Loyola's Beach, bruised, not broken, to return

April 28, 1993|By Marc Bouchard | Marc Bouchard,Contributing Writer

The Loyola lacrosse team breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday when it learned that senior attackman Kevin Beach will be able to play again for the Greyhounds.

Beach, who sat out the second half of Loyola's win over Delaware Saturday, was believed to have fractured a rib in the closing seconds of Wednesday's loss to Johns Hopkins.

A bone scan at Children's Hospital on Monday, however, revealed that Beach's ribs are only bruised.

"When I got the news, I was quite happy, to say the least," said Beach, a graduate of Mount St. Joseph. "It would have really upset me to end my senior season like that."

Beach, who leads No. 7 Loyola with 30 goals and 12 assists, will play sparringly today at C. W. Post and Saturday against Adelphi.

"It's the first good news we've had in a while," said Loyola coach Dave Cottle. "Kevin's pretty excited about the opportunity [to play again]. Now he's just got to deal with the pain."

Beach scored the 99th goal of his career in the first half of the Delaware game to move into fifth place on the Greyhounds' career scoring list. He was given the John R. Mohler award as Loyola's top senior male student-athlete at a ceremony Monday night.

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