It was a member of the enemy who gave Loyola's Chris Colbeck the inspiration.
In his sophomore year of 1989, when the Greyhounds were wrapping up their regular season against Delaware, Colbeck watched Blue Hen senior Tommy Ervin score his 100th career goal.
"I thought that was neat -- getting his 100th goal in his final game," Colbeck said, noting that Ervin's brother, Pat, is now a Loyola freshman attackman. "I thought I'd like to try to do it, although I didn't know if it was possible."
At the time, Colbeck, a sophomore attackman just two years out of Calvert Hall, had 26 goals.
As eighth-seeded Loyola awaits its game against No. 9 Massachusetts in the first round of the NCAA tournament tomorrow (3 p.m.) at Curley Field, Colbeck has inflated his goals total to 103. He is the fourth player in Loyola history to score 100, following Gary Hanley (151), Pat Lamon (133) and John Carroll (112).
Colbeck reached 100 with a career-high eight-goal eruption two weeks ago against Delaware and added three in Saturday's win over C.W. Post. He told his roommates and some friends before the Delaware game that he had his sights set on 100.
The game was only eight minutes old when Colbeck already had four goals, and he added two more by halftime. After scoring No. 100 with 4:41 remaining in the third quarter, he was soon retired for the day by coach Dave Cottle.
"I knew after the first quarter my chances were realistic," Colbeck said. "Coach Cottle then set up plays to help me get more shots."
Said Cottle, "During the pre-game ceremony announcing it was the final home regular-season game for the seniors, it was mentioned that Chris had 92 goals. We didn't bring it up after that, but we knew at halftime he only needed a couple for 100."
Colbeck is one of six players who will be the first in Loyola history to participate in four NCAA tournaments, along with Sean Smith, Gary Beach, Tom Johnson, Scott Oslislo and Alex Frisch. Colbeck came to Loyola from what has become the Greyhounds' breeding ground, Calvert Hall.
"He came well-schooled in the crease by Mike Thomas," Cottle said, while noting that five of his 10 seniors are from Calvert Hall. "Now, as a senior co-captain, he sets the tone. He's a model citizen, too."
Colbeck recently was awarded the John R. Mohler Trophy as Loyola's leading male student-athlete. He has a 3.0 grade-point average.
Much as he wanted to reach 100 goals, Colbeck has only a slight interest in moving into a tie for third.
"We'll see how many games we play in the tournament," Colbeck said. "I'm much more concerned with the games than trying for 112."
The Loyola-Massachusetts game will be broadcast on a delayed basis by WITH-AM (1230) starting at 5 p.m., two hours after the actual opening faceoff.
In other first-round games tomorrow, No. 10 Rutgers is at No. 7 Maryland at 3:30 p.m., No. 11 Towson State is at No. 6 Virginia at 4, and No. 12 Michigan State is at No. 5 Syracuse.
In Sunday's quarterfinals, the Loyola-Massachusetts winner will be at No. 1 North Carolina, the Maryland-Rutgers winner will be at No. 2 Brown, the Virginia-Towson winner will be at No. 3 Princeton, and the Syracuse-Michigan State winner will be at No. 4 Johns Hopkins.