The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 20, 1995- 11
Michigan men's golf ties for ninth
on greens in weekend invitational
By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Writer
Expecting improvement doesn't nec-
essarily mean it will come.
Coming into its season opener, the
Michigan men's golf team had expecta-
tions ofmakingsignificant improvements
on what was looking like a solid founda-
tion at the end of last season.
However, a ninth place tie in the
ReliaStar Collegiate Golf Invitational in
Dellwood, Minn. last weekend can't be
what coach Jim Carras had in mind enter-
ing the new campaign.
The Wolverines fired a total score of
914 in the 54-hole event, tying Iowa in the
prestigious 12-team field. LSU placed
first in the two-day event after carding a
10-over-par 874 total.
"While I'm not pleased with the way
we played in this tournament," he said,"I
am glad we played in this tournament
because we have to learn what real com-
I am glad we
played in this
because we have
to learn what real
competition is all
- Jim Carras
Michigan men's golf coach
players tied for 25th with a 226 total.
Brockway turned in a scorching 70 in
the firstround, placinghim in athirdplace
tie after 18 holes. But he followed it up
with scores of 80 and 76 to drop him back
toward the middle of the pack.
Minnesota's Aaron Barber turned in
the top individual score of the tourney
with a 215 total. With a 1-under, Barber
was the only participant to come in under
Michigan's Kyle Dobbs (total score of
231), Mike Emanuel (232) and Brent
Idalski (237), placed 47th, 48th and 57th,
With the Wolverine Invitational com-
ing up this weekend,Carras hopes that his
troops enter the home tournament with
the same attitudes they had in Minnesota.
"We learned we have our work cut out
for us if we are going to be an improved
team," Carras said. "Now we'll see if
playing on our home course will make a
petition is all about."
Northwestern finished 11 shots behind
the Tigers and Minnesota finished one
shot behind the Wildcats.
Senior Chris Brockway and redshirt
freshman Isaac Hinkle were the top Wol-
verine finishers. They were among the six
Michigan's Mortimer has following in Boston
Freshman John Mortimer can say that his first collegiate meet was at home, despite the fact that the Michigan men's
cross country team participated and won the meet in Boston last Saturday.
Mortimer comes from Londonberry, N.H, which is near Boston. So close that his parents, high school cross country
team, a dozen friends and even faculty from his high school came to cheer him on. And what a good luck charm it turned
out to be. Mortimer finished second (24:16) on the Wolverine squad and fourth overall in the meet.
"It was real comforting to know those people were there," Mortimer said. "But it made me a little more nervous because
if you choke, that would look pretty bad."
- James Goldstein
Field hockey on three-game winning streak
The Michigan field hockey team boosted its record this past weekend to 5-2 with two more shutouts in its trip to
The victories over Temple and Westchester extended the Wolverines' winning streak to three, with all three being
shutouts. Michigan has now matched its longest winning streak since Nov. 1993, which was also marked by three
Sophomore Julie Flachs led Michigan's march with two goals and an assist for a total of five points for the weekend
contests. She is now second on the team in goals-scored to senior Sherene Smith who has five.
- Jed Rosenthal
Volleyball servesup Bi Ten opener
The Michigan volleyball team will get its first taste of Big Ten competition when it faces off against Purdue this
weekend at Cliff Keen Arena.
The Wolverines are coming offa tournament victory last weekend in the UMass Invitational and a victory over Eastern
As conference play kicks into gear, Michigan will look to the leadership of captains Shannon Brownlee and Suzy
O'Donnell. Junior outside-hitterKristen Ruschiensky, last weekend's tournament most valuable player, will look to pace
the Wolverines' scoring attack.
- Chris Murphy
Women's soccer minrors Texas
The Wolverines might feel like they're playing against themselves when they battle Texas Friday. Like Michigan (1-
4-1), the Longhorns (3-3-0) are in their second season as a varsity program.
Also like Michigan, Texas lost to both Hartford and Dartmouth in the Adidas Women's Soccer Cup earlier this season.
After hosting Texas, the Wolverines travel to Minnesota for a Sunday afternoon match-up.
- Dan Stillman
Men's soccer to play Blue 'B' team
The Michigan men's soccer team heads into the Big Ten Invitational this weekend at Mitchell Field.
"I don't want to lessen what we do the rest of the season," Wolverine coach Steve Burns said, "but this is really what
our season is about."
Burns stressed the importance of conference games in getting a bid to the National Collegiate Soccer Association
finals. The Big Ten determines standings based on a ten point system, with points awarded for wins, ties, goals and
Among conference rivals Indiana State, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Iowa and Northwestern, Michigan will also face
Michigan this season. Yes, Michigan now has a 'B' team. The squads may go head-to-head later this season and will
compete for bids to the National Championships.
The men's club soccer fell 3-0 yesterday to Western Michigan. The Wolverines host the Big Ten club tournament this weekend.
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Michigan was unable to utilize the weak
side runs in the second half.
"Western adjusted and kept someone
in the weak side," Burns said. "We tried
to send in an early run to take the
defender inside. We had really only
worked on this in theory, though, dur-
ing our halftime talk."
With time running out, Michigan be-
gan an offensive surge.
"We threw up another forward and
we were really pressing them," senior
Rick Weinberg said.
In an offensive flurry, Michigan's
intensity picked up. The Wolverines
had several opportunities in front of
Western's goal. Weinberg controlled a
free kick and aimed for the near post
where senior Andrew Cosenza flicked
the ball into the side netting.
With numbers up in the offensive
third, Michigan's defense was vulner-
able. Western broke through midfield
and got off a hard shot from 35 yards
out. The ball hit the inside of the left
post and went in.
"The third goal happened because
we were pressing really hard offen-
sively and focusing on scoring,"
Weinberg said. "We just had a mental
lapse. The game is 90 minutes and we
have to show intensity and be able to
play for the whole 90 minutes.
"We lose our mental capability when
we are physically tired. The two go
hand in hand," Weinberg added.
'M' field hockey looks
By Jed Rosenthal
Daily Sports Writer
Revenge will be the No. 20 Michigan
field hockey team's mission today as it
travels to Muncie, Ind., to play Ball State.
The Wolverines (5-2 overall) lost a 2-1
overtime battle with the Cardinals last
"Last year was close and they beat us,"
Julie Flachs said."It's time for us to show
them up. The upper class definitely has a
grudge against them.".
With a lifetime 2-4 record against Ball
State (4-3 overall), the time is ripe for a
Michigan victory. The Wolverines are in
the midst ofa three-game winning streak,
all three being shutouts. The Cardinals,
like Michigan, are in the middle of a
winning streak of their own, with two
victories this past weekend, including
However, the Cardinals' type of play
will directly conflict with the Wolver-
ines' because they play on grass. Michi-
gan, accustomed to astroturf, must adapt
from its fast, motion-style play, to the
slower, more controlled play of grass.
"It's a totally different game on grass
for us," Flachs said. "Your skills don't
come as easy as they do on turf. We're
going to have to go back to the basics. We
can't be fancy because it's not going to
happen. We'll have more hitting than
The Wolverines will find it necessary
to revert back to their high school playing
"We're going back to our field hockey
roots," Gia Biagi said. "It'll beanexciting
Michigan must be woeful of its past
experiences with Ball State and make its
own scoring opportunities while control-
ling the contest at the same time.
"They are not a team to take for
granted," Biagi said. "They are always an
upset team. We must take them seriously,
but we have to focus on our own game.
Hopefully this will just be another notch
for ourselves. We just have to take it one
game at a time."
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