No. 1 Loyola uses late run to drop UMBC

April 15, 1994|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer

Get it over with.

That was the unspoken theme for Loyola yesterday. The Greyhounds raced to a 7-1 lead on UMBC in the 17th minute, saw it shrink to a goal twice in the second half, then pulled away for a 15-9 victory at Curley Field that preserved the No. 1 ranking they will take to the Carrier Dome on Tuesday.

If it hadn't done so in the second quarter, Loyola was thinking about its date with defending NCAA champion Syracuse when it got to the locker room for a post-game discussion. The talk followed a so-so effort by the Greyhounds, who were befuddled by the deliberate pace ordered by UMBC coach Don Zimmerman and a 5-0 run in the third quarter that revived the Retrievers.

"We have a very thin line for margin of victory," Loyola coach Dave Cottle said, "and it requires playing together. The 7-1 lead was fool's gold, because we didn't do things right to get there. There were some long faces in our locker room, because they didn't play as unselfishly as they have."

Feelings aside, Loyola is 8-0, matching the best start in school history. It beat North Carolina, Brown, Towson State and Hofstra by a total of nine goals, and when upstart UMBC (7-4) nearly pulled even, Cottle said the Greyhounds "were more mad than worried."

Jason Smith's 24th goal of the season, on a feed from Sam Walker, completed UMBC's 5-0 run that cut the Loyola lead to 8-7 with 2:41 left in the third quarter. Fifty-three seconds into the fourth quarter, Retriever freshman Greg Sabo beat Loyola goalie and former North County High teammate Tim McGeeney to bring UMBC within 9-8, but Loyola awoke and ran off four unanswered goals in a little more than five minutes.

Loyola got four goals from Kevin Lutz, whose check on Retrievers goalie Jamie Dickey with 6:38 left sent both out of the game, the former to the penalty box and the latter to the bench with a sore shoulder. Lutz has 15 goals on the season.

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