The Daily Tar HeelTuesday, September 26, 19897
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Everybody wants to know who the
Tar Heels will start at quarterback on
Saturday against Navy.
Will it be incumbent Jonathan Hall?
Leadership, mobility and knowledge
say yes. An inability to throw downfield
with authority says no, as does the
"We're not very good, so let's give the
young guys some experience" theory.
Or will it be Chuckie Burnette, super
frosh, to the rescue? Talent, mobility
and a strong arm say yes. Inexperience
and growing pains say no.
The truth is: I have no idea what
UNC head coach Mack Brown will do
But, as always, I'm willing to offer
an educated guess and a humble sug
gestion to all 18 of you who haven't
started asking me about basketball
First, a more important assessment:
Any improvement in the 1989 North
Carolina football program is going to
have to start with the passing game.
I know. I didn't have to be a More
head Scholar to figure that out. But take
a look at how this one glaring weakness
is affecting the rest of a team that could
be competitive against anyone (Well,
OK, anyone outside of the nation's top
30 teams) if it only had an average
aerial attack to go with it.
The Tar Heels proved they could run
in all three of their games so far this
year. Unfortunately for UNC, most
defenses aren't dumb. Opponents are
going to have nine defenders drooling
in anticipation of a run until the Tar
Heels prove they can complete passes
downfield. And, no matter how well an
offense executes a running play, seven .
blockers against nine tacklers does not
make for very good odds. Complete a
few timing patterns. They'll back off.
Field hockey's 1 -2
punch quite a trip
By JASON BATES
At 9 a.m. Saturday, two vans left
the Ramshead parking lot carrying
the second-ranked UNC field hockey
team to its match with number-one
Old Dominion University. Assistant
Athletic Directorlacrosse coach
Willie Scroggs stopped to wish the
team good luck.
Sophomore Jennifer Clark replied,
"Luck is not a factor in this game!"
A battle between number one and
number two in field hockey doesn't
get as much media attention as a
Notre Dame-Michigan football battle
or a UNC-Duke basketball tilt, but
that may be for the best.
There was no media analyst pre
dicting the winner. There were no
reporters crawling all over the place
trying to interview the key players.
This was rivalry and competition
in its purest form, the two best teams
in the nation settling things where it
counted on the turf.
On the trip to Norfolk, Va., the
players just relaxed. Some did home
work, some listened to music, some
talked and some slept (after all, 9
a.m. is early for any college student
especially on a Saturday). If any
body was thinking about the game
yet, she was keeping it to herself.
"Everybody's pretty relaxed on the
trip up," sophomore back Nancy Lang
said. "On the way to the game it
changes. Everybody goes into their
own little psyche-up world."
Emerging from a team meeting at
the hotel, the Tar Heels found an
ominous black cloud and falling
temperatures enveloping Norfolk.
But as the players boarded the vans
for the ride to the stadium, spirits
In the "hyper van," the radio blasted
out Queen's "We Are the Champi
ons." Everyone was singing along.
Women's soccer wins
From staff reports
BOSTON The UNC women's
soccer team extended its unbeaten string
to 80 games Monday with a 2-0 victory
over Boston College.
Senior midfielder Shannon Higgins
assisted on both goals, which came off
of set corner kick plays.
At the 54:38 mark, Higgins' offering
was headed by Mia Hamm in front of
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The UNC defense undoubtedly had
a bad game against State. But that had
more to do with State's execution, play
calling and talent on offense than any
thing the Tar Heels did wrong on de
fense. Also, when your offense gives
the ball up at midfield because they
can't move it, the defense ends up
constantly playing with its back to the
wall. That's not a good atmosphere for
a unit that excels when it is being ag
gressive and swarming to the ball.
So, back to the source -of all these
problems, the passing attack.
Neither Hall nor Burnette alone can
turn around a situation that has turned
into a nightmare. But the quarterback
has to be the starting point.
