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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 13

Sback to
end fall
By Jack Herman
Daily Sports Writer
After shooting a three-over-par 39
on the first nine holes of a tournament,
Michigan golfer Ali Stinson could have
become dejected and written the tour-
nament off. But she battled back from
this setback and earned herself a third
-place finish at the Edwin Watts/Pal-
metto Intercollegiate Tournament, held
over the past two days at Oak Point Golf
Course in John's Island, S.C.
The sophomore led the No. 20
Michigan women's golf team to a sec-
ond-place finish at the tournament, its
last of the fall season. The Wolverines
finished with a team total of 885 in the
54-hole tournament, placing them just
three stokes behind winner Campbell
After Stinson's rough start on the first
nine holes, she then shot a 36 on the
back nine, placing her in a tie for 19th
place. Later that day, she went back out
and shot a two-under-par 34 on the same
nine holes that had taken her 39 shots to
complete just a few hours before.
"I hit a lot of fairways," Stinson said.
"1 think a difference was that I was hit-
ting it a lot closer to the pin. It was a
shorter course, so I felt I could go at the
pins more. And I was playing with a lot
of confidence, so I just kept going right
at the pin each hole.",
But Stinson was not done yet. On
Tuesday, she outdid herself again, post-
ing a 3-under-par 33 on the front nine.
For the tournament, Stinson shot a per-
sonal-best 216, five strokes better than
j her previous low round.
Stinson was not the only golfer to
place in the top 10 for the Wolverines.
She was joined by sophomore Brianna
Broderick, who tied for fifth place over-
all. Fifth was a fitting number for Brod-
erick, as this is also the fifth tournament
in a row in which she has placed in the
top 10. Her performance earned her
a spot in the Michigan record books,
tying former Wolverine Kim Benedict
for most consecutive top-10 finishes.
Broderick got the job done through
consistency, firing up two rounds of 72
to start the tournament and then shoot-
ing a 73 on her final 18 holes. Her 54-
hole total. of 217 topped her previous best
of 219, which she shot earlier this season
at the Mary Fossum Invitational.
"I was playing smart and missing the
ball in the right spots," Broderick said.
"I was able to make some up-and-downs
and some good putts and my short game
is what really helped me this weekend."
Broderick is not the only Wolverine
to be working her way into the record
books, as senior Laura Olin played in
her 43rd consecutive tournament, plac-
ing her only six back of the previous
record of 49, also held by Benedict.
Michigan coach Kathy Teichert was
pleased with the way her team per-
formed at the tournament. She felt that
Stinson played particularly well, taking
advantage of the shots that her team-
leading fairway percentage gives her.
Teichert was also pleased with the per-
formance of Broderick, who proved she

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"I think the Heisman Trophy can-
didate on this football team is Braylon
Edwards," Carr said. "And I think he's a
legitimate candidate. "
Carr, though, has no plans to begin
outwardly promoting Edwards by
Edwards by bombarding Heisman vot-
ers with highlight tapes.
"I think the truth is, there is never
going to be a great football player at
the University of Michigan that people
wouldn't know who he is," Carr said.
Edwards was magnificent in the
final moments of the fourth quarter and
overtime on Saturday, hauling in three
touchdown catches during that time
span. With 11 catches for 189 yards
against the Spartans, Edwards became
the all-time leading receiver at Michi-
gan with 3,206 yards, passing Anthony
Carter's career total of 3,076.
Not to mention the fact that Edwards is
ranked in the top 10 for just about every
NCAA receiving category this season.
Still, the Heisman talk has been slow
to surround Edwards - something that
he claims isn't a problem.
"No, it doesn't bother me,' Edwards
said yesterday during the Big Ten telecon-
ference. "It might seem like it would, but
we just know we fit into a system. When
you come to college, it is just 'team, team,
team,' and that is all it is about."
Yesterday, Edwards was named one
of 12 semifinalists for the Maxwell
Award, annually presented to the col-

'M'set to go 'all in' for bid

All Stinson took third in yesterday's Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate Tournament.

