Loyola struggles to win over sloppy UMass, 17-10

March 22, 1992|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

No. 2 Loyola College scored four unanswered goals in the last six minutes of the third quarter to pull away from pesky Massachusetts and rout the Minutemen, 17-10, yesterday at Curley Field.

Loyola (4-0) never trailed, but could not gain control of the game until the third-period scoring surge. Attackman Jim Blanding led the Greyhounds with three, and attackmen Mark Millon, Bill Edell and midfielder Greg Kline had two each for Massachusetts.

The game should have been easy for Loyola. But the Greyhounds' offense struggled throughout because of errant passes and poor shot selection.

The sluggish play seemed to leave Loyola coach Dave Cottle in a sour mood, especially with Brown and, possibly, Syracuse on the schedule next weekend in the Fleet Invitational in Providence, R.I.

Loyola is expected to be No. 1 in The Baltimore Sun poll this week, after No. 3 Johns Hopkins upset No. 1 Syracuse, 15-14, yesterday.

"I thought we were gelling as a team," said Cottle, whose Greyhounds upset defending national champion North Carolina, 7-6, a week ago. "But anybody who watched us today would like to have us on the schedule.

"We weren't sliding on certain defensive situations, and we're not shooting confidently," said Cottle. "We have to stop watching the scoreboard and just do our jobs. We have become too selfish on offense, but at least we won. That's about it. We won."

Loyola got a lot of help from Massachusetts, which was opening its season. The Minutemen were disorganized; six times they were called for illegal substitutions. They also had 11 penalties, totaling 6:30, as Loyola scored four goals with an extra man.

But despite Massachusetts' poor play, Loyola blew a 3-0 lead in the first period, as the quarter ended tied, 3-3. The Greyhounds went up 6-3 at the half, but the Minutemen pulled within 8-6 on a goal by Millon with 9:40 left in the third period.

In the last 5:40 of the period, the Greyhounds stretched the lead to 12-6, scoring two fast-break goals by midfielders Todd Sloper and Mfon Udo, and adding two more off settled situations by midfielder Kevin Anderson and Blanding.

"I never felt like we were going to lose, but it was the kind of game you're glad to see over," said Cottle.

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