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Bsig Ten honors players of the week
Two Northwestern football players who helped the Wildcats beat Michigan
Saturday were honored by the Big Ten. Junior linebacker Pat Fitzgerald was
named the conference's defensive player of the week.. Senior kicker Sam
Valenzisi was the Big Ten's special team player of the week.
Ohio State's Bobby Haying and Minnesota's Chris Darkins shared
offensive player of the week honors.

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Tuesday,
October 10, 1995

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By Scott Burton
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan coach Lloyd Ganf hadn't been too
familiar with the feeling of disappointment in his
first two months on the job. But yesterday, he said
there is nothing else he can feel after suffering his
first loss of the season at the hands of Northwest-
ern Saturday.
"I know I speak for every person in our program
-- we're extremely disappointed," Garr said. "It
was a Big Ten game and any time you lose in
Michigan stadium it is bitterly disappointing."
But Garr said the Wolverines are not going to
wallow in their disappointment. Instead, Garr em-
phasized that Michigan will commit itself to cor-
recting all the types of mistakes which led to the
loss.
And there were plenty of mistakes in the 19-13
loss, which was Michigan's first loss to the Wild-
cats since 1965.
First and foremost, there was the matter of four
turnovers, all of which played a significant part in
the Wolverines' demise. Not only did the turn-
overs represent sloppy play on behalf of Michi-
gan, but it placed the defense in precarious posi-
tions all game.
"In my view, they were going to have a hard
time driving the football and scoring a touch-
down," Gaff said. "That's where the offense has to
understand that part of their job is to take care of
the football. We can't continue to put (the de-
fense) in poor field position."
Caff was also concerned about Michigan's goal-
line offense. The Wolverines ran the ball success-
fully all day, with tailback Tshimanga Biakabutuka
collecting a career-high 205 yards on the ground.
Yet, when it came time to punch the ball in the end
zone, Michigan struggled to't produce.
In a Michigan drive that spanned the end of the
first quarter and the beginning of the second
quarter, the Wolverines had a first-and-goal on
Northwestern's one-yard line. Yet, they lost two
yards in three attempts to get the ball in the end
zone and settled for a field goal.
The Wolverines had another first-and-goal in
the third quarter, this time starting from
Northwestern's three-yard line. Michigan's first
two attempts to run the ball in were unsuccessful,
though quarterback Brain Griese ran the ball in on

third down.
"Offensively, up front we had our best game#"
Garr said. "That's why it was so disappointing,
because when you rush for that many yards, you
should win. f
"I think we have to look at some of the personnel
people. I think we need a bigger lead blocker in the
backfield. We do not have a natural fullback." '.
Both of Michigan's fullbacks are converted fromh
other positions. George Howell is a former line-
backer, while Chris Floyd was recruited as atailback,
Aside from correcting tangible mistakes, Car
also said that maintaining a healthy attitude will'bc
essential for Michigan to put the Northwestern loss
behind them. 'l
"I think the measure of any team, the measure of
any person, is how you measure up to adversity,
how you measure up to things when they don't-go
well," Carr said. "We have to pull together and
hang together, and I firmly believe that we'll ;do
that."

EVAN PETRIE/Special to the Daily
-Nether Mercury Hayes (9) nor his Northwestern defender could get a handle on this Brian Griese pass. Griese's 14-for-34 performance was
typical of the Wolverines' offensive woes, as the Wildcats took away the Wolverines' Big Ten lead, national title hopes and the game, 19-13.

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By Nancy Berger
For the Daily
It seems like the Michigan women's
cross country team just has trouble with
FPac 10 teams.
If it isn't Arizona, it's Washington
grunning by the Wolverines. The Hus-
kies picked up where the Wildcats left
off last weekend, snagging the
Sundodger Invitational title Saturday.
As the host of the fourth-annual invi-
tational, No. 6 Washington dominated
the field - comprised of both colle-
giate and high-caliber club competitors
with 29 points. Michigan placed
~second with 53 points, while No. 16
Nebraska took third with 90 points.
Michigan coach Mike McGuire and
his harriers were looking to regroup
from a disappointing performance last
weekend at the Mountain West Invita-
tional in Missoula, Mont. The Wolver-
tines had difficulty pacing together as a
,group in the Montana meet, with Ari-
zona successfully displacing many of
their top runners.
Saturday's meet was a slightly differ-
ent story, according to McGuire. He said
that the team ran much better than before.
"We did a better job of grouping,"~
McGuire said.
The coach emphasized that his harr-
ers still have a long way to go before the

