Loyola holds breath for breather Hofstra COLLEGE LACROSSE

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

When Loyola added a road game against Hofstra to its schedule before the season, Greyhounds coach Dave Cottle thought it would be a nice break for his team after consecutive games against North Carolina, Syracuse, Brown and Towson State.

Instead, Cottle sees Hofstra (4-1) as a tough opponent that could wind up in the NCAA tournament.

Hofstra, whose only loss this year is to Notre Dame in overtime of the season opener, soundly beat Massachusetts and Harvard last weekend.

"We've got our hands full," said Cottle. "I'm not sure how well we match up with them. They're quick, they hustle on ground balls and right now they believe in themselves.

"They have the potential and schedule to be a playoff team."

Upon further review . . .

Towson State coach Carl Runk wants to set the record straight: the officials made the right call on a crucial play in Saturday's 12-8 loss to Loyola.

With Towson trailing Loyola, 9-6, the Tigers scored a goal that was nullified by a penalty for too many men on the field.

"If you watch the films, you'll see that the official made the right call," said Runk. "I questioned the call at the time, but I was wrong. We did have too many men on the field."

Blue Jays still missing Piccola

Johns Hopkins senior attackman Brian Piccola sat out his fourth straight game Saturday with cracked ribs and is doubtful for the Blue Jays' game against Army this Saturday.

"I can't even remember what he plays like," joked Hopkins coach Tony Seaman. "It changes everything without him in there."

Seaman, however, would not use Piccola's absence as an excuse for Saturday's 14-9 loss to top-ranked North Carolina.

"We had done a real nice job of overcoming his absence until Saturday," said Seaman. "But believe me, that wasn't the reason we lost that game. Brian Piccola didn't make any turnovers against Carolina."

The Blue Jays commited 31 turnovers and lost 62 of 128 ground balls in their loss to the Tar Heels.

Seaman won't rush Piccola back into the staring lineup, especially against a team like Army, which Hopkins plays Saturday.

"That's not a good team for him to start back up against," said Seaman. "Those guys really hit."

Tough stretch for UMBC

Because of Saturday's postponement of the UMBC-Penn State game, the Retrievers will be forced to play eight games in the remaining 32 days of the season.

The Penn State game, which is tentatively rescheduled for April 28, was UMBC's second postponement of the year.

The Retrievers will play consecutive games in Philadelphia (against Villanova today and Drexel Saturday) before home games against Loyola, Mount St. Mary's, Towson State and Penn State.

UMBC finishes its season with road games at Virginia and Maryland.

Making the stretch even tougher for the Retrievers is that senior defenseman Grady Marshall and junior midfielder Vince Lacey are both lost for the season with knee injuries.

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