Syracuse slips past Loyola Greyhounds lose third straight, 13-11

April 07, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora | Jason LaCanfora,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- No one remotely affiliated with the Loyola lacrosse team wanted to beat the Syracuse Orangemen more than did freshman Gewas Schindler.

Schindler grew up in the shadow of the Carrier Dome, and he didn't disappoint his banner-waving friends and family in attendance yesterday for his homecoming. Schindler led Loyola with three goals and fellow Syracuse native Brian Duffy added a goal and two assists, but the Greyhounds still fell to Syracuse, 13-11.

"It was an extremely big game for me with my friends and family here," Schindler said. "Since I was about 5 feet high I was constantly going to SU games. I was a big fan and this was a big game for me. I definitely wanted to beat them. It's tough. It meant even more to the team. It was a very disappointing loss because I thought we outplayed them the whole game."

The loss was the third straight for Loyola (3-4). The Greyhounds' four losses have been by a total of seven goals.

"Loyola is three or four goals from being one of the top four teams in the country," Syracuse coach Roy Simmons said. "They're a very good team, and everyone in the lacrosse world knows it."

It didn't take long before several green and white "Gewas #42" signs were waving at maximum velocity.

Schindler led the Greyhounds' first-quarter attack by scoring twice, once on a feed from Duffy from the right side of the crease. He flirted with a first-period hat trick, but fired slightly wide of the right post with four seconds left in the quarter. Loyola still held a surprising 4-1 lead.

That soon changed.

Syracuse (6-2) dominated the second period with its stifling defense and an opened-up offense. The Orangemen scored five straight goals to take a 6-4 lead early in the third period.

"The second quarter was where we played a lot a man down," Loyola coach Dave Cottle said. "That happens a lot here. When we controlled the ball, we got fouls and opportunities. At halftime, we had a chance to get a great win here, and that's what we told the guys. As soon as we start making fewer mistakes, we're going to start winning these close games."

Schindler took the coach's words to heart. He connected with Duffy to cap his hat trick with 6: 30 left in the third quarter and moments later senior Brian Bacso drove down the middle of the field and whipped in a high shot to tie the game at 7.

Duffy camped out at the crease and bounced in Loyola's ninth goal and Bacso made another run seven seconds later to give the Greyhounds a 10-8 lead.

Freshman goalie Jim Brown, who practiced blocking shots on a racquetball court to prepare for the pale-white backdrop here, was peppered with 59 shots, and held up admirably, stopping All-America attackmen Jim Morrissey, Rob Kavovit and Casey Powell from close range early in the fourth quarter.

But Morrissey, Kavovit and Powell were too much to handle down the stretch. The trio combined for seven goals and five assists in the game and Powell's two fourth-quarter goals put the Orangemen up, 13-10.

"That was the best game Jimmy Brown has played," Cottle said, "Probably one of the best games a goalie has ever played in the Dome. This isn't a real easy place for goalies to play. Jimmy was sensational."

Pub Date: 4/07/96

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