Loyola pulls away from Georgetown, 16-8

May 01, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

Dave Cottle said it would be close. The Loyola coach was right, for 15 minutes.

Georgetown inched to a 4-3 first-quarter lead, but Loyola stormed back to beat the Hoyas, 16-8, yesterday before 1,684 lacrosse fans at Curley Field.

The result raised two questions. Can No. 13 Georgetown (9-3) still make the 12-team NCAA tournament field if it defeats unranked Penn Saturday? Can No. 3 Loyola (10-1) still secure one of the four first-round byes if it loses its regular-season finale to Johns Hopkins?

After Loyola got three goals apiece from Brian Bacso, Derek Radebaugh and Zach Thornton, Cottle addressed both questions.

To the first one: "It would be hard for Georgetown to make the tournament now. They're a quality program, improving every year under [coach] Dave Urick, but . . ."

To the second: "Win or lose to Hopkins, we should get a bye. That would give us only two losses. We played a tough schedule."

Georgetown endured 20 straight losing seasons until Urick arrived, and it has now had five straight winners under him. The Hoyas, who have never reached the NCAA tournament, can set a school record by beating Penn for their 10th victory.

"That would put us on the bubble," Urick said. "It'll be interesting to see if the kids bounce back. This took the air out of their balloons."

After Loyola jumped to a 3-0 lead, Georgetown ran off four straight. The Hoyas didn't score for the next 17:25 and by then, early in the third quarter, Loyola had a 9-5 advantage.

"That took the wind out of our sails," said attackman Chris Remington, who paced Georgetown with three goals. "We kept fighting and gave it our all, but came up short."

Loyola won minus three regulars -- attackman Kevin Lutz, defenseman Jason Foley and midfielder Mark O'Brien, all with leg injuries. Foley sprained his ankle in the second quarter.

The Greyhounds barely missed a step.

"We must have used the zone 40 percent of the time in the second half," Cottle said. "Once we did that, they shot from farther and farther out after getting shots close in early. We used the zone more and more as they struggled."

Urick spoke of Loyola, which leads the series, 17-1, and has won 15 straight, in reverent tones. He called the 210-pound Thornton, the transfer from Essex Community College who had three goals, "a man who's coming into his own" and he referred to Loyola several times as a "really good team."

Give the Greyhounds an opening, he said, and they capitalize on it. They did that repeatedly yesterday.

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