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Harriers fl home to host meet
Michigan Intercollegiates pit Wolverines against state schools

By Nancy Berger
For the Daily
After flying off to the west coast the
last two weekends, coach Mike McGuire
and his No. 15 Michigan women's har-
riers will remain grounded for the next
two weeks in Ypsilanti.
Tonight the Wolverines will be run-
ning in the Michigan Intercollegiates.
Michigan is hoping that the familiar
confines of the Huron Golf Club will
prove to be much friendlier than the
courses in Missoula, Mont., and Se-
attle. The Wolverines were outrun in
both meets by two highly regarded teams
in Arizona and Washington.
The field at the Michigan
Intercollegiates shouldn't pose any
serious threats to Michigan's chances
of repeating as the Intercollegiate's

The meet attracts schools from all
over the state of Michigan. There will
also be representatives from both Di-
vision II and III schools. This year
there will be 22 teams and over 190
runners competing on the five-kilo-
meter course. Besides Michigan, the
other notable schools competing are
Michigan State, Central Michigan,
Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan
and Detroit.
"We are more worried about what we
have to do, rather than worrying about
the rest of the competition," McGuire
said. "Our focus is working on pack-
The pack of harriers scheduled to
compete Friday is led by sophomore
Pauline Arnill. She is among one of

Men's soccer improves
Washtenaw Cup win gives team confidence

the favorites to win the race and could
join Jessica Kluge and Courtney
Babcock as previous winners of the
The other eight members ofthe squad
joining Arnill are Heather Grigg, Katy
Hollbacher, Mayrie Richards, Jen Stuht,
Jen Barber, Eileen Fleck, Tiffin
Goodman and Katie McGregor.
McGuire noted that Babcock and
sophomore Michelle Slater won't be
seeing action, due to injury and illness.
Senior Kelly Chard will most likely sit
the race out as well.
Michigan, however, will still have to
keep one eye out for the competition.
"Michigan State, Western Michigan
and Eastern Michigan each have run-
ners that could break up the group,"
McGuire said.
Continued from page 12
"Both ofus (Michigan and Wiscon-
sin) will have our hands full on Fri-
day. We'll have to see who has any-
thing left on Saturday," Giovanazzi
The Wolverines equaled their best
five-match conference start since 1992,
with a 4-1 opening record. This also
matched their total number of confer-
ence wins last year, which was a disap-
pointing four (Michigan posted a 4-16
Big Ten record).
Giovanazzi credits this year's suc-
cess to the Wolverines' experience.
"The maturity is a really big issue (in
our improvement), as well as Shannon
(Brownlee) and Kristen's play,"
Giovanazzi said. "We're a lot steadier
on the outside."
After this weekend, Michigan will
close out the first half of its conference
schedule on the road against Big Ten
powers Penn State and Ohio State, who
are currently tied for second in the con-
ference with 5-1 records.

The Michigan field hockey team faces two of the nation's top ten teams this weekend.

Blue stickers to face top teams

By Avi Ebenstein
for the Daily
The Michigan men's soccer team
just keeps on rolling.
After a thrilling 1-0 victory over
Eastern Michigan, the squad travels
to Terre Haute, Ind., tomorrow. The
key victory over the Eagles in the
Washtenaw Cup gave Michigan a win
over a Division I school.
"We finally know how to win the 1-
0 ames," coach Steve Burns said.
"This was a quality win over a good
Burns was also pleased with
Michigan's progress.
"We were up 1-0 against Western
Michigan, a club team, and lost," he
said. "In another game, we hung on
for a 1-0 victory over a club team. But
now, we beat a varsity 1-0."
With the victory over Eastern
Michigan, Michigan carries the mo-
mentum of nine consecutive victories
into the weekend tournament.

"We've got some momentum now.
Our confidence is really up," senior
Mike Presley said. "We are the team
to beat."
Senior Ian Kurth felt that the vic-
tory over Eastern Michigan was key.
"That game was a big stepping
stone. We're happy to keep the streak
going'and we are hoping to keep roll-
ing," Kurth said.
Most of this weekend's matchups
will be against weaker club teams.
"We should win all our games,"
Blake Novotny said. "We should win
But Michigan will face a more com-
petitive opponent in Illinois, also play-
ing at the tournament. Burns, how-
ever, is not too worried.
"We'll meet Illinois and we both are
undefeated in the conference," Burns
said. "But I would pick us to win."
If Michigan is succesful this week-
end, they will move on to the regional

