Delaware's losses doubled at Loyola Greyhounds roll, 16-5, then Hens report thefts

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

Delaware lost more than a lacrosse game at Loyola yesterday. The Blue Hens lost money, too.

Upon returning to the visitors' locker room after the 16-5 drubbing before 1,100 at Curley Field, six Delaware players reported that an undetermined amount of cash had been stolen from their wallets.

"The money and one dress shirt, strangely enough," Delaware coach Bob Shillinglaw said after reporting the theft to a Loyola security officer.

This is Shillinglaw's 19th season at Delaware, and it will long burn in his memory. Yesterday's defeat stretched the team's losing streak to eight, the longest in school history, and was the Blue Hens' 11th in a row to Loyola.

Yet Shillinglaw remains positive: "We have a lot of freshmen and sophomores and a tough schedule. The nice thing is these young players will be back."

While Delaware's record dropped to 2-9, No. 9 Loyola (7-2) won its sixth game in seven starts. No. 13 Towson State is next, on Wednesday, followed by No. 5 Georgetown and No. 4 Johns Hopkins.

"We're probably in the [NCAA] tournament now, so we're playing for seedings," Loyola coach Dave Cottle said. "Three left -- we want to win all three."

In recent games, a goalie dilemma has developed for Cottle. Will it be sophomore Jim Brown or senior Sean Gaiser, a reserve throughout his Loyola career?

Season-long starter Brown opened against Massachusetts and was relieved by Gaiser. Gaiser started against Lehigh and was relieved by Brown. Gaiser went the distance yesterday, registering 12 saves. Who will it be Wednesday against Towson?

"I don't know," Cottle said, smiling. "I liked the way Sean looked in warm-ups and liked the idea of starting a senior. Wednesday, I'm not sure."

Loyola took leads of 6-1, 10-2 and then 14-3, led by Gewas Schindler's career-high five goals, Matt Shearer's four and three each by Tim O'Shea and freshman Tim Goettleman. Of Loyola's top five scorers, four are sophomores -- Schindler, Mark Frye, Todd Vizcarrondo and O'Shea.

"They're not only sophomores, but sophomores we've moved to different positions," Cottle said. "I'm excited about our prospects with this group the next few years."

When senior midfielder David Mahoskey, the Greyhounds' inspirational leader, suffered a stress fracture in a leg two games ago, Cottle appealed to the sophomore scorers.

"He asked us to step up," Schindler said. "It's a nice feeling to be able to do it."

Pub Date: 4/20/97

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