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68 -= The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 6, 1995

Blue cross country
will be formidable foe
in upcoming season

Men's soccer thrives
despite club status

By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
Take "cross" out of cross coun-
try and replace it with any superla-
tive and you get one of the lofty, yet
reachable, goals for the 1995 Michi-
gan men's cross country team.
The Wolverines could very well
take the national title this Novem-
And why not? The Wolverines
have a two-time All-American run-
ner, Kevin Sullivan. Ron Warhurst
is the most successful coach in
Michigan history. And there's no
lack of depth either, with 1994 All-
American Scott MacDonald back.
But before the Wolverines can
even think about the NCAA Cham-
pionships, they will have to focus
on its march toward the Big Ten
Championships and the district
meet. It all begins with an open
meet today. The number of schools
participating in today's event is still
Fr Sullivan, however, it's only
the performance that matters. Com-
ing off a fifth-place finish in the
1500meter run at the World Track
and Field Championships in Swe-
den two months ago, the junior is
looking for even more success in
cross country racing.
Warhurst said he believes any-
thing Sullivan strives for is pos-
"Kevin's goal is to win the Big
Ten and district meets, and place in
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the top three at nationals," Warhurst
said. "That's realistic, being that he
accomplished that last year."
Sullivan's impressive list of re-
cent wins includes the 1995 NCAA
1500, mile and distance relay cham-
pionships, as well as a top finish in
the 1995 Canadian 1500. In 1994,
he placed third in the NCAAs.
MacDonald, the Wolverines' No.
2 runner, gives Coach Warhurst a
reason to smile. The All-American
was also All-Big Ten last year and
placed fourth in the NCAA districts
and conference championships.
"MacDonald wants to have his
best cross country season ever,
which means he'll have to do better
than his freshman year when he fin-
ished 15th at nationals," Warhurst
said. "Scott is in good shape. This
will be as fit as he's been coming
into the season."
Warhurst is in his 22nd year of
his Michigan career. He was the
1990 and 1993 Big Ten Coach of
the Year. He has coached runners in
the past who have gone to compete
in the Olympics and various mara-
This year, Warhurst has a bright
outlook on the season, though he
believes that one Big Ten foe in
particular could pose a threat.
"Wisconsin will be tough at the
Big Tens," Warhurst said. "They
lost a few kids from last year, but
they have four freshmen coming in."
Sophomores Don McLaughlin,

By J
Daily Sports Writer
There's nothing Steve Burns
would like more than for Michigan to
have a varsity men's soccer program.
But until the squad makes the leap to
varsity status, Burns is content to
coach one of the nations' better club
There is no one better than Burns,
who played club soccer here, to in-
stall a strong and rich
tradition of Michi-
gan athletics into a Men's $
young, but talented
Wolverine squad. Photo St
And while
Michigan has been s
labeled a decent soc-
cer school, Burns Page $B
knows that if he had
scholarships to offer
and a varsity pro-
gram to brag about, things would be
different. He could recruit the top
players from the soccer-rich Detroit
area, who instead go to Indiana, Wis-
consin and Rutgers, as well as the best
talent throughout the nation and even
international players.
Still, the team has had its share of
success and is progressing-albeit at
a rather slow pace - each and every
season. Last year, the Wolverines
landed in the National Collegiate Club
Soccer Tournament, but bowed out
early to more experienced teams.
"Our goals this season are much
like last year's," said Bums, who has
played professional soccer the last
two years in Detroit. "But we want to

move forward. We can't just qualify
for the national tournament; we want
to make it to the semi-finals."
And Burns' goal is actually very
realistic, despite a mediocre 14-10-4
record last season and the loss of
some key players.
The Wolverines must try to re-
place midfielders Dave Nordwall and
Steve Moore, who were both named
to the All-Tournament team at last
years' nationals.


The Michigan men's cross country team has a two-time All-American in
junior Kevin Sullivan.

Cory Brown and Ryan Swan; juniors
David Barnett and Ryan Burt; and
seniors Kris Eggle and Theo Molla
round out the runners who could run
in the Wolverines' top nine.

After today's meet, Michigan
travels to Boston for the Boston
College Invitational Sept. 16 and
northeast again for the Maine Invi-
tational October 7.


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The pair set up
Cer most of
try goals from the
middle in 1994,
and Moore fin-
fshed as the
team's leading
Wancjer and defenseman Josh Leutz
are also gone to graduation, though
Leutz may decide to use his last year
of eligibility.
But Burns returns a strong and
physical team, especially on defense.
Starting goalkeeper Mike Milman
is back from an injury he suffered late
in the season last year. In 1994, the
junior allowed more than three goals
in only a handful of games.
Backup netminder Andy Germak
will not return this year, leaving the
reserve spot to freshman Steve Stanio
and senior Chris Murphy.
Defensively, club president Ryan
Carriere, who is expected back froma
knee injury in about two weeks, and
Mike Presley form one of the most
physical and intimidating tandems in
the nation.
Sophomore defenseman Matt
Daily benefited frm summer play-
ing time with the Ann Arbor Elite, a
new professional team, and has added
almost 15 pounds to his 6-foot-2
Midfielder Ian Kurth has made the
switch to sweeper to anchor a defense
that Burns says will be more involved
in generating offense this year.
Freshman Andrew Floyd should
also step up and provide support as
both a defender and a midfielder.
"Obviously one of our strengths is
our defense," Burns said. "We were
pretty tough last year and we returned
almost everybody. I think that every-
one has gotten better."
Burns also landed a prize recruit
from Troy in defender-turned-striker
Blake Novotny. Novotny, who was a
first-team All-State and All-Midwest
selection at Troy High, could be one
of the missing pieces in Michigan's
offensive attack.
Novotny will be expected to fill
the shoes of both Nordwall and
Moore as the Wolverines' offensive
quarterback, dishing the ball out to
the goal-scorers and generating scor-
ing opportunities. That was some-
thing rarely seen by last year's
Michigan team.
With the addition ofNovotny, for-
ward Andy Cosenza ought to light up
the scoreboard. Cosenza, a fleet-
footed player with a knack for finding
holesin the defense, will bejoined up
front by sophomore Eric Frickel, an-
other Troy product.
Burns sees both Frickel and
midfielder Faris Hermiz as players
who ought to step up and be offensive
leaders in 1995.
Senior midfielderRick Weinberg,
who was Michigan's sweeper last
year, is out with a back injury, but is
expected to be a key player on offense
as well.
When forward Rob Holt returns
from injury, the Wolverines will be at
full-strength on offense.
Burnshas also implemented anew
German system this year that loads
the bacline with five defensemen
behind three midfielders and two for-
wards. With the new system, most of

the offense is generated by the two
outside defenders.
"The new system ought to be one
of our strengths," Burns said. "Once
we're comfortable with it, we should
be able to score some goals."
The Wolverines have already had
a shot to try the new system and to see
what some of the younger guys can
Michigan opened the season by
dropping a 4-2 decision to the varsity
teamat University of Detroit and tied

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