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New standards keep
I penalty box popular

The Michigan Daily - SportsWednesday - October 15, 2003 - 3B
'Navarre Era'disappointment
because of team, not Johnny

By Brian Schick
Daily Sports Writer
OXFORD - Every CCHA game
tends to be hard-fought, but if last
weekend's series was an indication of
new standards for officiating, the first
few league series should keep the ref-
erees busy.
This season, the CCHA has vowed
to crack down on hits to the head as

well as obstruction
penalties. It appears
there will be a learn-
ing curve for players
adjusting to the new,
stricter interpreta-
tion of the rules. In

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All players, especially defensemen,
will have to learn what will be
enough to pass as normal contact and
what is now considered an infraction.
In addition, teams will have to prac-
tice special teams, as both teams had
significant time on the powerplay and
shorthanded situations.
Goaltender Al Montoya, who was
called for obstruction-tripping on Sat-
urday night, feels that the combina-
tion of new rules and playing at
Goggin Ice Arena made the situation
appear worse.
"At first, (the CCHA officials) are
going to be hard and strict with their
rules," Montoya said. "It's a small
rink and people are battling all day so
there's a going to be a lot of penalties
called here."
BURNES RETURNS: Heading into this
weekend, Berenson was debating
whether to play senior defenseman
Andy Burnes, who injured his ankle
last week during practice.
Although it was only a minor
injury, it was enough to scratch his
captain for Friday night's game.
According to Berenson, Burnes said

JOEL FRIEDMAN/Daily
The Wolverines struggled to slow down Miami on Friday, falling 8-3.

the two-game series between Michi-
gan and Miami (Ohio), referee Steve
McInchak called a combined 52
penalties for a total of 123 minutes.
"There were a lot of penalties;
some of them deserved and some of
them (were) questionable," Michigan
coach Red Berenson said. "But if
that's the interpretation we're going to
see every night, there's going to be a
lot of penalties until the players learn."
REDHAWKS
Continued from Page 1B

he was healthy enough to play, but
decided to hold off to prevent aggra-
vating the ankle.
"Maybe I could have played him
(Friday) night, but I wanted to give
him another day to feel better about
it," Berenson said. "Maybe I should
have in hindsight."
Perhaps after seeing Friday's result,
it was worth reconsidering. Burnes
was in the lineup for Saturday's game,
and he didn't disappoint. He made his
presence felt on defense, showing no

hesitation about slamming Miami
players into the boards and diving to
block shots.
And in a game that had 11 penal-
ties called against Michigan, Burnes
stayed out of the box, which gave
some much-needed help on the
penalty kill.
"He made a big difference,"
Berenson said. "He's our leader, our
captain, a physical force on the
defense and we're a different team
(when he's playing)."

and wandered out halfway to the blueline to clear
the puck. But he fell and left the net empty for a
few seconds. Miami frantically fired a shot
wide left of the goal, and Michigan then cleared
the puck.
"I won't do it again, but I should have had it,"

Montoya said.
Miami had another great chance in the sec-
ond period when Todd Grant received a pass
from the left corner. But Montoya dove and
caught the one-timer.
Miami's lone goal came at 7:51 in the third
period when Derek Edwardson - who scored a
hat trick Friday - fired a shot from the slot just
over Montoya's glove.

The goal set up a frantic last 10 minutes, but
the Redhawks were unable to find the net.
After the game, the Wolverines were thrilled
to salvage a split and had already put Friday's
debacle behind them.
"It was just one game," Berenson said. "We
don't like the score, but we've got to live with
it. We had to bounce back and have a good
game, and we did that."

J. BRADY MCCOLLOUGH
The SportsMonday Column
INNEAPOLIS - John Navarre
really got me thinking after Michi-
an's 30-27 loss to Iowa Oct. 4.
"I feel bad for the guys," he said, on the
verge of tears.
John Navarre felt bad for them?
On the drive back from Iowa City, I
couldn't stop thinking about that comment.
Was Navarre admitting his guilt? Admitting
it was he who lost the game and not the
Michigan special teams? I still don't know
what he meant, but it struck me how bad he
felt for his teammates when they failed him
just as much as he failed them.
Navarre had just lost his sixth straight
game to a ranked opponent on the road. But
ugly statistics aside, he did what he'd always
done - everything BUT win the game.
Notice how I say he lost the game and
not the Wolverines - that's how it works
around here.
I began to pity Navarre and everything
he's gone through. No college student
deserves the treatment he's gotten from fans
and the media. I considered how bad I felt
about Michigan losing its second game in
three weeks. Then I thought about what it
would be like to be Navarre flying back to
Ann Arbor with the weight of the Wolverine
world on his shoulders.
Put yourself in his size-infinity shoes
sometime.
Imagine a class that you just can't pass.
You've taken it six different semesters, and
no matter how hard you try - if you're like
Navarre, you take the meaning of "try" to a
whole new level - you fail the final exam
every time. You may have put up startling
numbers on your midterm and quizzes, but
you bomb the final exam no matter what.
And here's the catch: When you don't
pass the class, nobody else in the class pass-
es either --including your best friends.
And when you don't pass it for the sixth
straight time, reporters from all the newspa-
pers blast you. The rest of the campus calls
for your removal from the University.
"SPEN-CER BRIN-TON! SPEN-CER
BRIN-TON!"
"JER-MAINE GON-ZAL-ES! JER-
MAINE GON-ZAL-ES!"
And most recently ... "MATT GU-
TIER-REZ! MATT GU-TIER-REZ!"
How do you like being Navarre so far?
I do know this: If Navarre was reading
this column right now, he'd want to puke.

