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Baseball
vs. Bowling Green
Tomorrow, 3 p.m.
Fisher Stadium
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS

Women'sTennis
vs. Notre Dame
Saturday, 2 p.m.
in South Bend, Ind.
Page 9

Tuesday, March 19, 1991

HOCKEY NOTEBOOK
Parker suspended
Sfor Friday's game
by Matt Rennie
Daily Hockey Writer
When the Michigan hockey team opens its series with Boston Uni-
versity Friday, it will have a distinct advantage - namely, the Wolver-
ines will have their coach and the Terriers will not.
Boston University coach Jack Parker will not be behind the bench for
the opening game of the series because he is serving a one-game sus-
pension from the NCAA. Parker incurred the suspension during the Ter-
riers' first-round series of last year's NCAA tournament against Michi-
gan State.
Although his team beat the Spartans in the series, Parker was angry
enough with the officials to make inflammatory statements. The NCAA
allowed Parker to defer the suspension to his team's first tournament
game of this year.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Don't blame the Wolverines if they look a
little forlorn as they leave for Metro Airport Thursday for their flight to
Boston. They have good reason to love Ann Arbor.
While Sunday's 9-3 victory over Cornell seems to indicate that the
*team is peaking at the right time, the Wolverines enjoyed something
this weekend which they will not be able to count on in Boston -
namely 7,000 screaming Maize and Blue fanatics.
Although Michigan took only two out of three games from Cornell
this weekend, the series was a sweep at the box office. Near-capacity
crowds packed Yost for each of the three contests.
"Those were the best crowds we've had since I've been at Michi-
gan," Wolverine coach Red Berenson said. "That's what I remember
Michigan hockey being like. I can't tell you how good it felt to receive
that kind of support."
While Michigan has drawn comparable crowds to Yost for Michigan
:State games, a large portion of those fans were rooting for the Spartans.
In contrast, this weekend's crowds were almost entirely Michigan fans.
"It was great the way they stayed with us after Friday night," Beren-
son said. "Crowds like that are worth a goal a game."
LIFE WITHOUT JIMMY B: Michigan lost center Jim Ballantine for
the rest of the season after the senior suffered a lacerated kidney in Fri-
day's contest with Cornell.
After an emotional speech by fellow senior Kent Brothers, "Winning
one for Jimmy" may have been the rallying cry Sunday night. However,
Berenson must fill the void on the Wolverines' fourth line, which Bal-
.lantine anchored.
Sunday night, rookie David Wright joined the line at left wing, re-
placing fellow frosh Mike Stone, who moved to center. Brothers re-
mained at right wing. Berenson will likely employ the same strategy this
weekend.
"It looks like they can skate well together," Berenson said. "But that
does leave you with two freshmen on the same line."
TEAM EFFORT: Perhaps the aspect of the weekend's success which
Berenson enjoyed most was the depth the Wolverines displayed. Michi-
gan is no longer the one-goalie, one-line team it once was.
"If you look back, Chris Gordon was a distant number-two goalie at
*the beginning of the year," Berenson said of the rookie, who started
Sunday between the pipes.
"Then you look at Mike Helber, who didn't even dress the first 10
games of the year. Now, he's leading the league in playoff goals. Then,
a guy like Kent Brothers, who probably didn't dress for half of our
games, comes in and becomes an integral part of our fourth line and real
leader for us."
SUNDAY'S BOXSCORE:
Michigan 2 4 3 9
Cornell 1 0 2 3
First Period-1, Cornell, Derraugh (Andison, Ratushny), ppg, 2:52. 2,
Michigan, Roberts (Feisner, Sorensen), ppg, 7:53. 3, Michigan, Kramer
(D. Stone, Helber), 12:46. Penalties-Stewart, Michigan (high-
sticking), 1:23; Ward, Michigan (high-sticking), 5:38; Ratushny, Cornell
(holding), 6:36; Wiseman, Michigan (high-sticking), 13:20; Hughes,
Cornell (roughing), 13:33; Ward, Michigan (roughing after whistle),
14:16 Manderville, Cornell (roughing after whistle), 14:16; Felsner,
Michigan (hooking), 14:56.
Second Period-4, Michigan, Wiseman (Tamer, Stiver), ppg, 1:00. 5,
Michigan, Stiver (unassisted), 1:19. 6, Michigan, Stiver (Wiseman,
Stewart), ppg, 8:44. 7, Wiseman (Stewart, Neaton), ppg, 18:33.
Penalties-Dukovac, Cornell (holding), 0:47; Dragon, Cornell (check
from behind), 2:23; Harlock, Michigan (holding), 5:01; Williams, Cornell
(holding) 5:01; Ward, Michigan (holding), 5:44; Dragon, Cornell
(checking from behind), 6:25; Hannah, Cornell (slashing), 8:23;
Bumstead, Cornell (checking goalie in a privileged area), 9:53; Kramer,
Michigan (tripping), 9:53; Frauley, Cornell (holding), 12:22; Wiseman,
Michigan (slashing), 15:41; Manderville, Cornell (hooking), 17:33;

