Broken thumb puts Riordan on Hopkins lengthy injured list

April 14, 1994|By Doug Brown and Katherine Dunn

Terry Riordan, Johns Hopkins' leading goal scorer with 26, will miss Saturday's game against Maryland with a broken thumb. He is, according to coach Tony Seaman, out indefinitely.

Starting midfielder Milford Marchant, who, like Riordan, got hurt last week against Army, will miss the game with a separated shoulder. The loss before the season of top defenseman Dan Evans with a major knee injury leaves Hopkins minus three key players.

Is this crippling? "Riordan was the possible Player of the Year," Seaman said, noting that Casey Gordon might be moved from midfield to attack to replace Riordan. "Not many teams can lose three stars and not have it affect them."

Schedule helps Loyola women

Loyola women's coach Diane Aikens beefed up her schedule this season hoping to boost the Greyhounds into the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1990. Success on that tough road brought the first No. 1 ranking for a Loyola women's sports team.

The Greyhounds (12-0) bounced back from an early four-goal deficit Saturday to edge No. 5 Harvard, 11-10, and knock Maryland out of the top spot. The Terps (6-0) are No. 2.

Loyola has beaten seven current Top 15 teams, including four of the top nine. The Greyhounds have regular-season games left vs. No. 4 Virginia (April 21) and the Terrapins (April 26).

Maryland (6-0) has beaten five Top 15 teams, including two in the Top 10. All six of the Terps' remaining opponents are in the top 14.

Loyola's top ranking also means that for the first time in the history of the lacrosse polls, the men's and women's teams from the same school are No. 1 at the same time.

Loyola's men (7-0) advanced to No. 1 with their win over Hofstra coupled with former No. 1 Princeton's loss to Brown.

Nasty stretch for Navy

Navy coach Bryan Matthews calls it a "huge week." Make it a huge 10 days. The No. 12 Mids face No. 7 Towson State Saturday and No. 6 Hopkins April 22.

Navy is 3-1 against Towson after a 12-2 victory in 1992 that was Towson's worst offensive performance in 25 years. Not since 1968, coach Carl Runk's first year, had the Tigers scored only two goals. Saturday's game, like the one in 1992, will be on Navy's artificial turf field.

"We always struggle at Navy on turf," Runk said. "I'd like to play the game on grass at their stadium."

Princeton's best

Jenny Bristow (Roland Park) was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week after leading No. 3 Princeton to victories over No. 15 Temple (16-8) and unranked Brown (17-3).

The senior All-America midfielder scored three goals and had two assists in Saturday's win at Brown. She leads the defending Ivy League co-champ Tigers (7-0) in scoring with 23 points, including 12 goals.

Playing the numbers

If you say to UMBC coach Don Zimmerman, "one, seven, two and eight," he knows exactly what you mean. Those are the rankings of the teams remaining on unranked UMBC's schedule -- Loyola, Towson State, Virginia and Maryland.

"There's no doubt we're the underdog in all four games," said Zimmerman, whose team plays at Loyola today. "This could be a successful stretch, or devastating or somewhere in between."

Tigers get first win

Bridget Drake (Mount Hebron) scored seven goals to lead Towson State past Drexel, 15-2, Saturday for the Tigers' first win of the season. Through that game, the senior attack player led the Tigers in scoring with 15 goals and eight assists.

On the honor roll

Johns Hopkins senior Sonia Dickson was named to the Centennial Conference Honor Roll for getting seven goals and an assist in two conference games last week.

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