Loyola's Heffernan does drumsticks, too

March 28, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

Loyola attackman Sean Heffernan doesn't just march to the beat of a different drummer -- he is one.

Not only is Heffernan quarterbacking the offense of the No. 2-ranked Greyhounds, but he also is a free-lancing drummer for progressive rock bands.

"I don't have time to play for one band like I used to, because of lacrosse and schoolwork," said Heffernan, a Dulaney graduate, who has played in several bands in the past two years. "It's something now that I do to get out my aggressions."

Loyola coach Dave Cottle has a different perspective on Heffernan's pressure-relieving activity, after seeing him perform last year.

"Sean is a little different in his ways," Cottle said. "Anything he does has to be crazy."

Heffernan had five assists in a 12-9 win at Brown, which raises his area-best total to 20. He is on pace to break the school's zTC single-season assist mark of 45 held by Gary Hanley.

Because of his size -- 5 feet 6 -- Heffernan has been compared to former Greyhounds standout Mike Ruland (1986-89), a 5-8 attackman who is third on the school's all-time assist list with 182.

"We are both under 5-8, and people like to group us together," Heffernan said. "And I guess we do have the same style. We have to use our size to an advantage, and learn to get rid of the ball quicker to find the open man."

Bacigalupo sets save mark

Princeton senior goalkeeper Scott Bacigalupo (St. Paul's) became the school's all-time saves leader with his fourth of nine stops in the top-ranked Tigers' 15-5 win over Rutgers Saturday. He has 616 career saves, breaking Kevin Gray's 17-year-old record of 610.

Facing 22 shots, Bacigalupo allowed three goals in 51 minutes.

"What the record means to me is that for the past four years, I've had an incredible defense in front of me that has given me easy shots to save," said Bacigalupo, who has a 41-7 record as a starter.

He is the leading candidate to win the C. M. Kelly Jr. Award for the nation's top goaltender for the third straight year. Only Mike Federico, a Johns Hopkins goalie from 1978-80, has won it three times in a row.

Golden Retrievers

UMBC is getting accustomed to the winning influence of first-year coach Don Zimmerman, whose Johns Hopkins teams won three national titles and averaged just over two losses a season. The Retrievers (5-2) have won four of their past five and could match their win total of last year with a victory at Penn State (3-3) on Saturday.

If it wins, UMBC would be off to its second-best start in the past 12 seasons. It also would be only the sixth time in the program's 24-year history that the Retrievers would have a 6-2 record or better.

Towson, Loyola close neighbors

The matchup between No. 7 Towson State (3-1) and Loyola at Minnegan Stadium on Saturday should continue a trend. In their past 11 meetings, the margin of victory has been less than six goals, including four one-goal and two two-goal contests.

It is also the fourth time in six years that the teams will have a combined one loss heading into the game. The Tigers' three-game win streak ended in a 17-16 overtime loss to Syracuse.

"We were counting on this game as being big, but it's especially important after hearing the Syracuse score," Heffernan said. "It should be a typical game in the rivalry."

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