Brothers, Michigan (tripping), 19:03.
Third Period-8, Michigan, D. Stone (Kramer, Helber), 2:41. 9,
Cornell, Frauly (Hughes, Vanini), ppg, 6:32. 10, Cornell, Derraugh
(Hughes, Bumstead), 12:49. 11, Michigan, Roberts (Felsner), 14:46. 12,
Michigan, Kramer (Helber), 19:32. Penalties-Stewart, Michigan
(roughing after whistle), 5:10; Ratushny, Cornell (roughing after
whistle), 5:10; Tamer, Michigan (slashing), 5:38; Roberts, Michigan
(cross-checking), 7:34; Dragon, Cornell (roughing), 7:34; Roberts,
Michigan (roughing), 16:54; Dukovac, Cornell (roughing), 16:54;
Dukovac, Cornell (high-stic-king), 16:54.
Shots on goal-Michigan 6-18-9-33. Cornell 7-5-9-21
Power-play Opportunities-Michigan 3 of 6. Cornell 2 of 8.
Goalies-Michigan, Gordon (21 shots-18 saves). Cornell, Crozier,
(23 shots-18 saves); D'Alessio (10 shots-6 saves).
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Badgers may drop five sports
Decreasing football revenue forces cuts

by Mitch Rubenstein
Daily Sports Writer
Financial problems that have plagued the University of Wisconsin's
Athletic Department over the past five years have led to Athletic Direc-
tor Pat Richter's decision to eliminate five of the school's current ath-
letic teams.
Under the department's proposed plans, the school would eliminate
men's baseball, men's and women's gymnastics, and men's and
women's fencing from its current 25-sport program. The proposal also

The athletic department expressed deep regret when it decided to
drop baseball from competition. Baseball is the highest profile sport to
be terminated, but it is also the most expensive. When the school pro-
posed dropping baseball, the decision was based entirely on finances
and climate.
"The cost to send the team down south to practice and Jplay during
the winter months was just too expensive," Holmquist said.
But Badger baseball coach Steve Land offered a different perspec-

calls for reductions in the men's and women's crew budgets. "I think the idea of eliminating any sports, especially baseball is
"We can not avoid the cutting of these sports programs," Wiscon- wrong," Land said. "It's a very, very stop-gap effort and will disguise the
sin's Associate Athletic Director for Business Services Tammy long-term need for additional athletic department funding which will be-
Holmquist said. "We have a $1.95 million come apparent in another year or two. It's very
deficit that has to be eliminated in the next t'short-sighted."
four to five years and this is the only way that All the endangered teams will learn of their
we can do it." fate Friday, and ironically, on that day, they
These changes leave the Madison sports f y will all be competing.
programs fighting for their athletic lives. The women's gymnastics team will start
"It is an emotional time for all athletics at the Big Ten Tournament as the favorites to
our school," Holmquist said. "Coaches are win the title. Both fencing teams will be com-
hoping that something will happen, but nothing peting at the NCAA Championships, and
will." k baseball will begin its Big Ten season.
Sources within the athletic department The cuts will affect roughly 50 to 75 stu-
have become increasingly hard to reach this dent-athletes - a number which could have
week as meetings between coaches and de- been higher. Another proposal that the depart-
partment members continue. However, the ment quickly rejected was moving 10 of the
compromise that coaches are looking for does current teams from Division I competition to
not look promising. Division III. A move in that direction would
"We will meet again on Friday, but it is k have affected roughly 600 student-A#hletes.
pretty much a done deal," Holmquist said. "Our strong recommendation is to cut
The athletic department clearly indicated sports," Richter said. "Working from this
that wins and losses played no role in the y f guideline, the department tried to affect as few
decision of which sports would be dropped. people as possible."
"The decision on which sports were going Though Holmquist said there is a possibility
to be dropped was made by examining a set of .°.* ythat these sports may be reinstated, the imme-
criterion," Associate Athletic Director for *diate future of all the coaches and athletes
women's sports Cheryl Marra said. "These will be left up to the individuals. Student-ath-
criterion were as follows: trends in popularity n /' .' x kfletes are welcome to finish their degree, but
of these sports at the high school and college SPORTS INFORMATION they must do so by their own financial means.
levels, the cost of maintaining facilities for However, the NCAA will allow these athletes
these sports, the sport's financial equity, the natural climate in which to transfer elsewhere without losing any eligibility. The coaches will be
these sports participated, and the number of current scholarships that the given a financial settlement and will be forced to seek employment
sport has." elsewhere.
Unlike the University of Michigan, where the athletic department Wisconsin men's gymnastics coach Mark Pflughoeft is optimistic
Unlikethe Uydrsity f icign, wheres ethhWiscns dpartmet that a solution favorable to minor sports will be found.
does not pay directly for the tuition of its athletes, Wisconsin's athletic "My feeling is that this system and the legislature need to help,"
department is responsible for direct payment. Pflughoeft said. "I foresee no cuts if the university and the legislature of-
The football program's recent woes have caused a major decrease in fer some assistance.
the department's revenue during the last five years. The athletic depart- "My philosophy on all this is that athletics is a quality educationil
ment has been searching for ways to cover its expenses and finance the experience and that's not how it's viewed," Pflughoeft added. "The adv
scholarships. ministration says 'athletics, fend for yourself' and that's wrong."

