
completed a long pass to wide receiver
Charles Rogers, and scored three points
as a result. This prompted my father
(a.k.a. Nostradamus) to take a photo of
the scoreboard while it stood at 3-0
"It might not get much better than
this," he quipped.
Well put, Pops.
After last year's big win, he proudly
strolled into church the morning after
the game with one of his several Michi-
gan State ties. This time around, he
chose his outfit differently.
"There was really no need for the
Spartan tie today," he said with a laugh.
"Actually, I wore all black."

Michigan freshman Brandon Kaleniecki was one of six Wolverines to score, as he lit the lamp twice during an 8-2
swarming of the U.S. National Under-18 Team in an exhibition game on Friday night.
Future 'M' icers get taste of college

By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer
Imagine if current freshman quarterback Matt Gutierrez
got to duel against John Navarre at Michigan Stadium his
senior year of high school, or if Daniel Horton played in
Crisler Arena last season against Bernard Robinson and
LaVell Blanchard.
That may sound impossible, but it happened for two
future Michigan hockey players on Friday. As members of
the United States National Team Development Program
Under-18 Team, Mike Brown and T.J. Hensick went up
against their future teammates. Brown, Hensick and Matt
Hunwick - who is on the U.S. NTDP U-18 team but did
not play because he was recovering from a gash in his leg
left by a skate -- have all committed to Michigan next sea-
son but have yet to officially sign a letter of intent. So there
were some awkward situations on the ice Friday night.
"There was a little of 'nice hit,' and 'nice play' and 'we'll
see you next year," Brown said. "There was a lot of just
joking around."
While these players have yet to be officially initiated into
the Michigan program, in some ways the initiation began on
Friday night. Their squad was blown away by the Wolver-
ines' speed and athleticism even though the team tied Yale
and lost to Michigan State by just one.
"This is the best college team we've played all year,"
Hensick said. "We thought Yale was pretty good, but these
guys were much better and much faster than we expected."
But for the U.S. Under-18 Team, everything is a learning

experience. Selected as the best players in their age group in
the United States, the players in the program move away
from home to live with host families in Ann Arbor. As
members of the U.S. Under-17 Team last season, all three
future Wolverines played in the North American Hockey
League against 20-year-olds. This season in the program's
U-18 team, they are playing a number of Division I college
teams including, Minnesota and New Hampshire.
"I consider this year my freshman year," Hensick said.
"I've got 28 college games on my schedule, which is huge.
Hopefully, I can step in next year and be an impact player."
Brown and Hensick also got to play one period against
their former teammate, Al Montoya. Montoya played with
the U.S. Under-17 Team last season before receiving the
opportunity to start in net for the Wolverines this year, so
Friday night's game was for some bragging rights. But Team
USA was only able to muster two shots on goal before
Noah Ruden replaced Montoya to start the second period.
"We're going to hear about the shutout for a while,"
Hunwick said.
For now, the three are partaking in the grueling schedule,
which includes more than 60 games that they hope will
make them ready to make an impact next year.
"You come into the season and you're ready to go," Hen-
sick said. "Then a couple months go by and you have a
practice on a Wednesday that's about four hours long and
you're tired and you're grueling and you just don't want to
do it. But you know by the end of the season it will pay off,
because it will just help you become a better hockey player
on and off the ice"

Steve Jackson can be reached at

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despite a lopsided loss

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Field hockey rolls through AC

By Brian Steere
Daily Sports Writer

The Michigan field hockey team
showed this weekend that it can
dominate other conferences besides
the Big Ten.
Coming off a heartbreaking loss
to No. 1 Old Dominion, the second-
ranked Wolverines (6-0 Big Ten, 17-
2 overall) trounced No. 20 Virginia
(1-4 ACC, 9-10) 5-0 on Saturday
and then concluded the weekend
yesterday with a 3-2 victory over
No. 11 Duke.
The wins increased Michigan's
record against ranked opponents
this season to 7-1.
"We're not afraid of losing,"
coach Marcia Pankratz said. "We're
not afraid to play against the best.
That's the only way you get better. I
feel really good about the way we're
playing right now."
Duke (1-4, 12-7) actually sur-
prised Michigan by grabbing an

