Loyola romps in opener, 13-6 Heffernan scores 2 in win over Penn COLLEGE LACROSSE

March 07, 1993|By Marc Bouchard | Marc Bouchard,Contributing Writer

Sean Heffernan may not be as big as most Division I lacrosse players, but he played a large role in his first game for Loyola College yesterday.

Heffernan, a 5-foot-6, 155-pound junior transfer from Essex Community College, scored two goals and had two assists to help the No. 6 Greyhounds beat Pennsylvania, 13-6, at Curley Field in the season opener for both teams.

"It was a lot of fun," said Heffernan. "Being a 5-6 guy, I thank [Loyola] coach [Dave] Cottle for recruiting me and giving me a chance."

Heffernan, a former standout at Dulaney High, instantly teamed with fellow attackman Kevin Beach (Mount St. Joseph).

The pair combined on three goals, including a second-quarter score that began a string of 10 unanswered goals for the #F Greyhounds.

"We work pretty well together," said Heffernan. "It seems like we have a good chemistry going."

With Penn leading 3-2, Heffernan found Beach alone in front of the goal, and the senior beat stunned Penn goalie Jeffrey Hirsch to tie the game.

"It's a big jump from Essex to Loyola," said Beach. "But Sean is improving all the time, and I think he gives our attack a real boost."

It was the first of three goals Loyola scored in a 34-second span that saw them take a 5-3 lead with 12:21 left in the second quarter.

The Greyhounds led 7-3 at halftime, and midfielder Andy Martin's goal with 11:20 left in the game gave Loyola its biggest advantage at 12-3.

The Loyola defense stumbled early, allowing Penn a one-goal lead after the first quarter, but tightened for the remainder of the game, holding Penn scoreless for a span of 36:42.

The Greyhounds' penalty killing crew was excellent, allowing the Quakers just two goals in seven extra-man opportunities.

"We hustled and we played hard," said Cottle. "It's very early, but I thought it was a good effort from us."

Beach finished with a game-high four goals and added two assists. Martin, also a transfer from Essex, added three goals for Loyola, including a spectacular fourth-quarter score in which the junior managed to get off a hard, high shot with his back to the goal while being hit by two defenders.

Ryan Taylor and Vern Briggs each scored two goals for Penn.

The Greyhounds outshot Penn, 36-21, and won 13 of 21 faceoffs.

"[Loyola] is a very well-coached team," said Penn coach G. W. Mix. "They have some good athletes and they play well together."

Loyola will visit No. 3 North Carolina Saturday at 2 p.m.

"That'll be a great game for us," said Cottle. "We'll find out just how far we have to go."

Penn 3 0 0 3 -- 6

Loyola 2 5 3 3 -- 13

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