Home field finally gives Loyola edge on Brown 18-10 win breaks Bears' 5-0 run at Curley Field

March 23, 1997|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Loyola had never beaten Brown at Curley Field, and a loss this time would have made six in a row at home against that school.

The game had serious NCAA Division I playoff implications, with both teams striving to impress the selection committee.

So, the No. 11-ranked Greyhounds had plenty of incentive yesterday, and it manifested itself in a run of 10 straight first-half goals in an impressive 18-10 victory over the No. 15 Bears.

The Greyhounds (4-1) broke from an early 1-1 tie to lead by five by the end of the first quarter, then scored five more goals to

complete the run from which Brown (1-3) never recovered.

Loyola's team dedicated the game to the family of teammate Gerry Case, a freshman from Arnold who was hospitalized with a form of meningitis. Case died later yesterday.

In gusty winds, Loyola started its onslaught midway through the first period with one of Todd Vizcarrondo's career-high five goals.

Two straight scores on hard shots by Tim O'Shea pushed the lead to 4-1, and Matt Shearer and Bryan Smith pitched in with goals before the first period ended.

Loyola continued to dominate through most of the remainder of the half and built the margin to 11-1 before Jed Dewick's unassisted goal for Brown broke the streak.

"I was very impressed with their athletic ability and game plan," said Bears coach Peter Lasagna. "We tried to mix it up and they had an answer for everything. They forced people to make quick decisions.

"I guess we were waiting for that Curley Field jinx, but I think they're finished with that."

Despite switching to a ball-possession attack, the Greyhounds soared ahead by 14-2 at 4: 01 of the second half before Brown mounted its only sustained streak with four consecutive goals.

But Volpe, a senior from Garden City, N.Y., came up with a big defensive play to thwart the next Brown thrust, and Vizcarrondo whipped in two straight goals early in the fourth quarter to restore order for the Greyhounds.

"We really shot the ball well," said Cottle. "Their goalie [All-American Greg Cattrano] is terrific, and we shot it hard to good spots."

"I think they were waiting for him [Cattrano] to get hot and turn the game around," added Vizcarrondo. "But it never happened. We moved the ball around and got good matchups."

The victory enhanced Loyola's standing in the playoff picture.

"You need to beat a Final Four prospect to move up and that's what we did," said Volpe.

Pub Date: 3/23/97

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