For a lacrosse team about to charge into April undefeated, Towson State is faced with some sobering prospects.
One is that ace attackman John Blatchley couldn't raise his arms above his shoulders after No. 4 Towson coasted to its fourth straight victory, 13-8, over C.W. Post (2-4) yesterday before 820 at Minnegan Stadium.
Another is that the Tigers' next opponent is No. 1 Loyola, which raised its record to 6-0 by beating No. 8 Brown in the first round of the Fleet Invitational yesterday. The Greyhounds will play Towson on Saturday night at Minnegan.
Blatchley, a senior who is 20 assists shy of Bob Griebe's school career record of 133, suffered bruised ribs in the first half and missed the rest of the game.
Before leaving for the hospital for X-rays, which proved negative, Blatchley had one assist. He hurt his ribs in the first quarter while stretching for the ball, but didn't retire until the second period.
"We dropped off a bit without Blatch," coach Carl Runk said. "He's a tough kid, and I think he'll be back. Without him, it could be a long day."
Towson, which leads its series with C.W. Post 7-0, had a slim 7-5 lead over the Pioneers at halftime. The Tigers then scored four unanswered third-quarter goals, two by Joe Genovese.
Genovese, Lindsay Dixon and Blatchley's replacement, Donald Connolly, had three goals apiece. Genovese leads Towson with 12.
Runk was as disturbed by the team's play as he was last week after a 14-10 win over Villanova. Never mind that the Tigers are off to a 4-0 start for only the fourth time in the school's 34 years of lacrosse. Runk doesn't like the way they're playing.
"At this point in the season, we should be better," Runk said. "I'm really concerned. We run down the field, take the first shot and turn the ball over, and then go back and play defense. It's not a good trait.
"We go over and over it in practice. We do everything right then, but it's different in the games."
Post was treated rudely during its visit to the state, losing to Maryland, Loyola and Towson in an eight-day period. The Pioneers have lost four straight.
"A team grows up when it comes to Maryland to play," said coach Tom Postel. "We knew it wouldn't be easy. We did stay on the field with these teams; we just didn't win. But we can become a better team as a result."
Syracuse is next for Post. Then, Postel notes, the Pioneers will have played five of the top eight teams in the country.