Friend says Runk's team has prayer

May 11, 1994|By Doug Brown and Katherine Dunn | Doug Brown and Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writers

Towson State coach Carl Runk got a phone call Monday from an old friend, Bernie Gramil.

"Carl," she said, "I was so happy to read that your team is going to the NCAA tournament."

She paused. "I watched you play against Johns Hopkins a few weeks ago. I'm going to pray to St. Jude for you now that you have to play them again."

Runk thought about that remark yesterday as he prepared the 11th-seeded Tigers for their first-round game against No. 6 Hopkins at 3 p.m. Saturday at Homewood Field.

"I didn't think we were that bad, that we need St. Jude's help," Runk said, referring to the 13-9 loss to Hopkins. "But I hope he comes through for us."

Hard to win twice

Hopkins coach Tony Seaman is worried about facing Towson for the second time.

In the 1992 NCAA tournament, he recalled, four teams avenged regular-season defeats -- Princeton over North Carolina, Brown over Loyola, Hopkins over Towson and Syracuse over Hopkins.

"We'll have a tough time against Towson, not because we beat them once but because they're excellent," Seaman said.

Tickets for the Towson-Hopkins game ($5 for adults, $4 for children under 12) are on sale in the Hopkins athletic department through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hopkins has an 18-2 advantage over Towson in their rivalry.

Championship tickets

Tickets for the men's NCAA Division I semifinals and final and Division III final, May 28-30 at College Park, are available at Lax World, at Kenilworth Park mall in Towson. A ticket package for all three days is $30.

Scouting report

Maryland coach Cindy Timchal says Saturday's Loyola-Harvard game in the opening round of the NCAA Division I women's tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday at Loyola is "too close to call." Timchal's top-seeded Terrapins meet the winner in a May 21 semifinal.

The Greyhounds (15-2) have split their 10 meetings with Harvard (11-3) , but Loyola has won two of the past three.

Perfect season?

Not only is Maryland (11-0) unbeaten and seeded No. 1 in the women's tournament, but the Terrapins

also have posted wins over every other team in the tournament field this season.

Their closest games came against defending national champion Virginia, 5-1, and second-seeded Princeton, 12-10. Maryland, which has a bye this week, also has beaten William & Mary.

Cottle lauds Riordan

Hopkins' Terry Riordan is the attackman of the year in Loyola coach Dave Cottle's estimation, based on his seven goals in Saturday's 17-15 loss to the Greyhounds.

Riordan, a junior, has a team-high 43 goals and is within one goal of tying Jeff Cook (128) for No. 3 on Hopkins' all-time list. At the top are Franz Wittelsberger (151) and Michael O'Neill (138).

Centennial's best

Rebecca Savage was named Centennial Conference Player of the Year for helping the Johns Hopkins women to a 15-0 regular season and the Division III tournament. The senior broke her own school record with 69 goals this season.

Winning finale

Goucher closed out its season with a win last week as Liz Low (St. Paul's) scored seven goals in a 16-9 victory over Widener. Michele Molman led the Gophers (5-7) with 37 goals and 11 assists.

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