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October 8, 2004
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Coaching legends meet in Ohio

By Ian Herbert
Daily Sports Writer
It isn't too often that Michigan hockey coach
Red Berenson faces someone who has more wins
as a coach than he does. But Boston University
coach Jack Parker is no ordinary coach.
In fact, Berenson has
lost more times to Park-
er (five) than he has to THIS WEEKEN
six of the 12 current
coaches in the CCHA. Tomm :Michigdan s.
Parker is the second- Noreatem
winningest of active Tomow: Mkchigan
NCAA hockey coaches vs.Boston
with 692 wins -- just DaytnOhio a
five behind Boston L4tyMcFaddetn
College's Jerry York.
Berenson is fourth on
that list with 533 wins
- all of his coming at Michigan.
The two will meet for the 10th time this
weekend at the Lefty McFadden tournament in
Dayton, Ohio. Berenson had nothing but praise
for Parker, who he called a legend of college
"Well, we're respectful opponents," Berenson
said. "I look up to Jack Parker. He's made a life-
long career coaching college.
"He's had a great career. He's had great play-
ers and great teams. And he's set a standard that
other people are trying to emulate."
Despite being in a different conference, Bos-
ton University actually has a rich history with
the Wolverines. The two teams have met 18
times since 1950, including eight times in the
NCAA postseason. The Wolverines lead the
series with a record of 10-8-0, and they are 6-5-
0 at neutral sites.
In recent years, the Terriers have dominated
the series, winning four of the last five meetings.
The lone exception was a 4-0 Michigan victory
in the semifinals of the 1996 Frozen Four, on its
way to a national championship.
Boston, who was predicted to finish third in the
Hockey East, returns 17 players from a team that
finished a disappointing 12-17-9 last season.
The most difficult loss for the Terriers is two-
time team MVP goaltender Sean Fields. Fields
has been replaced by three young hopefuls -
junior Stephan Siwiec, sophomore John Curry
and freshman Karson Gillespie - who will
compete for time in net.
The Wolverines face off against Northeastern
tonight before taking on the Terriers tomorrow.
The fourth team in the tournament is CCHA rival
Miami (Ohio), but the Wolverines will have to wait
for conference play to take on the RedHawks.
Northeastern has a history with the Wolverines
that is slightly less substantial than the Terriers'.
Michigan has seen the Huskies only twice, with
the Wolverines coming out on top both times.
But those games were back in the '60s, and the
two teams haven't met since 1965. To put it into


Even though Michigan coach Red Berenson has piled up 533 wins at Michigan, his counterpart on the opposite
bench this weekend, Boston's Jack Parker, has racked up 692 wins, the second most among active coaches.

perspective, in 1965 Berenson was in just his
third season in the NHL, helping the Montreal
Canadians win the Stanley Cup.
Berenson said he was excited to get the sea-
son under way so he could evaluate the team
and plans on using this weekend's games against
Northeastern and Boston to do just that.
"We still need the test of a good game to get
a sense of where we are," Berenson said. "You
can get false confidence in practice or you can
get legitimate confidence in practice. But I think
we're somewhere between the two."
Since these games are the first to actually
count toward their record, the obvious goal for
the Wolverines is to win. But Berenson thinks

the team has some things to work on this week-
end, regardless of the score.
"At times our speed and our puck movement
is good, and at other times it's too cute," Beren-
son said. "When you get real opponents out there
playing the man, it changes the whole flow of
the game.
"We have to establish ourselves as a team that
can play without the puck. And that's a hard
thing to know right now in practice - how good
we are without the puck."
Berenson also pointed out the powerplay as
an area of focus. He said that the powerplay has
struggled to score against the penalty-killing
units in practice this week.

Football Saturday
No. 13 Minnesota at No. 14 Michigan
Last season the Wolverines came back from 21
points down to defeat the Gophers. Now, Michigan
(2-0 Big Ten, 4-1 overall) and Minnesota (2-
0, 5-0) look to seize control of the Big Ten.
Here's what's inside this edition of Football Saturday,
which commemorates 125 years of Michigan football:
" Simply the best - Through 125 years of Michigan
football, there have been thousands of players who
have put on the Maize and Blue. Find out who
the Daily tabbed as the 15 greatest of all time.
- The Last Don - In 1968, the Michigan athletic
department was turned over to track coach Don Canham.
This week, the former athletic director opened up to the
Daily about how he turned Michigan football around.
" Leading the way - Rick Leach was the first
true freshman to ever start at quarterback for
Michigan. That's why he's the only one who truly
knows what Chad Henne is going through.
Pair of walk-ons
In swing of thlngs

