Edell hopes to see son rise, UNC fall UM coach to see Gregg play for Dartmouth tomorrow

March 20, 1998|By Jamison Hensley and Katherine Dunn | Jamison Hensley and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Maryland coach Dick Edell promises there will be no distractions.

Before the No. 3 Terrapins play at No. 12 North Carolina tomorrow, Edell will finally be able to see his son, Gregg, a sophomore at Dartmouth, play collegiate lacrosse. And it's just by coincidence. The Big Green, which is on spring break, is playing Virginia Military Institute as part of the doubleheader in Chapel Hill, N.C., and will stay in town to play the Tar Heels three days later.

But Edell made it clear that he and his team are solely focused on staying undefeated and winning their first game in Chapel Hill since 1986.

"The only difference before the game is that I'll be watching my son rather than just sitting on my butt in the locker room," said Edell, whose Terps are 1-7 in Chapel Hill under him. "We've seen too many people fall off the [undefeated] cliff like Butler and Georgetown last week. We're still standing up on that thing and looking to go 6-0."

North Carolina (2-3), which is having another up-and-down season, has remained consistent in one area: winning at home. The Tar Heels have a 54-8 home record (.871) in the '90s and are in position to lose back-to-back games in Chapel Hill for only the second time this decade.

No panic at Brown

Just ask Brown coach Peter Lasagna if the pressure of being 0-3 is getting to him.

"I actually think my back is not against the wall, but halfway through it," he said.

Seriously, the Bears, who were ranked No. 10 in the preseason poll, aren't ready to panic after losing to Georgetown, Duke and Hofstra -- all NCAA tournament teams in 1997.

Brown started 1-3 last season and still made the playoffs. In 1994, the Bears won only one of their first five games and put together a late run that landed them their only Final Four appearance.

"There is historical precedence," said Lasagna, whose Bears play No. 7 Loyola tomorrow. "But I would've liked trying to live through a 3-0 start. The time we go and play to our ability for four quarters, that's when we are going to win."

Memorable first impression

Harvard freshman Alli Harper was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week. The Roland Park graduate had nine goals and one assist during her debut week.

Greyhounds' ACC woes

Loyola's seventh-ranked women's team bounced back from a 10-4 loss to No. 1 North Carolina Sunday, by routing No. 13 Towson 16-7 Wednesday -- and that is typical of the its recent success.

While they have struggled with Atlantic Coast Conference foes, the Greyhounds haven't had nearly as much trouble with non-ACC opponents. Over the last three seasons, they have gone 2-6 against the ACC and 30-1 against everybody else.

Home away from home

North Carolina's women's team will play Ohio State at 6 p.m. tonight at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field. The only scheduled Baltimore appearance for either team this season, tonight's game is a homecoming for many of the players.

The Tar Heels have 16 Baltimore-area women on the roster and the Buckeyes have six locals.

Pub Date: 3/20/98

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