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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 1, 2002 - 9A

ACC provides end-of-season challenge

By Brian Schick
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan field hockey defender Stephanie John-
son adamantly rejected the idea that this weekend's
nonconference matchups have the potential to cause
a letdown in the team's play.
"The ACC presents a very big chal-
lenge for us," Johnson said. "They play DURH
a different game than Big Ten field Wh: No. 21
hockey. They're very finesse oriented, Big Ten, 15-;
and we're physical combined with the No.20 virgin
finesse. It will help us down the line 8), No. 12 D
for the NCAA Tournament." When: Tonigh
The junior from Houston, Texas Latest: Mich
wasted little time addressing the con- overcome la
cern that the second-ranked Wolver- 4-3 overtime
ines (6-0 Big Ten, 15-2 overall) might ranked old D
come out a little flat in this weekend's games
against Virginia and Duke.
Last Saturday, Michigan dropped its first game
since early September to No. 1 Old Dominion, a

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devastating 4-3 overtime loss that saw the Wolver-
ines tie the game after being down 3-0. This came
the day after Michigan clinched the Big Ten title
with a 3-1 win over Penn State, ending conference
play for the regular season.
"We feel the Big Ten conference is probably
the strdngest competition we'll
face all season," said Johnson,
, N.C. who scored two goals in the Penn
higan (6-0 State game. "It's always good to
verall) vs. have that different look going into
(0-3 ACC, 9- the Big Ten Tournament."
(0-3,11-6) With the difficult conference sea-
nd tomorrow son complete and the postseason
n looks to tournament looming next weekend,
weekend's the tendency to overlook two non-
s to top conference games at the end of the
ninn season is easy to understand. But the
Wolverines must avoid a psychological let-down
as both opponents are ranked in the top 20.
"We've learned this year that every team is
going to bring their 'A' game for us, because

they're playing the defending national champi-
ons," forward April Fronzoni said. "Even though
we have the Big Ten regular season title, we still
have a lot to do before the season is over."
Something to work on as the season winds
down is responding positively to adversity. The
Wolverines set a new school record for consecu-
tive wins (14), a streak that was snapped at the
hands of Old Dominion. The Monarchs handed
Michigan its second loss providing the Wolver-
ines with just their second opportunity to rebound
after a defeat. Michigan has reason to be opti-
mistic; with its backs against the wall, it fought
back to tie the game - the mark of a champi-
onship team.
"We were down 3-0, and a lot of teams could
have been down and out, but we fought through
it," said Fronzoni, who tied the game at three with
six minutes to go. "This team showed a lot of
courage and a lot of character, and we know we
can stay with any team in the country, and nothing
can stop us this year."

ALYSSA WOOD/Daily
Michigan defender Stephanie Johnson scored two goals to lead the Wolverines to the Big
Ten title last week, and is confident the team won't see a letdown this weekend.

Second place within grasp
for third-year 'M' kickers

Netters rocket into Toledo

By Brad Johnson
For the Daily

By Gennaro FRice
Daily Sports Writer

Last season, Michigan finished up Big Ten play
in style by traveling down to Ohio State, and
knocking off the 14th-ranked Buckeyes 1-0.
Although the game marked just the second time
the two teams had played since Michigan turned
varsity, Michigan coach Steve Burns
believes that that game began a tradi-
tional competition that has come to COL
define all Michigan sports. What: Michi
"Last year, we went down to Ten, 7-6-1 ov
Columbus, and we stole a game State (2-2, 1
which we had no business winning" When:1 p.m.
Burns said. "We stole that game, and I Latest: Lasty
think the rivalry was born." stole a win a
Since Indiana has already finished Buckeyes, sp
up its Big Ten season 6-0, the Buck- rivalry.
eyes (2-2 Big Ten, 10-5-1 overall) arestriving to
finish second in the conference.
In the event of an Ohio State victory this week-
end, all the Buckeyes have to do is beat confer-
ence celler dweller Northwestern (0-4 in the Big
Ten) to hold sole possession of the No. 2 spot.

But, in the case of a Michigan win, there is a very
good chance that Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan
State, Penn State and Wisconsin would finish up
the year in a five-way tie for second place.
"Both programs know the importance of this
game," Burns said.
Boasting the Big Ten Freshman of the Year
three out of the last four years, Ohio State is

Three members of the Michigan men's
tennis team will be given a golden oppor-
tunity to shine- at the Rocket Invitational
in Toledo this weekend, one of
the last tournaments of the fall
season. TOLED
Junior Brett Baudinet, soph-
omores Vineeth Gossain and What: Rocket
Carey Rubin did not see sin- when: Todayt
gles action in the main draw of caetogai
last weekend's Rolex Regional their second-t
Championships in Madison. tournament o
But the trio will compete in Ohio State an
singles competition in Toledo will also have
starting today. Toledo.