Men's
by Tim Spolar
Daily Sports Writer

rugby suffers hard-luck defeats

The Michigan men's rugby
team forgot to pack its four-leaf
clovers when it traveled to the
annual Washington D.C. St.
Patrick's Day invitational meet
last weekend. Unfortunately, this
seemed to enrage the leprechauns
that held the Wolverines'
tournament luck in their hands.
The Wolverines entered the
most select of the five tournament
brackets in the 64-team field,
hoping to glean as much
experience as possible from the
weekend.
Despite strong play, they were
repeatedly victimized by their ill-
luck as the ball always seemed to
bounce the other way, bringing
them three losses in four matches.
The Wolverines' A-squad began
the tournament by rolling over
Blackthorn (Pa.) Saturday, 18-12.
Led by a potent group of backs,
Michigan romped to a big first half
lead and then coasted through the
second half. However, the A-squad
ran into host, and eventual cham-
pion, Washington in the next round
and fell, 15-0.
While this score indicates that
Washington dominated the
Wolverines, this was not the case.

"[Washington's] intensity and
skill level were amazing," junior
co-captain John Swis said. "We
actually played a pretty strong
match, but we just couldn't seem
to get the breaks that would bring
about the turning point that we
needed. They scored a couple of
times and our inability to
capitalize on our opportunities hurt

us more and more as the gamei
went on."
The Wolverines dropped their
B-squad match against the Marine1
Corps and their mixed-squad
match against Dartmouth in the'
consolation round, 12-9 and 18-4,1
respectively. However, Michigan
played well in both games and
acquired immeasurable experience

in the process.
"They were our first re4t
matches of the season," first-year
back Brian Howard said. "(The
tournament) was really beneficial
in the area of team unity. The
teams we competed against were
top notch, and that experience
should help as the season
progresses."

Women's rugby opens season strong

by Andy Stabile
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's rugby
team opened its season at home
Saturday by defeating Bowling
Green and playing to a stalemate
with Illinois.
In the opener, the Wolverines
defeated the less experienced Fal-
cons, shutting them out, 38-0.
"It was real good to start off
with a shut-out," Michigan team
president Erika Wolf said. "The
team we fielded was a much more
experienced side."
The Wolverines, who started a
younger side against Illinois than

they did in the first game, were
forced to settle for a 4-4 draw. The
Illini, who could not field an entire
side and had to pick up players
from another team, were able to
hold the Wolverines to only one
try. Rookie Kerry Sayers account-
ed for all of the Michigan scoring,
tallying the early first-half try.
"We dominated the first half,"
Wolf said, "All of the play was in
their end, but we had players who
played both games. By the time
the second half got going some of
our players got tired and they
scored their try. It was still a very

good game. We did well against a
much more experienced Illinois
side."
The team has set a season goal
to participate in the first women's
collegiate national rugby final this
spring.
"We really see the game (this
past weekend) as a strong season
opener with something to build
on." Wolf said.
The Wolverines face the Uni-
versity of Dayton at noon Saturday
at Mitchell Field. After the game
with Dayton, Michigan will face
an alumni pickup team.

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