Coaches of Loyola, UNC get high marks, rankings

May 02, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

Earlier this season, Loyola and North Carolina did not look like two of the top four teams in the nation. But they are in that position entering the final week of the regular season because of their coaches.

Loyola coach Dave Cottle and North Carolina coach Dave Klarmann have their teams primed for one of the four first-round NCAA tournament byes.

In his 12th season at Loyola, Cottle has turned the Greyhounds, who were picked in the preseason to battle for one of the last playoff spots, and not expected to be in the title hunt, into one of the most consistent teams in the nation.

The largest predicament for Cottle was the play of his offense.

No. 3 Loyola, which lost three players to graduation who had accounted for more than 50 percent of the team's goals last season, has adjusted to a more balanced offense and is scoring more goals than last season.

"This is Dave's best coaching job," said UMBC coach Don Zimmerman, who was a Loyola assistant the previous three years. "I think Dave has gotten a second wind. He seems rejuvenated by the challenge of not having a dominant player."

Klarmann has had to make the biggest adjustment in his coaching career. Klarmann, whose past offenses showcased sprinting midfielders, opted for a slower-paced set offense.

"I never thought I would see the day that North Carolina would run the turtle offense," Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. "In the past, they were more arrogant, shooting anytime. This year, they value each possession a little more."

Shaky ground

The Mount St. Mary's athletic department has some choices to make with its men's lacrosse program. The Mountaineers, the only Division I school in the state with a losing record, has an 11-28 record over the past three seasons and does not seem to

be improving.

One problem is that Mount St. Mary's has only one full scholarship. Another problem is that the school has had two coaching changes in three years.

"The college is at at critical point right now," said A. J. Russo, who returned as coach after a two-year absence, when Dan Whelan resigned to become a full-time assistant at Hobart last year. "The athletic department is looking at its structure, especially men's lacrosse. We are just playing it day by day."

Russo, who is a full-time science professor at the college, said he believes that the program could turn around as quickly as Georgetown has. The Hoyas, five years ago, couldn't manage a winning record. They are now ranked No. 12 in the country.

"[Georgetown coach] Dave Urick showed that it can be done and not with just more scholarships," Russo said. "He has gotten the whole area involved in Georgetown lacrosse and added stability. We need to do the same thing here."


The top 20 teams in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division I coaches' poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Saturday and total points:

No. School Record Pts

1. Syracuse (7) 11-1 215

2. Princeton (3) 10-1 209

3. Loyola (1) 10-1 202

4. North Carolina 9-4 180

5. Virginia 10-3 179

6. Johns Hopkins 8-3 168

7. Duke 9-4 145

(tie) Brown 9-4 145

9. Maryland 6-5 136

10. Towson State 6-4 117

11. Navy 7-5 116

12. Georgetown 9-3 88

13. Massachusetts 9-3 86

14. Notre Dame 10-1 71

15. Delaware 8-5 60

(tie) Yale 8-6 60

17. Penn State 8-4 48

18. Hofstra 6-6 27

19. Dartmouth 8-4 22

20. Army 7-6 20

Others receiving votes: Rutgers, Michigan State, Vermont, Lehigh.


The top 20 teams in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III coaches' poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Saturday and total points:

No. School Record Pts

1. Salisbury State (7) 13-0 216

2. Hobart (4) 8-2 210

3. Nazareth 9-1 192

4. Gettysburg 11-1 174

5. Alfred 12-1 158

6. RIT 7-3 153

7. Denison 12-2 148

8. Washington College 9-4 144

9. Roanoke 8-5 128

10. Ohio Wesleyan 9-3 125

11. Middlebury 7-3 107

12. Cortland State 8-4 102

13. Washington & Lee 8-5 93

14. Ithaca 5-4 92

15. Lynchburg 12-3 66

16. Hartwick 6-5 54

17. Williams 7-3 35

18. Franklin & Marshall 7-5 25

19. Clarkson 7-5 21

20. Colby 10-2 14

Others receiving votes: Tufts, RPI, Randolph-Macon, Albany, St. Lawrence, Connecticut College.

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