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4.NDAY NIGHT aHOUSTON, inc. Check out the Michigan women's soccer team
alias at Atlata at tomorrow as it takes on Wright State in the first
MINNESOTA, inc. DENVER, inc round of the NCAA Tournament at 2 p.m. at
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After sitting out their upset victory over Penn State, Ali
Balmer was key to the Wolverines finals victory over Iowa.
Physical play
dominates Big
Ten tourney
By David Roth
Dly Sports Writer
Though field hockey is not supposed to be a contact
sport, Michigan's matches versus Penn State and Iowa
t4weekend in the Big Ten tournament were as physical
as they come, leaving the field hockey players suscepti-
ble to possible injuries.
The women wear no protective padding other than shin
guards, meaning that if a ball or stick goes high, a play-
er could find themselves on the sideline hurt.
The season was on the line for the Wolverines against
Penn State and Iowa, which made each game more
Though only a freshman, forward Jessica Rose got a
hearty taste of the Big Ten's physical play-she had to
I e the game twice against Penn State due to injury
ar was taken off the field again against Iowa because of
aii-injury as well.
a" retnembcr heing told when I was younger that those
girls (playing Big Ten field hockey) were monsters,"
Rose said. "I think I'm getting better at being pushed
I remember (Michigan coach Marcia Pankratz) told
me before the game, 'Don't let them push you off the
ball.' Sometimes we get pushed but sometimes it goes
our way."
Seshman Molly Powers, like Rose, wasn't welcomed
in o the Big Ten with outstretched arms but with poking
sticks, pushing and shoving.
"It's something to step up to every time you go out,"
Powers said. "It is something that pushes you to the next
level and pushes you to fight back harder."
Senior forward Jocelyn LaFace was also in the heat of
"It was definitely physical," LaFace said. "Everyone
wanted the ball. Any (ball) that came open, everyone
went after it."
Junior Courtney Reid explained that during warm-ups,
tl Wolverines did a bit of trash talking with each other
to prepare themselves for the intensity of the Penn State
"We knew it was going to be a physical battle"
Courtney Reid said. "We played around mentally with
each other during warm-ups. We just came out and we
were the tougher team."
Jeanne Shin, whose job was to cover Penn State mid-
fielder and Big Ten Player of the Year Tracey Larson and
Iowa star Quan Nim, had the toughest assignment of any
W verine. She had to step up physically. But Shin said
tithe game was so intense, she didn't even think about
how physical the game was.
"When I was around the ball," Shin said, "I didn't even
think about (the game's intensity.) I think we were more
See INTENSITY, Page 10

Doug Stewart travels from his home in Portland, Maine, all over the country to attend every single one of the Michigan soccer games to cheer on his daughter, Carissa, and her team-
mates. Though Stewart makes the longest trips, other parents of Wolverines are equally committed to rooting on the Wolverines in person.
Soccer parents extend support across the country for 'M'

By Dan Williams
Daily Sports Writer
No one minds that Doug Stewart's
voice tends to resonate above the rest of
the crowd at Michigan soccer games.
It's assumed that since he travels from
Maine to every game to watch his
daughter, Carissa, he's earned the right
to be the loudest fan.
But he doesn't just support his daugh-
ter. He takes it upon himself to be there
for everyone on the team.
"I feel like I'm on the field with all of
them," Stewart said. "I try to cheer for
each and every one of them."
Stewart has made the transition from
being a local soccer parent who drives
around a beltway to watch his child play
to an intercollegiate soccer parent who
travels around the country to support his
offspring. The play is at a higher level,
and the parental commitment has to be
as well.
Every weekend this fall, Carissa
Stewart's father has made time to fly out
of Portland, Maine, to catch Michigan's
twenty-two games. He covered hundreds
of miles each of the eight times he flew
to Ann Arbor for home games. On
flights to Atlanta, Missouri and

Minnesota, he traveled even further.
These excursions often cause Stewart,
an automobile dealership manager, to
miss work. To make up fcr missed time,
he has to work long hours and six days a
week during the off season.
While this may seem extreme, there's
nothing unusual about the man with the
thick east coast accent. He is simply a
proud father, who recognizes that while
many parents follow their children's ath-
letic accomplishments, few parents have
children good enough to play Division I
"I have a lot of pride and happiness
for Carissa," Stewart said. "She's a kid
from Maine, where soccer programs
aren't as advanced as they are in
Stewart travels furthest to be at every
game, but the Wolverines have a handful
of committed parents at every game.
Like Stewart, most of these parents
practiced with their daughters when
they were five, drove their daughters to
all sorts of fields when they were 12 and
went with their daughters on college
recruiting trips when they were 18. They
didn't see any reason to become distant
spectators when their girls went to col-

