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10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Michigan makes

Burgess ready
for home rival


By Jamie Josephson
Daily Sports Writer

For the Michigan men's soccer team,
it has been a season of the unexpected.
With injury after injury, a struggling
offense and what can only be described as
a massacre at the hands of Northwestern
in the Big Ten Tournament, the Wolver-
ines have experienced numerous unan-
ticipated setbacks.
But at 4:30 p.m. yesterday, the unex-
pected took a turn for the better - Mich-
igan (1-4-1 Big Ten, 10-7-4 overall)
received an at-large bid to the NCAA
The Wolverines gathered at coach Steve
Burns's house in tense anticipation yes-
terday, as ESPNews hosted a tournament
special in which the network revealed
the 48-team field. In the very last bracket
shown, Michigan's name was called. It
will now face Mid-American Conference
Tournament winner Akron in Ann Arbor
on either Friday or Saturday. The winner
will face Indiana in Bloomington next
week in the second round.
"There was a lot of nervous energy
that erupted into cheers," Burns said. "It
felt like we just scored a big goal in a big
The Wolverines had reason to be con-
cerned. After upsetting Ohio State in a I-
0 overtime victory in the first round of the
Big Ten Tournament, Michigan looked
helpless in a 5-0 rout by Northwestern in
the semifinals. With the devastating loss

to the Wildcats, it looked like the Wolver-
ines' chance of receiving an NCAA bid
was small at best.
"I'm speechless," senior Knox Cam-
eron said. "It's really unbelievable, to be
honest. If I didn't see Michigan's (name)
on the TV, my career would be over at
But Burns was not surprised to receive
a bid. He credits Michigan's selection to
a committee that recognizes Northwest-
ern's strength, as well as the Wolverines'
high RPI rating. The Big Ten also ended
up being the top conference in the coun-
try, evidenced by six of the seven eligible
Big Ten teams earning NCAA bids, with
Wisconsin the lone exception. Last year,
the ACC was the top-ranked conference,
and six out of its seven teams also received
"We felt pretty good going in," Burns
said. "But I didn't get a lot of sleep last
night or any work done at the office
Last season, the Wolverines made an
unexpected Cinderella-story run in the
NCAA Tournament, advancing all the way
to the quarterfinals. This year, Michigan
will look to repeat and exceed last year's
results. The Wolverines decisively defeated
the Zips 4-0 at home on Oct. 29 in their
most offensive effort of the year.
But Burns is by no means expecting
another easy win.
"Akron is a very good team," Burns
said. "That result we got is an anomaly
on their schedule. They were a much bet-

Knox Cameron Is one of the seniors who will now get to play at least one more game.

ter team than they showed, so we're not
going to take them for granted."
Michigan will also be without senior
Mychal Turpin, one of the players
who played a key role in that previous
win against Akron and the Wolver-
ines' leading goal-scorer. The forward
received a red card in the Northwestern
game and now must sit out in the first
game of the NCAA Tournament on
"(Turpin) is going to be a huge loss,"
Cameron said. "We haven't played with-
out him all year. I don't know how you can
compensate for a player of his caliber."
Even though Turpin has contributed a

team-leading number of goals this season
(6), Michigan has been used to not hav-
ing its best offensive players on the field.
Cameron, the Big Ten Player of the year
in 2003, recently returned from his injury
that kept him off the field from the begin-
ning of the season until Nov. 3.
Burns is confident his team will fill the
gap Turpin is leaving come game time.
"What we've seen is that we need
to have all of our players show up with
their 'A'-game on the day," Burns said.
"It's tournament time, and whenever you
get into a higher level, everybody is bet-
ter and playing their best. And that is all
we're trying to do."

