Loyola's big 2nd half halts Del., 16-12

April 25, 1994|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Sun Staff Writer

NEWARK, Del. -- A week ago, Tony Seaman predicted that Delaware would be the toughest game of the season for Loyola College, then ranked No. 1 in the nation.

"Loyola's playing at Syracuse tonight," the Johns Hopkins coach said at that time, "and there's not a kid on the Loyola team who's given a minute's thought to Delaware."

At halftime yesterday at Delaware Stadium, Seaman looked like a prophet.

Loyola's lead was only one goal and Delaware had scored five of the game's previous six goals.

But Loyola went to work right away in the third period, scoring four straight and two of the next three.

Delaware (7-4) -- whose No. 13 ranking last week was the school's highest since 1986 -- scored the game's final three goals, leaving Loyola with a 16-12 victory.

"We played well when we had to," said Loyola coach Dave Cottle. "Delaware is a good team. They have four good attackmen who could play for us. They could be a playoff team.

"We're happy to get out of here with a win. If you'd told me before the season we'd be 9-1 after 10 games I would have said you were crazy."

Zach Thornton, a junior midfielder out of John Carroll High, scored a career-high five goals for Loyola.

Thornton was presented with the third Milt Roberts Award as the game's outstanding player. The award is given in memory of the player who led Hopkins to the 1941 national title and later spread lacrosse to the state of Delaware.

Thornton, 6 feet 2, 210 pounds, a first-team All-American in soccer for Loyola, is, in Cottle's words, "emerging as a dominant player."

"I'm getting to know the system better," said Thornton, who played at Essex Community College before coming to Evergreen this year. "I'm able to recognize scoring opportunities better and capitalize on them."

Behind 6-1, Delaware's Tom Stamos dodged to within 8 yards of the goal and scored the first of his four goals. In quick order, Delaware got goals from Brad Glowaki, Thad Boyce and Ryan Kelly. With 6:02 left in the half, Delaware trailed, 6-5.

Loyola's Del Halladay and Delaware's Jason DeCarlo traded goals before halftime.

The Loyola four-goal barrage starting the second half was capped by senior attackman Sean Heffernan, who wormed his way through a crowd to get off his shot.

Delaware coach Bob Shillinglaw said: "We played hard and we played well. Loyola has a nice team. I was disappointed that we had that lapse in the third quarter after playing so well to get up to 7-6 at half."

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