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Water poio team
By Eileen Hengel
For the Daily
Repeating is never easy, especially when you're coming off a Big Ten Champion-
ship and a third-place national finish.
But that's the goal of the Michigan men's club water polo team, and, if early results
are any indication, it is well on its way to accomplishing it.
Starting the season strong with a 6-2 record, the team heads into the Hoosier Invite
at Bloomington and Big Ten Championship in East Lansing in search of a repeat.
Losing much of their starting team from last season, the Wolverines rely heavily
on not only the performance of the few returning players but also the play of a select
group of freshmen.
Bringing substantial speed to the team, freshman Matt Burke easily
found a starting position on the A team this season. Nevertheless, return-
ing members, such as fifth-year senior Ryan Wyatt, senior John Thomas
and junior Dan Krudys remain the reason for Michigan success through
the beginning of the season.
"(Wyatt) has been playing with the team for almost 10 years. He brings a level of
experience and skill that is hard to achieve without the time and effort he puts into his
game," assistant coach Dan Perout said.
The season began before class started with two practices daily. In its first outing at
looks to repeat
the Spartan Invitational on Sept. 10-12, Michigan played against the Michigan Mas-
ters, a team consisting of graduated students throughout Michigan. Michigan narrowly
escaped with a 13-12 victory.
"Our first tournament was difficult because we were just coming together as a team,
and a lot of the success involved in water polo comes from anticipating the cuts and
moves of your teammates," Perout said.
Michigan faced Michigan State twice throughout the year, first at the
Michigan State Invitational, losing 2-10, and second at the Boilermaker
Invitational Sept. 16-18, falling 4-5.
"In the first game (Michigan State) basically out swam us," Perout said. "In the
second game, I really think that we played the best we could have possibly played but
sometimes the ball just doesn't fall your way."
As the season progressed, the team started coming together while still learning
from its losses.
"The losses to Michigan State were difficult because they are our biggest rival,"
junior Glenn Legacki said. "But I think we learned a lot from the game, and we're
probably going to have to face them again at Big Tens.
Though the losses proved hard on the team, it experienced significant victories over
Illinois, 8-6, Miami (Ohio), 16-11, and Purdue, 12-10.
"With each tournament, I believe, we become more and more of a team,"
Name: David Betts
Team: Daily Touch Football
Why: Betts led the Daily to a dominating 70-21 victory of the
State News in Lansing on Friday. The News could not contain
Betts, who caught four receiving touchdowns and ran a kickoff
back for a score.
10/3-4 M Golf at Memphis Intercollegiate
10/3-9 M Tennis at All-American
10/6 Field Hockey at Michigan State
10/7 W Cross Country
at Michigan Intercollegiates
10/7 W Soccer vs. Northwestern
10/7 Volleyball vs. Illinois
10/7 Ice Hockey vs. Quinnipiac
Stickers winless in two games at home
M Tennis Alumni Match
W Swim/Diving Intrasquad Match
Football vs. Minnesota
Volleyball vs. Purdue
Ice Hockey vs. Quinnipiac
By David Spielman
Daily Sports Writer
Maybe it's the worst things in life that come in
threes. On Sunday at Ocker
Field, the No.13 Michigan field PENN STATE
hockey team (6-5) dropped its MHGAN 2
third-straight Big Ten conference
game by a score of 3-2 to No.
7 Penn State (11-1). On Friday,
Michigan fell to No. 8 Indiana
(9-1), allowing three goals before
The game against Penn State was a tale of two
halves, as the Wolverines went down 3-0 at halftime
and capitalized on strong play in the second half to
tally two goals. But the effort was too little, too late,
as the clock ran down to zero before Michigan could
tie up the match. Still, coach Nancy Cox saw many
things in her team's effort in the second half that
bode well for the future.
"The ball speed got better in the second half
and our kids are getting a lot better at finishing,"
"As long as we make improvements on the
backfield line, the midfield line and the forward
line, we're going to be where we need to be. It's
frustrating for all of us because we want noth-
ing but success, but we're going to be successful
when the time comes for us to be successful."
Penn State and Michigan have played each
other 27 times in series history, with the Nittany
Lions holding an all-time record of 19-8. But
Michigan had won six of the last eight meetings
between the two programs before Sunday's, so
the team was looking to continue its good run.
Two minutes into the game, Penn State got
on the board with a quick goal and tallied two
more before halftime.
Michigan's sense of urgency was palpable,
which translated into a pair of goals in the sec-
ond half by freshman forwards Stephanie Hoyer
and Erin Dallas.
Junior goalkeeper Beth Riley made nine
saves in net and the defense tightened up in the
latter part of the game.
Michigan kept the pressure on Penn State,
and the Nittany Lions defense bent but didn't
"Penn State's a very good team this year,"
Cox said. "Right now they're in the top-10 in the
nation, but we're going to be there in the end.
Our kids just have to keep believing and step-
ping up to their roles."
Against Indiana, the Wolverines got into
another 3-0 hole. In the last moments, Dal-
las connected on Michigan's only score of the
10/9 W Soccer vs. Wisconsin
10/9 Field Hockey vs. Connecticut
* There is no slowing Vince
Young and the Horns. I mean,
honestly, when's the last time
Oklahoma beat Texas?
2. Angels (95-67)
" With Bad Vlad and Garret
Anderson healthy, the Angels
have plenty of power to support
their strong pitching.
