University of Michigan - Michiganensian Yearbook (Ann Arbor, MI)

 - Class of 1995

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theteamjoiiK f he men ' s 1995 Lacrosse club returned over 24 players to a team that had won the Big Ten title the year before. They began the season not playing up to the lofty expectations that had been set for them. Their record in non-conference play amounted to one win and two losses, including a tough loss to Lake Shore Lacrosse of Chicago 23-1 1. Among the expla- nations for the slow start for the squad was that among the 4 key players that they did lose were its top two scorers and top two defensemen from the previous year. Even in practice the 95 squad was just not satisfied with how the season was bigger picture. This will hopefully get guys focused and hopefully will improve our play. " The team looked to its midfielders, like Kolakowski, in order to find an offensive attack. " This is the first year we have felt confident about our three or four lines of midfielders, " Kolakowski said. The team was among the most established of the club sports, however its woman ' s brethren would be the one that received consideration for varsity status and not itself due to the gender equity stipulations. Club sports, such as men ' s lacrosse or men ' s crew, with solid leadership, competitive play, and strong traditions, did not whack because of the disproportionate amount of scholarships that it was allowed to have. Their was no comparable women ' s sport that could equate to this. Until administrators got their heads out of their asses, this sorry state of affairs would continue indefinitely. Story by: JohnTaylorWhelan starting out. Senior midfielder John Kolakowski s aid, " Lately, in practice, we just haven ' t seemed to have much focus and we haven ' t been playing well at all. " Despite the rocky start to the season, Kolakowski was confident about the team ' s chances entering Big Ten play. He said, " I think it ' s good that we are starting our Big Ten season because it gets guys thinking of the receive the attention that they deserved for varsity status because of the inability of the athletic department to then make the 60-40 ratio necessary to fulfill the Big Ten ' s gender equity mandate. Until schools get their acts together, and discard the football behemoth from its gender equity puzzles, small sports, though popular, would never receive their just cause. Football threw the entire scheme out of 203 Inside Sports

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