Navarre has never wanted anyone's pity.
He showed that Friday night in what might
have been the greatest performance of his
career, issuing a "Shut the hell up" to
everyone who ever said Michigan couldn't
win a big game on the road with him at
quarterback.
Navarre never should have been a three-
year starter at Michigan. When Drew Hen-
son left for the New York Yankees, Navarre
was hurled into the fire a year prematurely.
But Navarre never made excuses for him-
self, even when things were really bad. He
knows his limitations just as much as the
rest of us do. He'll never be fast or flashy,
he'll always throw some balls inaccurately,
but he has worked his ass off in the film
room and the practice field to make up for
those limitations.
In fact, if you dissected the tape from the
Minnesota victory Friday, you'd see Navarre
played the same game against Oregon and
Iowa. On some plays, you see the obvious
improvement he has made since 2001. On
others, you wonder if he's improved at all.
He misfired on a crucial 4th-and-1 swing
pass to Chris Perry. On Michigan's eventual
game-winning drive, he threw a pass to
Jason Avant, draped by a group of Minneso-
ta defenders in the endzone, that could have
been picked off. But unlike the Oregon and
Iowa games, people will remember the
great things he did in this one - the shock-
ing touchdown reception from receiver
Steve Breaston and his 52-yard touchdown
heave to Braylon Edwards.
This time, with the same things holding
him back, Navarre won.
He won because his teammates helped
him win it. He won because the special
teams survived a game without a monu-
mental screw up. He won because the
Michigan coaches found a way for Perry to
beat the Minnesota defense through the air.
He won because Edwards, Avant and
Breaston played their best game as a
receiving trio.
Aside from eight games that Henson
started freshman year (6-2 record, .75 win
percentage), John Navarre has been my
quarterback during my four years at Michi-
gan (26-10, .72).
My graduating class will go down as the
Navarre Era of Michigan football, and
many will look back at us as the class
whose New Year's Day dreams were held
down by Navarre. But when I look back at
the Navarre Era, I'll remember a quarter-
back who persevered through a life's worth
of critics and a team -not an individual
- that couldn't silence them.
J. Brady McCollough can be reached at
bradymcc@umich.edu.

' eleven lack of finishing apparent in ties

By Melanie Kebler
Daily Sports Writer

Purdue women's soccer coach Robert Klatt
paced the sidelines tensely. The clock was winding
down, Michigan held a 1-0 lead and the Boilermak-
ers needed an equalizer badly. So with a minute and
a half left, Klatt made a strategic move. He sent in a
substitute for his keeper.
Fans in the stands might not have understood
Klatt's move, but on the other side of the field his
intentions were clear. Goalkeepers can substitute an
unlimited number of times in college soccer. The
clock stops every time a substitution is made in the
last five minutes of the game. And since the Purdue
(5-1-1 Big Ten, 9-2-2 overall) keepers kept rotating
in and out during the last minute and a half, the
game stretched just long enough to give the Boiler-
makers time to punch in a goal with 22 seconds left
and send the match to overtime.

"Most games you're going to win with 22 sec-
onds left," Michigan coach Debbie Rademacher
said. "(Klatt) kept stopping the clock with subbing
the keepers, and had he not done that, we would
have won and the game would have been over."
Instead, Michigan (2-2-4, 3-5-6) ended up record-
ing its sixth double-overtime tie of the season and its
second of the weekend, after finishing with a score-
less draw against Indiana (3-3-1, 6-6-1) on Friday.
"Every time it's a broken record out here,"
Rademacher said. "It's because we're not scoring
goals."
Lately, the Wolverines have had trouble finishing
their offensive chances, and last weekend was no
different. Michigan's only goal came from a set
piece, when junior co-captain Laura Tanchon sent a
bending kick from just outside the box over the
head of Purdue's keeper. But even after firing 32
shots - 15 of them on goal - the Wolverines just
couldn't put the ball in the net.

"It's disappointing, especially when you're up a
goal and you end up tying and going to two over-
times," Tanchon said. "(In the second half) I think
we got a little tentative, because we were up 1-0,
and we just let down."
The Wolverines know that if they don't start get-
ting some conference wins soon - which are
worth three points in the standings as opposed to
one point for a tie - they may see their chances of
postseason play slip away.
"It's better than a loss," freshman forward Katie
Kramer said of Saturday's tie. "But it's frustrating,
because we'd rather win these games. We need a
big win so we can get some points and get into the
Big Ten Tournament."
Michigan is currently tied for third in the Big Ten
standings with 10 points, but has the second-worst
overall winning percentage - 0.429. Next week-
end the Wolverines will try for a win at home when
they face Iowa and Central Michigan.

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