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vs. Eastern Michigan
Today, 3 p.m.
_____Ypsilanti ___________
The Michigan Daily


vs. Iowa (DHI)
Friday, 3 p.m.
Varsity Diamond

Tuesday, Aoril 9.1991

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Second round keeps golfers down


by Andy De Korte
Daily Sports Writer
Once again, it was a case of one
rotten apple spoiling the whole
bunch. Or, perhaps, one bad round
spoiling the whole tournament. The
Michigan women's golf team man-
aged an eighth-place finish in the
field of 17 at the Indiana
Invitational in Bloomington.
While the golfers did not achieve
the goals set by Michigan coach Sue
LeClair - a 320 average and a top
three Big Ten finish - they were
closer than the numbers indicate.
The golfers shot a 988 (327-336-
325), two strokes behind seventh-
place Illinois' 986.
Unfortunately for the
Wolverines, their other Big Ten op-
ponents, Indiana (945), Iowa (969),
and Michigan State (973), beat them
handily. Michigan did beat confer-
ence foes Ohio State and Wisconsin.


High second-round scores this
spring have reminded the Wolver-
ines of a similar syndrome last fall
when poor first rounds often put
them in a hole.
Although Michigan's first
round. was not its lowest, it was
good enough:to garnerfourth place
after the first round. Tough putting
conditions limited every team's per-
formance, yielding a low of 321 for
the entire first round.
The high scores bothered the
Wolverine golfers.
"I wasn't pleased with my per-
formance (83-85-82). I know I can
do better and so can the team," se-
nior Becky Hayes said.
Hayes was hampered by a
swollen ankle, which was particu-
larly painful at the end of
Saturday's 36 holes. The minor in-
jury continues to prove cumbersome

'M' defense determines
Big Ten water polo title

by Tim Spolar
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's water
polo team entered the first annual
Big Ten Championship tournament
planning to rely on its defense, and
walked out with the conference ti-
Michigan destroyed its oppo-
nents' offensive schemes, its defense
keying its rout of Ohio State,
Northwestern, and Illinois. The
Wolverines posted a combined score
of 42-4 in the three games.
Michigan (6-0 in the Big Ten, 13-
4 overall) opened the tournament
against Ohio State. Each of the
Wolverines' three previous Big Ten
games were against the Buckeyes,
which the Wolverines won, 18-5,
15-6, and 15-5. Friday's game fol-
lowed suit, with Michigan shutting
down the Buckeye attack, 13-0.
Sophomore hole-set Lori Barnard
notched four of her tournament-
high 13 goals in the contest.
However, many felt the game's
most outstanding feat was senior
goaltender Karen Gorny's shutout.
"A really solid defense like ours

can make a good goalie look great,"
coach Scott Russell said. "However,
Karen is just amazing. She doesn't
need much help from anyone to
dominate her competition. A
shutout in this sport is truly amaz-
The Wolverines began Saturday's
competition with a 16-1 thrashing
of Northwestern. Again, the
Michigan defense and Gorny's goal-
tending allowed the Wolverine of-
fense to execute without fear of a
Wildcat comeback. Barnard again
led the Wolverines with six goals.
In the championship game, the
Wolverines pounded host Illinois,
13-3. Senior club president Jennifer
Ruskin paved the way offensively
with five goals. Ruskin, who tallied
11 goals in the competition, was
named first-team All-tournament.
Gormy, Barnard, and seniors Candice
Quinn (nine goals) and Kathleen
Gerzevitz also joined Ruskin on the
top team, giving Michigan five of
the seven spots. Fellow starters
Becky Luebcke and Jeni McNiven
were selected to the second team.

