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eager to hunt
down elusive win

Carr incensed with
doggish behavior

By Jamie Josephson
Daily Sports Writer

The Michigan men's soccer team has
shown time and time again that it will
not back down in the face
of adversity. In an up-and-
down season that has been To>
plagued with injury, the
Wolverines have refused
to retire their cleats for the
season thus far. Time
Heading into the second Armstro
round of the NCAA Tour- -___m_
nament tonight at 7 p.m.,
Michigan will face anoth-
er daunting challenge: No. 2-seed and
defending NCAA Champion Indiana.
After defeating Akron 2-1 in the first
round of the tournament, Michigan (11-7-
4) will now face the sixth-rated Hoosiers
(14-4-1) in Bloomington for the second
time this season. In the teams' first meet-
ing this season on Oct. 10, Indiana defeat-
ed the Wolverines 2-1 after Michigan kept
the Hoosiers scoreless in the first half.
Michigan has never beaten Indiana
since the Wolverines began play in 2000.
"Indiana has been, and continues to be,
the standard by which all teams model
themselves after in our conference," Mich-
igan coach Steve Burns said. "To have an
opportunity to play in Bloomington under
the lights in an NCAA tournament game,
there is no better way to play with our
hearts out on our sleeves and show exactly
where we measure up."
Indiana boasts sophomore Jacob


18 points, including eight goals and two
assists. Defensively, Hoosiers goalkeeper
Jay Nolly has given up less than one goal
per game this season.
"They are able to bring in the top play-
ers in the country," Burns
said. "They have a great
IGUT style of play. Most impor-
tantly, they take a lot of
pride defensively."
Several Michigan upper-
7 f' classmen have tasted the
g Stadiumn sour flavor of defeat at the
tn, lnd> hands of the Hoosiers six
times in their careers.
"(Fifth-year senior Joe)
Zawacki has never beaten Indiana in the
five years he's been here, and he wants to
get a win," junior Peter Dzubay said. "So
we're going to try to do it for him."
In the two schools' last meeting on Oct.
10, each side received 14 fouls, including a
red card on each squad. Tonight's match-
up promises to be no less of a physical and
emotional contest.
"Emotionally, we want our guys peak-
ing at the start of the game," Burns said.
"But once it begins, you have to fall back
on the fundamentals you have (used) all
season long. It's going to be a difficult
game. You want to make sure defensively
you are taking care of the fundamental
principles of the game."
Playing on both the offensive and
defensive sides of the ball, Michigan mid-
fielder Adam Bruh will not be available
for tonight's game. The junior was rushed
to the hospital after an Akron player came
down on his leg in the final minutes of

Senior Mychal Turpin sat out last Friday's game against Akron, but will be back today.

Friday's game.
But for the Wolverines, injury has been
a recurring theme all season that the team
has learned to work around.
"It's just another opportunity where
a young guy gets an opportunity to gain
some valuable experience and hopefully
thrive in that environment," Burns said.

Senior Mychal Turpin will return to the
field for Michigan after sitting on the side-
lines against Akron. He was suspended for
a game after receiving a red card against
Northwestern on Nov. 12.
Tonight's winner will face the winner
of the Boston College/Connecticut match-
up that also takes place today.

Peterson, who leads

the Hoosiers with

ICers ink six recruits for next season

By Ryan Sosin
Daily Sports Writer
Replacing 10 experienced seniors won't be easy. But
yesterday, Michigan coach Red Berenson announced
six players who will be charged with helping to do that.
Forwards Jason Bailey, Andrew Cogliano, Zac MacVoy
and Tim Miller and defensemen Jack Johnson and Mark
Mitera all signed letters of intent for next season.
Cogliano is heralded as the pick of the litter for the Wol-
verines. A pure scorer, Berenson describes this future play-
er as a mix of T.J. Hensick and Jeff Tambellini, combining
speed and a scoring touch around the net. Cogliano is very
quick, with a good sense of the ice. But his size - 5-foot-
10, 185 pounds - will lead to an adjustment period as he
gets acclimated to the physical CCHA style.
"He's a very dynamic player," said associate head coach
Mel Pearson, who, along with assistant coach Billy Pow-
ers, spearheads the Michigan recruiting process. "He can
really shoot it, so I have a feeling we're going to be on him
to shoot it a little more"
Cogliano still has the option to play major junior
hockey after being selected in the 2003 Ontario Hockey
League draft, but the Michigan staff believes this is no

