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8A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September18, 2003

Senior Carlton brings
new approach to links

Turpin's ability to finish
biggest factor in success

By Matt Venegoni
For the Daily
Chris Perry, Daniel Horton, and Eric
Nystrom. All coming from Michigan's
big three sports, these players are quasi
rockstars on campus. They're noticed
every time they have lunch in the Union.
But there are many other
hard-working University
student-athletes. That said, it TiIS V
is time to get acquainted
with Scott Carlton, a fifth-
year senior on the Michigan Tre S
men's golf team.
The man who would play
a round with Bill Murray if "
he had the chance has a dif-
ferent college routine than most stu-
dents. Although his classes usually start
in the evening, Carlton is up by 8:30
a.m. so he can lift and run before his
2:30 p.m. practice. The practices always
have to be during the mid-afternoon, so
the Wolverines can maximize playing
time in unpredictable Michigan weather.
Carlton is a graduate student in the
Sports Management program and has
earned Academic All-Big Ten honors the
past three years. He has excelled at both
school and the links (three finishes in
the top-20 and one in the top-10).
After a disappointing eighth-place
showing last spring in the Big Ten
Championships, the entire team has

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been dedicated to becoming a contender
by the time the Big Ten Championships
hit Ann Arbor in May.
"There are many reasons to be opti-
mistic about this upcoming season,"
Carlton said. "The team returns every-
one from last year and has a couple
freshmen who look very good."
In addition, this is Michi-
gan coach Andrew Sapp's
E EKEND second year with the team,
so all the lessons and expe-
rience it gained last year
should show up on the
scorecard. Having only one
other senior on the team,
Dave Nichols, Carlton
believes that he has to lead

By Jeremy Antar
Daily Sports Writer
Junior Mychal Turpin's performance
Sunday was special.
He set a school record by netting
four goals in a game, climbing to the
top of the all-time scoring list with 19
career goals. He became the first
Wolverine to rack up two natural hat
tricks. But most importantly, Turpin
propelled the Michigan men's soccer
team to a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory
over JUNC Greensboro.
"Mychal Turpin is finding open
space behind our opponent's defense
and we are finding him with the ball,"
coach Steve Burns said. "He is such a
dangerous player that once we find him
with the ball, he finishes the play."
Turpin's strength is his ability to
score. He has the skill to dribble
through a defense and create shots for
himself. But most of the time, Turpin
can focus on finding a crease and slip-
ping through the defense without the

ball. His teammates make this possible
by knowing how and when to get it to
him. Teamwork and the ability to find
the open man have become the bread
and butter of this team.
"These guys have a good under-
standing of how to open up spaces and
find each other," Burns said.
One of the best connections on the
team is between Turpin and senior tri-
captain Mike White. Having played
together the last three seasons, White
and Turpin have developed great chem-
istry.
"When we're in a game, I usually
know what Mychal is going to do,"
White said. "What runs he's going to
make, when he's going to lay it off, so I
can base my play off of him."
White, who has piled up the third-
most assists in team history, is entering
his second season as a captain. He is
aware of his leadership responsibilities,
saying he tries to be a vocal leader in
the lockerroom, but prefers to let his
play on the field do the talking.

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Michigan's Mychal Turpin has been Michigan's main scoring threat this season.

vocally, but more importantly, by exam-
ple.
"All the words in the world don't mat-
ter if you don't put up the scores," Carl-
ton said.
In order to be a leader on the team,
Carlton has changed his attitude toward
the game. In the past, he thought he was
too rigid, leading to difficult rounds.
But he now has a more laid-back
approach. To him, golf used to be the
end-all, be-all. Now, even in his final
season and with the Big Ten Champi-
onships being held on the Michigan
Golf Course, there is no sense of
urgency; he is confident that he and the
rest of the team can play.

"I think I am more of a leader by
example," White said.
Part of the reason why White and
Turpin have been successful early in
the season is attributed to playing
together over the summer. Burns said
the dedication of his players to play
soccer year-round has them playing
great unusually early in the season.
"Normally in a college soccer sea-
son, you're going to come together
hopefully by the middle of October,
then there is still four weeks left in your

season," Burns said. "The team is com-
ing together ahead of schedule."
So while no one on the team is
ecstatic about a 4-2 record, the players
and coaches know that better days lie
ahead of them if they continue to per-
form in unity.
"When 11 players are all in form and
the team's in form, it's a pretty special
feeling how you can move the ball
around and defend as a unit and ulti-
mately win games over ninety min-
utes," Burns said.