By Gennaro Fiice
Daily Sports Editor
Entering Saturday's showdown with
archrival Ohio State, sophomore line-
backer Prescott Burgess has a very sim-
ple goal.
"Just beating them and just showing
them the reason why I came to Michigan,"
Burgess said.
Hailing from Warren, Ohio, Bur-
gess attended Warren G. Harding High
School - the alma mater of former
Michigan linebacker Carl Diggs and for-
mer Ohio State running back Maurice
Clarett - but he left the state to don the
Maize and Blue.
"(Michigan has) great tradition," Bur-
gess said. "I just felt comfortable coming
to Michigan.
"Most (players) from Ohio went to Ohio
State. But my year, me and Shawn Crable
were the only ones that came to Michigan
- two of the top players from Ohio. And
I think we made a good decision."
Burgess says that many Ohioans have
a differing opinion on his choice to skirt
the Buckeyes (along with Florida, Notre
Dame and Tennessee) for the Wolverines.
And these critics have never been shy to
share their viewpoint.
"Always - they jabber and say what
they want to say," Burgess said. "But I
learned how to bypass that and just con-
tinue on with my career at Michigan."
Burgess came to Michigan as one of
the most highly touted recruits in the
nation. Coming out of Warren G. Hard-
ing, he was the No. I safety in America
according to Rivals100.com and No. 2
according to recruiting guru Tom Lem-
ming. While he practiced at safety for the
first two weeks of the 2003 season, Bur-
gess moved to inside linebacker before

the Notre Dame game. The move was a
joint decision by both Burgess and the
coaching staff.
"It was a big transition," Burgess said.
"Moving to linebacker, I had to learn to
take on more blocks, and just learn how to
read the whole offensive line."
Throughout last season and the first
eight games of this season, Burgess wasn't
receiving much playing time.
"It's (been) very difficult, coming in
as a No. I prospect from Ohio and just
playing special teams and a little line-
backer," Burgess said. "It's very hard.
But everybody's got to wait for their time
to shine."
Burgess's waiting period may be over,
though, as he has earned increased play-
ing time at linebacker in Michigan's last
two games.
"I feel great," Burgess said. "I feel that
I can help this team out with my ability.
Although Burgess said his position switch
was "a great move," he also admitted that
he's considered a return to the secondary.
"I've been thinking that a lot," Bur-
gess said. "I look at (strong safety) Ernest
(Shazor), and I'm like, man - if he can do
it, then I can do it."
Shazor is a junior this season, so he will
be eligible to enter the 2005 NFL draft.
Whenever Shazor leaves Ann Arbor, Bur-
gess seems interested in filling his shoes.
"I'm used to (playing safety)," Burgess
said. "I did that all through high school
- coming down and being almost like a
But right now, the Ohio native is just
looking forward to returning home.
"Going to Columbus to play Ohio State
- It's one of the biggest rivalries in col-
lege football, and I'm just hoping that we
can come out with a victory," Burgess

r 1,

Transfer impresses 1n practice

By Ian Herbert
Daily Sports Writer
On Nov. 5, before a Friday-night victory over Miami
(Ohio), the Michigan hockey players invited their par-
ents out to Ann Arbor for Parents Night. The red carpet
was laid out, and the players led their parents onto the ice
to introduce them to the Yost crowd. Among the parents
introduced were Thomas and Judith Dunlap, parents of
defenseman Adam Dunlap.
Dunlap isn't a familiar face to the Michigan faithful,
but he is hoping that will change. The junior transferred
from Boston University this year with the goal of play-
ing for the Wolverines next season. He is ineligible this
year because of rules regarding his transfer, but he is
practicing with the team to try to make an impression on
the coaching staff.
"I want to try to impress the coaches so that they think
I can play next year," Dunlap said. "I want to give them
some incentive to want to keep me around."
Dunlap said having his parents come out to Yost was
a real treat. He spent two years at Boston University and
didn't get much playing time. He didn't play at all during

his freshman year, and he played just five games during
his sophomore season before leaving the team in Janu-
When he left the Terriers, he went to play for the
Waterloo (Iowa) Black Hawks - a team in the United
States Hockey League, which is a junior league for
young Americans and Canadians. Dunlap tallied four
assists in 24 games for the Black Hawks.
"He came to us as an unknown player," Berenson
said. "We asked him a lot of questions and actually
tried to discourage him. Why would he want to come to
Michigan? If he can't play somewhere else, how would
he expect to play at Michigan? But he really wanted to
come here, he wanted to go to school at Michigan and he
thinks he can play here."
So far, Dunlap has impressed the coaches. Berenson said
that Dunlap is a strong skater and a good puck-handler, but
he added that he won't know about Dunlap's intangibles
until he gets a look at Dunlap in a game situation.
"He's trying hard to fit in to our system and our men-
tality here," Berenson said. "We may not have seen his
real strength. Or maybe we have, but until he gets into
a game where he can really show us his gamesmanship

