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After hot start, reality check
at Erin Hills Collegiate

Michigan finishes
eighth out of 14 at
Wisconsin course
By MICHAEL KESSLER
Daily Sports Writer
Two top-three finishes to
start the season for the Michi-
gan men's golf team was an
ideal start, especially coming
off a disheartening last sea-
son. The talented sophomore
duo of Chris O'Neill and Brett
McIntosh was off to a fantastic
start, leading a young Wolver-
ine squad that looked poised to
compete for the Big Ten cham-
pionship.
Those expectations haven't
evaporated by any stretch, but
a disappointing performance
at the Erin Hills Collegiate
may give those aspirations a
sobering pause. The Wolver-
ines fell back to reality with an
eighth-place finish this week
in Hartford, Wis., shooting a
29-over-par 893.
Though Michigan started
relatively well, shooting its
best round of the tournament
in the first round and finishing
the day in sixth place, it slipped
to eighth after a rough second
round on Monday that was ham-
pered by strong, gusty winds.
Scores across the board spiked
in the round, but despite an
improved final round, the Wol-
verines were unable to make
up any ground and settled for
eighth place in the 14-team field.
"We were capable of bet-
ter," said Michigan coach Chris
Whitten. "The golf course was
challenging and was really
penalizing poor shots. This will
leave a little bit of a bad taste in
our mouths."
The subpar performance was
in part the doing of a strong field,
which ino eualre highly ranked
teams lik isplace finisher
No.10 Stanford, runner-up No.4
UCLA and Oklahoma. Addition-
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ten, was not easy to navi- strong Big Ten record, and we
he course was adjusted to want to have a high seed going
'e playable for collegiate into the Big Ten Tournament
ition, but it nonetheless at the end of the year," Whit-
as a strong test for Mich- ten said. "So it's good to see the
pcoming events. Big Ten competition early in
are going to play very the year like this and see how
t courses in the postsea- we stack up at this point in the
Vhitten said. "I think this season."
is a good preview for the Additionally, while O'Neill's
s we will play in the Big scorecard may have ended up
hampionships, so it was better than his performance
y good experience from would indicate, fellow sopho-
rspective." more Brett McIntosh flipped
eill, the undisputed lead- the script.
Michigan's young squad, His scoring didn't stand out,
and his best round was a medi-
ocre two over par, but his play
on the course showed clear
his will leave improvements.
"I think Brett had a real-
ittle bit of a ly good ball-striking week.
Probably the best he has all
I taste in our year, and just from a scoring
perspective, I don't think the
mouths." score showed as well as he
played," Whitten said. "Chris
and Brett have different things
they need to work on, but there
team once again, shoot- were lots of encouraging things
ne-over-par 217 that was to see out of both of them."
for a top-15 individual For a team with just one
But O'Neill struggled upperclassman, inconsistency
hout the event with his should not come as a surprise,
and short games, which and that inexperience finally
uted to his worst indi- reared its head at the Erin Hills
performance of the sea- Collegiate.
' But for O'Neill and the rest
rest of the team was of the team, one mediocre event
to pick up the slack, as doesn't change expectations
f the other four Michi- going forward.
lfers finished in the top "As a team goal, we said that
we wanted to try and finish in
hink we turned in a 'B' the top three of every event,
mance," O'Neill said. and this week that wasn't
e really played anything accomplished," O'Neill said.
, just kind of average "Individually, I feel like this
Ve have a lot of room to year I have a shot to win every
'e after this week." time I tee it up. If I play my best
rr linings may have been golf, I think I'll be right there in
come by for the Wolver- contention."
ut the team still finished The Wolverines won't have
out of the four compet- much time to dwell on their
Ten teams - ahead of performance, as they will be
nsin and Michigan State back in action over fall break
h bodes well for Michi- Monday in the AutoTrader.com
hances as it hones in on Collegiate Classic.

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Junior forward Alex Guptill is serving a team-sanctioned suspension, his second such suspension in as many years.
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Daily Sports Writer
For the No. 10 Michigan hock-
ey team, Thursday night's home
opener against No. 4 Boston Col-
lege just got even more daunting.
Coming off a losing season in
which the Wolverines missed the
NCAA tournament for the first
time in 23 years, the pressure will
no doubt be on in Yost Ice Arena
for Michigan's first regular-sea-
son matchup.
To make mat- NOTEBOOK
ters worse, this
young team will skate without
junior forward Alex Guptill, who
will serve a team-sanctioned sus-
pension, on Thursday before he
returns to the lineup Saturday
against Rochester Institute of
Technology.
Last season, Guptill led the
Wolverines in nearly every offen-
sive category with 36 points, 16
goals, 144 shots and three game-
wining goals.
A third-round draft pick by
the Dallas Stars in 2010, Guptill
also finished second behind then-
freshman forward Boo Nieves in
assists and power-play goals.
After Guptill sat out the exhibi-
tion game Sunday, Michigan coach
Red Berenson announced Tues-
day that he would miss the home
opener as a result of an undis-
closed incident that occurred over
the summer.
"It just happened to be a big
game," Berenson said. "This isn't
something I like, but it's the right
thing to do. It's not something he
likes either. It's a big game, it's a
home game and it's a tough game

