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November 4, 2005

PRe MicTSotgnBailg


Week off
is chance,
for a look
By Stephanie Wright
" Daily Sports Editor
Aren't coaches always telling their
players not to look past their next
opponent - even when the biggest
game of the year looms in the dis-
Seemingly unconcerned with such
conventional wisdom, Michigan
coach Lloyd Carr decided to bend that
rule a little bit. The Wolverines have
a week off before they face Indiana
on Nov. 12, and Carr said on Monday
that he would use part of that week to
prepare for Ohio State.
"We still have a normal week of
preparation for our next opponent,"
Carr said. "I think, obviously, there
is time in there that you are trying to
prepare for both (Indiana and Ohio
Carr insisted there is nothing out of
the ordinary about readying for more
than one team at a time. As he point-
ed out, any time a coach sits down to
watch film there are two teams on the
tape, and coaches tend to take note
of how both teams play. Still, there
is little doubt that this week's prepa-
ration for the 12th-ranked Buckeyes
was a bit more intentional than that.
According to Carr, he and the rest
of Michigan's coaching staff spent
* Tuesday and Wednesday studying
film on Indiana and Ohio State and
then working on both opponents with
the players at practice each day. From
there, the bye week schedule varies.
The coaches spent yesterday recruit-
ing, which they will continue to do
today. The players came in to lift
yesterday, and then they are off until
practice on Sunday night.
So what are the players' big plans
for this rare weekend off? Not too
much, if you believe freshman safety
Brandon Harrison. Carr told the play-
ers not to go home, so Harrison said
his plans include watching film on
Indiana with some of his teammates.
Right tackle Jake Long said he
might head to Hillsdale on Satur-
day to watch a friend play for Wayne
State. But most of the redshirt sopho-
more's plans involve hanging around
Ann Arbor and getting additional
treatment on the leg injury that kept
him out of the Wolverines' first seven
contests. With the extra rest, Long
said he expects to be back to 100 per-
cent for the Indiana game.
Both Harrison and Long stressed
how much their team needs a week
off to get healthy for the final stretch
of the season.
"We're all a little beat up," Long
said. "This week is absolutely going
to help us."
Carr couldn't agree more. In fact,
the large number of banged-up play-
ers on Michigan's roster is the only
reason Carr is glad to see this bye
week come.
"Under, normal circumstances, I
think we would prefer to continue
to play because we do have some

See FOOTBALL, page 10

MICHIGAN 3 (4), Penn State 3 (2) - 20T
Women's soccer topples
undefeated Penn State

By Katie Niemeyer
Daily Sports Writer
Everyone thought No. 1 Penn State was unbeatable.
Last night at U-M Soccer Field, the No. 8 seed
Wolverines proved everyone wrong.
With 6:25 to play in regulation, Michigan senior for-
ward Therese Heaton put the Wolverines ahead 3-2 on
a flick from freshman Danelle Underwood on a Michi-
gan corner kick. Michigan held the lead for the next six
minutes, and it looked as if it had achieved the impos-
sible and beaten undefeated Penn State (10-0-1 Big Ten,
19-0-1 overall). But with just 24 seconds remaining in
regulation, Penn State forward Tiffany Weimer scored
on a penalty kick to tie the game 3-3 and send the first-
round game of the Big Ten Tournament into sudden
death overtime.
"The calls, maybe they didn't go the way we thought
they should have, but we didn't let that get in the way of
us fighting hard until the end," Heaton said
Michigan (3-6-2, 7-8-4) fought off the Nittany
Lions for two 10-minute sudden-death overtimes
and, finally, the Wolverines won the game on penalty
kicks, outscoring the Nittany Lions 4-2.
Michigan started out strong, winning balls in the
middle of the field, but, four minutes into the game,
the Nittany Lions soon showed the crowd why they
are the nation's top-ranked team. Penn State fresh-
man Sheree Gray carried the ball from one end of the
field to the other, finally crossing it from the far side-
line. Weimer headed the ball toward the right side
of the net and Penn State midfielder Ali Krieger was
there to dump it in.
With nice touches and major speed in the midfield,
Penn State kept the pressure on.
But just when it looked like the Nittany Lions'
speed and skill were too much for the Wolverines to
handle, sophomore Melissa Dobbyn gave Michigan a

glimmer of hope. Stuck on the right sideline, Dobbyn
lifted the ball into the air, and it sailed just over the
outstretched hand of Penn State senior goal keeper
Erin McLeod, crossing the goal line inches below the
crossbar to tie the game at one.
"OK, that first shot was sick, first of all - unbe-
lievable," said junior Brenna Mulholland, who scored
Michigan's final penalty kick to seal the victory.
"(Dobbyn's goal was) crucial. That sets the tone for
the rest of the game. It gets the momentum going."
The goal raised the Wolverines' intensity, but
Penn State quickly responded to regain the lead 3-
2. Freshman Allie Long carried the ball down the
field and dished it out wide to Weimer, who sent
a cross into senior Carmelina Moscato. Moscato
cashed in, sending the ball over diving Michigan
goalie Megan Tuura.
"We knew at halftime, we were in the game," Hea-
ton said. "The goals they scored weren't anything
special. They were things we could clean up defen-
sively. And we knew - this was it, this was our sea-
son. If we lost, we were going home. We were done.
And the seniors weren't ready to be done; our team-
mates weren't ready to be done. We weren't going to
hang up the cleats tonight. So we fought to the end."
Michigan looked like a different team in the sec-
ond half and put pressure on the Penn State defense
from the start. Three and a half minutes into the half,
Heaton found herself with the ball at her feet at the
top of the box. She turned and shot, notching her first
goal of the game and tying the game at two.
Michigan will face No. 4 Illinois at 7:30 p.m. today
at U-M Soccer Field in the semi-finals of the Big Ten
Because yesterday's game was recorded as a tie, the
Wolverines must beat Illinois and win the Big Ten Cham-
pionship game to raise their winning percentage above
.500 and become eligible for the NCAA Tournament.

