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M' draws No. 3 seed

PAUL SHERMAN/Daily
Senior forward Luke Moffatt said he took some time to see friends and family during the Wolverines' bye week.
Another line shake-up

By GREG GARNO sometimes it's a breath of fresh
Daily Sports Writer air to all the sudden be on a dif-
ferent line."
Michigan hockey coach Red The all-freshman line that
Berenson has not shied away included Allen, JT Compher and
from saying that his team's lines Tyler Motte was broken up in the
for any given game are subject process, as Motte will play along-
to change. In fact, all but one side sophomore forward Andrew
game thus far has featured a line Copp and junior forward Phil Di
change of one form or another. Giuseppe.
The trend will be no different Compher, meanwhile, will
this weekend as Berenson alters center a line that includes two
the lines once more after the of Michigan's biggest scoring
offense's stagnant production of threats in junior Alex Guptill and
late. This time, senior Derek DeBlois.
though, each NOTEBOOK "We don't just throw names
line will get a, into a hat," Berenson said. "We
makeover. think carefully about what (soph-
Michigan (6-1-1) is tied for omore forward) Boo (Nieves)
28th of the 59 teams in Division needs and what (senior forward
I for scoring with 2.75 goals per Luke) Moffatt needs and so on,
game. Only once this season have right through our whole lineup."
the second-ranked Wolverines BYE-WEEK BONDING: Even
scored more than three goals. when they don't need to play
'At Monday's practice, Beren- hockey, the Wolverines still find
son used five different lines, themselves watchingit.
including a new fourth line that On Friday, the team congre-
features junior forward Zach gated at a house of some of its
Hyman - a regular winger - at sophomores to spend part of the
center alongside sophomore for- night watching Minnesota face
ward Justin Selman and fresh- Notre Dame.
man forward Evan Allen. "We live, breathe, eat, sleep
"We're looking for good and drink hockey," said senior
combinations," Berenson said. defenseman Mac Bennett. "Any-
"That's why we've had the bye thing that has to do with hockey,
week, so this was a good chance we do that."
to spend more time practicing After practicing and playing
with these lines. for nearly two months, multiple
"Right now, I think there's a players said the first break of
lot of good things going on, and the season revolved around lay-

ing low rather than going out
together or spending time break-
ing down the play of the Golden
Gophers - a team Michigan will
see in February.
Bennett has often said the
team's chemistry has improved
from last season, thanks in part
to an increase in team bonding
activities. The oft-mentioned
paintball playing garners the
most attention, but spontaneous
and simple off-ice activities help
the team on it.
"If you're better friends off the
ice, you're going to trust the guys
a lot more on the ice," Compher
said. "You're going to go to battle
for your friends more than you
are for another kid."
Some players, like Moffatt,
took some time to see other
friends and family. Over the
weekend, Moffatt went to Ohio
to go target shooting with his
uncle.
But above all else, the break
was much needed for the Wol-
verines to catch up on school
work - or procrastinate on it.
"It's nice to just be a normal
college student," Moffatt said. "I
mean, it's nice to just be able to
get a nap in during the day."
NOTE: Berenson said that he
has decided which goalie would
be starting this weekend against
Nebraska-Omaha but wasn't
willing to release that informa-
tion until later in the week.

By JAKE LOURIM
Daily Sports Writer
In the middle of the Michigan
women's soccer team's locker
room Monday, where the walls
were decked with Michigan gear
and a big-screen TV on another
wall showed the 64 NCAA Tour-
nament teams, sat freshman for-
ward Madisson Lewis.
"I'm kind of confused, I'm not
going to lie," Lewis said. "It's hard
to take in all of it. It's pretty over-
whelming."
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at home Sat-
urday night ' 2
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seed Michigan ~
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verines drew
UW-Milwau-
kee (6-1-1 Horizon, 10-8-1 over-
all) - which they beat 3-0 in the
season opener - in the first round
Saturday. Against the Panthers on
Aug. 23, the Wolverines scored
three times in 12 minutes in the
second half. Ryan saidbecause the
game was so long ago, it isn't a fac-
tor in Saturday's matchup.
Michigan would play the win-
ner of Illinois State and Louisville
in the second round. Penn State
and Iowa also landed in Michi-
gan's region, making a conference
rematch possible.

D13 NCAA Women's
Soccer Tournament
Michigan's
Region

"(A Big Ten matchup) would
be just a really hard game," Lewis
said. "I feel like all Big Ten teams
are kind of rivals. It will be fun."
The Wolverines likely lost a
chance to host second- and third-
round games with a loss in the Big
Ten Tournament quarterfinals
last week. Still, senior midfielder
Tori McCombs said the team
would move on.
"Now it's definitely one and
done," McCombs said. "Every
underclassman thinks about next
year. For us (seniors), there is no
next year."

