Hopkins' dynamic scoring duo

March 23, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

Ask Tony Seaman why Terry Riordan is gathering goals in bunches and the Johns Hopkins coach answers in staccato fashion.

"Well, he's 6-5, 215 and works in the weight room three days a week," Seaman said. "Shoots from behind his head. Mature. Good shot selection. Has more goals on fewer shots than at this time last season."

Riordan, a junior with a team-high 21 goals, and senior Brian Piccola (13) are one of the most prolific attack duos in Hopkins history. After scoring six in the upset of Syracuse, Riordan is No. 5 on the school goals list with 105.

He and Piccola are recording goals and assists at a pace that should put them among Hopkins' top 10 in career points this year. They have produced 34 of No. 2 Hopkins' 62 goals.

"Riordan and Piccola are willing to get hit," said Seaman, whose 3-1 Blue Jays travel to No. 5 Virginia Saturday. "To be a great attackman, you have to get close and be prepared to get smacked."

Brown has Loyola's number

When Dave Cottle says Loyola "hasn't had a lot of success against Brown," the Greyhounds coach is telling it like it is.

No. 3 Loyola, which will visit No. 11 Brown Saturday, is 1-5 against the Bears, winning only in 1992. Brown won last year, 13-12 at Curley Field.

"We have no excuse," Cottle said. "They've had good teams play us hard. I am more comfortable going into the game this time because we've seen them against two quality opponents, Duke and Hofstra. There wasn't much to go on the previous time when we saw them against Providence and Boston College."

Fried, Gait helping women

Johns Hopkins women's coach Janine Tucker has enlisted the aid of former UMBC star Ricky Fried. He and ex-Syracuse great Gary Gait (helping at Maryland) are among the few men coaching women's teams.

"There are a lot of things the women can take from the men's game," said Tucker, whose team is 3-0. "Ricky is tough and innovative. Women appreciate that. They want to be driven. We're teaching them a lot."

A lot to like

There was nothing coach Diane Aikens didn't like in the win over Towson State that raised Loyola's women's record to 3-0. The score, 21-4, was particularly pleasing.

"We got all 26 people in the game, including the three goalies," Aikens said. "Eleven people scored. Everyone touched the ball and handled it well."

Goers impresses Runk

Coach Carl Runk is surprised by the variety of things junior Mark Goers is doing for Towson.

A faceoff specialist who had only two goals and an assist in 11 games last year as a sophomore, Goers is still winning faceoffs (81.8 percent), and scoring, as well. The 235-pound midfielder is fourth on the team with eight points (six goals, two assists) and No. 1 in ground balls (39).

"I'm amazed at all that power going up and down the field so fast," said Runk, whose No. 6 Tigers play No. 4 Syracuse Saturday. "He does a lot of things for us."

Backup faceoff man Tim Lucky, who missed last week's victory over Penn State with an injured shoulder, will wear a football quarterback's pads against Syracuse.

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