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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 25, 1995 - 15

Blue knocks off Spring Arbor, 1-0

By Susan Dann
Daily Sports Writer
Neither rain, nor wind, nor dark of
night could keep the Michigan men's
soccer team from delivering a defeat
last night to Spring Arbor.
The Wolverines beat their I-94 rival,
1-0, despite the bad weather.
"The conditions are always a factor,"
Michigan coach Steve Burns said, "es-
pecially if the wind is steadily going in
one direction."
Michigan battled to a 0-0 halftime
standoff despite having the advantage
of the wind and dominating play.
"Everything was working as far as
what we wanted to do," Burns said. "We
weren't getting a lot of breaks, though."
In the first half, senior Ryan Carriere
fired a shot which hit the post and de-
flected to senior Ian Kurth, who headed
the ball in over the goalkeeper's head.
The goal was called back, though, on

an offsides call.
Michigan regrouped at halftime and
prepared to go against the wind. Tacti-
cal changes in the lineup helped the
Wolverines focus on an offensive strat-
egy. Senior Bill Lanspeary replaced
Kurth at sweeper, giving the Wolver-
ines a spark in Spring Arbor's end.
Michigan was also counting on a
Spring Arbor mental lapse.
"What (a game like this) boils down
to is a one-versus-one battle," Burns
said. "At some point in the second half,
one guy is going to let down and say to
himself, 'Well, I'm just going to cheat
a little this time and not get in position
to defend; I hope it doesn't cost me or
my team."'
Twenty-five minutes into the second
half, Michigan exposed Spring Arbor's
weak side. Junior Dave Colliver at-
tacked from the left side. He maneu-
vered around a player and crossed the

ball. Driven into the wind, the pass was
held up, causing the Spring Arbor goal-
keeper to hesitate.
Freshman Blake Novotny came
strong toward the ball and connected
with a left-footed volley.
With nearly twenty minutes remain-
ing in the game and Spring Arbor at-
tacking with the wind at its back, the
Wolverines did not back down.
"With about five minutes left in a
game when you are up 1-0, there are
certain things you have to do and
others to not do," Burns said. "We
committed a few ofthose acts I thought
we had learned to avoid, (like) not
trying to do something too fancy in
the midfield.
"In this situation, what you want to
do is play keep-away. We didn't recog-
nize that this needed to be done. We
caught on with about two minutes left
in the game."

FIELD HOCKEY NOTEBOOK:
'M' seniors honored before game

Marquis Grissom is tagged out at third by
Indanswonl
SMurry's single in the
CLEVELAND (AP) - Cancel that
,missing persons report. The real
Cleveland Indians have shown up.
Eddie Murray singled home the win-
-ning run in the 1 1th inning Tuesday
night and the Indians, masters of the
:late-inning comeback, saved their sea-
son-by rallying past Atlanta 7-6 and
cutting the Braves' lead in the World
Series to 2-1.
- No team in baseball postseason his-
tory has overcome a 3-0 deficit, and
the Indians made sure they wouldn't
,have to either by winning the first
World Series game played in Cleve-
land in 41 years.
Keyed by Kenny Lofton, who reached
- base in all six of his at-bats, the Indians
scored a run in the eighth to tie it 6-6.
Then inthe 11th against Alejandro Pena,
Carlos Baerga led off with a double,
Albert Belle was intentionally walked
'and Murray hit a sharp single to center
that easily scored pinch-runner Alvaro
Espinoza.
The win was the Indians' 29th in
.their last at-bat this year and made
them 22-2 in one-run decisions and
15=1 overall in extra innings.
Cleveland stopped a six-game
riddes!
ropoff your picks for this week at The
Building at 420 Maynard. Deadline is 4 p
Steve and Barry's University Sportswear
1. Milpnesota at Michigan
2. Iowa at Ohio State
3. Michigan State at Wisconsin
4. Northwestern at Illinois
5. Indiana at Penn State
6. Boston College at Notre Dame
7. Kansas at Kansas State
8. Nebraska at Colorado
9. Southern Cal at Washington
ยข,0. Florida at Georgia
1i. Arkansas vs. Auburn @ Little Rock,

Cleveland's Jim Thome. The indians and Braves play Game Four tonight. AP PHOTO
k overdime to top Braves
11th cuts Atlanta's series lead to 2-1