longer an issue.
Miller and Bailey are good two-way players and both
could emerge as key members of the Michigan back-check
and dish out some heavy hits.
Bailey, Cagliano, Johnson and MacVoy were recently
rated as an 'A' players in the preliminary Central Scouting
Service rankings for NHL draft-eligible players.
Next season's defensive unit will look drastically dif-
ferent with half of its seven-member corps graduating.
Johnson and Mitera will join what remains from this
year's squad - which could include currently ineligible
transfer Adam Dunlap - and an additional player that
will likely be signed in the spring. Both players can dic-
tate the flow on the offense and defensive side of things.
"They bring good size and good physical presence
on the blueline," Pearson said. "And we need that. We
haven't had that since (Mike) Komisarek and Jay Vancik
(in 2001-02)."
With so many seniors on their way out, the adjustment
period will be just as short as it was for last year's recruits.
Freshmen Chad Kolarik and Kevin Porter have played well
all season and logged significant time on special teams. If
Michigan wants to avoid spending next year to 'rebuild,' its
freshman will need to adapt just as quickly.

"(The recruits are) going to add some size and some
muscle and some hustle to our team," Berenson said.
"They'll get good direction and good playing time, and I
think they'll step in and surprise people."
Michigan also faces the possibility that junior Al Mon-
toya could leave for the New York Rangers - who drafted
him eighth overall in last year's NHL Draft - when this
season concludes.
"We're looking at a goalie, yeah," Berenson said. "We
have to be aware of the goalie situation."
For the seventh straight year, Michigan will become
the new home to U.S. National Team Development Pro-
gram alumni. Bailey, MacVoy, Johnson and Mitera are
teammates this year on the Ann Arbor-based program.
The development program hasn't been short of produc-
ing results for the current Michigan team. Six of this
year's top-10 point leaders came out of the program.
Pearson also pointed to the character of the players
plucked from the U.S. NTDP as something that draws
him to them.
"As a staff, we try to get the best student-athletes in
Michigan, wherever they play," Pearson said last week.
"It's just a coincidence that program has landed here and
we've had so many players from that program."

Mattu fast, Mattu furious
magine you're in a bus rolling
into Columbus, and you're hours
away from the biggest game
you may ever play. If you beat Ohio
State, you finish the conference sea-
son undefeated and earn a bid to the
Rose Bowl.
You get out of the bus, and you
and your teammates make the short
walk to the locker room. The gate is
straight ahead, but otherwise, you're
surrounded by scarlet-clad fanatics
trying to rattle you. You've visited
Notre Dame and Purdue this sea-
son, but you're still not prepared for
Ohio State.
All you want to do is get into the
locker room, collect your thoughts,
and focus on the game ahead.
But instead, a police officer stops
you, and tells you that he and his
wild, barking dog are going to check
your bags.
This is what happened to all the
players and coaches on Saturday,
and it's something Michigan coach
Lloyd Carr isn't very pleased with.
"I think, at best, it was extremely
disrespectful," Carr said. "It was
an extreme measure from the
standpoint that the potential for a
serious confrontation - some kind
of reaction from our team and our
players. It could have been an ugly
But wait - there's more. Much,
much more.
Carr ordered Michigan's direc-
tor of football operations, Scott
Draper, to find out why this hap-
pened, and he was told Ohio State
can "do what they want to do at
Ohio Stadium."
Carr wouldn't say whether or not
he thought it was gamesmanship on
the Buckeyes' part, but it appears as
though it was.
"We had people in our traveling
party who took bags in, who weren't
coaches, and they didn't even ask
them for their bags," Carr said.
"They just walked in right behind us
with their bags, and nobody said a
word to them.
"It was just the players and the
Later, an Ohio State media rela-
tions director announced that this
check was not out of the ordinary,
and had been done for all visiting
Well, Michigan looked into that,
and when Wisconsin, Penn State
and Indiana visited Columbus, they
didn't face anything like this when
they entered the stadium.
Finally, with the entire ordeal
over, Carr walked to the field and
was approached by a police officer
who let him know that the search
wasn't ordered by his superiors,
but by the Ohio State athletic
Bertin falls in college
wrestling showcase
In the third period of his match
with Ohio's Jake Percival, Michigan
senior Ryan Bertin knew it would
take drastic measures to overcome
the 10-4 deficit.
Percival and Bertin are ranked
second and third in the 157-pound
weight class, respectively, and
Bertin knew he would have to come
out fighting if he wanted a chance
at the upset. He escaped Percival's
hold and earned a takedown to
begin the period, but in the end, it

