Loyola sees win over Georgetown as step toward tournament bye

April 27, 1994|By Doug Brown and Katherine Dunn | Doug Brown and Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writers

When Loyola and Georgetown meet Saturday at the Greyhounds' Curley Field, each will have a different NCAA tournament objective.

No. 3 Loyola (9-1) needs a win to ensure a first-round bye as one of the four top-seeded teams. No. 13 Georgetown (8-2) needs a win to remain under consideration for a spot in the 12-team tournament.

"We want that bye," Loyola coach Dave Cottle said. "Then you only need one win to get to the Final Four."

Although the Greyhounds rebounded from their 16-10 loss last week to Syracuse with a victory over Delaware, they're trying to benefit from the unsettling experience in the Orange's Carrier Dome. They made 10 of 52 shots, trimming their season's shooting percentage from 38 to 34.

"We've got to shoot harder and smarter," Cottle said. "We shot to the wrong spots and not hard enough. In practice now, we've been charting our shots, what part of the goal they go in, to determine the areas of most success."

Tough on Tigers

Johns Hopkins' Terry Riordan and Brian Piccola deal misery to most teams, but they're particularly hard on Towson State. Piccola, a senior, has scored 12 career goals against the Tigers, and Riordan, a junior, has 11.

They combined for eight goals in last year's win that raised Hopkins' lead in the series to 17-2. Six of the past seven meetings have been decided by three or fewer goals. The No. 10 Tigers will visit No. 6 Hopkins Saturday.

"I hope [they] don't bust out against us," Towson coach Carl Runk said. "They have so much talent -- I don't know how you play Johns Hopkins."

Zimmerman scouts Virginia

UMBC coach Don Zimmerman scouted last weekend's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlottesville, Va., to study the Retrievers' last two opponents, Virginia Saturday in the homecoming game and Maryland May 6. He returned shaking his head in wonder after No. 5 North Carolina routed No. 4 Virginia, 15-7, in the final.

"I thought this would be the year for Virginia," Zimmerman said. "Carolina learned a good lesson in the semifinal, winning ugly over Maryland, and it carried over against Virginia."

And then there was one

Only one Baltimore college lacrosse team remains unbeaten -- the Johns Hopkins women.

Janine Tucker's Blue Jays edged Swarthmore, 9-8, Saturday to run their record to 12-0. They remain ranked No. 4 in Division III.

The Blue Jays travel to Western Maryland this afternoon for a matchup that should decide the Centennial Conference championship.

Last week, Rebecca Savage (Centennial) had 12 goals and two assists in wins over Swarthmore and Haverford (19-3). She is fourth in the Centennial Conference with 62 points, including 54 goals.

In third place is teammate Jen Ward with 68 points, including 48 goals.

Western Maryland is led by Denise Sarver (Fallston) with 58 points, including 47 goals. She is seventh on the conference scoring list.

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