Backup Gaiser gets his chance and comes up big With second-half shutout, Loyola goalie earns start

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April 15, 1997|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER Sun staff writer Katherine Dunn contributed to this article.

Sean Gaiser sat on the sidelines quietly for most of his four-year career at Loyola.

Never a word. Never a problem. But on Saturday, Gaiser got a chance to make some noise.

Entering the second half with Loyola down by five goals, Gaiser shut out Massachusetts for the last 30 minutes as the Greyhounds came back for an 11-8 victory.

"It was a great sense of accomplishment," said Gaiser, a former first-team All-Metro selection out of Mount St. Joseph. "You work so hard for four years for that day to show people what you can do and prove to yourself, too."

Gaiser recorded nine saves against Massachusetts to lower his goals-against average to 8.2. Besides replacing Jim Brown with Gaiser, Loyola also switched to a zone defense for most of the second half, keeping most of the shots beyond eight yards out.

"It's wasn't because of bad goalkeeping," Loyola coach Dave Cottle said. "We were down 8-3 and needed to roll the dice a bit. Sometimes a change in goal could jump-start a team."

Gaiser has started only one game in his collegiate career, backing up Tim McGeeney for two years and Brown last year. As a result of his play against the Minutemen, he will be rewarded with a start tomorrow as Loyola plays at Lehigh.

"He's fought for it," Cottle said. "But he didn't fight against Jim Brown. He just went out to be the best that he could be. We feel good that we have two good goalkeepers."

Wilting Ivy

The Ivy League is in danger of sending just one team to the NCAA tournament for the second time in 10 years. It would end a streak of three years in which two Ivy teams made the quarterfinals.

Top-ranked Princeton is a virtual lock for the No. 1 seed, and Brown (4-5) and Harvard (5-4) are the only other Ivy teams with a legitimate shot at the postseason.

"I think it's up to Brown," Princeton coach Bill Tierney said.

The Bears have impressive road wins at Duke and Syracuse, but will finish third in the league after a one-goal loss to Harvard. That defeat came four days after Brown had lost by three goals to Princeton.

Brown coach Peter Lasagna said the Bears must win the rest of their games for a bid. Not counting the automatic bids to the Midwest teams, the tournament has only had two teams with six losses since 1977.

"You could see it coming," Lasagna said of the Harvard loss. "It didn't help Princeton hammering on our guys the weekend before. We have two good wins out of the league and then a lot of confusion."

Harvard must win the rest of its games even to gain consideration. The Crimson, which has lost by double figures to Duke and Princeton, will have troubles overcoming a loss to Hartford.

"We beat ourselves against Hartford," Crimson coach Scott Anderson said. "We generated enough shots to win the game. It's disappointing. But 28 saves by their goalie and only eight goals by us -- that's not supposed to happen."

Knowing their ACCs

Maryland's Sarah Forbes has dominated the Atlantic Coast Conference scoring statistics all season, but right behind her is a trio of former Mount Hebron teammates: Cathy Nelson, Amy Fine and Lori Pasquantonio.

Nelson, who still holds most of the scoring records at Mount Hebron, is second in scoring for No. 1 Maryland, which has won 47 straight games. Forbes leads the conference in points (59), goals (35) and assists (24). Nelson ranks second in all three with 25 goals and 14 assists.

Fine and Pasquantonio have led North Carolina to the No. 3 ranking in their second year of competition. The Tar Heels have lost only to Maryland (10-8 on March 8). Fine stands third in the ACC in points (39) and goals (27), and Pasquantonio is fifth in points (33) and third in assists (14).

Miscellaneous

The Loyola-Towson State men's lacrosse game has been rescheduled for April 23 at Curley Field at 3 p.m. The contest, originally set for March 29, was postponed after the death of Greyhounds attackman Gerry Case a week earlier. A moment of silence was observed before Saturday's North Carolina-Delaware game in memory of Kevin Reichardt, a North Carolina and St. Mary's High midfielder who was killed in a random shooting in Chapel Hill in 1995. It would have been Reichardt's last home game as a senior. Western Maryland has won its first eight games for the second straight year and makes its debut in the Division III poll at No. 13.

Pub Date: 4/15/97

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