"We're talking about how a uni-
versity in this conference, how their
athletic department chose to try to
embarrass us," Carr said.
Carr said time and time again
yesterday that the Wolverines did not
lose the game because of the secu-
rity check, and he's absolutely right.
Poor tackling and run-blocking took
care of that.
Besides, the check lasted around
10 minutes, and while it forced the
players to be subjected to abuse a
little while longer, it hardly rattled
What makes this entire episode
something worth noting is the fact
that this security check was ordered
by Ohio State's athletic department,
and not some Columbus police offi-
cer with a little too much power.
And then, the Buckeyes weren't even
"What really is interesting is that
they would say that with all these
other schools it's been the same all
year long when it hasn't," Carr said.
"There is an issue of credibility
Credibility and Ohio State? Here
we go again.
"Athletic department" is awfully
vague, but it's hard to believe some
useless clerk could have ordered
this security check. And if this
kind of shadiness can occur with
something so insignificant, how
can that endless list of NCAA rules
be enforced?
How could Ohio State's former
basketball coach Jim O'Brien be
expected to know not to give a
recruit a few thousand dollars,
even if his family needed the
And what about the Maurice
Clarett saga? Should football coach
Jim Tressel be blamed for setting
up players with cars and jobs, as
Clarett has alleged, when the peo-
ple he works with are so desperate
to beat their archrival that they
send cops with dogs after opposing
And on and on it goes.
Before the game, Carr and Tres-
sel chatted briefly, and the security
check came up.
"(Tressel) asked me if we got
in okay, and how was everything
going," Carr said. "I said, 'Well, as
a matter of fact, they just had your
dogs out there searching our bags,
Jim. I don't know what the hell that
was all about.'
"But he said, 'Well, I didn't know
anything about that.' "
Carr later added: "I'd have to
believe him. But somebody in that
department knew."
It's hard not to wonder if Ohio
State is corrupt from the top to the
Hopefully, none of it is true, and
the future of the biggest rivalry in
all of college sports will be as good
as ever.
But there's yet another question
Ohio State will have to answer.
Sharad Mattu can be reached at
was not enough. Percival won the
match in an 11-7 decision.
Percival amassed his lead by scor-
ing three takedowns in the first
period, putting him ahead 7-4. In the
second period, Percival started on
the bottom, but managed to escape
Bertin's hold while adding a take-
down to go ahead 10-4. Bertin's
third-period heroics would not be
enough for victory.
Last night's match was part of
the National Wrestling Coaches
Association Marines All-Star Clas-

sic at Southern Illinois University.
It was one of 10 matches scheduled
to showcase the best college wres-
tlers in the country.
- Jack Herman