The Tar Heels are 1-2 after the 40-6
drubbing by State. They have com
pleted a grand total of two passes to
wide receivers in the past two games.
Next week they face Navy, a team
that's not as bad as VMI, but bad enough
to lose to The Citadel on Saturday (14
10). In other words, this weekend is the
last time in this young season to give a
young quarterback a chance to gain
some confidence and quality playing
time going into the remainder of the
So put Bumette in there and just say
A very large (for a field hockey
game), very vocal, very ODU-biased
crowd filled one-half of the stadium
as the players warmed-up, including
a white-haired lady at the top of the
stands who would have put any col
lege student to shame when it came
The emotional build-up came to a
close as the two teams took the field
for the game. It was time to settle the
question of who is number one.
The ride back to the hotel was
Clark, who deflected the winning
goal with her stick before it rolled
barely over the goal line, was run
ning that moment over and over in
Others were sitting quietly, reflect
ing on the missed opportunities in the
game and thinking about the next
day's matchup with sixth-ranked
The Tar Heels recovered to beat
Northeastern 2-1 on Sunday, though
the team still seemed a little shaken
up after the emotional loss the previ
The second-ranked field hockey
team in the nation seemed to trans
form back into a group of plain col
lege students during the trip back to
Chapel Hill. Many of the players
concentrated on homework, some
slept and a few taught Dutch fresh
man Imke Lempers the proper way to
eat an Oreo (you know, split it apart,
eat the middle, then eat the sides).
But ODU was still in the back of
their minds. The return matchup is in
Chapel Hill on Oct. 14.
"I hope they enjoy their victory,
because next time we get to beat
them in front of our home crowd,"
Coach Karen Shelton added,
"We'll get them at our place."
the B.C. net before sophomore middie
Emily Rice knocked it home to open
At 87:57, it was senior Carla Werden
who headed in Higgins' pass for the Tar
Heels' final 2-0 margin of victory.
The win upped UNC's record to 10
0 on the year. The Tar Heels have not
lost a game since the beginning of the
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"Chuck it, Chuckie." If he throws 12
interceptions, so what. He's young.
He'll improve. He's the future. .
Work on timing patterns when the
defense plays tight. Work on slant pat
terns against the zone. It's not that easy,
but it's a start. Throw the b,all so often
that they drop people back and dare you
to run the ball.
Now wouldn't that be interesting for
Ironically, Burnette's locker was
right next to Hall's in the UNC locker
room after the State game. As a herd of
reporters crowded the younger signal
caller into the corner, I learned a lot
about why the UNC coaching staff has
been beaming about the "quality indi
viduals" they have been getting during
Though visibly upset, Burnette was
composed, thoughtful and sincere while
anewering questions after most UNC
players were long gone. For half an
hour, he was a seasoned veteran.
"This was definitely a learning ex
perience," he said, pausing to collect
his thoughts. "It was like a nightmare.
I've never dreamed of playing that bad.
Frankly, I wanted to kick myself. A lot
of times we had receivers open, and I
just couldn't get the ball there. Other
times it was just mental mistakes."
After another long pause, he added:
"If there was a day that I would like to
change in my life, it would be today."
In his frustration and sorrow, never
did he or any other Tar Heel, for that
matter point fingers after a very
Brown on the decision to replace
Hall with Burnette on the game's third
series: "We were going to put Chuckie
Staley foods right
By NEIL AMATO
"I wanna go where it's warm."
That phrase conjures up images of a
lazy Jimmy Buffett-type lounging in a
hammock. However, it also echoes
UNC field hockey player Kathy Staley 's
post-graduation sentiments about where
she'd like to live.
"I want to go to Florida or Califor
nia, someplace on the beach," the cen
ter forward from Endicott, N. Y., said of
And so far this season, Staley has
been on fire as she and the rest of the
Tar Heels have enjoyed plenty of suc
cess. The fleet-footed attacker has scored
20 career goals, including nine so far
this season. In 20 games last year, Staley
put four balls into the net. She scored
four goals in one game earlier this year
in an 1 1-0 trouncing of Radford.