4. Georgia (4-0) 4. Houston (89-73)
DJ. Shockley waited four years " Thisteam isfull of clutch performers
behind David Greene to become the - even Brad Ausmus is getting in on
Bulldog's QB. The way he is playing the big hitting - and has the best 1-2-
it looks like four years too late. 3 punch in baseball.
6. Atlanta (90-72)
* Andruw Jones better hope the kids
can keep it up with the pressure on.
Whatever curse is on the Braves, its
not going to end this year.
8. Tennessee (3-1)
" Those Clausen boys sure know how
to win, regardless of the fact that they
throw like girls ... with broken arms.
8. San Diego (82-80)
* Despite their pathetic record, the
Padres can't be taken lightly in a
short series. This is a talented team
with quite a lot to prove.
Michigan goalie Beth Riley's nine saves against Penn State were not enough to stave off a 3-2 loss.
But even though this weekend didn't go its way "But it wasn't bad in the sense that we got a
on the scoreboards, the team still has a positive heck of a lot better. And that's what it's all about
attitude the rest of the year. when you have a very youthful team. We're
"The weekend was bad because we lost," Cox going to be where we need to be when the time
" We want to be the first ones
to call the Badger's return to the
top 10. If they don't make it: you
heard this from the State News.
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10. Detroit (71-91)
*From Pidge Light to Craig Monroe
stealing a belt before the season,
the Tigers have blessed us with a
season of memories. Thank you.
Blue continues to roll
during fall season
By Kevin Wright
Daily Sports Writer
Sophomore Samantha Findlay hasn't
missed a step from her breakout freshman
In the first inning of the Michigan softball
team's game against
Findlay took a 2-0
fastball and drove it
over the leftfield fence, EASTERN MICH. 0
scoring senior Tiffany
Haas and giving the
Wolverines an early 2-0 lead.
Michigan never relinquished its lead in the
laid-back atmosphere of the fall season as it
cruised to a 6-0 win and then defeated East-
ern Michigan 1-0 in its second game during
the Michigan Softball Fall Invitational at
"We're just looking to get better," Michi-
gan coach Carol Hutchins said. "We were
trying to give everyone some experience out
there and get the freshman out there."
Behind a solid performance from junior
pitcher Lorilyn Wilson and freshman Stacy
Delaney, the Wolverines stymied the Grif-
fins' offense, allowing just two hits and no
Wilson started the game for the Wolver-
ines, sitting the Canisius hitters in order in
the first inning. The junior mixed her pitch
location and sneed and kept the Griffins off-
lead again in the fourth inning when she
hit a hard groundball that Canisius's second
baseman couldn't glove on the backhand
attempt. Junior Rebekah Milian hustled
around second base and never hesitated
when rounding third to score.
The Wolverines carried the momentum of
their Canisius victory into the final game of
the invitational as Michigan faced off against
cross-town rival Eastern Michigan.
Locked in a scoreless battle, the Wolver-
ines threatened to break the game open in
the fifth and sixth innings.
With runners on first and second and
one out in the fifth inning, freshman Teddi
Ewing grounded out to shortstop followed
by a Milian groundout to third.
Then, in the sixth inning, Haas led off
the Wolverines' attack with a line drive to
centerfield. After a Findlay popup to second
base, Giampaolo took the first pitch that she
saw and ripped it through the middle of the
infield. But with the bases loaded and two
outs, senior Stephanie Bercaw popped up
down the first baseline to end the Michigan
"We didn't look like we were very aggres-
sive," Hutchins said. "We didn't look like we
were very tough at the plate. I don't think
that we were very consistent at all."
Entering the seventh inning still dead-
locked, the Wolverines once again looked
to take the lead and the victory as Findlay
came to the plate with runners on second
down but Bucs
still beat Lions
TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers knew it was only a
matter of time before opponents started stacking the line of scrim-
mage in hopes of slowing down Carnell "Cadillac" Williams.
The Detroit Lions were successful at it yesterday, but contain-
ing the rookie also left them vulnerable to other playmakers in an
improved offense that's helped the resurgent Bucs to their first 4-0
start since 1997.
With Williams slowed by a sore hamstring, Joey Galloway and
Michael Pittman took up the slack and Tampa Bay's defense stopped
a march deep in their territory to hang on for a 17-13 victory.
"We have all kinds of weapons," Pittman said. "Cadillac started
off great the first three games. He was hurt today and really wasn't
100 percent, but we still went out there and played."
Galloway scored on an 80-yard reception and Brian Griese also
threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Pittman, a starter the last three
seasons whose role in the offense has diminished since the arrival
"I need to make the most of it when I can," said Pittman, who had six
receptions for 96 yards and ran five times for a team-high 30 yards.
The Lions had trouble moving the ball on offense all day, but
Joey Harrington led a drive from his own 7 to the Tampa Bay 11 in
the last five minutes.
Detroit (1-2) thought it would escape with a victory when Har-
rington found Marcus Pollard in the right corner of the end zone,
but the tight end's sliding catch was reversed by instant replay.
Harrington found Mike Williams on the opposite side of the end
zone on the next play, but the rookie came down out of bounds. The
MIKE HULSEBUS/ Daily
Michigan first baseman Samantha Findlay belted a two-run homer early In Mich-
igan's 6-0 win over Canisius.