The room
went silent
when Michi-
gan was
announced as
a three seed,
but Lewis and
McCombs
later down-
played the dis-
appointment.
Ryan, about
to begin his
third NCAA

No. 2 seed Marquette plays
Western Michigan in the first
round, and if the Golden Eagles
win, the second- and third-round
games would be in Milwaukee.
Ryan said the field, where Michi-
gan lost in 2009, suits the Wolver-
ines well because it moves the ball
alongquickly.
Eight Big Ten teams made the
bracket, including Ohio State,
which was the first team ever to
reach the tournament despite
missing the Big Ten Tournament.
Nebraska, winners of both the Big
Ten regular-season and tourna-
ment titles, earned a No. 2 seed.
Virginia is the top seed in
Michigan's region. All four No. S
seeds are from the Atlantic Coast
Conference.
In last year's NCAA Tourna-
ment, the Wolverines scored in
the 90th minute and again in over-
time to eliminate Central Michi-
gan. After routing Portland in the
second round, Michigan squan-
dered a 2-0 lead in penalty kicksto
lose to top-seeded Penn State.
The seniors will be making
their third NCAA Tournament
overall.
"I hope our experience pays
off," Ryan said. "We've played in a
lot of different systems."
Ryan has emphasized jumping
out to a fast start all season and did
so again Monday.
"When we're attacking with
determination and putting teams
under a lot of pressure, it's a good
recipe for success," Ryan said.
"When we're not intense about
goingto goal,it'sarecipe for disas-
ter. We've got to pick the right
recipe."

Tournament at
Michigan, said this selection show
was different because he was con-
fident his team would at least be
hosting its first game.
The Wolverines practiced
before the show and watched it
together in the locker room.
"Training (sessions) this week
have taken on a new intensity,"
Ryan said. "We know what we're
preparing for. It's great to see
them out there fighting for every
ball, scrapping. If we had our off
days (during the season), that was
the problem."

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By MAX COHEN Junior Cyesha Goree is the only
Daily Sports Writer returning forward who saw play-
ingtime last season, and she made
bounding will be the differ- only brief appearances in nine
between wins and losses. games. Barnes Arico knew that
in order for her small team to be
higan women's basketball successful, she would need to get
Kim Barnes Arico admitted rebounding production from her
the season that rebounding largely unknown forwards and
major concern for her team. her undersized guards.
In Friday's 11-point loss to
Bowling Green, Michigan was
outrebounded, 35-30. Conversely,
the Wolverines dominated the
glass in their win against Arizona
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In Saturday's game, junior
guards Nicole Elmblad and Shan-
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gathering 13 and seven boards,
respectively. In the future, the
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Her winning attitude immediately
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THE TEAM, "Shannon has brought this
sense of competition to our team,"
T ET A . Elmblad said at the team's media
day. "Every day in practice, she
comes in with the fact that she
?E.A PARTOFIT wants to win everything."
Despite her winning pedigree,
it was possible that Smith would
need time to adjust back to the
higher competition when she
joined the Wolverines. But Smith
erased that notion by leading the
team in scoring in both games
last weekend, scoring 17 points
Friday and 21 on Saturday. Smith
felt comfortable in her role as the
team's primary scorer right away,
hoisting up 35 shots on the week-
end, 12 more than anyone else on
_ . "A."" the team.
3. In crunch time, the older players
FOTBA LL BOOK on the team can step up.
TORE. C I .
When Goree hit a buzzer-

beater to send Saturday's game
against Arizona into overtime, she
proved herself as a reliable player
when the clock dwindled. Bedause
nobody on the team this season
would've been the first choice last
year, it was unclear who would be
counted on in clutch situations. So
far, it appears as though Goree can
be that player.
Elmblad and Smith, two of the
other older players on the team,
also made key plays late in the
game that helped seal the Wol-
verine victory Saturday. Smith hit
a key 3-pointer late in overtime
to extend Michigan's lead, while
Elmblad blocked the Wildcats'
final attempt to tie the game in
the extra period. The junior trio
of Goree, Smith and Elmblad will
have to continue to step up late if
the Wolverines plan to win close
games.
4. The freshmen will be thrown
right into the mix.
The two healthy freshmen on
the team, guards Siera Thomp-
son and Paige Rakers, both saw
major minutes in this weekend's
action. Guard Danielle Williams
is out with an injury. Thompson
started both games and played
major minutes for Michigan, end-
ing the weekend as the Wolver-
ines' second-leading scorer with
24 points. She also leads the team
with 10 assists and turned the ball
over just five times on the week-
end, a trend that must continue for
Michigan to be successful.
Though Rakers came off the
bench in both games, she played
a large role in Saturday's victory,
scoring eight points in 18 minutes,
including the-3-pointer that gave
the Wolverines the lead for good
in overtime.
The older players on the team
may have made -the notable plays
as the clock expired in regulation
and overtime, but they wouldn't
have been in the position to do so
without the play of Thompson and
Rakers.
5. Bold Prediction: Smith will have
the best scoring season in pro-
gram history.
Smith is averaging 19 points in
her first two Division I basketball
games in almost two years. Cou-
pled with the fact that the Wol-
verines have fewer proven scoring
options this season, Smith could
break Diane Detz's single-season
Michigan record of 21.6 points per
game set in 1982.

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