Thornton helps Loyola fly by Butler, 20-5

March 19, 1995|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Sun Staff Writer

Loyola College ran its record to 5-0 with a 20-5 win over Butler yesterday in a lacrosse mismatch played before 432 at Curley Field.

Loyola led 13-0 at halftime, and Butler (2-3) got its first goal 1:15 into the third period.

In the second half, Loyola substituted liberally and played players out of position to hold the score down.

Junior Mark O'Brien and freshman Chris Georgalas led the Greyhounds with three goals each. The most amazing thing was that Loyola's Zach Thornton scored two goals -- even though he arrived at the field after the game had started.

Thornton, the All-America soccer goalie for Loyola, flew all night from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to return from the Pan American Games. He is the goalie for the U.S. soccer team and hopes to be picked for the U.S. Olympic team next year.

"The plane landed in Baltimore one hour before the game," Thornton said. "My father picked me up and drove me to Loyola. I didn't feel too bad, considering I had traveled all night."

Thornton, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior, is considered one of the best midfielders in the country. He will miss no more lacrosse this spring.

"We wanted to get Zack some playing time in this one," said Loyola coach Dave Cottle. "He missed three games while he was in South America."

"Loyola is very good," said coach Jon Hind, whose Butler team lost, 11-6, at Georgetown last Wednesday and plays at Radford today. "They don't give you much chance to breathe. They're all over you."

In addition to Thornton, Loyola's two-goal scorers were Del Halladay, Brian Duffy and Matt Dwan.

Loyola outshot Butler 52-17 and made better use of fewer extra-man opportunities. Butler scored on two of 10 chances, Loyola on four of five.

"Nobody is playing four freshmen a lot the way we are," Cottle said. "We haven't brought this team along too fast. Our best lacrosse is ahead of us."

Loyola's next game will be Saturday at noon against visiting Brown, which eliminated the Greyhounds from the NCAA quarterfinals in an overtime game here last year. Brown has been Loyola's jinx team, holding a 7-2 series edge.

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