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8B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday, September 10, 2001

Groninger catches fire in England

Continued from Page 11B
ous practice schedules.
When Groninger wasn't lighting
it up on the floor, he was experienc-
ing the nightlife in England.
Groninger said that the team's
coach, Indiana's Mike Davis, want-
ed the players to have a lot of free
The team had a three-day camp
prior to the tournament, but during
the 10-day trip Davis held zero
practices - giving the team a
chance to catch the sights and relax
off the court.
"It was a lot of fun," Groninger
said of the trip. "I really had a good
time meeting kids from the other
Michigan coach Tommy Amaker
was pleased to hear about
Groninger's performances, but not
"It didn't just happen - he
worked for it," Amaker said. " He
worked hard in the spring and sum-
mer, and I was glad to see that he
was rewarded with a chance to play
and then play well for the team."
Groninger not only shot 34 per-
cent from behind the 3-point arc in
the tournament, but also worked on
other parts of his game - like pull-
up jumpers, creating his own shots
and taking it to the hole.
"With the way I can shoot free
throws, it'd be to my advantage to
be able to get to the line as much as
possible," said Groninger, who shot
80 percent from the free-throw line
last season.
But Groninger's play over the
summer hasn't earned him anything
in Ann Arbor yet. The Wolverines'
roster includes two incoming fresh-
men at the guard position - Dom-

Continued from Page IB
Yesterday, Michigan set the precedent
for a physical game from the very
beginning. On the opening kick, a
Dayton player ended up on the ground
after losing the fight for the first pass.
Dayton proved to be ready for the
challenge of a physical game by try-
ing to control the tempo. The Flyers
built every run from the backs with
unselfish passing. After 10 minutes of
play, the Wolverines did not have a
shot on goal while Dayton had been
on the attack with two.
But the Wolverines snapped out of
their run of ineffective play and start-
ed to do what they are best at - cre-
ating offensive attacks. At 24:26
fullback Amy Sullivant made a great
shot that tested the abilities of the Fly-
ers' goalie. Laurie Peterson followed
that by barely missing over the cross-
bar with her shot. Finally, with 10:45
left in the half, Michigan capitalized
on its efforts with head ball by Andrea
Kayal. The goal due largely to an
accurate penalty kick by Sullivant.
Down 1-0 after the game delay in
the second half, the Flyers' seemed to
sense the urgency. Dayton's Jen
Simonetti and Beth McHugh fired
two close-range shots that came dan-
gerously close to going by Michigan
goalie Bre Bennett.
In the home opener Friday night,
the women's soccer team broke
through the suffocating Kentucky
defense early in the game. With 13:24
remaining in the first half, freshman
Kate Morgan scored the first goal of
her college career.
The goal capped 30 minutes of out-
standing physical play in the first half.
The Wildcats had jumped to No. 24 in
the NSCAA/adidas coaches poll
because of their physical and aggres-
sive style of play. The Wolverines
matched Kentucky's physical prowess
by contesting every open ball in the
"I'm proud of how our team chal-


Michigan fullback Amy Sullivant uses her body to win a ball against Dayton yes-
terday. Physical play was key in Michigan 1-0 shutout of the Flyers.

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Michigan shooting guard Gavin Groninger had an Interesting summer while playing
on the Big Ten Conference Foreign Touring Team and working at Jordan's camp.

minac Ingerson and Marcus Bennett
- along with three others returning
from last season. Competition
between the backcourt promises to
be tough.
Amaker said he doesn't know
who's going to start as of yet, but he
still has Groninger high in the
Wolverines' plans.
"We've mentioned to him and to
the team that he's going to be an
important card in the whole scheme
of things," Amaker said.

Sharp shooter
As one of Michigan's veterans,
junior guard Gavin Groninger will be
counted on to add some key offen-
sive punch and improve his num-
bers. Here's how Groninger fared in
his first two seasons.
2000-01 5.6 32% 31%
1999-00 7.1 39% 38%

lenged Kentucky in the air," head
coach Debbie Rademacher said."
Laurie Peterson and Carly Williamson
stepped up and were very physical in
the midfield."
But then an old problem reappeared
when the Wolverines' outstanding
play in the first half quickly became
stagnant. The Wildcats controlled the
game as Michigan chased the ball try-
ing to regain control. With 1:15 left in
the first half, Kathy Fulk scored for
Not only was Fulk's goal a momen-
tum breaker, but the frustration on the
field could be felt from the stands. As
Fulk walked back to the midfield, she
gestured to the Wildcats' fans with
her, arms in the air and her hands
beckoning to the Michigan players
with bravado.
It was a prophetic gesture that Ken-
tucky was now going to control the
remainder of the game.
Riding off of the adrenaline of
Fulk's goal, Kentucky's second score
came early in the second half. The

