Which Michigan hockey player was
the most prepared to turn pro early?
A) Mike Comrie B) Mike Van Ryn
C) Jeff Jillson D) none were ready
MAY 7, 2001
Jilison part of
ey for pros
By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Writer
For the third straight season, an All-American
will leave Michigan early in pursuit of his pro-
fessional hockey career.
And there could be more to come.
Defenseman Jeff Jillson, a 1999 draft pick of
the San Jose Sharks, met with Michigan coach
Red Berenson late last week to tell him he will
not don the Maize and Blue for his senior sea-
Two other would-be members of the class of
2002, Mike Comrie and Mike Van Ryn, both left
the Wolverines in the previous two seasons to
play Major Juniors in attempt to become an NHL
"While we are sorry to see Jeff turn pro after
his junior year, we wish him the best of luck in
his career," said Berenson. "Last season Jeff not
only had an outstanding year on the ice, but he
had a great year in the classroom as well and was
awarded all-CCHA honors as a player and stu-
dent for his academic success."
Jillson tinkered with the possibility of joining
the Sharks after his sophomore year, but said he
feels this time around is a better opportunity to
- make the jump.
Having a strong commitment to education,
Jillson is still taking classes this spring term, and
has advised Berenson and his parents that he
will try to finish up his degree in Sports
Michigan's Jeff Jillson followed his first two
years with an outstanding junior season that left
him ranked 11th in all-time scoring for defense-
men with 88 points. He was drafted 14th overall
by San Jose in 1999. Jillson is the third player
to leave Michigan early in the past three sea-
sons. Here is how he compares ALYSSA WOOD
to the other two in their final D
seasons at Michigan::
Name Year G Pts +/
Jeff Jillson Jr. 10 30 +15:
Mike Comrie So. 2459 +19
Mike Van Ryn Jr. 10 23 +9
Management and Communications, where he
holds a cumulative 3.48 G.P.A.
Meanwhile, the Wolverines leading scorer
from this past season and Hobey Baker Finalist
Andy Hilbert is being wooed by the Boston
Bruins, who drafted him No. 37 in the 2000
But Berenson said that while Jillson was
"feeling more pressure" to leave, Hilbert's pend-
ing decision will "probably be a summer-long
issue like Comrie."
Like Comrie - Michigan's crafty, left-hand-
ed, leading scorer from 1999 - there's still the
possibility that Hilbert may leave both the
Wolverines and Bruins hanging by bolting for
Major Juniors this fall.
OH, CAPTAIN?: With the season ending so
late, and the pending departures of several key
Michigan players still yet to be determined,
Berenson said that the Wolverines will hold off
-in electing the new captain until "all the dust set-
tles" - most likely in late June or early August.
'M'secures Big Ten title
By Kristen Fidh ly no point in me getting in the pickle."
Daily Sports Writer Michigan State's one run came in the secol
when Lacy Hauxhurst grounded to first on an err
Yesterday's battle was the Michigan softball by Kollen. She then stole second and was knock
team's fiercest of the season. home on Andrea Goldsworthy's line to center.
In front ofthe biggest home crowd of the year, the Michigan pitcher Marie Barda, who allowed ju
Wolverines downed Michigan State 2-1-in eight cli- four hits, gave up ground balls for the first ft
mactic innings. innings to leave infielders with all defensive dutie
The team was in a tight race with Iowa for the Big Barda "started out shaky - she was one pit
Ten's top spot heading into the weekend. After yes- away from us changing pitchers," Hutchins sai
terday's win, Michigan was tied with the Hawkeyes. "After that, she settled in and was fine."
But then Iowa lost to Northwestern 2-1 yesterday, Earlier this week, the Wolverines beat Easte
and Michigan gained sole possession of first place Michigan 7-6 and 8-0 on Wednesday - Maris
and the right to host the BigTen Championship. Young and Kate Eiland combined pitching dutie4
It was in the bottom of the eighth with two outs the season's first no-hitter. They also topped Detr(
and runners on first and second when Melissa 2-1 Thursday, and Michigan State 1-0 Saturday.
Taylor did exactly what Michigan coach Carol "What makestthe champions are the 1-0 wins a
Hutchins was commanding her players to do all the 2-1 wins," Hutchins said. "That's why we
game - she hit a hard grounder past Spartans' third- champions."
baseman Brittney Green that sent Kim Bugel home
for the win.
"She worked her butt off all summer, in the
weight room three times a week, and she has really
stepped it up," Hutchins said of Taylor, who was
invited to the National Team Camp from leading the
team and conference with a .451 batting average.
"I am really pleased that she is being rewarded by
having such a great season."
The Wolverines had a chance to score in the first
when Monica Schock hit a fly deep to right field that
was barely inside the foul line. But Kelsey Kollen
and Taylor, on second and first, got excited andcalls
got confused, resulting in Schock getting tagged.
"At first, (Hutchins) said go. Then, when I was
halfway there, I saw Taylor start coming back;'
Schock said. "And then she went again - I picked
my head up and ran because I saw her going. 4
Finally, when it was time for me to come back, BRAD QUINN/D
coach just said to stay there, because there was real- Melissa Taylor knocked in the game winner.
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