Towson State's Blatchley nears Griebe's career assist record College lacrosse

March 02, 1992|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

John Blatchley has resumed his chase of Bob Griebe in an attempt to become Towson State's all-time leader in assists.

The senior attackman had a goal and four assists, as the Tigers opened their lacrosse season with a 16-4 romp past Delaware yesterday before 2,051 in Minnegan Stadium.

After raising his career total to 108, Blatchley needs 28 more to catch Griebe. Now in the Hall of Fame, Griebe accumulated 133 from 1972 to 1975.

By no means is Griebe's record out of sight. Blatchley averaged almost 35 assists in his first three years, and had 44 last year, when Towson reached the NCAA championship game.

Returning as the team's leading point scorer for the second straight year, mainly on the strength of his assists, Blatchley has been primarily a feeder throughout his Towson career.

Four times last year he had four assists. He was the feeder on two of the biggest goals in Towson history, one that beat Johns Hopkins in 1989 and the other that broke a 13-13 tie in the third overtime against Princeton in the NCAA quarterfinals last year.

Yet coach Carl Runk says Blatchley can be even more valuable. For all his skill as a feeder, Blatchley sometimes tries to force the issue.

"We're working with him to try to be more under control," Runk said. "He tends to force-feed a lot, bull his way in as if he's taking it personally. We want him to recognize the situation and if the feed isn't there, dump it off."

Expecting a one- or two-goal game "one way or the other," Runk said he was "tickled" with the result. Delaware, in two scrimmages, tied Princeton and lost to Maryland by one.

"That's all we knew, except that they were loaded with seniors," Runk said. "We were concerned."

The game was scoreless until Lindsay Dixon's goal with eight minutes left in the first quarter. The Tigers went on from there, led 9-3 after three quarters and blistered the Blue Hens with seven unanswered goals in the fourth quarter.

John Wunder scored twice for Delaware, the second with seven seconds left, as the Blue Hens were held to their lowest offensive output since a 20-2 loss to Virginia in the 1990 opener.

John Connolly led Towson with three goals, and the scoring was spread among 11 players.

"We were a little tight and tentative," Delaware coach Bob Shillinglaw said. "Then, when they went up, we lost some confidence."

Towson lost freshman Eric Jackson, a defensive midfielder, possibly for the season, when he broke his collarbone in the first quarter.

* LOYOLA 18, RUTGERS 10: -- Third-ranked Loyola scored the first nine goals en route to a 10-1, first-quarter lead and a rout of Rutgers in the opening game for both teams at New Brunswick, N.J.

Kevin Beach (Mount St. Joseph) led the Greyhounds with five goals. Kevin Jedlicka and Jim Blanding had two goals and two assists each.

Loyola freshman Tim McGeeney had 15 saves.

The Greyhounds' 10 first-quarter goals tied a school record, set in a 21-8 win over Delaware last season.

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