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18A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 9, 2004

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Knee injury
may keep
Cameron out
By Anne Ulble
Daily Sports Writer
Sometimes you don't know how much you miss
something until it's gone. This phrase resonates well
with Michigan men's soccer player Knox Cameron.
The senior tri-captain is unlikely to return this
fall for his final season with the Wolverines, after he
tore the meniscus in his right knee during an exhibi-
tion game in July with the Michigan Bucs, a premier
development league.
Cameron received a phone call from his summer
league coach three days before the Bucs' big tourna-
ment game asking if he'd be willing to participate in
an exhibition game.
"I agreed because I felt it would help my fitness
and endurance," Cameron said. "But it was basically
just a silly game that didn't count for anything."
Ten minutes into the first half of the game, Camer-
on, who plays forward, jumped into the air to make a
pass and landed oddly on his right foot. For the next
two minutes he could barely move his leg. Quickly
taken out of the game, Cameron knew something
was seriously wrong with his knee.
"I was just hoping it was a sprain," Cameron said.
"I have had problems with my knee in the past so
I was just praying that I hadn't injured my ACL
because that would basically be the end of my soc-
cer future."
The next day Cameron saw his trainer who
reassured him that his ACL was intact, but it was
tough to judge the rest of his knee because of the
extreme swelling. An MRI taken a week later
showed that his meniscus was torn. Repair takes
at least three months, but with physical therapy, it
could be longer.
"My target date for returning to normal is Novem-
ber," Cameron said. "But the last thing I want to do
is rush it. In my heart, though, I'd like to come back
for the end of the season."
Due to his injury, Cameron has been forced to find
alternative ways to be a part of the team even while
he is on the sidelines.
"Having a role on the field and a role off the field
is like night and day," Cameron said. "I usually have
a better leadership presence on the field. I've never
really been an off-the-field kind of guy. My injury
has forced me to re-evaluate my position and made
me focus on how to come across as a positive influ-
ence for my teammates, but it has been incredibly

Broderick riding high
after successful summer

By Seth Gordon
D~aily Sports Writer

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CURTIS HILLER/Daily
Senior Knox Cameron, in his healthier days, goes up against a Wisconsin defender in Michigan's 41 win over the
Badgers last season. After an injury sustained earlier this summer, he may stay off the field until November.

difficult."
Michigan coach Steve Burns understands the chal-
lenges Cameron faces daily in watching his team-
mates at practice and not being able to participate,
but feels that Cameron has the qualities of a great
leader to continue leading the team.
But Burns' more immediate concern is how to fill
the incredible hole that Cameron has left in terms of
the ability of this year's team.
Last year Cameron set a school record with 33
points with 12 goals and nine assists. He was named
Big Ten Player of the Year and was nominated as the
2004 National Player of the Year and even became a
candidate for the Hermann Trophy, college soccer's
most prestigious honor.
"It's difficult for any one player to fill Cameron's spot
because we don't have a player who has the complete
game that he does," Burns said. "Anytime you lose a
player of his caliber, there's going to be a void. This
has pushed other players to respond and perform. As
coaches we talk to them about being ready when it's
your turn, especially those reserve players, or role play-
ers who have continued to develop. We're looking for
those guys who are ready to step up."
The Wolverines have done fine without Cameron

thus far with a current 3-0 record.
Cameron got his start playing soccer in Jamaica,
a country known for its rich history of soccer, where
he lived for the first nine years of his life before
moving to the Bronx.
"All of the male members of my family played
soccer and so I thought it looked like fun," Cameron
said. "I was kicking the soccer ball pretty much as
early as I could walk."
Cameron joined a competitive soccer league in
New Jersey, and soon became a nationally recog-
nized recruit for several of the top college soccer
programs. After narrowing down his list of schools.
Michigan was his No. 1 choice. Although Cam-
eron was concerned about moving to the Midwest
because he had little knowledge of the area, he was
impressed by the quality and tradition that the Uni-
versity upheld.
"Coming here was the best decision of my life,"
Cameron said. "I don't regret anything."
While Cameron may not be able to reclaim his
prowess and aggressiveness on the field for the
Wolverines this season, he will strive be a promi-
nent and commanding figure for his teammates off
the field.

