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2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 11, 2004

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CLUB '.RTSWEEKLY
No I' in hockey: Icers learn lesson

Athlete of the Week

Name: Megan Tuura

Team: Soccer

By Chastity Rolling
Daily Sports Writer
During Friday's women's ice hock-
ey game, an Oakland player pushed
sophomore Kristin Delong into the
wall on the ice. Delong's teammate,
junior Mary Catherine Finney, came
to her rescue by returning the favor.
Through these actions, Michigan
made it crystal clear that if you
mess with one Wolverine, you have
to deal with them all.
Even though the team consists of
16 women, they have each other's
back and everyone has an important
part to play.
"We are not a big team, so every-
one has a role and does it well," said

co-head coach Andrea Shear, who
was on the team last year.
After two losses and a tie to
open the season, the Wolverines
believe the slow start may be due
to the players' struggle to perform
as a team. "(They) have individual
skill," assistant coach Jackie Neal
said. "But they need to work on team
skill - making plays and knowing
where their teammates are."
Co-head coach Adam Winters is
trying to fix the team's mentality
by stressing the concept that every
player is important, both to the
game and to the team.
The three captains, Stacey Moses
Cheryl Mervich and Darcy Utter
are important to the team for the

work they do off of the ice. The trio
helps the coaches schedule games,
plan overnight stays and maintain
the team budget.
"They possess good leadership
skills." Winters said. "They get the
team pumped. always have a posi-
tive attitude. They are a reflection
of the coaching staff."
Moses. Mervich and Utter are a
reflection of the coaching staff's
attempt at a new beginning. Last
year. the team had problems with
their coaching staff. Neal said there
was just no chemistry.
"Last year was frustrating because
everything was new - the coaching
staff, new players," Neal said. "We
were losing games and the coach-

ing staff was incompatible with the
team. It was also frustrating because
we didn't know if things were going
to work out (with last year's coach-
ing staff) and it didn't..
This year, the "incompatible"
coaches were replaced with familiar
faces, such as team alumni. Winters,
who was one of the few compatible
coaches from last year, feels that the
team has found a good, nurturing
coaching staff.
"This is a better coaching staff
(than last year)," Winters said
"Our new players from last year
have developed and our new play-
ers this year are talented, strong
skaters who have good puck and
stick handling."

Hometown: Tucker, Ga. Class: Sophomore
Why: Tuura did not allow a goal in a pair of 1-0 wins at
Purdue and Indiana this weekend for the Wolverines. The
sophomore has allowed just two goals in the past seven
games. Tuura has given up an average of just 0.88 goals
per game this season, leading Michigan to a 9-3-2 record.
In 34 career games, Tuura has given up just 26 goals.

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10/13 M Soccer at Notre Dame
10/14 W Soccer at Oakland

10/15
10/15
10/15

Volleyball at Penn State
Ice Hockey vs. New Hampshire
M Tennis

'M' reserves excel on track

By Katie Niemeyer
Daily Sports Writer
Sometimes the most important step
for a college athlete is capitalizing
on opportunities and proving oneself
worthy of competing at the Division I
level. Just ask junior Laura Brosius of
the women's cross country team. At
the Michigan Intercollegiates on Fri-
day, coach Mike McGuire chose to
give some different runners a chance
to compete, including Brosius.
"In a nutshell, it was giving people
an opportunity that don't get a chance
to race as often as some of the people
who run on varsity, but they work every
bit as hard," McGuire said. "It got them
a chance to get in a role, where instead
of being a support person, they're up in

front of the pack. I was just seeing how
they'd respond, and they responded
really well."
McGuire was particularly happy
with Brosius's performance. He was
already impressed with her improve-
ment this season, especially after last
weekend, when she placed fourth in
the open division with an 18:16 in the
5K at the Notre Dame Invitational.
Brosius made the most of her opportu-
nity on Friday, running a 14:14 4K for
a second-place finish.
"I thought that was an outstanding
race for her," McGuire said. "Laura's
done some really good things lately
and she's on the cusp of giving herself
the opportunity to run on varsity and a
chance to be a part of the season."
Senior Chelsea Homan and sopho-

Senior Chelsea Homan finished eighth at
the Michigan Intercollegates on Friday.