to win."
Guptill stayed in Ann Arbor
for an away series in December
against Ferris State lastseason due
to a similar incident. But for the
time being, Berenson isn't worried
about a pattern of behavior.
"I'm seeing more (maturity)
now," Berenson said. "That'sgood.
So we're making headway."
Without Guptill on Sunday,
Michigan managed 35 shots
against 22 for Waterloo - a sign
the offense is as strong as prom-
ised. But the Wolverines went
0-for-5 on power plays - one of
Guptill's specialties. The offense
will have to convert on extra-man
opportunities against the mighty
Boston College defense to prevent
playingfrombehind.
SWITCHING IT UP: Nine of
Michigan's 10 freshmen saw time
on the ice in Sunday's exhibition.
Despite a strong showing
both offensively and defensively,
Berenson favors familiar pairs on
offense heading into the regular
season. He expects to put Nieves
back with junior Phil Di Guiseppe
and partner freshmen JT Com-
pher and Tyler Motte in an effort
to increase power-play conver-
sions.
"I just didn't see enough of the
lines that I think we can do bet-
ter with so we just made.a couple
of changes," Berenson said. "I'm
interested to see how three of our
lines jell. We have a lot of young
players, and you're looking for that
young player to do what you need."
On defense, Michigan's pen-
alty kill, which featured three
freshmen, was near perfect
against Waterloo. While fresh-

men Michael Downing and Kevin
Lohan looked particularly strong,
Berenson is uncertain as to which
to lineswill appear infrontofBos-
ton College's trio of top scorers.
Berenson plans to keep the
three freshmen defensemen on
their respective lines Thursday.
AN EYE ON TROUBA: For-
mer Michigan defenseman Jacob
Trouba seems to have settled in
nicely into his new home in Win-
nipeg, Man.
Troubamadehis NHL debut for
the Jets last Tuesday, contributing
one goal and one assist.
In a single year at Michigan,
Trouba netted 12 goals and 17
assists en route to a first team
All-American selection. As a
freshman, Trouba led all fresh-
men defensemen nationally, con-
tributing six power play goals.
The Rochester, Mich., native was
named Michigan's Hal Downs
Most Valuable Player and first-
team all-CCHA, while winning a
gold medal with the U.S. National
Junior Team at the 2013 IIHF
World Junior Championship in
Russia.
As former teammates, senior
captain defenseman Mac Bennett
and junior alternate captain for-
ward Andrew Copp were watch-
ing on Tuesday.
"I played with him last year,"
Bennett said. "He's a very special
player. You could seethat last year.
Obviously he's ready for the next
level, and he played like nothing's
changed."
Added Copp: "Topping Mac, I
played with Trouba for nine years.
He's a confident kid, and those sit
uations don't bug him at all"

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By LEV FACHER injury was initially thought to be
Daily Sports Writer less severe, but surgery became
necessary once she re-injured the
After tearing her ACL prior to foot while running.
the Michigan women's basketball "You feel for her because she
team's 2012-13 season, sophomore worked so hard to get healthy
forward Kelsey Mitchell didn't after tearing her ACL last year,"
see game action during her fresh- said Michigan coach Kim Barnes
man year. Arico to MGoBlue.com. "She
She's now injeopardy of suffer- was going to really help us on
ing the same fate this year, after the rebounding end this season.
injuring her foot while running I know that she will work just as
laps during a preseason workout. hard this time around to get back
She underwent surgery to repair on the court.
the injury on Oct. 7 after an x-ray "She's a local kid, she's a great
revealed a fracture. kid," Barnes Arico said. "That's
Mitchell hasn't seen action in pretty tough."
NCAA competition, but she aver- Losing players to injury is
aged 9.3 points and 10 rebounds hardly an unfamiliar experience
in three games during Michigan's for Barnes Arico, who saw five
summer tour of Europe., players, including Mitchell,,fall
Mitchell first injured her foot victim to torn ACLs last season.
on that European trip, but the Mitchell's injury leaves the

Wolverines with one less option
at an already-depleted forward
position. There are four other
forwards on the roster, but only
junior Cyesha Goree saw game
action last year. Goree's participa-
tion was extremely limited, too.
She appeared in nine games, aver-
aging 1.1 points and 2.7 minutes.
The other three forwards -
redshirt senior Kendra Soto,
senior Val Driscoll and sopho-
more Rebecca Lyttle - missed
all of the 2012-13 season due to
injuries.
"That took a toll on us," Barnes
Arico said, who cited inexperi-
ence as a concern leading into
her second season as Michigan's
head coach. "We thought we were
going to have everybody coming
back into this season. We went to
Europe with everyone healthy."

Mitchell out with broken foot

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