Busy, unbeaten Loyola faces tough field in Brown tournament

March 25, 1992|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

Loyola is venturing through the most congested part of its schedule, and perhaps the most difficult.

The undefeated Greyhounds opened a four-games-in-nine-days stretch by beating Massachusetts on Saturday, and now face C.W. Post today before traveling to Providence, R.I., for the Brown Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. They'll meet Brown in the first round. Syracuse and Duke also are in the field.

"Four games so close together is tough, especially considering who they're against," said Loyola assistant coach Don Zimmerman. "We struggled against UMass, then have to play a dangerous C.W. Post team in mid-week, which makes the weekend doubleheader even more difficult."

Loyola has never beaten Brown or Syracuse (0-4 against both), but is 5-3 against Duke.

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Wunder's a wonder: Delaware junior attackman John Wunder, a John Carroll High grad, scored seven goals against Vermont, matching Tom Stanziale's seven-goal game against Army. Not since Tom Ervin scored eight against Lafayette in 1988 had a Blue Hen scored seven in one game.

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Young attackmen attack: What was that people were saying about Johns Hopkins having to depend on its midfielders for the bulk of the scoring?

Ace attackman Matt Panetta graduated, true, but freshman Terry Riordan has eight goals and sophomore Brian Piccola has seven to go with senior Jeff Wills' nine.

Defenseman Nick Shevillo, who helped hold Syracuse star Tom Marechek to one goal Saturday, hails from Michigan, of all places.

The only Blue Jay player from that state, Shevillo first got the attention of Eastern schools when he attended a Johns Hopkins' summer camp while he was in high school. Loyola, Princeton and Penn also wooed him.

"There are 10 or 12 high schools with lacrosse in Michigan, but it's growing," said Shevillo, pointing out that Dave Morrow (Princeton), Joe Kelly (Penn) and Pat Leahy (ex-Cornell) also are from Michigan.

Best of Hopkins coach Tony Seaman: "We're the slowest team in Division I. I know that because I watch us every day. But we do make the ball move quickly on the offensive end."

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First, first, first: On the first shot of his Navy career, freshman defensive midfielder Eric Kapitulik got his first goal, giving the Midshipmen their first score in Saturday's upset of Duke.

Coach Bryan Matthews is pleased that the scoring is spread among Gardner Smith (11 goals), Jamie Slough (10), John Tierney (9), Tom Roszko (8) and Matt Pawlikowski (6).

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Gunning for Tigers: Towson State coach Carl Runk suspects many opponents are primed for his team in part because the Tigers reached the NCAA championship game last year.

"We could be a measuring device for some teams," Runk said. "How they do against us could tell them how they stand and whether they belong in the Top 10."

Runk's footnote on Towson's win over Villanova: "We were lethargic. If we continue to play with this lack of consistency, we'll get our tails kicked."

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Nittany Lions reloading: Penn State (4-0) wondered where the points would come from after the top goal scorers in school history (Ted Peddy, 102; Jim Laverty, 97) graduated.

The Lions' most recent win, 12-8 over Vermont, indicated where they're coming from -- a lot of players. Five players scored at least two goals apiece.

"We have no superstars," said coach Glenn Thiel. "Instead, nine or 10 offensive kids do a little each game."

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