Confidence can mean everything to
a golfer. A golfer with confidence will
hit shots and create opportunities for
herself. If doubt creeps into her mind,
however, she won't even see those
shots and opportunities. Right now,
sophomore Brianna Broderick's confi-
dence is soaring.
It started last year at the Big Ten
Championships when Broderick fin-
ished in 10th-place overall - the low
freshman in the field. She led the Wol-
verines and her finish was the highest
by a freshman at the Big Ten Tourna-
ment in program history.
Broderick carried her good play
into qualifying for both the Women's
Amateur Public Links Championships
(Publinx) where she dominated the
field at the sectional qualifying tour-
nament in Kansas City, winning by
eight strokes.
Broderick opened the qualifying
round of stroke play by shooting a one-
over-par 73 and followed that with a
75 to place 54th and advance to match
play as one of the top-64 competitors.
In her first match, Broderick and
opponent Courtney Mahon took turns
with the lead before Broderick bird-
ied the 15th hole and held on to win
one-up. In the round of 32, Broderick
had battled back to tie that match with
three holes to play, but fell to Nara
Shin two-down after she bogeyed
holes 15 and 16.
"I had a great experience at the Pub-
linx," Broderick said. "I played pretty
well considering the swing I had. It
taught me that I had the ability to play
with the top amateurs in the country.
It really pumped me up for the U.S.
Amateur."
Brimming with confidence, Brod-
erick qualified for the U.S. Women's
Amateur Championship by firing a 74
at the sectional qualifier.
Broderick gave a repeat perfor-
mance of the Publinx as she qualified
for match play and advanced to the

second round. This time she ran into
phenom Morgan Pressel, who became
the then-youngest player to qualify
for the Women's U.S. Open at the age
of 15. In that match, Broderick had
to battle from behind for most of the
match and eventually lost 4 and 3 to
Pressel.
"When I qualified for match-play
again, it really opened my eyes. as one
of the top-64 amateurs in the coun-
try." Broderick said. "I lost to one of
the best amateurs in the country, so I
didn't feel bad. You have to lose some-
time. I just met (Pressel) a little earlier
than I expected."
With such a successful summer,
Broderick is ready to return to colle-
giate golf and help Michigan improve
on its fifth-place Big Ten finish she
hopes to push them to the NCAA
Regional Tournament - which the
Wolverines have missed the past two
seasons.
In a twist of fate, Broderick will get
a chance to relive the coming out party
she had at the Big Ten Championships
last year. Because Michigan hosted
the Big Ten Championships last year,
it will host the Lady Northern Invi-
tational that includes every Big Ten
team and four teams from their quali-
fying district.
"This past summer has really
psyched me up for this fall," Broderick
said. "Having the first tournament at
home is a huge boost for the team. It
is like a circle from last year for me,
too."
In addition to improving Michigan's
standing as a team, Broderick is look-
ing to improve her consistency and
lower her scoring average. However,
for her, golf is not all about the statis-
tics.
"I want to consistently have a great
attitude on the course," Broderick
said. "We all have these big goals, but
before you can obtain them, you have
to have a great practice routine. Per-
fect practice makes perfect. That is
my focus, but when the season starts I
want to let my golf do the talking."

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SCHICK
Continued from Page 15A
So, if Americans don't care about the
NHL, who does? Well, saying our friendly
neighbors to the North have a considerable
interest in hockey would be the biggest
understatement since Pete Rose said, "I
never bet on baseball." CBC Sports has to
be scrambling to find programming to fill
its Saturday night slot normally reserved
for "Hockey Night in Canada" and Don
Cherry will have to find someone to listen
to his ravings.

Two Canadian teams moved south after
the fallout of the '95 strike. And with four
of the six current Canadian franchises in
the poorest third of the NHL, things don't
look any brighter. Add in the fact that the
Canadian clubs have to pay their players in
U.S. dollars while receiving their revenue
in Canadian dollars ($1 Canadian = $0.77
U.S.) With that kind of Enron econom-
ics, an exodus of teams across the border
seems inevitable.
So if Canadian teams can't afford to stay in
the Great White North, and U.S. fans remain
as apathetic as ever, will the NHL survive?
My take is that it will, but not with 30 teams.
And if the players don't want to play in the
NHL, it only seems logical that casual
American fans should return the indiffer-
ence. But they need to be worried about the
die-hardslike me, also jumping ship.
-Brian Schick would love to discuss

Big Ten tells its replay officals
to start using common sense

(AP) - The Big Ten is telling its
technical advisers to use common sense
with instant replay after a five-minute
delay in Wisconsin's season opener
against Central Florida riled coaches on
both sides.
The holdup resulted in a 21-yard
gain for Badgers running back Antho-
ny Davis instead of a 22-yard gain.
"It is within the context of this
play that the conference office
directed its technical advisers to
use 'common sense' when deciding
when to implement instant replay,"
the Big Ten announced. "Specifical-
ly, a replay should be triggered when
the technical adviser concludes

The league said it also "reminded
the technical advisers to be mind-
ful of game interruptions associated
with video reviews. Good judgment
entails protecting the flow of the
game against unnecessary interrup-
tions unless it appears that an offici-
ating call may be in error, and that
the call has a discernible competitive
impact on the game."
The Big Ten is the first conference
to use instant replay to review offi-
cials' calls. The NCAA authorized
the conference to use video replay to
correct officiating mistakes on a one-
year trial basis.
A technical adviser buzzes the referee
if he feels a call was incorrect. Neither
coaches nor officials on the field can call
for a review.

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DRY

how the red line has ruined the NHL there is reasonable video evidence
in recent years. He can be reached at that an error may have occurred in
bschick@umich.edu. a reviewable play."

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