Surprising Greyhounds jump to No. 3

March 21, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

Loyola, the most surprising team in Division I, has landed at No. 3 in the latest rankings, just eight points shy of No. 2 Johns Hopkins.

The Greyhounds (4-0), who lost half of their goal-scoring production to graduation, have totaled four more goals than last year at this point and have quality wins over North Carolina (14-12) and Rutgers (17-6).

"We had a lot of questions, and still do," Loyola coach Dave Cottle said. "I knew we would be strong defensively, but didn't know where our scoring would come from."

In all four victories, at least eight players have shared in the scoring, which can be positive and negative.

"The strength is that you don't know who to defend on our team, and we don't need to set up plays," Cottle said. "But if we aren't scoring, we don't know who to go to.

"We just hope it continues. We are just excited to be 4-0."

A canceled series

Syracuse coach Roy Simmons Jr. said his players did celebrate after scoring some big goals in a 17-10 win over North Carolina on March 5, but it wasn't excessive enough for Tar Heels coach Dave Klarmann to cancel the series.

"We didn't celebrate any more after a goal than they did," said Simmons. "There was a lot of emotion in that game, very intense and it was [then-Nos.] 1-2 played before 11,000 at our place."

Klarmann said last week that the main reason for the cancellation was economics, but Simmons said he thinks Klarmann resented Syracuse's celebration.

"Dave felt our kids were overzealous in their celebrating, but there were no expulsions, no fights and no unsportsmanlike conduct penalties," Simmons said. "We reviewed the films and checked with an official, and we just didn't see the problems.

"We don't condone the 'Ickey Shuffle' or a get-in-your-face attitude after a goal, but we do encourage our kids to have fun," he said.

"I tried to talk to Dave after the game, but he was hard to approach at that point. I haven't talked to him since, but I hope he reconsiders."

Road warriors

No. 6 Towson State (3-0) and No. 7 Maryland (3-1) were the biggest movers in this week's poll, each rising six places.

The Tigers, who finished No. 16 last year, won their third straight road game, 15-13 over Penn State. Senior attackman David Quinn scored seven goals and added two assists in a game moved because of snow to the indoor football facility.

"It's a great facility for football, but it was tough to see the ball," said Towson coach Carl Runk, referring to the tan backdrop and insufficient lighting. "It was the largest field I've ever seen. The goals must have been 100 to 90 yards apart instead of 80, but we were able to adjust."

Towson is not really looking forward to returning home Saturday, bTC when it plays host to No. 4 Syracuse, whose nation-high 13-game winning streak was broken and its top ranking stripped in a 19-14 loss to Johns Hopkins on Saturday.

"It's great to see Hopkins get the win, but they sure stirred up the hornets' nest for us," Runk said. "They didn't do us any favors. Syracuse is going to come down really up for us, you can believe that.

"Hopefully they will bounce back in two weeks instead of one."

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