Exon improves on



tennis, emotions

By Chastity Rolling
Daily Sports Writer

Sophomore Elizabeth Exon went
back to her home state of California
on Tuesday to qualify in her first tour-
nament of this year: the Main Draw
at the ITA All-American Champion-
ship. She was ousted from the tourna-
ment with a 6-3, 7-5 loss to Georgia
Tech's freshman Kristi Miller.
Exon acknowledged that she didn't per-
form as well as she could have, but real-
ized what was lacking from her game.
"I'm pretty rusty, but now I know,"
Exon said.
When put into this type of situ-
ation last year, Exon would allow
her emotions to get the best of her
on the court, grunting in frustration
and asking herself "What are you
doing?" under her breath.
These emotional outbursts brought
her focus to the negative aspects of
her game, rather than the positives.
As a result, she would sometimes
lose tough matches. However, this
year, her coaches and parents are
seeing a vast improvement.
"This tournament was great experi-
ence for (Exon), because this was her
first tournament since last year," Michi-
gan assistant coach Katy Propstra said.
After the defeat Tuesday, Exon con-
gratulated Miller with a handshake
and a smile. She accepted her defeat
and used it as motivation to improve.

This year, instead of getting discour-
aged following tough losses, she has
tried to look change her outlook.
"Usually (Exon) is really negative
and too down on herself after a loss,"
Elizabeth's mother and energetic fan,
Marjie Exon, said. "I was so proud
when she complimented her oppo-
nent. Attitude and demeanor is an
important part of the game."
Though Exon was disappointed by
the defeat, she handled it with a positive
demeanor and used it as a basis to grow.
"I was a lot calmer in this tourna-
ment than I was in tournaments last
year," Exon said. "Our tournament
was just about good tennis, but this
was just one tournament," Exon said.
"I hope I can maintain this positive
attitude throughout rest of the year."
Propstra feels that this newfound
level of maturity is important for
Exon, because it gives her motivation
to get better.
"(Exon) is developing an all-court
game all the while maintaining her
competitive spirit," Propstra said.
In the Exon family, competi-
tive spirit in tennis has always been
important. Two of Exon's five siblings
have played tennis on the collegiate
level: her older sister, Natalie, played
for California-Irvine and her brother,
Chase, played for Cal.
"When it came down to possi-
bly playing a sport, my dad already
had experience training Natalie and

By Sara Livingston
For the Daily

For Rose Cassard and Lindsay
Davis, the road to becoming Wol-
verines was a lot longer than most
other golfers.
Both Cassard and Davis are
walk-on freshmen who spent
much of their welcome week on
the links, getting acquainted with
their future teammates on the
women's golf team and figuring
out just how to make par on that
pesky eighth hole.
While Davis was heavily
recruited as a walk-on, Cassard
approached Michigan coach Kathy
Teichert about trying out.
"We had a whole tryout pro-
cess, where the women played for
a week with the team and then I
took the women with the two low-
est scores," Teichert said.
Although their jam-packed
schedules have kept them from
making many new friends, Cassard
and Davis often turn to their older,
more experienced teammates for
advice and pointers on how to nav-
igate around campus.
"They are always there to answer
my questions, and they invite me
to hang out with them on the week-
ends," Davis said.
"They'll ask us different things
that are kind of funny questions to
us, but at the same time we asked
as freshmen," senior Laura Olin
said. "We drive them places and
overall I think we're pretty good
to them."
The golf team practices every
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then the women change hats for the
afternoon and take on a full sched-
ule of classes.
"I like the balance between golf
and school a lot," Cassard said.
"It's nice to go to class in the after-
noon and have golf practice in the
morning to look forward to."
But Davis shed some light on
some of the downsides of being a
"It's a pain, because golf takes
up so much of my life and I have no
time to meet anyone," Davis said.
"But my teammates are fun, so it
doesn't really matter."
While Cassard has yet to play in
a tournament, Davis was thrown
right into the mix and teed off in
the Lady Northern Invitational,
the Wolverines' season opener
which they hosted. Michigan won
the tournament.
"It was a crazy experience - I had
no time and all of a sudden I had this
huge tournament, and I was not pre-
pared for it mentally," Davis said. "It
was really nerve-wracking."
She ended up shooting a 241 to
tie for 59th individually. But she
quickly got back on track and shot
a 237 at last week's Shootout at
the Legends Tournament, tying for
26th individually. The Wolverines
placed second as a team.
"They tell me to relax, and they
encourage me, and that there is no
pressure on me," said Davis of her
older teammates.
The camaraderie, encouragement
and high-spirits of the upperclass-
men have helped Davis and Cassard
adjust to their new lives at Michi-
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Sophomore Elizabeth Exon was bounced from the Main Draw at the ITA All-American
Championship, but looked like a new player in the process.

Chase, so I kinda followed in their
footsteps," Exon said.
Because their father, Charlie,
coached them, it was natural for Exon
to start playing tennis.
While Exon does not want to lose

her competitive spirit, this year she
is striving for patience and a seri-
ous game plan going into each meet.
Instead of going for a winning shot too
soon, she wants to strategically plan
each move she make on the court.

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Gasi Garca Bernal gives a breakthrough performance,
playing Guevara like a gathering storm.

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