Hopkins' Jacobs faces up to faceoffs

April 20, 1994|By Doug Brown and Katherine Dunn | Doug Brown and Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writers

What was an area of concern for Johns Hopkins entering the season has developed into a strength.

With the departure of Steve Vecchione, who handled faceoffs for four years, coach Tony Seaman found a successor in Peter Jacobs, a 6-foot-5 junior midfielder from Manhasset, N.Y.

Jacobs has won 63 percent of his faceoffs, including 11 of 19 in last week's win over Maryland in which he also collected 15 ground balls and three goals.

"He's been a force," Seaman said. "There's no one yet he hasn't dominated."

No. 6 Hopkins will play Friday (8 p.m.) at No. 11 Navy, which acquitted itself admirably on faceoffs in upsetting Towson State last week.

"There's no team in the country better on faceoffs than Towson, yet Navy got 50 percent," Seaman said. "That's alarming."

Navy has dropped 18 straight to Hopkins, last winning in 1974 when Bob Scott was in his final year as coach and the Blue Jays won the NCAA championship.

All local youth lacrosse players wearing team jerseys will be admitted free to Friday's game. Coaches must call (410) 263-0833 to register.

Hopkins women undefeated

No. 1 Loyola isn't the only Baltimore college with an undefeated women's lacrosse team.

The Johns Hopkins women's team is ranked No. 4 in Division III and pushing for an NCAA tournament berth. With last night's 19-3 rout of Haverford, the Blue Jays are 11-0.

"I have seven seniors who set 15-0 as a [regular-season] goal," said Blue Jays coach Janine Tucker.

Those seniors -- Becca Savage (Centennial), Sonia Dickson, Maren Olsen, Sarah Appleman, Nancy Lentz, Beth Cariello and Lisa Hensley -- lead the Blue Jays against three Centennial Conference foes in the next week.

If they remain unbeaten in the conference, Tucker said, the Blue Jays should earn a bid to the eight-team NCAA tournament.

No. 1 vs. No. 2?

Tuesday's game between the Loyola and Maryland women is shaping up as a 1 vs. 2 showdown.

For the second week in a row, the Greyhounds are top-ranked, with the Terrapins No. 2. Regardless of the rankings, both teams have plenty to gain. Loyola is looking for its first victory over the Terrapins in their 12-year rivalry. Also on the line could be a bye in the opening round of the six-team NCAA tournament.

Loyola plays host to No. 4 Virginia tomorrow (3 p.m.) while the Terrapins face No. 6 William and Mary today and No. 14 Penn on Saturday.

UMBC rookies deliver

Three freshmen -- John McDonnell, Greg Sabo and Matt Shearer -- have combined for 44 goals, more than 30 percent of UMBC's scoring.

McDonnell has eight points in his past two games and has the team's best faceoff percentage (56.7). Sabo has at least one goal in his past nine games and Shearer has 12 goals in three games since returning from a separated shoulder.

All-conference stars

Loyola's Tara Kramer is the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year. A senior who missed most of last season with a knee injury, Kramer scored her 100th career goal in last Wednesday's conference victory over American. The 14th Loyola player to go over 100, Kramer now has 105.

Six Greyhounds earned CAA All-Conference honors: Kramer, Tricia Grant, Erika Mawhorr (Severna Park), Gina Roberts (Severna Park) and Linda Ohrin (Mount Hebron) made first team and Monica DiCandilo the second team.

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