Wildcats' Annie Gage took a corner
kick at 34:14 in the second half that
found the head of Alli Haeussler in
the box. It was the second game win-
ner Haeussler had scored in three
games, proving that she was Ken-
tucky's go-to woman under pressure.
Despite the two goals scored by the
Wildcats, keeper Bennett played a
great game for the Wolverines. At the
13:20 mark, Kentucky broke away
from the Michigan defense only to be
stopped cold by Bennett's diving stop
to the left.
Had the Wildcats scored the goal
late in the game, Michigan's chances
to come back would have been nearly
"This game was disappointing, but
we'll be back," said Bennett. "We
played well in the backfield and we
were ready for the quickness of Ken-
tucky's forwards since Cal and Loy-
ola were both quick upfront."
"We had flashes of good soccer,
but once again we were snake-bit by
crucial mistakes," said Rademacher.



Buckeye guard will sit 12 games

COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio State guard Doylan
Robinson will miss the first 12 games of the basketball
season after failing to regain academic eligibility this
The 6-foot-5 senior can practice when preseason
drills begin Oct. 13. If he regains eligibility in the fall,
he can return Jan. 9 at Massachusetts. He missed most
of last season because of a car accident.
"I'm more disappointed for him than anything else,"
coach Jim O'Brien said Friday.
"If you chronicle where he's been ... he's just had one
thing after another."

Robinson was the first recruit to commit to Ohio
State after O'Brien was hired in 1997. He was unable to
play or practice with the team as a freshman after fail-
ing to qualify academically.
Last season, Robinson scored 15 points in 18 minutes
as a reserve in the Buckeyes' first exhibition game. He
then bruised his ribs two days before the second exhibi-
After playing in each of the team's first five games,
he was severely injured in a car accident Dec. 3. He
played only seven minutes in four games after he

Continued from Page 18
Just over three minutes later, junior midfielder Brent
Jacquette scored on an indirect kick from atop the
penalty box to put the game out of reach.
"Mentally, I think our kids were ready to play today,"
Burns said. "But as you can see from the box score, the
game got away from us between the 60th and 70th min-
Playing its first home match of the season on Friday
night, Michigan used tremendous speed on both sides of
the ball to edge past Cleveland State.
Junior Jody Keeling scored the lone Michigan goal
just two-and-a-half minutes into the first half. Senior
captain J.J Kern dribbled the ball down the left side of
the field and centered it nicely to junior Robert Turpin,
who dumped it off to Keeling for an open shot.
"The play worked just like we run it in practice,"
Keeling said. "A post runner brings the ball down and
centers it for the attackers. I just happened to be in the
right place at the right time."
Despite the quick start, Burns was not completely sat-
"I hate scoring early," Burns said. "Our defense got
lackadaisical after the goal. That's something you see
out of a young team early in the season, but we'll fix
The Vikings picked up their offensive intensity in the
second half with 10 shots on goal. But goalkeeper Joe
Zawacki was impenetrable behind the net, recording
four saves en route to his second straight shutout.
"Joseph is a very athletic goalie," Burns said. "He's
the type of goalie who can keep us in the game and give
us the confidence to win."
Michigan is becoming accustomed to close games
with the Vikings. In last year's contest at Cleveland
State, an overtime goal by sophomore Tom Gritter was
the difference in a 3-2 victory for the Wolverines.
"Given that last year's game went into overtime, we
knew that it was going to be a tough battle," Burns said.


Learn First-Hand From U of M
Grads About An Exciting

Mychal Turpin makes an acrobatic move in the Wolverines'
1-0 victory against Cleveland State on Friday.
"Cleveland State is a team that is rebuilding well, par-
ticularly with their central fielders."
Michigan will try to avenge its loss to Penn State
next weekend when it travels to Kentucky for the
Louisville Invitational. The Wolverines will face Cal
Poly-San Luis Obispo on Friday night and then close
out the weekend against Louisville on Sunday.
"We will continue to address our deficiencies this
week in practice," Burns said. "We need to be ready
next weekend for the invitational."


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