Loyola gets a boost from Duffy, 17-8 Back on attack, he leads dismantling of Hofstra

March 14, 1996|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

It was a move Loyola coach Dave Cottle was forced to make.

Dealing with an early-season injury to one of his expected top goal scorers and inexperience on the attack, Cottle had to shift senior Brian Duffy from midfield to his accustomed attackman slot.

It took less than 10 minutes yesterday for Cottle to see the impact of that adjustment.

Duffy supplied all of his scoring in the first half, netting four goals and adding two assists to jump-start No. 8 Loyola to a 17-8 HTC trampling of No. 12 Hofstra at Curley Field.

"Switching Brian Duffy to attack helped us out a lot because he gives us so much from behind the goal," Cottle said. "He makes our attack play better and finds the players cutting to the goal."

The Greyhounds (2-1) have had trouble running a balanced offense. They've been outshot 91-60 in their first two games and lost one of their top weapons, Todd Vizcarrondo, in the first offensive series of a 12-9 loss to North Carolina on Saturday.

Duffy then had to step back to the attack, where he led his team last season with 29 goals and 38 assists. Yesterday, he made an impact early, single-handedly breaking down Hofstra's zone defense.

After Loyola threw the ball out of bounds three times in the first six minutes, Duffy coordinated a Greyhounds comeback that tied the game at 2 with 5: 20 left in the first quarter, assisting Chris Georgalas and Gewas Schindler on transition goals.

He then scored an extra-man goal, shooting after a drive down the middle of the defense with 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the quarter. Duffy capped the 4-0 run that put Loyola ahead by shoveling in a rebound shot 1 1/2 minutes later.

Going from a two-goal lead to a two-goal deficit in a span of four minutes, Hofstra (2-1) abandoned its zone defense.

"We wanted to play zone defense to slow them down," Hofstra coach John Danowski said. "I felt confident in the zone and didn't want to play man-to-man. But they scored in so many different ways, I had to go back to man."

Nothing slowed down Loyola in the first half as it opened the first eight minutes of the second quarter with four unanswered goals to take a 9-3 advantage. The Greyhounds outshot the Flying Dutchmen 27-12 in the half to give their defense a much-needed rest.

"Our offense really put it together out there today," said Loyola goalkeeper Jim Brown, who made a season-low 14 saves.

"It took a lot of pressure off of us, especially since we played defense against North Carolina the entire game. We got to relax a little more."

Pub Date: 3/14/96

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