Beach's 4 goals help Loyola top Towson, 12-8

April 04, 1993|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

It was an hour before the game when Loyola coach Dave Cottle abruptly left the locker room.

"Set some goals," he said, directing the remark to the seniors.

Since Loyola had surrendered 43 goals in the previous three games and allowed Brown to leap to a 7-1 lead the week before, the seniors thought it would be wise to tighten the defense.

"We wanted to hold Towson State to eight goals," senior defenseman Barker Harrison said. "We wanted to win ground balls, control the tempo, communicate with each other and get on the same page and be ready to play at the whistle."

Judging by what they did to Towson State yesterday, the Greyhounds accomplished all of the above. Kevin Beach unleashed a four-goal salvo as No. 6 Loyola (3-2) defeated Towson State, 12-8, before 3,063 at Curley Field.

In addition to holding Towson (2-2) to eight goals, Loyola won the ground-ball battle, 62-38, and had a 3-2 lead after one quarter.

Loyola defenseman Jason Foley had a hand in slowing Towson's offense. Guarding Joe Genovese, who had six goals and 10 assists in the first three games, Foley restricted the Tigers' senior attackman to a goal and two assists.

"I tried to feel him out early," Foley said. "I saw he liked to drive right and shoot. He's a quick player."

Said Cottle: "We knew we needed to control Genovese. Foley watched some film and said he thought he could handle him."

The game wasn't as close as recent meeting have been. The teams' previous eight games were decided by a total of 18 goals, and four were decided by one goal.

"We felt we had to get into double digits," Cottle said. "In the 11 years I've been here, every time we get in double digits against Towson, we win."

After falling behind 4-3 early in the second quarter, Loyola ran off four straight goals for a 7-5 halftime advantage. Sean Heffernan, a 5-foot-6 attackman, scored the first two in the string and Beach fired in his second of the game.

"That run gave them the lead and some momentum," Towson State coach Carl Runk said.

Runk assigned Jason Scarborough, a 206-pound senior, to the 6-5 Beach. Beach, Loyola's leading scorer with 20 goals, remembers well his encounter with Scarborough last season.

"I got an assist or two, but no goals," Beach said. "When someone does that to you, you get ready mentally the next time. I tried to draw the double team and let our other attackmen finish the play."

Fellow attackmen Pat Ervin, Derek Radebaugh and Heffernan each scored two goals. Cottle noted that 10 of the 12 goals were produced by the attack. He liked that.

TTC With Loyola ahead 9-6 in the third quarter, the Tigers hurt themselves when a goal was disallowed because they had too many men on the field.

"That takes the hump out of you," Runk said. "But you've got to be adult enough to bounce back."

Cottle charitably pointed out that a new NCAA rule worked against Towson in that instance. A visiting team can have only three coaches on the sidelines to the home team's four, the idea being to reduce travel costs. The fourth coach can concentrate on substitutions.

"The rule is totally unfair," Cottle said.

Runk lamented Towson's lack of "full-field work" because of its muddy practice field and said that was underscored by the Tigers' inability to run with the Greyhounds on Curley's artificial turf.

"We've been restricted in practices and that sure showed," he said.

Simply playing at Loyola is a handicap for most opponents. The Greyhounds are 33-5 at Curley since 1988 -- 30-3 in the regular season.

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