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

'Hounds' thoughts with ill teammate

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

One of their brethren, freshman Gerry Case of Arnold, was taken to the hospital earlier last week in serious condition with a ,, form of meningitis.

They 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 Loyola 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 away 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.

They dedicated the game to the Case family and played only after the midfielder made some progress after being moved to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

"Whether or not to play the game was determined by Gerry's condition," said Greyhounds coach Dave Cottle. "Yesterday, everything was a little bit better. We had a common goal and I thought that's how the team played."

"We had a really flat practice Friday," said defensive hero Brian Volpe. "But when Coach gave us good news about Gerry, we were really ready to play. It took a lot off our minds."

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 we 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.

"If we lose, people would say, 'It's the same old Loyola,' " said Cottle. "One of our goals was to go undefeated at home, so we had to beat the jinx."

Brown ... 1 .. 1 .. 4 .. 4 .. -- .. 10

Loyola .. 6 .. 5 .. 3 .. 4 .. -- .. 18

Goals: B--Frood 3, Banerjee 2, Selig 2, Dewick, Satin, Lyle; L-- Vizcarrondo 5, O'Shea 3, Schindler 3, Shearer 3, Smith, Frye, Mahoskey, Goettleman. Assists: B--Lyle 2, Sowers 2, Dewick, Frood, Berger; L--Frye 4, Schindler 4, Shearer 2, Georgalas 2, Blagrove, Vizcarrondo, O'Shea, Mahoskey. Saves: B--Cattrano 8; L--Brown 14.

Pub Date: 3/23/97

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