Loyola basketball over, Anderson seeks a position

March 11, 1992|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

Squash any bright ideas that Kevin Anderson might step from the basketball court to the lacrosse goal at Loyola.

Freshman Tim McGeeney is the goalie, period. In the opening two victories, McGeeney has a .680 save percentage and, in coach Dave Cottle's words, has "played very well."

Anderson, a goalie in high school but a midfielder for most of his time at Loyola, tended goal in four wins last year before eventual champion North Carolina peppered him in the NCAA tournament. Now that the Greyhounds' basketball season is over, he has rejoined the lacrosse squad, but Cottle isn't sure where to play him.

Cottle has little concern about his offense at this point after 34 goals in the opening two wins. The Greyhounds had a 10-1 halftime lead over Pennsylvania and a 10-1 edge over Rutgers after one quarter.

The defense, however, is young. Two other freshmen, Stan Ross and Jason Foley, start with McGeeney.

"We'll find out how good we are Saturday against the defending national champions," Cottle said dryly, referring to the visit by North Carolina.

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Impact freshmen: Like Cottle, Johns Hopkins coach Tony Seaman has three key freshmen, in 6-foot-4 attackman Terry Riordan (four goals in the opening win over Princeton), 6-5 midfielder Peter Jacobs (one goal) and 6-2 defenseman Dan Evans.

"The good thing is we don't have to rely on them to be stars," Seaman said. "They've sort of mixed in.

"We certainly couldn't afford to say Riordan would be the star when we have a player of Jeff Wills' talent; he was our No. 2 scorer last year.

"Jacobs is our third best midfielder on the line with Adam Wright and Brendan Cody, a couple of potential All-Americans. Evans, a long-stick midfielder, was the best high school defenseman I saw in this area last spring."

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Three are gone: Navy has lost three players for the season to major knee surgery -- reserves Charlie Sites, Rich Kincaid and Neil Keegan. None of the injuries was the result of a hit; all were from twisting on stop-and-go moves, coach Bryan Matthews said.

Matthews likes what he has seen of midfielders Tom Roszko and Jamie Slough, attackman Matt Pawlikowski and Kevin Farrington, who "is playing like the major Division I goalie we think he is."

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Score that got away: UMBC coach Dick Watts did his best to hold down the score but was "not comfortable" with the 30-4 thrashing of Marist last week.

"We played all the kids a quarter or more and used three goalies," Watts said. "Kids who normally wouldn't even have played accounted for 10 goals. I can't put them in and tell them not to score."

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Milestone victory: Towson State's opening win over Delaware was No. 250 in school history and No. 215 for coach Carl Runk. The only active college coaches with 200-plus wins are Virginia's Jim Adams (282 in his 35th year), Cornell's Richie Moran (232 in his 24th), Runk (215 in his 25th), Syracuse's Roy Simmons (207 in his 22nd) and Jack Emmer (204 in his 23rd).

Towson's game at Maryland on Saturday will be a rematch of last year's NCAA tournament semifinal won by the Tigers, 15-11.

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