Loyola subdues Georgetown 16-4 victory improves series lead to 20-1

April 28, 1996|By Mark Hoeflich | Mark Hoeflich,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

With an NCAA tournament bid looming, No. 8 Loyola couldn't have faced a better opponent yesterday than No. 13 Georgetown.

The Greyhounds came in with 16 straight wins over the Hoyas and made it 17 in a row -- and 20 of 21 overall in the series -- with a 16-4 victory at Curley Field.

Loyola (7-4) now must beat Johns Hopkins on Saturday to assure itself a spot in the 12-team NCAA field. A loss almost certainly will knock the Greyhounds from consideration.

Although it was senior day at Curley Field, freshman attackman Gewas Schindler stole the show, leading all scorers with five goals and three assists. Senior Brian Bacso played a supporting role with four goals. Dan Martin led the Hoyas (7-5) with two goals.

"We've been at a disadvantage playing so many games away and I thought once we got home we would really improve," said Loyola coach Dave Cottle, whose team outshot the Hoyas, 44-24.

The Greyhounds, who have won four straight, asserted themselves offensively right away, as Brian Smith scored 45 seconds into the game. From there, Loyola just picked up the pace, scoring seven of the next 10 goals -- three by Bacso -- for an 8-3 halftime lead.

Georgetown never recovered, and consecutive goals by Bacso and Schindler in the first three minutes of the second half pushed the Greyhounds' lead to 10-3.

Georgetown freshman goalie Brian Hole got little help from his defense, and by the second half, the Hoyas had trouble handling the ball and getting any good looks at the net.

The outcome was basically settled when the Hoyas' Greg

McCavera scored with 4: 57 left in the third period, and Loyola built its lead to 14-4 on Schindler's fourth goal, with 9: 07 remaining in the game.

"We definitely had to test their freshman goalie , and once we kept scoring, we knew he was down," said Schindler.

Georgetown 0 3 1 0 -- 4

Loyola ... 5 3 4 4 -- 16

Goals: G--Martin 2, Baughman, McCavera; L--Schindler 5, Bacso 4, O'Brien 3, Georgalas, Smith, Duffy, Carroll. Assists: L--Schindler 3, Volpe 2, Georgalas 2, Duffy 2, O'Brien. Saves: G--Brown 14, Gaiser 0; L--Hole 17.

Pub Date: 4/28/96

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