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loaded with talent. The Buckeyes run
a defensive 4-4-2 shape, but possess
plenty of firepower on the offensive
side of the ball. But the team's X-fac-
tor could be sophomore goaltender
Chad Brown, who has posted an
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Michigan midfielder Robert Wurth and the rest
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ar Michigan age in 15 games started. the right time of the season. "I want to give these guys a
inst the Michigan looks to counter Ohio "We are at the point of the season where we are chance to get some matches under their
king a new State with its usual game plan of starting to get our form," Burns said. "It takes a belt," Michigan coach Mark Mees said.
aggressive offense and consistent while for that to happen in a sport like soccer, and The Rocket Invitational "is an opportunity
defense. The Wolverines' success will depend on I believe that we are there now." for those three to get some play in. It's a
the two legs of "super sophs" Mychal Turpin and In a game with major NCAA Tournament good, solid tournament."
Knox Cameron, who have combined for 20 scores implications, Burns expects a barnburner. Traditionally, there have been several
this season (10 each). "It is going to be a great game," Burns said. "It Big Ten teams that send top players to the
Freshman Adam Burns is confident entering is going to be a game where both teams fight hard Rocket Invitational, including Ohio State
the game, and feels that his team is peaking at just for 90 minutes to get every ball." and Northwestern. Also, Mid-American

Conference schools such as Toledo and
Ball State are usually well-represented at
the tournament.
Last week in Madison, sophomore Mike
Rubin played well, splitting his two sin-
gles matches. Junior Anthony Jackson also
turned in a solid performance,
despite losing his first match
OHIO in three sets.
Overall, Mees was pleased
vitational with his team's showing at the
ough Sunday tournament.
verines get a
xperience in "We did a pretty good job,"
ast singles he said. "We're trying to make
e season. sure (the team) is getting bet-
orthwestern ter from the beginning of the
ayers in fall. We have a ways to go, but
it is a positive to see people
improving."
Following the Rocket Invitational, the
squad will piarticipate in the Big Ten Sin-
gles Championship before a long layoff
until the indoor season begins in earnest in
January.
"We are looking to make some improve-
ments across the board," Mees said. "It's
important that everyone continues to work
hard."
New coach
to face old
team this
weekend
By Matt Kramer
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan men's golf coach Andrew
Sapp will see some familiar faces this
weekend.
Sapp, the first-year coach who took
over for the retired Jim Carras, will take
his team to Wilmington, N.C. to com-
pete in the 12-team Landfall Tradition.
One of those 12 teams, Purdue, holds
a special place in Sapp's heart. Sapp
served as associate coach of the Boiler-
makers for the past four years before
taking over at Michigan.
But even though Sapp is in Ann
Arbor, he still finds time to talk to his
former players.
"I still keep in touch with those guys
through e-mail," Sapp said.
Although Sapp said he won't be
nervous facing his old team, he would
like nothing more than to see his
Wolverines paired with them during the
first rounds.
"If our guys are paired with them
duinng the tournament, that would be a
lot of fun."
The Wolverines have struggled this
year. After finishing ninth at their own
tournament three weeks ago, the
Wolverines could only muster a 14th-
place finish two weeks ago at the
Xavier Invitational.
"I'm still looking for that consisten-
cy," Sapp said. "I've been pleased with
the practices, and I want to end our sea-
son on a good note."
Michigan's lineup will consist of
freshmen *Mark McIntosh and
Jimmy Wisinski, sophomore Rob
Tighe and juniors Dave Nichols and
Chris Kellogg.
This will be the first time Kellogg
has competed for the Wolverines all
season.
If the Wolverines are looking to
make a run for the Landfall Tradition
title, they are going to have to take
down some formidable foes.
Along with Purdue, the Wolverines
will see Duke, Wisconsin and defend-
ing national champion Minnesota.
"This is a strong field," Sapp said. "If
we finish in the top five, that will be a

successful tournament for us."
This will be the last tournament of
the fall for Michigan.
While the Wolverines won't compete
again until the Puerto Rico Classic over
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