By Jamie Josephson
Daily Sports Writer
If the Michigan men's soccer team was playing a game of
poker this week, it would have to push the rest of its chips to the
middle of the table.
With just two games left before the Big Ten Tournament
in Ann Arbor and the subsequent
announcement of the NCAA bids,
the Wolverines (1-3-1 Big Ten, 9- TODAY
5-3 overall) will have to go "all I 1 gn vs. Cakland
in" during this home stretch of the
season, hoping to come out with a Trime: 2:3 p.m.
big payoff. U-MNSoccerFiek
"In the face of all the injuries, the
guys on the field are just now play-
ing their best soccer," Michigan coach Steve Burns said. "As
long as they're putting the energy and attitude into winning the
game, that's all we can hope for."
Michigan will look to protect its home field today against a
dangerous Oakland team (3-1-1 Mid-Continent, 10-3-2) that fea-
tures a victory over Michigan State (Oct. 13) on its resume. The
Golden Grizzlies' best offensive player is junior Chris Edwards,
who has tallied 11 goals on the season.
"I personally have a lot of respect for Oakland's program,"
Burns said. "Their coach has been a mentor for me in a way. He
knows his stuff. The level of respect and awareness we have for
them is along the lines of Michigan State."
Oakland's defense has been its lifeline, allowing just eight
goals in 15 games. After beginning the season using a zone
defense, the Golden Grizzlies recently changed their scheme to
include a sweeper in a man-marker system. What this means
for Michigan is that Oakland will put two defenders on two
Wolverine forwards. The defensive duo will be responsible for
following Michigan's players all over the field in an attempt to
disrupt its offense. With the sweeper serving as a free player,
Michigan will certainly have its hands full with this one-on-one
"Oakland has gone through some changes," Burns said. "We
haven't seen a lot of teams that play with these man-to-man tac-
tics. That will be a change for us. It is a defense that is working

for (Oakland)."
On the flip side, Burns said that Michigan is familiar with
many of the Oakland players, whom several Wolverines have
played against in the Premier Development League in past sum-
mers. Burns hopes this familiarity will help to replicate last
year's 1-0 win against Oakland, which was ranked No. 17 at
the time.
But like any team, Michigan doesn't want to get ahead of
itself. A huge final regular season contest against Ohio State
on Saturday can't help but loom in the back of the Wolverines'
minds. The Buckeyes (4-1-0, 9-5-2), who are currently sitting in
second place in the Big Ten, will look to spoil the Wolverines'
chances of receiving an NCAA bid, while trying to get revenge
for Michigan's one-goal victory in 2003.
"(Ohio State) is a team that made real big strides from last
season," Burns said. "The biggest piece our players will have
to understand is that they are a very strong team trying to make
a statement this season, the same statement we want to make
- that we are in that top tier in the Big Ten."
Burns also said that the heated rivalry with the Buckeyes
fuels this matchup every season. After all, the coach insisted
from the program's inception that the game against Ohio State
be the last contest of each season.
"Growing up in the Michigan tradition, we recognize the
importance of the rivalry and it only (creates) more excitement
having so much on the line," Burns said.
With every goal being so critical in these final weeks, Michi-
gan will rely on the steady goalkeeping of junior Peter Dzubay.
He received Big Ten Player of the Week honors for last week's
performance against Akron and No. 19 Penn State, as he col-
lected nine saves and posted a shutout streak of 168:29 minutes.
"(Dzubay) has done everything we've asked of him and
more," Burns said. "The team is rallying around him and in
front of him."
But the pressure is not just on Dzubay. With both Oakland
and Ohio State ahead of Michigan in the Great Lakes Region,
the two games this week are crucial in the NCAA's selection
process and could mean the difference between the team receiv-
ing a bid or hanging up its cleats early.
"Our players have felt that pressure all season long," Burns
said. "They know how important these final two games are."

can shoot well even when she's not at
the top of her game.
"Broderick would be the first person
to tell you she still isn't hitting the ball
well, but she has still been able to score,"
Teichert said. "She's smooth as silk out
there. It is just so fun to watch."
The tournament was played in a
different manner then most, as teams
played 27 holes on both days, as opposed
to the normal 36 holes the first day and
18 holes on the second day. This did not
seem to throw the Wolverines off, as
their best round was the split middle 18.
They shot a 289 there, their season-best
18-hole total.
Michigan will not play in another
tournament until the Central District
Classic which is scheduled for February
21 to 22 at River Wilderness Country

Club in Parrish, Fla.
It has been a successful fall season
for the team, which has won two tour-
naments this fall and placed second in
two other tournaments. In its only other
tournament, the Lady Razorback Invi-
tational, the Wolverines finished sixth
out of 19.
The golfers and Teichert hope to keep
working hard during the winter and
start the spring the way they finished off
the fall.
"I am really happy with the way that
the entire fall season has gone. We've
given a lot of players an opportunity to
play and it has been different people
stepping it up here and there," Teichert
said. "We are exactly in the place that
we want to be going into our spring

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