World Series losing streak dating to
1954. The Braves, meanwhile, had
their seven-game winning string in
this postseason snapped.
The Indians will try to even the Se-
ries tonight in Game 4. Ken Hill is
likely to start against Atlanta's Steve
Avery.
Jose Mesa was the winner, pitching
three innings in his second-longest
stint of the season. Braves closer Mark
Wohlers went 2 2-3 innings in his
longest outing of the year before Pena
took over to start the 11th. Pena tried
out for the Indians in spring training
but was not kept.
The Indians, who led the majors in
hitting, scoring and home runs, were
limited to two earned runs and eight hits
during a pair of one-run losses in At-
lanta. But back at home, before the 58th
straight sellout at Jacobs Field, they
scored four times on six hits in the first
three innings against John Smoltz.
After Atlanta scored three times in
the eighth for a 6-5 lead, the Indians
struck back after a one-out walk to
Manny Ramirez and a single by Paul
Sorrento. Wohlers relieved Greg
McMichael and gave up a tying double

to Sandy Alomar, but following an
intentional walk to Lofton, preserved
the tie by striking out Omar Vizquel
and getting Baerga on a grounder.
Mesa kept it 6-6 in the ninth by
retiring Chipper Jones on a grounder,
picked up nicely by rookie first
baseman Herbert Perry with two run-
ners on. In the 1 0th, Baerga went
behind second base to glove a
grounder by Javier Lopez and throw
him out to end the inning with a run-
ner on second.
Lofton was intentionally walked in
the bottom of the 10th to put runners at
first and third with two outs, but Vizquel
grounded out. Lofton had three hits,
walked three times and scoredthree runs.
Indians starter Charles Nagy
seemed to be fading, but manager
Mike Hargrove stuck with him as he
took a 5-3 lead into the eighth. The
move almost cost Cleveland the game
right there.
Marquis Grissom led off with a
double and, with a 2-0 count on Luis
Polonia and the crowd groaning,
Hargrove went to the mound. Again
he stayed with Nagy and paid for it as
Luis Polonia hit an RBI single.

By Jed Rosenthal
Daily Sports Writer
The victory over Central Michigan
yesterday was more than just a win for
the No. 10 Michigan field hockey team.
It marked the last time the current Wol-
verine seniors would take the field at
home.
The coaching staff, players and fans
alike honored five of Michigan's up-
coming graduates before the game
against the Chippewas. Coach Patti
Smith presented Gia Biagi, Rachael
Geisthardt, Sherene Smith and cap-
tains Aaleya Koreishi and Jennifer
Lupinski with flowers as a means of
thanking them for their four years of
devotion.
"It's a good honor," Lupinski said.
"We've put four years into the program
and it's nice to be acknowledged."
The last four years have proved to be
a bit tumultuous for the Wolverines.
"I think today marks how far this
program has come," Biagi said. "When
we started, we had a different field, a
different assistant coach and different
goals."
Michigan has already surpassed last
year's win total of nine with two regular
season games remain. There is still the
chance that the team can eclipse its all-
time season best for wins which stands
at 13, accomplished in 1982 and 1993.
"When we started, I don't think the

Big Ten Championship was in our
goals," Biagi said. "It was a building
program then. But I think the team has
gone in the direction of my class. We
established a strong foundation for the
program."
The Wolverines have a wealth of
sophomores and freshmen on their
roster and can only hope that these
recruiting classes can continue the
changes brought about by the depart-
ing seniors.
"When we came in as freshmen, we
were the catalysts for change," Koreishi
said. "We came in with the attitude, we
were going to make a difference. We
strongly made a difference."
As for her reign as captain coming to
a close, Koreishi remains humble.
"Being captain isj ust an extra honor,"
Korcishi said. "It shows that your team-
mates believe in you. It was a great year
to lead the team and a great honor to
have the title."
SENIOR STRENGTHS: Four of the top
six scorers for the Wolverines are se-
niors. With one goal yesterday, Smith
continues to lead the team in scoring
with 17 goals, hitting the back of the net
in 13 of the team's 18 games. Smith
also leads the team in game winning
goals and scored the first-ever tally at
Ocker Field.
Biagi and Lupinski reaped assists on
Smith's shots and thus rank second and

third respectively in team points.
Lupinski leads the Wolverines with 15
assists and Biagi follows with 12. The
duo has combined for 35 points.
AND THEY KEEP ON FALLING:
Michigan's team success has allowed
many individuals to set records. Smith's
16 goals improved on last year's total of
nine and is more than her previous three
seasons combined.
Lupinski's 17 points broke her per-
sonal best of 10 points, set during the
1992 and 1994 seasons. With two tal-
lies against Central Michigan, Koreishi
broke her season total for goals and
points, set in 1993. Koreishi now has
eight goals for 16 points.
Geisthardt has surpassed her season
best forshutouts with six and has moved
past Gillian Pieper for fifth on the all-
time saves list.
SHORT HOPS: Scoring four times in
the first half yesterday, the Wolverines
have outscored their opponents 23-6 in
the opening half. Closing games seem
tobe the problem, though. In the second
half and overtime, they have been hit
for 19 goals while scoring only 14 of
their own. They have shutout their op-
ponents seven times ... Michigan was
ranked No.8 for two consecutive weeks
this season, equaling its best position
ever ... The Wolverines close out their
regular season against Ohio State, Fri-
day, and Penn State, Sunday.

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