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more Laura Glynn were the next two
Wolverines across the finish line.
Homan finished eighth and Glynn fin-
ished a split second behind her in ninth.
Glynn and Homan approached the
race with a different strategy because
they were running a shorter 4K race.
Homan said she and Glynn tried to
start out strong and take advantage
of the downhill portion at the begin-
ning of the course. Running the same
race allowed Homan and Glynn to stay
together and get each other through the
tougher parts of the course.
"It was hard because it was rainy,
muddy and slippery, but it was good,"
Glynn said. "(Homan) helped push me
towards the middle of the race and gave
me somebody to run with. We helped
push each other, especially at the end.
I was kind of dying, and she was doing
really well."
Sophomore Kalli Williams finished
20th with a time of 14:53. The Wolver-
ines finished in second place with 39
points for the meet, just behind first
place Grand Valley State. Overall,
McGuire was happy with the way the
Wolverines finished against their in-
state competitors.
"I saw a lot of competitive spirit out
there," McGuire said. "Laura Glynn
is more of a middle distance runner.
We're trying to get her strong through
cross country running, but she ran a
really good race. Chelsea Homan has
had leg problems, but she ran a real
competitive race. For Kalli Williams,
that was only her second race in uni-
form for us. She's a redshirt freshman.
I thought she did a nice job."
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10/16 Volleyball at Ohio State
10/16 M Tennis

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HOOSIERS
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and allowed Michigan to play a man-
up for 20 minutes.
"After a tough injury to one of your
central players, you don't know how
the team is going to respond," Burns
said. "Some crumble and let the game
fall apart, but we found a way to pull
it together. We fought tooth and nail
till the bitter end. We were all over
the game."
The Wolverines lost their advantage
when junior Ryan Sterba received the
second red card of the game for slide
tackling Mike Ambersley and injur-
ing Ambersley's knee.
Indiana rallied back from the injury
and John Michael Hayden scored the
game-winning goal at 84:14, when he
grounded the ball into the net off of a
corner kick.
It seemed that any time the Wol-
verines showed any sign of offensive
aggressiveness, the Hoosiers were
immediately on the defense and stop-
ping any potential Wolverine prow-
ess. Michigan was only able to score
one goal, which was made by senior
Mychal Turpin. With just three sec-
onds left in the game, Indiana goal-
keeper Jay Nolly fell out of position,
leaving the net open to the Michigan
offense. Turpin took advantage of the
hole and slipped one into the goal,
putting the Wolverines on the score-
board.
Michigan's defensive game was
tested throughout the entire 90 min-

utes. Two Wolverines that played an
integral role on defense were senior
captain and goalkeeper Joe Zawacki
and junior midfielder Craig Vande-
vusse.
Zawacki made his presence known
in the net early in the first half with
two aggressive saves.
"Zawacki is a very strong goal
keeper," Burns said. "Not only does
he have confidence in the net, he
organizes the defense really well." ,
Vandevusse's role may have been
quieter than Zawacki's, but it was
key to the Wolverines' defense.
Vandevusse was matched up against
Indiana's Jacob Peterson - the
most dangerous offensive player
for the Hoosiers - known for his
tough shots and incredible speed on
the field. Peterson, who had been
named Big Ten Player of the Week
for the past two weeks in a row, was
unable to transition on the field due to
Vandevusse's defensive tactics.
"We didn't want Peterson to single-
handedly beat our team like he's done
in the past," Burns said. "We called
Craig up because he is one of the best
man markers on the team. And while
Vandevusse was able to stop Peter-
son, the team was still unable to take
complete control of the game.
"Our guys did a tremendous
job," Burns said. "They continue
to impress me with the way they
respond to adversity and the chal-
lenges they face. While we didn't
win the game, I think that they
proved their intensity."

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