One main reason Staley has been on
a scoring spree is a change in position.
She's been moved from right midfield
to center forward since the graduation
of Julie Blaisse, who scored 21 goals
last year. Staley hoped the switch would
bring about an increase in goal produc
tion. "With changing positions, I hoped
I'd score more than four goals," Staley
said. "Being a center forward, you're in
the front line and you should score
more than four goals."
When asked how it felt to fill
Blaisse's shoes, Staley said it never
really entered her mind, mainly be
cause of her friendship with Blaisse.
"I never really thought of it that
way," Staley said. "Each year is a dif
ferent story; a different team. She was
my best friend, so it never really oc
curred to me that I was filling her shoes."
Staley, whose natural position is
forward; played midfield for two sea
sons before moving back to her famil
iar spot on front line. Now she's smok
ing opponents at the forward spot. In
fact, UNC head coach Karen Shelton
said after the Radford game that maybe
she should have put the speedy . Staley
in an attacking position earlier than her
senior year. Staley didn't mind playing
middie, but she's been sizzling up front.
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in for one series. But we got behind,
and Chuckie throws the deep ball better
than some of our other guys. He needed
that experience, so we left him in the
"There's a lot of pressure on Chuckie.
I thought he did some good things,
under the circumstances, after he settled
In the "Where Do We Go From Here"
Dept., UNC Ail-American right guard
Pat Crowley: "Today we just didn't
play well. The only way to get better is
to practice. You go back to the drawing
board, the basics, the fundamentals.
When all else fails, you go back to the
fundamentals, and you won't go wrong.
It may not make a dramatic change in
your team,-but you will improve."
Brown on what went wrong: "Our
inability to move the football early in
the ballgame took us completely away
from our game plan. We've got to
improve in the passing game for us to
have a chance to win."
N.C. State quarterback Shane
Montgomery has ripped the Tar Heels
for 485 yards and six touchdowns on
40-of-60 passing over the past two years
all while playing only about five
quarters in State's 48-3 and 40-6
triumphs. After the latest debacle,
Montgomery had some friendly advice
and a ray of hope for UNC's Burnette.
"Developing a passing attack takes a
lot of time," Montgomery said. "In '87,
when I was just first starting out, I had
a lot of problems timing up the receiv
ers and getting used to them. But last
year I got more comfortable and, this
year, this is the most comfortable I've
She mainly liked the switch because
it gave her room to move.
"There's more space that I can work
with it's more of a challenge," she
Staley has always liked challenges.
Despite being all-conference in three
sports (basketball and softball were the
others) at Maine-Endwell High School,
she found time to be in several clubs.
After graduation, Staley 's plans are
contingent on what she can do with
"I'm going to try to go as far as I can
in field hockey," Staley said. "If I de
serve to be on the 1992 (Olympic)
team, then I'll keep working hard."
After field hockey, Staley wants to
be a teacher. The elementary education
major said she wants to live in a place
with a warm climate and teach children
history and Spanish.
In fact, climate may have been what
brought Staley to UNC. After cold
weather recruiting trips to Chicago
(Northwestern) and Iowa City (Iowa),
Staley opted for Chapel Hill because of
the favorable weather.
The Tar Heel hockey team travels to
the West coast for two games Sept. 30
Oct. 2. Obviously, Staley is looking
forward to the trip.
"I'm really excited because I've
never been out there," Staley said. "I
think it'll be good for the team."
Besides the fact that UNC has an
entire day to sightsee, Staley thinks the
trip will help North Carolina because of
the differences in playing styles.
Staley describes her style in few
words. Speed is without a doubt her
biggest on-the-field asset.
"I'm quick," Staley said bluntly.