Lucky number three? 'M' spikers believe

By Brad Johnson After losing two of its first three matches, Michigan
Daily Sports Writer has won five out of six and is starting to hit its stride.
"We didn't play well at all that first weekend,"
Whether you believe in superstition or not, it is hard Rosen said. "We're back to the form that I expected us

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to deny the importance of the number
three for the Michigan volleyball team
this season.
The Wolverines (6-3) enter this week-
end's tournament at Cliff Keen Arena on
a three-game winning streak, and will be
looking to capture their third straight
tournament championship of the year.
Senior Erin Moore also received her
third career MVP honor last weekend at
the Toyota LV Classic.
"Erin has had a whole lot less (pres-

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to be at in this point of the year. I think
that first week was more unusual than
anything."
The team's senior leadership has been
a big key to its resurgence. The team
returns five of its six starters from last
year, which certainly doesn't hurt.
The Wolverines' freshmen have been
crucial during their winning streak. In
fact, freshman Meghan Bowman current-
ly leads the Big Ten in blocking.
"It seems like (Meghan) gets better
day" Rosen said. "The Tennessee match

tor offensively early. But she ended up getting better
and better and ended up with a career high for kills."
Bowman and the rest of the team will need to con-
tinue their inspired play if they hope to compete when
Big Ten play rolls into town next weekend. Rosen
knows that the intensity level and the quality of play
will only increase.
"Penn State will be on a caliber that will be equi-
table to Kansas State (the No. 10 ranked team in the
country)," he said. "Ohio State seems to be a little up
and down, but does have one of the best players in the
country in Stacey Gordon. We will need to find some
answers for her."
Before they get too ahead of themselves, the Wolver-
ines will need to find some answers for Central Michi-
gan and Valparaiso. All three teams will compete in the
Michigan/Nike Challenge this weekend, giving Michi-
gan one last shot to gear up for conference play.

a

sure) on her shoulders, and I think that's why she has
done a good job so far" coach Mark Rosen said.

every single

was a great example where she wasn't much of a fac-

Hurricane Isabel delays matchup with Terps

By Megan Kolodgy
Daily Sports Writer

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Cape Hatteras, N.C., and then work its
way up the Eastern shoreline this week.
"I just hope I don't get blown into the
ocean," senior tri-captain April Fron-
zoni said.
Though Michigan is concerned
about what the inclement weather
might mean for its gameplan, it has its
sights set on weathering a different
kind of storm.
On Saturday, Michigan will take on
No. 3 Maryland in a rematch of the
2001 NCAA national championship
game. The game, originally slated for
tomorrow, was moved to Saturday
morning due to the impending storm.
While several of the names on the roster
have changed since that fateful season,
the team dynamic for the Wolverines
remains strong.
"This team has great chemistry,"
head coach Marcia Pankratz said.
"That's one of our greatest strengths.
Even through adversity, we've remained
connected."
There are some players who recall that

national championship game firsthand.
"After that game, I learned what
being on a team was all about," junior
forward Adrienne Hortillosa said. "I
was just a freshman then, and I'd never
been on a winning team in high school.
We learned to stick together."
Fronzoni feels that she's come a long
way since that game.
"I think we've taken what we learned
that season, in terms of leadership and
field hockey skills, and not only main-
tained them, but also built on them,"
Fronzoni said. "I've gotten stronger
mentally and physically since 2001."
A sense of urgency that accompanies
her senior status also fuels Fronzoni's
determination.
"It's the last time I get to come out
and do a lot of things," Fronzoni said. "I
just cherish each day, and I'm enjoying
the responsibilities that come along
with being a captain. I feel that the team
and the three captains have been work-
ing really well together."
It may, however, take more than

chemistry to defeat the Terrapins on
their home turf.
"They have a couple of key European
players that are really strong, so match-
ing up with them will be important,"
Pankratz said. "Their corner is also dan-
gerous, so we have to make sure that we
scout that out and cover it."
Hortillosa is taking this game in
stride.
"We've definitely learned to adapt
and use our resources;" she said.
"We've been through some difficult
times already this season with our first
two games, and we've fought through
the adversity. We're just taking it a
game at a time."
It is this attitude, as well as the confi-
dence garnered by four consecutive
wins, that will carry the Wolverines
through a trying few days.
Several hope to re-live that 2001 vic-
tory. Others look to extend their streak
to six wins.
And some are simply praying they
won't get blown into the ocean.

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