and his game sense, his patience and his ice-awareness
and all that stuff."
Berenson added that Dunlap is a serious student.
The LSA student is undeclared, but he's taking a tough
course load. So tough, in fact, that he had to drop Cal-
culus to keep up. Berenson said that he overloaded his
schedule in his first semester after transferring.
Dunlap said that the hardest part of the transition
was not having any friends in Ann Arbor. Because
he decided late that he was transferring to Michigan,
all of the other players on the team had decided who
they were living with and Dunlap was forced to live
by himself.
"It's obviously been a big change having to make new
friends after spending two years somewhere else," Dun-
lap said. "I think the guys have been great. They've been
really helpful."
For now, it's all hard work for Dunlap. He knows that
he has no chance of playing this year. And even next
season is up in the air.
"I'm just trying to work my butt off to help the team
be the best that they can - to be prepared every week
for the opponent they are going to play," Dunlap said.

Continued from page 9
surprised at how well Michigan was able to
shut down the 2003 America East Defen-
sive Player of the Year.
"I wouldn't have guessed it," Wohl said.
"That's really crazy. I've never seen Nick
score zero points."
Even though Billings was a non-fac-
tor, the Wolverines had trouble adjust-
ing to the inside-outside game of backup
center Joe White early on. White scored
eight points during a first half run and hit
back-to-back three-pointers to give the
Bearcats an early 22-12 lead with just over
eight minutes remaining in the first half.
Michigan was unable to get the ball into
the post effectively, and Dion Harris and
Lester Abram - who shot a combined 1-
for-9 in the first half - could not find an
early rhythm.
But it was Horton who kept the Wolver-
ines in the game offensively, despite turn-
ing the ball over six times in the opening
Continued from page 9
the 6-foot-4-and-taller girls that play
in the Big Ten.
The point is, it takes time to fix a
battered program. Just ask Tommy
Amaker, who was in a similar situ-
ation when he took the helm of a
black-and-blue men's basketball team
back in 2001. While Burnett hasn't

"(The turnovers) were very uncharac-
teristic of him thus far this year," Amaker
said. "But I thought Daniel was the reason
why we had any spirit and life in the first
half. He was the catalyst for us not to keep
our heads down."
Horton connected on three trifectas in
the first half, and helped cut Binghamton's
lead to four, 32-28, by halftime.
Michigan was able to build upon its
defensive stops early in the second period
with a 21-2 run paced by the play of Harris.
The sophomore scored 14 of his 16 points
in the final half while Horton who
picked up three quick fouls early in the sec-
ond half- sat on the bench.
"Especially with Daniel in foul trouble,
Dion obviously was our leader out on the
floor and really led us to different areas,"
Amaker said. "He hit big shots for us late."
With the victory, the Wolverines advance
to the second round of the Preseason NIT,
and will host Colorado on Wednesday
night at Crisler Arena.
restored the program to glory just
yet, she's certainly put it back on the
right track.
With a few more seasons under
her belt, the "past" that Burnett will
look back on could be one of win-
ning and success - not one marred
by turmoil.
Daniel Bremmer can be reached at

Peretz last to fall at
Big Ten Championships
Steven Peretz fell one match short
in the consolation bracket at the Big
Ten Singles Championships yester-
day in Madison.
After advancing to the consola-
tion semifinals, Peretz qualified for
the finals early yesterday against
Indiana's John Stone, dismissing
him in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
In the finals, he ran into Illinois'
Pramod Dabir, who holds a No. 68
national ranking. Peretz showed no
signs of intimidation, winning a
hard-fought first set in a tie-break-
er, 7-6 (6).
Dabir then became the first play-
er to take a set off Peretz since his
Indiana teammate Monte Tucker
did in the first match of the tourna-
ment. Dabir jumped ahead of Peretz
early and took the set 6-2.
His momentum continued into
the third set, where he won with
the same margin, taking the match
and the title of consolation bracket
Peretz finished the tournament
with a 4-2 record and a second-place
finish in the consolation bracket.
- Scott Bell



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