Harriers stumble at NCAAs

By James V. Dowd
Daily Sports Writer
After defeating national power
Notre Dame to win the NCAA Great
Lakes Regional on Nov. 13, Michigan
women's cross country coach Mike
McGuire had high hopes for his run-
ners at yesterday's NCAA Champion-
ship in Terre Haute, Ind.
This time around, the No. 4 Wolverines
struggled to keep up with the Fighting
Irish and finished two spots behind them,
placing sixth out of 31 teams.
Junior Rebecca Walter led Michigan's
finishers, completing the 6,000-meter cir-
cuit in 21:11.4, good enough for 35th place.
Freshman Alyson Kohlmeier finished 10
seconds behind Walter in 50th place. Wal-
ter and Kohlmeier led the way for Michi-
gan throughout the season, and McGuire
anticipated better finishes for both.
"I thought we could beat Providence
and Notre Dame," McGuire said. "Over-

all, it's been a good year, but today, not
everyone had their best races. We got OK-
to-solid perfomanecs from (Walter) and
While Walter and Kohlmeier were
off of their best pace, Michigan senior
Theresa Feldkamp ran her best race of
the season. Feldkamp started towards
the back of the pack, and gradually
worked her way up to the front. In
the waning moments of the race, she
passed more than a dozen runners on
her way to a 68th place finish. Going
into the race, Feldkamp was aiming to
break into the top-100.
"I went out like I was supposed to and
kept moving up in the pack," Feldkamp
said. "It was hard, with really muddy con-
ditions. I didn't have any idea where I was
in the pack, and I just kept running."
Sophomore Katie Erdman finished 94th
for the Wolverines, and junior Arianne
Field rounded out Michigan's scorers,
finishing 103rd. McGuire and Feldkamp

singled out Field as an overachiever.
Freshman Lisa Canty came across in
135th place, and senior Andrea Parker,
who struggled with illness, finished 236th.
Michigan was missing senior Sarah Pizzo,
who suffered a fracture of her fourth meta-
tarsal earlier in the year.
Going into the race, just Walter, Erd-
man and Parker had run in an NCAA
Championship meet before. But next year,
just Parker will have graduated, and the
Wolverines will have six runners with
NCAA Championship experience.
"If you use the standard of being fourth
the year before, it's a little disappointing,"
McGuire said. "However, six of seven run-
ners will return next year and four were in
their first NCAA meet."
Yesterday's performance fell short of
expectations, but it does not jade McGuire's
view of the whole season.
"Overall it was a good season, and we
can build on it going into track season,"
McGuire said.

Senior Theresa Feldkamp ran her best race
of the season, finishing in 68th place.

Injuries linger as Michigan closes season

By James V. Dowd
Daily Sports Writer
As the 2004 season began, the Michi-
gan men's cross-country team appeared
to be in its best position ever. Senior
captain Nate Brannen was in top shape,
junior Nick Willis was coming off a trip
to the Athens Olympics and the Wolver-
ines added freshmen Victor Gras and
Mike Woods, two of the NCAA's top
But the season drew to a close w ith a
disappointing 26th-place finish out of 30

son in September, the team struggled
to replace him.
Soon after, Gras and Willis also fell
victim to the rigors of training. Sudden-
ly the Wolverines were turning to their
reserves for the conference, regional and
national championships.
Brannen remained healthy and led
the way for the Wolverines in Terre
Haute, finishing the 10,000-meter race in
31:23.4. He placed 17th out of 242, just as
he did a year ago in the NCAA Cham-
pionship. Yesterday's course was muddy,
and prevented Brannen from running the

Junior Andrew Bauer was Michigan's
fifth finisher at the Great Lakes Regional
on November 13th, but he stepped up his
performance, finishing second for the
Wolverines and 159th overall. Senior
Matt Mulvaney finished one second
behind Bauer.
Michigan's scoring was rounded out by
Woods and junior Dan Murray. The pair
finished 174th and 180th, respectively.
Though Brannen and the Wolverines
were disappointed with their perfor-
mance, they are ready to move past their
struggles and revive their team during

track season.
"It doesn't affect how I'll run in indoor
(track)," Brannen said. "I'm a track run-
ner so (cross country) is just training for
track. It helps to know that I am fitter and
stronger than I have ever been."
Warhurst acknowledged that today was
just not the Wolverines' day, and they will
likely bounce back from their mediocre
"It was a long day," Warhurst said.
"It was extremely sloppy and extremely
muddy, and the course did not suit us.
Others just responded better."



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