Big Ten Championships in three weeks.
"We know what we have to do between
now and the Big Tens," McGuire said.
McGuire acknowledged that one of
the ways his team can improve is for it
to run closer to sophomore All-Ameri-.
can Pauline Arnill.
Arnill finished second (17:10) on the
5,000-meter Lincoln Park course, two
seconds behind Washington's Tara
Carlson. Carlson, the reigning invita-
tional champion, improved on last year's
time of 17:23.
Arnill's closest teammate was fresh-
man Katie McGregor, who placed 10th
with a time. of 17:52.
Sophomore Michelle Slater and se-
nior Katy Hollbacher finished directly
behind McGregor's heels. The Michi-
gan runners were clocked three and
four seconds behind their teammate
while placing 11th and 12th respec-
tively.
Both McGregor and Slater ran their
best times of the year in a prime ex-
ample of the type of team grouping that
McGuire wants to see. The Wolver-
ines' goal is to get other runners to join
the group.
Two runners that were not far off the
group pace were senior Kelly Chard
and sophomore Eileen Fleck. Chard
and Fleck finished 18th and 20th with

times of 18:07 and 18:11 respectively.
Sophomore Tiffin Goodman and se-
niors Jen Stuht and Mayrie Richards
finished 33rd, 39th and 45th.
Yet another integral piece of
Michigan's puzzle was missing -jun-
ior Jen Barber. Barber sat out the race
because of prior academic commit-
ments.
McGuire would almost certainly pre-
fer to have "prior commitments" put a
temporary strain on the team rather
than a serious injury like that which has
plagued Courtney Babcock.
Babcock is expected to be out for
the next couple of meets. With the
Big Ten Championship in full view,
her injury seems to blur McGuire's
vision of having her compete in one
of the biggest meets of the year. He is
still not sure of her status and would
not comment further on her competi-
tive future.
With the Big Ten Championships
approaching, Michigan won't get a
break from competing but will get a
break from traveling. The team will
compete in Ypsilanti for the next two
meets.
The Wolverines have to hope that
meets in close proximity to their home
campus will be more hospitable than
their recent western trips.

Water poo raS
3BiTen wns'
Lambert scores 13 goals to lead
the Wolverines in weekend sweep
By Daniel Vanileek
For the Daily
The Michigan men's water polo team took another step
towards its goal of winning the Big Ten title with a strong
performance at Ohio State last weekend.
The Wolverines (5-0-2 Big Ten, 6-4-2 overall) defeated
three Big Ten opponents in Columbus, downing the host
Buckeyes, 20-12, as well as Michigan State, 18-7, and North-
western, 15-14.
Michigan once again showed its prowess against confer-
ence opponents.
"We always shoot for Big Ten teams," coach Scott Russell
said. "Our goal every year is to win the Big Ten. Even when
we don't win (the title), we are the team to beat."
The Wolverines always get motivated to play Big Ten foes
and are usually successful against them.
The win over the Wildcats had to be satisfying for the
Wolverines after playing to a disappointing tie earlier in
the year. Andrew Yaksic came up big, scoring eight of the
12 goals he tallied for the weekend in the Northwestern
contest.
The Wildcats are a tough conference opponent, and
Michigan expects to battle them for the Big Ten champi-

JONATH AN LURIE/Dly8H
The Michigan women's cross country team could only
manage second place at the Sundodger Invitational.

onship.
"We play Big
Ten teams more
often and we kind
of know their
strategies," se-
nior John Miedler
said. "We have
more of a rivalry
with them."~
Louis Lambert
led the Wolver-
ines with 13 goals
on the weekend,

"Even when we
don't win the (Bid"
Ten) title, we're
the team to beat"f
- Scott Russell
Michigan water polo coach

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limited to five entries per week, please. 13. Northeast Louisiana at Pacific
1. Michigan State at ilinois 14, UNL.V at San Jose State
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4. Penn State at Purdue 17. Washington State at Southern Cal
5. Northwestern at Minnesota 18, Washington at Stanford
-6. Army vs. Notre Damne 19. Brigham Young at Arizona State
7, Duke at Virginia 20. Florida at Auburn
8. Georgia Tech at North Carolina 21. Tennessee at Alabama!
9. West Virginia at Boston College 22. Air Force at Navy
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11. Pittsburgh at Temple. 24, Holy Cross at Harvard
12. Oklahoma vs, Texas 25. Dartmouth at Yale
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to go along with seven assists. Co-captain Patrick Hanchin
chipped in six goals and seven steals.
Steve Gilbert topped Michigan with eight assists. Miedler
added seven assists and seven steals.
In addition to the victories, the Wolverines had some other
noteworthy accomplishments.
Against the Spartans, 13 players contributed to Michigan's
total output of 18 goals. Also,'goalkeeper Brandon Mariott
played well. over the weekend, despite a tough first half
against the Wildcats.
Unfortunately for Michigan, co-captain Jason Cunningham,
a senior and one of last season's leading scorers, is out for the
season with a detached retina.

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