14 players score for Loyola Fairfield is no match, 24-5

Reserves get playing time for No. 11 Greyhounds

March 20, 1997|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,SUN STAFF

A Loyola player came up to Fairfield goalie Sam Peterson after the game and gave him a consoling hug.

"Didn't get one on you," the Greyhound player said.

Peterson, a former Broadneck High School star, looked at his old Baltimore friend and smiled gratefully.

Many other Loyola players scored, however -- 14 to be precise -- as the No. 11-ranked Greyhounds (3-1) pummeled Fairfield, 24-5, yesterday at Curley Field.

Fairfield (1-3), a Division I school from Connecticut and the defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion, is in only its fourth year of varsity lacrosse, and is no match for Loyola. In two previous encounters, the Stags lost, 18-1 and 16-3.

"They have a lot of good athletes and we're really young," said Peterson, a senior who made 14 saves. "We've got to learn to keep it going the whole game. Some of our guys cashed it in early."

Despite the lopsided score, both sides felt the game had value.

Noting that he has eight freshmen, Fairfield coach Ted Spencer said, "We're trying to build, and we need to play teams like this to attract good players. This lets our kids know how far they have to go to play at this level. We hope to play against these guys again."

Loyola coach Dave Cottle could see merit, too. A breather, an easy win, on a demanding schedule. A chance to give reserves extensive playing time and thus create a deeper team. A chance for the 13 Fairfield players from Maryland to play before their parents.

"We made some positional changes and wanted to work on execution," Cottle said. "We won't be fooled by this, but I was happy with today."

Fairfield .. 0 .. 3 .. 0 .. 2 .. -- .. 5

Loyola ..... 9 .. 6 .. 6 .. 3 .. -- .. 24

Pub Date: 3/20/97

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