By Jed Rosenthal
Daily Sports Writer
Two ofthe toughest field hockey teams
in the Big Ten travel to Ann Arbor this
weekend to square-off with No.8 Michi-
One will be seeking revenge, while the
other will hope to avoid revenge's reper-
Today, No. 9 Northwestern plans to
avenge its loss to Michigan. The Wolver-
ines waltzed into Evanston and shocked
the Wildcats, 1-0 in overtime, two weeks
ago. Michigan (3-2 Big Ten, 10-4 over-
all) left Northwestern in disbelief when
co-captain Aaleya Koreishi slipped a shot
by Cody Stephens with under one second
remaining in overtime for the victory.
The loss to the Wolverines sent the
Wildcats into a downward spiral, as
they have been unable to put together a
bonafide winning streak since. As a
result, Northwestern dropped three spots
from eight to 11 in the NCAA Division
I Field Hockey Poll.
Last weekend, the Wildcats were
blanked again, this time by No. 3

Iowa, 2-0.
Still, with this sudden turn of events,
Michigan can't afford to look ahead to its
own contest Sunday against Iowa. North-
western has beaten the Wolverines in 25
of 27 career meetings.
But this season has proven to be differ-
ent forbothprograms. Northwestern won
the Big Ten last season, cruising to a 8-1-
1 conference record. This season, the
Wildcats have a 2-3 Big Ten record and
8-4 overall, behind Michigan.
The Wolverines sudden surge this sea-
son may be credited to its better passing
and ball control. Their improved defense
has been a sizeable factor in this season's
success and will try to avoid a collapse of
its own Sunday against the Hawkeyes.
Two days before its triumph in
Evanston, Michigan found itself relin-
quishing a seemingly insurmountable
three goal lead in Iowa City. The de-
fense suddenly became lackadaisical
and the Hawkeyes fought back to knot
the score at three before sending the
game into overtime. There,juniorDiane
DeMiro beat Wolverine net-minder

Rachael Geisthardt for the game-win-
ning goal.
Michigan had its best chance to beat
Iowa that Friday for the first time'in
school history. Instead, the Wolverines
added to its all-time losing streak of'28
contests to the Hawkeyes, and seek'to
counter their second half debacle of two
weeks ago.
That will begin with Geisthardt and
seniorSherene Smith. The two havepow-
ered Michigan to its 10 wins, eclipsing
last year's total of nine. Smith leads the
Wolverines with four game-winning
goals, including the one in last Sunday's
contest against Ohio State. Smith has 13
goals for the 1995 campaign.
Geisthardt has been one of the steadiest
Michigan players all season, posting six
shutouts and breaking her career bestof
five. The senior from British Columbia
owns a 9-4 record with a 1.20 goals-
against-average. With 19 more saves,
Geisthardt will surpass Gillian Pieper for
fifth-place on the all-time saves mark, a
possibility ofoccurring in this weekend's

Continued from page 12
"Our players have usually already
been looked at and passed over, so it's
about over for them," Wise said. "(The
CCHA) is a more developmental type
league, but we are still competitive."
There have been some NHL players
to come out of the Canadian collegiate
ranks. Anaheim's Steve Rucchin heads
a list that includes Mike Ridley, Todd
Elik and Paul MacLean. Yet, success
stories are few and teams are usually
hurting for budding stars.

So Guelph will find a big contrast to its
norm tomorrow night - a young, ambi-
tious team loaded with NHL draftees.
They will also have to face a hungry
group of freshmen who will be in maize
and blue for the first time.
"The guys will be up for this game,"
Wolverines captain Steve Halko said.
"This will be our first real test."
Wise, whose Yeomen have already
dropped two games to Guelph this year,
said the Gryphons (5-1) will give the
Wolverines a rough ride. He expects
Guelph to be as strong as it was in 1994-
"Look for a good, physical game,"

Wise said. "They might surprise some
people against Michigan."
Guelph, Canadian national runner-
up the last two years, is coming off of a
fifth-place showing at the Waterloo
Oktoberfest Tournament and a first-
place finish at the York Invitational in
Muyleart's team is winning and, if
his sentiments are telling, it doesn't
intend to stop for souvenirs.
"What (the crowd) will see is a club
with a lot of balance," he said. "We're
not fancy, but we get the job done. I
want the crowd to say, 'this is a hard-
working hockey club."'

Picks are made against the spread.


Michigan State (+7) at illinois

Illinois Michigan State Ilinois Michigan State

1,Northwestern (-2 1/2) at Minnesota Northwestern Northwestern Northwestern Minnesota 11

.1 Washington (+1 1/2) at Stanford

on I

I Best bet Oklahoma Northwestern Ohio State



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