In a role reversal, Cottle is favored over Seaman

Coaching friends, rivals meet again Saturday for Loyola-Towson showdown

April 01, 1999|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

For the first time in their 17-year friendship, Loyola coach Dave Cottle will head into a game against Tony Seaman as an overwhelming favorite. Nevertheless, Seaman still received "the phone call."

"It never fails. He will call about a week before our game and say that his team isn't playing well or isn't practicing well," said Seaman, the first-year coach at No. 12 Towson, which plays at top-ranked Loyola on Saturday. "But he can't psyche me out."

They met back in 1983, when both were in their first seasons as Division I coaches when Cottle's Loyola team traveled to play Seaman's Pennsylvania squad.

The Greyhounds ate in Penn's dining hall, where Cottle and Seaman immediately hit it off. Both had coached only on the high school level and were rebuilding college programs.

Eight years later, Seaman moved on to Johns Hopkins and later restarted the Charles Street rivalry with Cottle and Loyola in 1993. The two then moved the annual game, which used to mark the end of the season, to March so the pressure of the game wouldn't weigh throughout the season and affect their friendship.

While Seaman has relocated from Hopkins to Towson, both still can't wait for Saturday.

"We like helping each other with scouting during the season," said Cottle, whose former players, Paul Cantabene and Stan Ross, are assistant coaches for Seaman. "So we just want to get this game over with and put it behind us."

Ditto for Seaman.

"So when he calls for the 47th time and asks, `Are we that good?' " Seaman said, "I'll say, `Yes, David, you are really that good.' "

Cavs keep Kenney starting

Although Virginia coach Dom Starsia pulled goalkeeper Derek Kenney in the fourth quarter on Saturday, he will not remove Kenney from the starting lineup.

Kenney, the first freshman goalkeeper to start for the No. 6 Cavaliers in 20 years, stopped only eight shots and allowed 14 goals against Johns Hopkins. He was taken out with 9: 03 left and the Blue Jays ahead 14-13.

But Starsia said his "inclination" was to start Kenney against No. 5 Maryland on Saturday.

"After watching the film, I thought Hopkins shot the ball very well," said Starsia. "I thought he wasn't able to get to a few balls that I thought he should have from watching on the sidelines."

Blue Hens making noise

Top-ranked Loyola has the country's longest current regular-season winning streak at 16. Who has the second longest?

You only have take a short drive up the interstate to Delaware, which has won nine straight dating to last season and is 6-0 for the first time since 1972. Coincidentally, the last team to defeat the Blue Hens was Loyola.

Back in the midfield

The Lorne Smith experiment is over.

Smith, one of the game's top midfielders over the past three seasons at Princeton, moved this season to attack, the position where he was a high school All-American at Gilman School. But Smith was back on midfield in Saturday's 13-3 win at Rutgers.

So why the switch?

"We were 0-3; it's real simple," Tigers coach Bill Tierney said. "You have to make some decisions when you're 0-3. Not sure it's the answer but the results are sure better."

Pluck of the Irish

It appears to be an Irish spring in the Midwest.

Trailing No. 15 Butler by two goals with 6 1/2 minutes left in the game, Notre Dame scored three times, winning the game on a goal by David Ulrich (Boys' Latin) with 53 seconds remaining. The run was started by Tom Glatzel, another Boys' Latin graduate, who intercepted a clearing pass and scored on an open goal.

The Fighting Irish (5-2) only need to beat Ohio State on April 14 to clinch the automatic Midwest bid in the NCAA tournament for the seventh time in eight years.

Quotable

"I was very surprised when they checked it and I was surprised when it was illegal." -- Hopkins midfielder Matt O'Kelly, after his stick was found to have an illegal pocket in the final seconds of Saturday's win over Virginia.

Pub Date: 4/01/99

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