Towson State coach Carl Runk wanted no part of those "phonies" dispensing and receiving Academy Awards. While his wife was glued to the TV set Monday night, Runk studied an old Loyola-Towson game film in another room.
It was a revelation. Kevin Beach was a freshman then, tall and lanky and hardly intimidating. Now a 6-foot-5, 220-pound senior attackman, Beach leads Loyola with 16 goals.
"What struck me, after seeing him this year, is that Kevin has grown from a young person into a man," said Runk, whose No. 12 Tigers will play at No. 6 Loyola on Saturday. "He's the type who provides senior leadership. What he does brushes off on the team."
Runk is pleased the Syracuse game (a 15-8 loss) is behind him because it seemed like "they didn't have a midfielder who shot below 85 miles an hour while we only have one above 85." More important, Towson can't commit 28 turnovers, as it did at Syracuse, and expect to beat Loyola.
Runk is deliberating whether to start junior Tim Colt or freshman Brian Whalen in goal. Colt has had good moments, but not against Syracuse, leaving in the second quarter with Towson behind 10-3. Whalen gave up five goals and had 18 saves the rest of the way.
A number of things about Towson concern Loyola coach Dave Cottle. The Tigers' athleticism, and their hustle and intensity and "big, strong faceoff people." Cottle said he admires the way Runk, in his 26th season, continues to adjust to the talent at his disposal.
Va.'s Pehlke has Terps thinking
When you think about Virginia, you think first about Kevin Pehlke, according to Maryland coach Dick Edell. Pehlke, a senior attackman, became Virginia's career goals leader with 118 after scoring two in last week's loss to Johns Hopkins.
"It requires a total team defensive effort to contain him," said Edell, whose Terps (1-2) will travel to Virginia Saturday.
The Terps' problem? Part of the answer is that Rob Chomo and Danny Reading, who combined for 34 goals last season, have a total of three in three games.
Army to play at Navy
At Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, it'll be No. 9 Army vs. No. 8 Navy. Since dropping five straight to Navy, the Cadets have won the past two, including an 11-10 double-overtime thriller in 1991.
Matt Pawlikowski, Navy's top returning scorer, had only two goals and two assists in the first three games, but has had seven and four in the past two.
Hopkins' Piccola probable
Brian Piccola, who led Johns Hopkins in points last year, is probable for Saturday's game at No. 1 North Carolina after missing two games with a broken rib.
"They're No. 1. They're old, with a lot of seniors who all play. They have the best weather. And there's nothing they like better than beating Johns Hopkins," said Hopkins coach Tony Seaman.
UMBC takes aim at Penn State
UMBC's rout of Virginia Military Institute after a fruitless Midwest trip prompts coach Dick Watts to say the Retrievers appear to be "on the way back."
Penn State is next. After winning three of the first four meetings against Penn State, UMBC has lost six straight by a combined total of nine goals.