Loyola goalie faces tough task

May 05, 1994|By Doug Brown and Katherine Dunn | Doug Brown and Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writers

No one is more qualified to analyze the Johns Hopkins-Loyola game Saturday than Towson State's Carl Runk.

No. 10 Towson State lost to both teams, to No. 3 Loyola by one goal and to No. 6 Hopkins by four last Saturday. Runk said the Blue Jays "are going to get their shots" (they average 52 to Loyola's 45), so a key factor will be the play of Greyhounds goalie Tim McGeeney.

"The pressure is on McGeeney," Runk said. "We found Hopkins' offense more difficult to defend against than Loyola's. McGeeney is the answer in that game."

McGeeney leads a defense that ranks among the country's best, with 99 goals allowed in 11 games. He has a 62.6 save percentage and has stopped an average of 17.3 shots in the past six games.

In anticipation of a large crowd at Curley Field, Loyola is adding 2,000 temporary bleacher seats to raise its capacity to 5,000. Approximately 1,500 tickets remain, according to a Loyola spokesman, and are available at both schools. Hopkins has a 30-0 advantage in the rivalry that was revived last season after a 24-year hiatus.

Walkers near record

UMBC's senior midfielder twins, Sam and Stewart Walker, will break the school record for games played with their 58th in the Retrievers' season finale Saturday against Maryland. The record of 57 is shared by Steve Marohl, Chris Beckman and Tim Stecher.

Neither Walker has missed a game in four years, although Stewart came close to being sidelined with a hernia last season and a separated shoulder this season. He is the only player who has scored in all 13 games this year.

UMBC (7-6) has dropped three straight, all to top 10 teams, but it is assured of a .500 season or better for the third time in four years after achieving only one in the previous nine.

Junior event on tap

A new event, the National Junior Lacrosse Festival, will be May 24-26 at Towson State. It will include 1,000 players in the 11-12 and 13-14 age groups from 48 teams across the country. The competition will include games and a fastest-shot contest.

Maternity leave

Loyola coach Diane Aikens expects to be back on the sidelines today, just a week after giving birth to her fourth child, Shannon Leigh. Aikens squeezed her maternity break in between the Greyhounds' last regular-season game on April 26 and their expected appearance in an NCAA first-round playoff game on May 14.

The new baby might be a good-luck charm too, since Aikens had her third child, Melissa, in 1990 -- the last time the Greyhounds made the tournament field.

A banner season

UMBC's women's lacrosse team just polished off its best season in Division I. At 11-5, the Retrievers posted their first winning season in eight years in Division I. All five losses came against teams ranked No. 12 or higher.

Two Retrievers moved into the top 10 in career goals and points. Junior Alison Zaetz (Old Mill), who led the team with 48 goals, stands third on the career goal list with 131 and sixth in points with 152. Kelly Archambo (Southern-AA) finished her career ninth in goals with 87 and 10th in points with 111.

Emily Petrlik (Howard) set a school single-season Division I record with 24 assists. The sophomore missed the school's all-time mark by just two assists.

Too good?

First-year coach Janine Tucker joked that she might have to retire after this season if her Johns Hopkins women's team meets all of its goals. The Blue Jays have won the Centennial Conference championship and finished the regular season unbeaten at 16-0. Their next mission is to win the NCAA Division III championship. Tucker said it's "frightening" to face the NCAA tournament without a loss, but her team is ranked No. 3 this week in Division III behind the only other unbeaten teams, Trenton State and William Smith (N.Y.).

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