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2B -- The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, October 23, 1995

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'M' drops third in a row

By Mary Thewes
For the Daily
Spectators ofyesterday's field hockey
game between Michigan and Michigan
State saw lots of green, especially if
they placed their bets on the Spartans.
The Wolverines' faces were as green
as Ocker Field after losing 4-2 in the
Big Ten contest.
The loss was the third straight for
Michigan, dropping the team's record
to 3-5 in the Big Ten, 10-7 overall.
On the other side of the field, Michi-
gan State beamed green.
The Spartans, who last won a Big
Ten match in 1993, recorded their first
conference win in eight attempts this
season. Their record improves to 1-7 in
the Big Ten, 8-9 overall. Michigan State
now leads the series between the two
teams, 18-17-6.
At the end of the first half, the Spar-
tans owned a 2-0 lead on goals by
Rayna Hiscox and Terry Pacheco.
"We just weren't playing smart," se-
nior Gia Biagi said. "We were playing
with heart, and certainly to win - we
just had some not-so-great moments."
It wasn't until 49 seconds into the
second halfthat Michigan was first able
to get on the scoreboard with a penalty
corner goal by Shirene Smith, her 16th.
Michigan State rebounded seconds
later to regain its two-goal advantage.
An additional goal by each team con-
cluded the game with the final score of
4-2. Sophomore Meredith Weinstein
tallied Michigan's second goal, her sec-
ond of the season.
Ironically, the final score is identical
to the outcome of the last matchup
between these two teams - only last

time, the Wolverines were on the win-
ning side.
One thing possibly affecting the game
was that Michigan played without its
regular sweeper, Sandra Cabrera.
Cabrera broke her thumb during prac-
tice Saturday. Senior Meredith Franden
was her replacement.
Even though they admittedly played
poorly, the Wolverines hope that the
loss doesn't affect them in the long run.
Coach Patti Smith wants to keep her
players focused.
"Our coach still has trust in us," cap-
tain Jennifer Lupinski said. "(She said)
not to lose faith in each other. We're
still a great team."
Michigan has three more games left
in the regular season, two of which are
Big Ten contests. Ifthey win both of the
Big Ten games, the Wolverines will
improve their all-time record number
of conference wins to five.
Michigan plans on doing just that by
bouncing back after yesterday's loss.
"This game really doesn't have that
much bearing," Biagi said. "We don't
want to dwell on this. We're looking
forward to the Big Ten tournament."
The tournament, held in early No-
vember, will give Michigan another
chance to battle the Spartans. The Wol-
verines hope to tie up the series once
Until then, Michigan will face Cen-
tral Michigan Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.
Finally, next weekend marks the end of
the Wolverines' regular season action
with two away games at Ohio State and
Penn State.
Luckily for Michigan, neitherofthose
teams is green.

The women's soccer team had a 2-0 lead yesterday over Butler but dropped the game 3-2.

Waldorf wins Texas
Open for fist career
PGA Tour victory

blows lead
fas 3-2 to
By Marc LUghtdal.
Daily Sports Writer
Butler coach Brian Blitz has solved
the riddle to the Michigan women's
soccer team's inconsistent play.
"They're a very talented team,b)t
(losing) is part ofpaying dues," Blitz
"The second or third year is the
hardest year because you lose a lot.
It's hard to make the adjustment be-
cause they're a very young team.'-
Yesterday, the experienced BlI-
dogs came back from a 2-0 deficit tQ.
beat the Wolverines, 3-2, at Michi-
gan Soccer Field. The loss drops
Michigan to 4-10-2 overall.
Butler (10-4-2 overall) is a fifth-
year program that faced a similar
predicament in its transition from
club to varsity sport.
For the first 20 minutes, the Wol-
verines' offensive machine executed
perfectly to the tune of two goals.
Debbie Flaherty booted the ball
across the field to Laura Limauro,
who headed the ball right to Ruth
Swerving around a defender,
Poulin avoided the goalkeeper and
tapped the ball into the back of the
Poulin continued her torrid play
by rebounding a penalty kick into the
back of the net for the team's second
"we came out
ready, and we los
steam with every
goal that they
- McKenzie Webster
Michigan junior forward
goal and her fifth of the season.
However, the team's early inten-
sity and precise execution waned as
the game moved on.
"We came out ready, and we lost
steam with every goal that they
scored," junior forward McKenzie
Webster said.
Blitz believed that the Bulldogs'
experimentation with three forwards
instead of the usual two sparked the
team's offense.
Michigan's luck ran out when ISut-
ler freshman Kelly Hurd's 25-yard
boot elevated above the outstretched
arms of Michigan goalkeeper Jessia
Jones at 27:22 of the first half.
Beth Crauder, the Bulldogs' lead-
ing scorer, lifted a ball that deflected
off of Jones' hands into the upper-
right corner of the net. The goal ws
Crauder's eighth of the season, andit
knotted the score at two.
Sarah McDonald's header into the
net on a bouncing ball put the dagger
into Michigan.
The goal provided the Butler squad
with a 3-2 edge with about 15 min-
utes left, a lead that the Bulldogs
would not relinquish.

dN thought we played well for 20
minutes,", Belkin said. "After that,, I
do not think we played well at all.$$

Waldorf won his first PGA title and
runner-up Justin Leonard earned a
chance to play for the big money next
Waldorf shot a 7-under-par 65 Sun-
day for a six-stroke victory in the $I
million Texas Open. His 20-under to-
tal earned him $198,000.
Leonard, who had a final-round 68,
collected $118,000 for finishing sec-
ond and that moved him from 33rd
and into the top 30 on the money list
for the year and into the select field for
$3 million Tour Championship to be
held next week at Southern Hills in
Tulsa, Okla.
Loren Roberts, the first-round
leader who was 31 st on the money
list, finished in a tie for third at 8-
under 280 with John Mahaffey and
John Morse and earned $57,200. That
was enough to move him into the top
Jeff Sluman and Hal Sutton were
29th and 30th on last week's money
The final round was played on yet
another blustery day at La Cantera
Golf Club, the site of the tournament

for the first time.
Waldorf had held a slim lead since
Friday and was one stroke ahead of Jay
Don Blake entering the final round.
Midway through the front nine Blake
faltered and Leonard, who graduated
from the University of Texas last year,
became Waldorf's biggest threat.
Leonard started the day three strokes
back and moved within two after he
birdied the par-4 5th. Despite three
more birdies in the round, the 23-year-
old Leonard never moved any closer to
With birdies on 13 and 17, Waldorf
upped his lead as Leonard bogeyed 16
and 17.
Blake shot a 5-over 77 Sunday and
finished at 281. Blake looked like the
likely third-place finisher through most
ofthe back nine, but he made a 9 on the
par-5 16th when it took him four shots
to get out of a sand trap.
Waldorf's previous best finishes on
the PGA Tour came in 1992, when he
was second in two events. His win-
nings Sunday give him $525,622 for
the year, but did not move him into the
top 30 as he started the week 54th on
the list.

Yesterday's loss by the Michigan field hockey team dropped its record to 3-5 in the Big Ten and 10-7 overall.

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