"How could we not come to' these
games?" Emily Schmitt's mom, Sharon,
asked at the Big Ten tournament in
Bloomington. "Parents who don't come
to all of their kids' events miss out on so
At the collegiate level, the parents
really have to be more fan than caretak-
er. When Emily Schmitt was young, her
mother had no problem running onto the
court in the middle of a basketball game
if her daughter appeared injured. But
against Vanderbilt this year, Sharon
Schmitt wasn't sure what to do when
Emily collided with a Commodore on a
"She got her head cut open, and blood
was coming out, and I was like, 'Can I
go down there?"' Sharon Schmitt said.
Sharon eventually reached Emily on
the sidelines, and then drove her daugh-
ter to the hospital where stitches were
required. While she worried about her
daughter's condition, Emily worried
about the status of the game.
The parents don't get to console their
kids as much after a loss as they would
"Emily wouldn't even talk to me after

the Kentucky loss," Schmitt said. "She
called me up and apologized after the
The parents often get just a quick hug
after road games before the team leaves
on the bus. After losses, the parents
barely get a chance to say goodbye.
"When they're down, we have to just
leave them alone," said Donna Poole,
Shannon Poole's mom.
But the parents don't complain about
how far they travel to watch their daugh-
ters and how little time they get to spend
with them. They make the best of the
small personal time these trips allow
them with their daughter.
"She's away at school all the time, so
on soccer trips I steal every second
can," Schmitt said.
In the Big Ten tournament, the parents
got to spend time with their daughters at
a few team dinners, but games, curfews
and team breakfasts usually kept them at
a distance.
Since the traveling gets very costly,
the Michigan soccer parents use the
extra time during road trips as their get-
"This year has been especially expen-
See PARENTS, Page 11

aW, .,.:.

Terrell plays and talks big for Wolverines

osh Kleinbaum
Sports Editor
David Terrell doesn't believe in
small. He's big in size, standing at 6-
foot-3, five inches taller than the
Penn State cornerbacks who will try
to cover him this weekend. He's big
in actions, sparking Michigan's
offense with big catches and big
plays and contributing on defense,
including an interception against
b thwestern this past weekend.
, most of all, he talks big, run-
ning off at the mouth in Charles
Woodson-esque fassion.
There's no question about it, the
sophomore wide receiver is big. But,
if you ask Michigan coach Lloyd
Carr, Terrell's not as big as Terrell

"Terrell thinks he's Deion
Sanders," Carr said, "but he isn't."
Against Penn State this weekend,
he may need to play like Sanders.
Carr was mum on how much time
Terrell would see at defensive back.
Playing a nickel formation, he said,
could be tough because of the
Nittany Lions' one-back set, which
makes it difficult to predict their
"He may see some time in there,
but that would be dictated more on
down and distance," Carr said.
Carr, who spent seven years as a
defensive backs coach at Michigan
in the early 'S4s, said he never envi-
sioned playing two young wide

receivers at cornerback (freshman
Ron Bellamy saw some time at cor-
ner, too).
And although they haven't faltered
yet, he knows neither has come close
to mastering the position.
Terrell "would be the first to tell
well, maybe he wouldn't, but he's
still got a lot to learn," Carr said.
On a team where the captains pro-
mote quiet leadership by example,
Terrell is the exception, his mouth
running as often as Carr's gameplan.
"As long as he backs up what he's
saying, it's okay," captain and nose
tackle Rob Renes said. "It's good to

have different sorts of leaders on the
Terrell's most outragous com-
"To me," said Renes, "they're all
pretty much out there. I don't know
how he does it - when he's talking,
I'm usually trying to catch my
GIVING BACK: Carr said yesterday
he will donate $350,000 during0 the
next seven years to the Michigan ath-
letic department to endow a scholar-
ship for a women's varsity athlete.
"I always thought if I ever had an
See CARR, Page 10




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