early 1-0 lead 10 minutes into the
game, when forward Katie Grant
deflected a shot in the circle past
Wolverine goalkeeper Molly Mal-
oney. But that was the last time the
Blue Devils would ever hold a lead,
as the Wolverines quickly increased
their offensive pressure and seized
control of the game.
Sophomore Adrienne Hortillosa
and junior April Fronzoni each
notched goals before halftime, and
junior Stephanie Johnson connected
on a penalty shot within the first
minute of the second half to give
Michigan a lead that was too much
for Duke to overcome.
The Blue Devils mounted a seri-
ous charge in the final minutes to
tie the game. But the Wolverines'
defense was phenomenal and pre-
vented the Duke forwards from get-
ting away any shots inside the
"This was a hard game," Pankratz
said. "The field was very wet, and

the conditions were really messy.
Both teams had trouble keeping
possession. I was really proud the
way our defense hung tough down
the stretch."
Michigan's defense was even
stronger against Virginia, allowing
just four shots and helping Maloney
earn her ninth shutout of the season
- a school record that was previ-
ously set last year by Maureen
"It's a wonderful achievement for
Molly," Pankratz said. "She really
earned this milestone too because
she had to make a brilliant save at
the end of the game on a penalty
corner to preserve the shutout."
The win also allowed new play-

ers to contribute to Michigan's
offensive statistics. Freshman Lori
Hillman recorded her first career
point with an assist on junior Jen
Zangara's goal at the end of the
first half.
Zangara's goal was her first since
last season, when she scored against
Ball State.
Michigan will now have a week to
prepare for the Big Ten Tournament,
which will be held next weekend in
The Wolverines still have a
chance to duplicate their flawless
conference run in 2000, when they
went undefeated in the conference
and captured both the regular season
and tournament titles.

By Nazeema AIII
Daily Sports Writer
Despite dropping its second straight
meet this past weekend, the Michigan
women's swimming and diving team
ended its two-day event in Chapel Hill,
N.C. with one goal in mind - progress.
"At this point in the season we are
more concerned with training, prepara-
tion and performance," Michigan coach
Jim Richardson said. "Winning an event
is nice, but our priority is to get some
kids to the NCAA Championships."
Although North Carolina defeated
Michigan 238-132, the Wolverines
managed to turn out some impressive
individual performances.
On day one, Michigan came away
with two first-place finishes. Senior Erin
Abbey led all competitors in the 100-
yard backstroke with 57.27 seconds, and
junior Tealin Kelemen topped the 3-
meter diving with a score of 303.40.
"Annie Weilbacher and Kelli Stein
both had good meets"Richardson said.
Weilbacher and Stein, along with
Abbey and sophomore Amy McCul-
lough, helped Michigan secure second
place in the 200-yard medley relay on
Friday, and first place in the 400-yard

medley relay on Saturday.
Later that day, Weilbacher took first
place in the 100-yard butterfly with a
final time of 55.58 seconds, which was
good enough to earn NCAA considera-
tion. Stein won the 200-yard breast-
stroke with 2:17.12, giving Stein her
second NCAA consideration time of the
meet. The first came on Friday when
she finished second in the 100-yard
breaststroke in 1:03.86. Kelemen won
the 3-meter diving once again, with a
score of 273.05.
"Carolina always swims fast. We
enjoy swimming there," Richardson
said. "We have a tough schedule for a
reason. We are trying to get our swim-
mers to compete with the best swim-
mers in the country. North Carolina will
definitely have individuals who will
qualify for the NCAA finals."
No. 15 North Carolina (1-1) took
first place in 13 events, causing Michi-
gan to fall to 0-2. Harvard and Min-
nesota also competed at the meet.
But overall, Richardson was happy
with his team's effort and progress.
"In general, we had a good perform-
ance," Richardson said. "Some people
could have been faster, but that is what I
expect at this point in the season."

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