The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 17,1995-11
Foes are in
to play like
aily Sports Writer
The hockey game at Yost Ice Arena
his past Saturday was hardly a game at
It turned into a surge of offensive
firepower that left Michigan's unfortu-
ate opponent, Guelph, wondering why
t ven bothered showing up.
-asically, the Gryphons were a tar-
0trfor a Michi-
arr firing squad
:hat only missed
6-2), 49-6, en
oute to the 8-0
'rco and Gregg'
alicke only had
to deflect three shots apiece for the
entire 60 minutes.
"It was a good first game because ev-
rything went pretty well and our team is
Oreg Crozier, who dumped in two goals
d one assist. "If we outwork every-
y, I think we have more talent than
trouble if'M' continues
it did against Guelph
anybody and we'll just win."
The Wolverines controlled the puck in
the first stanza, but couldn't seem to con-
vert any scoring opportunities. Michigan
didn't allow Guelph one good scoring
chance, though. The Gryphons were put
on the defensive and had some success
for a period in that facet of the game.
Guelph's defense greatly frustrated
Michigan early -the Wolverines were
held without a goal despite 34 shots in
the opening period. Gryphons goalie
Matt Mullin saved 12 while the rest of
the defense blocked 14 additional shots.
"They were a tough team to play against,
especially in the first half of the game,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "They
didn't give us a lot and their goalie played
well. We were playing a good (first)
period but the puck wasn't going in."
The Wolverines' frustration seemed to
evaporate immediately when junior Ja-
son Botterill netted the first goal at the
2:03 mark of the second period.
"We were all over them (in the first)
and their goalie was standing on his
headmaking alot ofbig saves," Crozier
said. "Once we got one by the guy,
there's your confidence, there's every-
thing. (After Botterill's goal), you knew
that wasjust going to break things open."
The Wolverines went on the offensive,
scoring three goals that period and four in
the final stanza- with three coming in a
span of a minute and a half in the third.
The Gryphons were practically stuck
in their own end the entire evening.
When they tried to put together a scor-
ing opportunity, Michigan's defensive
units were there to break it up.
Yes, Guelph was a lesser opponent and
it was the first game of the year, but what
exactly did the offensive surge mean?
Just how good are the Wolverines?
If last season is any indication, they are
extremely good. Michigan outshot its
opponents 1410 to 1053 and scored 109
more goals. Last Friday, Guelph beat
Notre Dame, another CCHA team, 2-1.
Granted, the Irish are not a Lake
Superior State or a Michigan State but
they are still a conference opponent. If
the Gryphons were able to beat Notre
Dame at home and outshoot it, 60-20,
and then get pummeled by Michigan,
what does it say about the Wolverines'
dominance this year in the conference?
It remains to be seen just how good
Michigan will be this year. But if
Saturday's game offered an inkling of
evidence, the season will be quite long for
the Wolverines' opponents.
Warren Luhning checks a Guelph defender during Michigan's 8-0 win over the Gryphons Saturday night.
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's tennis team
is trying to adjust to a new style of
playing their matches.
An alternative format was newly
introduced this season into the NCAA
women's tennis competitions. The
eight-game pro-set format replaces
he method under which women's
:oflegiate tennis used to be played.
reh men went to this format just a few
yearsagoand it has been successful in
The Wolverines competed in a com-
pass draw at the Eck Tennis Classic in
Notre Dame over the weekend. The
eam received some much-needed
:xperience in the tournament because
very player gets to play each round
nder the format of a compass draw.
The unorthodox nature of this tour-
ament lent itself to some encourag-
ng results for Michigan. While a tra-
itional tournament continues with
inners advancing on to the next
ound to face another winner, at the
ck, every participant played each
atch regardless of her record in the
All four players who participated
n the tournament played doubles. The
o. l doubles team of Jennifer Boylan
nd Tumeka Harris emerged with one
in and three losses for the weekend.
"They are both great doubles play-
rs and it is only a matter of time
efore they begin to win (more
atches)," coach Bitsy Ritt said. "It
s too early to tell whether they will be
aired together because we didn't
ring the whole team (to Notre
At second doubles, the team of Tara
raff and Sybil Smith had a little
ore success at 2-2.
"This is the girls' first experience
"ith (the pro set format) and they are
till getting used to it," Ritt said.
'(iraff and Smith's) final match was
heir best one as they peaked."
With the team's top two players
Sara Cyganiak and Sora Moon) com-
eting in California at the All-Ameri-
an Championships, freshman Harris
layed No. I singles for the Wolver-
nes. She played in four three-set
atches, including a remarkable
omeback in her final victory. She
as down, 4-1, in the third set and
tormed back to defeat Suzanne Land
"Harris kept her composure and had
,nice win," Ritt said.
At No. 2 singles, Boylan competed
ell and defeated Purdue's No. I
ingles player from last year as she
olled along. She also defeated oppo-
ents from Minnesota and Notre Dame
efore succumbing in the semifinals.
Boylan was impressive throughout
e weekend until suffering a sprained
nkle Sunday - which subsequently
usted her from the tournament.
"The ankle influenced her play Sun-
ay," Ritt said.
Cross country upset
by Hoyas at invite
By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Writer
Through the hills of Pennsylvania
emerged a victor - but it wasn't
In a rare meet during the week, the
Wolverines came in second to No. 14
But week in and week out, Kevin
Sullivan rolls along. The anchor of
the Michigan men's cross country
team maintained his focus and crossed
the finish line second yesterday in the
Penn State Open National Invitational.
At State College, No. 7 Michigan,
finished runner-up with 88 points.
Sullivan was runner-up individually
- for only the second time this year
- clocking in at 25:19. This time, he
was upstaged by a military man.
Eric Mack of the Air Force Acad-
emy defeated Sullivan, one of the top
runners in the nation, in crossing the
line with a course record of 24:54.
Freshman standout John Mortimer
once again placed second for the Wol-
verines with a respectable 25:51. His
seventh-place finish overall aided
Michigan's solid day. Fellow fresh-
man Ryan Burt had his highest finish
of the young season tallying a fifth-
place team finish and 32nd overall.
Senior Theo Molla, finished 23rd
with a time of 26:24 and junior David
Barnett was right on his tail at 26:27
in 27th place. Pioneer High School
graduates Don McLaughlin and Todd
Snyder finished with times of 26:39
and 27:00, respectively.
The tournament was a replacement
meet for the Iowa State Invitational
which the Harriers were originally
supposed to compete in this past Sat-
The Hoyas, who scored a mere 54
points to sprint away with the meet,
sped alc-g the 5.2-mile course.
Michigan's ranking may take a hit
after this setback. The Wolverines
had moved up from No. 8 a couple of
Michigan, pegged as a national cop-
tender from the beginning of the sea-
son, appears to be suffering more from
the loss of All-American Scott
MacDonald than was anticipated.
McDonald is out for the remainder of
the season with astress fracture.
The Wolverines next meet is this
Saturday in Ypsilanti. The hometown
Eagles are hosting the Eastern Michi-
gan Classic. It is Michigan's final
tune-up before the Big Ten Champi-
onships Oct. 28 in Minneapolis.
The Michigan men's cross country team finished runner-up to Georgetown at Penn State yesterday.
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