Loyola's 21-4 rout ends two-day offensive spree

March 07, 1994|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Sun Staff Writer

Loyola College's lacrosse team completed a weekend scoring binge yesterday at Curley Field when it routed Adelphi, 21-4.

Saturday the Greyhounds (2-0) beat Fairfield, 18-1, for a two-day aggregate of 39-5.

Senior attackman Sean Heffernan, formerly of Dulaney High and Essex Community College, had three goals and four assists for the winners. Against Fairfield, Heffernan had three goals and three assists.

Zach Thornton, All-America goalie for Loyola's soccer team last fall, widened a lot of eyes with his three goals.

Thornton, out of John Carroll High and Essex CC, is in his first year at Loyola. He's a speedy 6 feet 2, 210 pounds, and showed the ability to shoot hard and accurately.

Adelphi was never in the game, falling behind 1-0 after 49 seconds. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 6-0. At halftime it was 15-1.

Peter Friedman scored Adelphi's first goal 19:11 into the game.

The visitors from Long Island scored their other goals late in the game against Loyola substitutes.

"We were totally outclassed," said Adelphi coach Sandy Kapatos. "We're not as far along as I thought we were. I don't want to make excuses, but this was only our fifth day outside."

Kapatos saw something new in Loyola, No. 6 in the coaches' preseason poll, that future Greyhounds opponents -- starting with North Carolina on Saturday -- will have to contend with.

"In the past," said Kapatos, "Loyola had three guys who handled the ball and did all the scoring. Now they have nine to 12 players involved in all that. That's going to help them down the road.

"Plus, they used to stand around a lot. Now they're moving the ball. I'm very impressed by Loyola."

Twelve players scored for Loyola yesterday. Saturday, 13 Greyhounds scored.

Dave Cottle, Loyola's 12th-year coach, hopes Kapatos is correct about "down the road."

"I hope Sandy is right about this helping us later on," said Cottle. "I thought our kids played hard and hustled on ground balls.

"Zack Thornton took a giant step in this game. He's a great athlete. I think he's going to be a terrific player for us.

"Our defense is better. Our only question is: Can we score the way we'll have to against the top teams on our schedule?"

Thornton was heavily recruited coming out of Essex but chose Loyola for an obvious reason.

"I wanted to come to a school where I could play two sports in Division I," said Thornton. "I like lacrosse as much as I like soccer."

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