Kathy Staley is just plain fast. Enough
That also goes for the majority of the
UNC team. Speed is one reason the
second-ranked Tar Heels have a good
shot at the national title. Staley gave
several reasons for why this year's
squad, now 5-1, can go all the way.
"We've been working hard and we're
really intense in practice," Staley said.
"Also, we have a lot of team unity.
We're kind of young, but we play to
Besides playing for the Tar Heels,
Staley was selected to play on the 1987
U.S. Junior National Team that trav
eled to Argentina for the qualifying
for Dyke tilt
By STEVE WALSTON
If history is any indication, the
UNC volleyball team will need to
regroup in a hurry for tonight's clash
with archrival Duke.
The match, slated for a 7:30 p.m.
start at Cameron Indoor Stadium,
has been designated as a non-conference
meeting. That doesn't mean
that emotions won't play a major
role in the first of two scheduled
meetings between the two schools.
"If we can't get keyed up against
Duke, then I guess we can't against
anybody," UNC assistant coach
Eddie Matthews said.
The Tar Heels suffered through
two tough five-game losses Satur
day against Ball State and Wyo
ming. UNC head coach Peggy Bra-dley-Doppes
said she has not been
pleased with the team's intensity up
to this point, a sentiment echoed by
"We're still looking for that vcourt
personality,'" Matthews said. 'The
team meshes really well, but not
necessarily on the court."
With a 6-3 record, after losing
three of its last four matches, the
team may be hard-pressed to rebound
against the strong middle attack of
the Blue Devils.
"Duke always plays well against
us, and I'm sure this year will be no
exception," Matthews said. "Last
year, they came in here and we ex
pected to coast. They played really
well and defeated us, so it really
Kathy Staley's move to center
round of the World Cup.
"It was great," Staley said of the trip.
"It was the most thrilling experience
I've ever had. The people were just
flocking to you like you were a big
Stardom is something Staley seems
to be headed for if she keeps up her
torrid scoring pace. According to Staley,
though, scoring goals isn't everything.
"I don't think goal-scoring is all that
important," Staley said. "Everybody
works together, and then we all score
the goals. Sometimes, I just happen to
be the one there to score."
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doesn't matter what their record is."
Indeed, the Tar Heels may have
been looking past Duke last year. The
Blue Devils surprised UNC, taking a
five-game victory by a 15-10, 14-16,
15-12, 10-15, 15-13 count.
This year's Duke team is anchored
on its play in the middle. Senior Sylvia
Thomson and junior Bev Stross are
among the conference's best at the
middle blocker position.
Junior Tricia Hopkins is a force to
be dealt with at outside hitter, while
senior setter Lauren Libeu entered
the season with a somewhat remark
able .384 setting percentage.
For the Tar Heels, junior outside
hitter Liz Berg has provided leader
ship in the early going. Senior All
America candidate Sharon German is
coming back strong following a bout
with pneumonia, but Matthews said
German is not yet at 100 percent.
A pleasant surprise thus far for
North Carolina has been freshman
Amy Peistrup. The setter from Ar
lington Heights, 111., has a hitting
percentage of .354, while registering
two kills and 1.6 digs per game.
"With freshmen you can't have too
high expectations, since everyone was
a superstar in high school," Matthews
said. "But we expected more from
her, being a setter. She's listened to
everything we've taught her and been
Senior Lisa Joffs has sparkled in
the middle blocker position, and will
need another strong effort against the
forward has been a big lift for UNC
keep everyone grinning. Actually, grin
ning is something Staley has been ac
cused of doing too much of.
"Everybody always says that I smile
too much," Staley said.
According to her teammates, Staley
has perma-grin. Yes, she has a bubbly
personality, but one other Tar Heel
gives a different reason.
"G-forces," sophomore back Nancy
Lang explained. "She's so fast her lips
get pushed backwards when she runs."
It sounds funny, but if you've seen
her play, you know what Lang said is
practically the truth. If you haven't,
you're really missing something.