Loyola women roll, 9-4, oust Harvard Terps next

May 15, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

The Loyola men's first lacrosse victory over Johns Hopkins was only a minute old when Bob Aikens turned to his wife, Diane, the Loyola women's coach.

He turned off the radio after hearing that Dave Cottle's Greyhounds had stunned Hopkins, breaking the Blue Jays' 31-0 grip in the series.

"Cottle got the monkey off his back," Bob Aikens said. "Now it's your turn."

That is, it would be Diane's turn if the Loyola women got past Harvard in the first round of the NCAA Division I tournament. Only then would they get a shot at No. 1 Maryland, which has never lost to Loyola women in 13 tries.

Yesterday, in a game Diane Aikens called the team's best of the season, Loyola easily disposed of Harvard, 9-4, before 406 at Curley Field. That sends No. 3 Loyola (16-2) -- in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1990 -- against top-seeded Maryland (11-0) in the Final Four semifinals Saturday at 3 p.m. at Byrd Stadium in College Park.

"Bob's remark got my competitive juices going," she said.

No. 5 Harvard (11-4) bore little resemblance to the team that lost to Loyola, 11-10, last month. The Greyhounds led 4-1 at halftime, and by 9-1 with 5:43 left in the game.

"We came in thinking we were separated by only a goal," Harvard coach Carole Kleinfelder said. "We were just flat. It happens."

If Harvard was flat, Loyola was sharp. Over 60 minutes, Aikens said, it had never played better.

"Based on the Virginia and Maryland losses at the end of the regular season, we bumped up everything," Aikens said. "Practice was more intense. Our training was stiffer. The result was we played better defense, shot better and played at a faster pace. And we got good goaltending."

Linda Ohrin, the 5-foot-4 senior goalie, stopped 10 of 13 shots.

"It was the best game of my life," she said. "And there's more tcome."

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