to Hayes, who has it checked daily.
Kristin Beilstein, Michigan's
leading scorer, carded a 78-82-78,
but was still not completely satis-
fied with her performance. "I was
glad to shoot two rounds under 80,"
Beilstein said, "but I expect to
shoot under 80, and I know I can do
Junior Erica Zonder shot the
only other sub-80 Wolverine round
on the last day, 83-85-79. Darcy
Chandler (83-84-86) and Tricia
Good (88-87-91) also made the trip
to Bloomington.
"We really haven't golfed as
well as we are able to," LeClair
said. "We really need to get more
rounds under 80; that's what I've
said all along, I still mean it, and I
know we can still shoot them."
Beilstein echoed the coaches
comments. "It's really frustrating.
On paper we know we are as good as
the teams we golf against, we just
haven't been able to prove it."
Michigan will continue its quest
for consistency this weekend in
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Michigan's softball game at Eastern Michigan was
postponed due to inclement weather. The
Wolverines play next at Western Michigan
Rugby defeats OSU
The Michigan women's rugby team continued its
six-game winning streak, defeating Ohio State, 6-0,
Saturday at the Park of Roses in Columbus.
Graduate student Lisa Brown scored the only try of
the game in the waning moments of the second half.
Sophomore Leah Niederstadt made the conversion
following the try.
"This is the toughest opponent we've met thus far
this season," club captain KC Bemish said. "Everyone,
including our rookies, performed well under pressure."
Next up for the women's rugby team is a
tournament held in Madison April 20. The first- and
second-place teams will qualify for the collegiate
nationals in Alexander, Va., Memorial Day weekend.
-from staff reports
Blue boxes in Detroit
Three members of the Michigan amateur boxing
club took part in the Metro Detroit Golden Gloves
Tournament, held in Livonia, Mich. last Wednesday.
Two of the fighters will compete in the tourney finals
April 20th at Cobo Arena, vying for a crack at the na-
tional tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, in May.
Wolverine co-captain 'Soo-young Chang (2-2) de-
feated a fighter from Southgate to secure his spot in the
final bout of the senior novice 'A' light-heavyweight
division. Fellow co-captain Christian Jakubowski (3-0)
also qualified for the finals, in the middleweight class,
and will fight for the novice middleweight title.
Welterweight Brent Watner (1-1) failed to make
the finals, losing to a fighter from Detroit's Kronk
gym in the senior novice 'A' welterweight bout.
The three boxers were coached by Father Patrick
Egan at Michigan, but now train with the Livonia
Boxing Club under manager Paul Soucy.
-from staff reports
Baseball faces EMU
by Josh Dubow
Daily Baseball Writer
The Michigan baseball team returns from a disap-
pointing weekend in Iowa City to face Eastern
Michigan today in Ypsilanti.
While the Wolverines (3-5 in the Big Ten, 15-13-1
overall) have dominated the all-time series with
Eastern, the Emus (1-3 in the Mid-American, 10-16
overall) have taken two of three games from Michigan
this season, including a 7-5 decision last Tuesday.
Starter Brian Feldman (1-0, 5.54 ERA) has suffered
from tendinitis in his pitching arm, but is probable for
today's contest. Coach Bill Freehan is unsure about
whom he will start if Feldman cannot pitch.
Because Eastern played a doubleheader yesterday
against Akron, coach Roger Coryell is uncertain who
will start.
All-American third baseman Tim Flannelly has
broken out of an early season slump for Michigan.
Flannelly was five for 12 with five RBI last weekend,
and hit his third home run of the season.

Friend's accident
tough for us all
In my two years working at this newspaper, I have
never not wanted to write a story. Until this one. At
the same time, though, I have never felt more strongly
that a story has needed to be written.
The bare details can be summarized in a capsule: Dan
Zoch, a Daily associate sports editor, was severely in-
jured in a car accident March 31.
That night, Dan's roommate called to let all of us
know why Dan wouldn't be around to work his usual
shift that week.
Trying to find out more details, I called Dan's home
in Spring Lakes, Mich. No answer. After locating him
at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, I called to
ask about his status. The nurse only knew that he was in
surgical intensive care and listed as critical, but she of-
fered to transfer me to the waiting room where his
family was.
I talked to Dan's father, whom I had never met be-
fore. He told me a little about the accident: that Dan
was not at fault; that there was no alcohol or drugs in-
volved; that he was just in the wrong place at the
wrong time.
"Right now, we're all just praying he makes it
through the night," he said.
I didn't realize then that the doctors were only giv-
ing Dan a 20 percent chance of staying alive until the
After assuring Mr. Zoch of our concern, I got off
the phone and told everyone at the Daily. The mood was
understandably somber.
Dan did make it through the night, but his fight is
far from over. Still listed as critical in surgical inten-
sive care, he has yet to to regain consciousness.
You have to understand what a unique person Dan is.
Everything is very political at the Daily; the friends
you make are close ones, but you usually pick up a few
enemies along the way, too. Dan is an exception to that
rule - nobody has anything bad to say about him.
When our work seems to mount up, Dan always has
a knack for keeping things loose.
His usual game is to type his byline as "Dantana@
Zoch" and wait to see who notices. Although it has yet
to appear in the paper that way, we must always be on
the lookout.
His sense of humor is truly one of a kind. One morn-
ing, I picked up a copy of the paper and saw a dead ad de-
scribing my column as "A little bit country, a little
bit rock and roll."
"Dan worked last night," I sighed with a smile.
When I asked him about it, he grinned and said, "For
a while, I was thinking about writing 'It's got a good
beat and you can dance to it.'"
I don't know why I should expect anything else.
Here is a guy who, as a fellow hockey writer, never
ceased to amaze me. His scoresheets belong in the
Smithsonian. While I would nervously sit in my coat
and tie and diligently record goals, assists, and penal-
ties, Dan, in his Reebok Pumps, would laugh at me and
scribble down statistics such as bad calls, the section
numbers of good-looking women, and the number of
times assistant coach Dave Shand swore in the press
I'm not saying I've never been angry at Dan. But
when I've become upset over something, he usually just
smiles and makes some joke, putting everything in per-
And that's part of the reason I'm writing this: for
perspective. On Dan's life and on all of ours.
The difficult part to deal with is the randomness of
the whole thing. Dan and I had planned to be returning
from the NCAA hockey semifinals in Minnesota that
fateful Sunday, until Michigan was eliminated by
On a smaller scale, a difference of 30 seconds one
way or the other in departure time might have pre-
vented everything.
But this isn't a time for "what ifs;" it's too late for
that now. Now is the time to remember a young man in
a hospital room in Grand Rapids, who is fighting a bat-
tle no one his age should ever have to fight. It's the
time to remember his family, especially his parents,
who cannot do anything except hope. It's the time to
realize that life is not always football games and keg
Sometimes, it hurts like hell.

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