Carolina to pull out of Syracuse series

March 14, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer Staff writer Paul McMullen contributed to this article.

The North Carolina-Syracuse rivalry, one of the most intense in college lacrosse, is finished, Tar Heels coach Dave Klarmann said Saturday.

Klarmann, whose Tar Heels lost at Loyola on Saturday, 14-12, was asked afterward about scheduling Syracuse again. "I don't think so," he said. "It's a very expensive trip."

Asked if economics was the sole reason, Klarmann said, "That's one of the reasons, but I won't be going back."

On March 5 at Syracuse, the top-ranked Orangemen scored seven of the last eight goals to drop North Carolina, 17-10. In that final period, the Orangemen celebrated their scoring streak by throwing their sticks up in the air after each goal.

Syracuse coach Roy Simmons, whose team beat Yale, 12-7, in Vero Beach, Fla., on Friday, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

North Carolina has lost six of 10 in the Syracuse series, which has been played annually since 1985.

Syracuse (2-0) has won 13 straight games, the longest winning streak in the nation. The defending champion Orangemen play at No. 4 Johns Hopkins (2-1) Saturday at 2 p.m.

North Carolina (0-2) plays host to Army tomorrow before facing No. 3 Princeton in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday. The Tar Heels have not lost their first three games to start the season since 1964.

Quick return to form

Loyola junior Tim McGeeney did not look like a goalkeeper who faced his first shot two weeks ago after a month layoff. McGeeney saved a game-high 20 shots in the No. 6 Greyhounds' upset of North Carolina.

McGeeney fractured his left clavicle in practice on Feb. 2, and did not return to action until Feb. 28 for Loyola (3-0).

"The trainer rigged up a pad for me," McGeeney said. "Warming up for Fairfield [a week ago], I got hit on the shoulder but had no ill effects."

It was the second time he fractured his collarbone in five years; both times it occurred at Curley Field.

Before his junior year at North County, McGeeney separated his clavicle at the Loyola lacrosse camp.

The Dixon challenge

Lindsay Dixon, the former Towson State All-American who now plays for the Thunder, goes by a different title on Saturday afternoons -- Dudley's brother. Dudley Dixon, a Towson State freshman attackman from Severn, has led the Tigers offensively in his first two collegiate games and has eight goals and three assists.

"I love it when people call me that," said Lindsay Dixon, who had only 14 goals and seven assists during his freshman season. "In all the articles that have been written about him, they mention me. So he loves it too when people call me 'Dudley's brother.' "

Dudley Dixon, who scored four goals and had two assists in Towson State's 14-7 win over Maryland on Saturday, calls following his All-American brother a challenge.

"I think being his brother makes me better," said Dudley Dixon, who is two inches shorter and 20 pounds lighter than his older brother.

Upsetting Sea Gulls

Salisbury State, ranked No. 3 in Division III, seems primed for the postseason. For the second straight week, the Sea Gulls beat a nationally ranked opponent by a goal.

Salisbury State, which defeated No. 8 Roanoke, 14-13, two weeks ago, edged No. 4 Ohio Wesleyan, 11-10, on Saturday.

Ohio Wesleyan fell to Hobart in last year's Division III finals after leading the Statesmen 5-0 early.

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