Senior Day showcases No. 1 Loyola's leaders

Greyhounds rout Butler, 19-3, look to NCAAs

April 25, 1999|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

It was Senior Day at Loyola, where a class of distinction wasn't ready to talk closure.

Coach Dave Cottle started all 10 of his seniors in yesterday's crisp 19-3 rout of Butler at Curley Field.

Six of those veterans are regular starters, and that experience is a reason why the top-ranked Greyhounds are in line to get the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.

"Those guys have won 20 straight regular-season games," Cottle said. "That says a lot about them."

Mark Frye, Gewas Schindler and company want to hear more nice things. They can lead the first Loyola team to go 11-0 in the regular season, but more importantly, they want to make a bigger splash in the NCAAs, a year after being dunked by Maryland in the semifinals.

"That burned us all summer," Schindler says. "I've never been so embarrassed in my life, I felt like we didn't deserve to be out there. This year, we're not going to let that happen. The seniors have one last year, and we're going to lead this team, do what we believe we can do, which is win the national championship."

Schindler (two goals, two assists) and fellow attackman Tim O'Shea (two and two) raised their career point totals to 167 and 171, respectively. Frye, the All-American midfielder from Severna Park, had a team-high five points, giving him 122 for his four years.

Goalie Jim Brown (St. Mary's), another four-year starter, lowered his goals-against average to 5.3, and the Greyhounds (9-0) raised their average margin of victory to 7.6 goals, both national-leading figures.

The Greyhounds scored on three of their first four shots, and got the game's first eight goals and the last 10. They were decisive with their movement and shot selection, faceoff specialist Joe Maier needed just six seconds to get his first goal of the season, and Loyola scored even when a man down.

Junior midfielder Peter Haas had a career-high four goals against an Indiana team that is no cupcake, as Butler (7-6) had lost close calls to North Carolina and Delaware, the Greyhounds' opponent next Wednesday at Curley Field.

Even after their most lopsided win of the season, the Loyola seniors know they must keep pushing.

"Usually, at a school like Loyola, which is not accustomed to going to the Final Four every year, you can have complacency the year after you go," Cottle said. "But we weren't there very long last year. We didn't get a chance to get complacent."

Butler 0 3 0 0 -- 3

Loyola 6 3 6 4 -- 19

Goals: B--McSweeny 2, Regan; L--Haas 4, Frye 3, O'Shea 2, Kohlbrenner 2, Schindler 2, Battista, Vizcarrondo, Goettelmann, Campbell, Maier, Fields. Assists: B--Nicolosi; L--Campbell 3, Frye 2, O'Shea 2, Schindler 2, Vizcarrondo, Conway, Palcho. Saves: B--Ferrandino 16; L--Brown 15, Born 2.

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