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Men's Basketball vs. Bradley
NIT opener tickets
On sale today
Ticket Office

WSPORTS
Wednesday, October 8, 1986

Hockey
vs. Bowling Green
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

The Michigan Daily

Page 9

Burinskas and Cantor revive
Freshman phenom stickers' once-dormant offense

By DOUGLAS VOLAN
According to Webster's
dictionary, magnetic is: any person
or thing that attracts or draws.
That definition fits the unique
relationship freshman Judy
Burinskas seems to have with the
litle ball used to play field hockey.
For this reason, she is called
"magnet" by her teammates.
"SHE HAS unbelievable ball-
stick coordination," said Michigan
assistant coach Andrea Wickerham.
"Wherever the ball is, her stick is.
It's like hand-eye coordination. It's
urtbelievable."
Burinskas' exceptional ability,
which head coach Karen Collins
describes as "an innate skill," has

helped her to score three goals
already this season.
"When the defense clears the ball
out, I'm the farthest up field to
receive it, and I go with it,"
Burinskas said.
SINCE JOINING the
Wolverines, she has started all but
one game (due to an injury), quite
unusual for a freshman.
"She is a dynamic player, which
is one of the reasons I recruited
her," said Collins. "I needed
starters right away and she's
accomplished that."
B urinskas however, is not the
only freshman starter. Her best
friend and high school teammate,
Sharon Cantor, has also stepped

into the Wolverines' lineup.
Together, they hope to lead the
Wolverines to the top.
"WE BOTH want to go as far
as we can in field hockey", said
Cantor. "Now we're going through
the freshman transition. But in the
near future we think we'll be on the
top of our game. And together, we
think we can be a lot stronger."
Burinskas, a forward, and
Cantor, a mid-fielder, have
impressive credentials. Both were
All-League and All-State for
Cheshire High School in
Connecticut. And both were
selected to the Olympic,
developmental B-camp. C is the
lowest level, followed by B and A.

A is the national level, where
players train for the Olympics.
"Next summer we're going to
make A," states Cantor.
BURINSKAS, who scored 15
goals and had 17 assists her senior
season in high school, was also
selected to the 1986 AAU (Amateur
Athletic Union) junior Olympics.
The all-star game, held in St.
Louis, Mo., featured the best high
school players in the country.
Together, Burinskas and Cantor
led the Cheshire team to second-
place finishes in 1984 and 1985.
The worked together, with Cantor
setting up most of Burinskas'
goals.
And together is the key word.
Besides both 'being All-State and
All-League, and on the Olympic B
team, they had identical 3.6 grade
point averages out of high school,
and they room together at
Michigan.
"WE BOTH wanted to play
together. That was our dream in
high school," said Burinskas.

But perhaps the best thing that
they did together was to go to
Europe in the summer of 1985,
where they played the best teams in
England and Holland. "That trip
helped prepare us for the transition
to the college game," said Cantor.
"I think that the difference
between high school players and
college players is that college
players have developed skills more,
and play with finesse. We have the
skills but we haven't developed the
finesse yet," said Burinskas.
COLLINS HOWEVER, is
not quite as harsh. "(Burinskas) is
playing like a vet already. She
hasn't backed off to the pressures of

Big-Ten competition where most
others would."
Adjusting to the college game
also was made easier through the
help of teammates Jane Nixon, Lisa
Murray, and Joan Taylor, all
seniors.
"They made it easy for us to feel
comfortable and to play the best
that we could," said Cantor.
"They're good leaders too," chimed
in Burinskas.
There is no question of their
value to the team. After a 1-14-2
season last year, this year's team is
7-5-1, a reversal helped by the
efforts of two outstanding
freshman.

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