The Wolverines celebrate after senior captain Therese Heaton tied the game at two 3:54
into the second half.

New coach looks to change losing ways for Irish

By H. Jose Bosch
Daily Sports Writer
Many events have happened
around the sporting world since Jan.
2, 2005. But until Oct. 30, a win for
the Notre Dame hockey team wasn't
one of them. Last Saturday's 2-0
victory over Princeton snapped a 22-
game winless streak for the Fighting
Irish (1-3-0) - a streak in which the
team went 0-20-2 (0-
17-2 CCHA).
Despite that, the No.
3 Michigan hockey HrS :
team will not take Notre
Dame lightly going into
tonight's game in South :3r..
Bend. at heJy
"We don't look at 7n pw.
(the Fighting Irish) as atv s <
a weak team," junior r
Brandon Kaleniecki
said. "We look at them
as a team that can beat us any night.
That's the thing about the CCHA
and every college hockey team - (a
team) can beat you no matter what
if you don't come ready to play. We
know we have to come out ready to
play and that's the bottom line."
The Wolverines (1-1-1 CCHA, 5-
1-1 overall) are very aware of what
can happen when a highly touted
team faces off against an underdog.
Ranked No. 1 in the nation, Mich-
igan visited Alaska-Fairbanks last
weekend and proceeded to drop the
first game of the series, 4-2. The
Nanooks' win was their second of
the season over a top-ranked team.
The first time was on opening week-

end against then-No. 1 Minnesota.
Also last weekend, No. 14 Ohio
State dropped two games to pro-
jected CCHA cellar dweller West-
ern Michigan in Kalamazoo. And
although No. 8 Michigan State isn't
considered a weak team, it still had
to face then-No. 2 Cornell on the
road last weekend. But the Spartans
were able to steal a victory and estab-
lish themselves as a national threat.
These and other games
across the nation have
proved that top teams
,EKEND can fall to opponents of
rys lesser quality, especially
) 2 early in the season.
tIa Although the Wolver-
L Cnrte~r ines have already played
torrow fitwo games on the CCHA
schedule, tonight will
mark the conference
opener for Notre Dame
and its new coach, Jeff
Jackson. But Jackson is no stranger
to the CCHA. In his six seasons as
head coach of Lake Superior State
from 1990 to 1996, Jackson won four
CCHA playoff championships (1991,
1992, 1993 and 1995), two CCHA
regular season championships (1991
and 1996) and two National Cham-
pionships (1992 and 1994). There is
no doubt the new coach is looking
to revitalize a foundering program
that, after qualifying for the NCAA
Tournament two years ago, went just
5-27-6 last season.
"They're a hard working team and
we saw that last year when we played
them in the playoffs," Kaleniecki
said. "Those were tough games.


Juniors T.J Hensick (above) and Matt Hunwick lead the Wolverines with three power-play goals each.

(Jackson) is experienced, he knows
what's going on and he's going to
have them ready to play against us.
I think it's going to be a big differ-
The last time Michigan faced off
against the Fighting Irish was dur-
ing last season's CCHA playoffs. In
front of a home crowd, the Wolver-
ines won a 1-0 battle in overtime just

one night after embarrassing Notre
Dame 10-1. That resiliency is proof
that there is more to the Fighting
Irish than what's on paper.
According to Kaleniecki, to jump
on Notre Dame early, Michigan must
focus on getting the puck deep into
the offensive zone and using the
forecheck to keep it there and cre-
ate turnovers. The Wolverines must

also continue their recent success on
special teams. Through seven games
this season, Michigan opponents
have scored just four power-play
goals while the Wolverines have
scored 17. Michigan is led by juniors
T.J. Hensick and Matt Hunwick, who
have notched three power-play goals
See IRISH, page 10


Predictions against the
spread for 11/5/05
Baylor (+28) at No. 2 Texas
No. 4 Alabama (-16) at Mississippi State

Virginia Tech


Stephanie George
Wright Washington
Stanfords th l

No ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ LV 7 CA(9 tAiaULA
Tennessee (+9) at No. 8 Notre Dame Notre Dame
N thC r ina 61 t te (+.1 at~1 NoV 1U 4 9 1 *F<: d ft .Z>rida St ate
No. 14 Wisconsin (+11) at No. 10 Penn State Wisconsin
Vanderbilt (+19) at No. 13 Florida Florida

Tex as
Virginia Tech
Florida State
Ohio State

Southern Cal
Virginia Tech
Mississippi state
Notre Dame
Florida State



Virginia Tech -VUSiiaE h


Mississippi State


Thefather of all
celebrity prognosticators
George Washington was once
a president and a general.
Today, he has a new title -
Daily Celebrity Betting God.
Washington led his troops in
one of the greatest upsets in
world history - the upstart
Americans' defeat of Great
Britain. This week, the father
of our nation hopes Mississippi
State will be inspired by
his memory to take down
mighty Alabama - or at
least cover the spread.
Still, Washington's not gonna
lie; he knows it's hard to pick

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Florida State Florida State

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