Towson's charge drops Loyola, 19-14

Campbell, Horrigan keys in `huge win'

April 01, 2001|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Towson coach Tony Seaman described it as a win that his men's lacrosse team needed badly. Senior goalie John Horrigan called it a great day to be a Tiger.

Thanks to former Greyhound Kyle Campbell's seven-goal performance and the outstanding play of St. Mary's grad Horrigan, the 18th-ranked Tigers came back from a third-quarter deficit yesterday to upset No. 9 Loyola, 19-14, at the losers' Curley Field.

It was the first time since 1996 that Towson (5-2) has beaten a Top 10 team. That was also the last time Towson had beaten Loyola.

"That was a huge win for us against a very well-coached team," said Seaman. "We needed a really huge victory. We knew we were good, and we knew we could play with people."

"We played a great game, and it finally came together for us," said Campbell, who transferred to Towson after playing at Loyola (4-2) during the 1998 season. "Today was one of those days where everything seemed to click."

After staying with Loyola for the first half, it appeared that things had gotten away from the Tigers. Sophomore Chris Summers (St. Mary's) took a scoop pass from senior Gavin Prout (two goals, two assists) and scored his third goal of the game to give the Greyhounds a 10-6 lead at the 12:30 mark of the third quarter. But from there, Campbell and Horrigan took over.

Loyola, which had outscored opponents 17-9 in the third quarter this season, maintained a three-goal lead until Towson closed the period with a two-goal push.

Freshman Alex Fountain beat senior Greyhounds goalie Jason Born at the 1:26 mark for the first goal of the run, and junior midfielder Josh Tankersley (two goals, one assist) trimmed Loyola's lead to 13-12 on a score with 20 seconds left.

"We were a little sluggish coming out in the third quarter," Horrigan said. "They always play well in the third quarter, and we knew we had to match them. It was just about hard work paying off."

It was in the fourth quarter that Horrigan clearly was the difference. He rebuffed freshman Stephen Brundage (three goals) and Summers on two straight one-on-ones in front.

Overall, Horrigan (23 saves) played flawlessly until Loyola senior Bobby Horsey (two goals) scored to tie the game at 14 with more than eight minutes to play.

"He [Horrigan] was magnificent in the fourth," said Seaman, whose team was also buoyed by senior Justin Berry's 24-36 performance on faceoffs. "He saw everything they shot at him."

While it was clear that Loyola was struggling to figure out Horrigan in the second half, it was even more obvious that it had no answer to Campbell.

Sophomore Ryan Obloj found the Mount Hebron grad, who beat Born to tie the game at 13 at the 12:40 mark of the fourth period.

After junior Brad Reppert (two goals, two assists) and Horsey traded goals, Campbell came around the right side of the net uncontested to score his fifth goal, and the eventual game-winner.

Following a Horrigan point-blank save against junior Gunnar Goettelmann, Campbell scored again, this time going around the right side of the crease before beating Born and giving Towson a 16-14 lead.

The goal, followed 30 seconds later by the third goal of the game by sophomore Hunter Lochte (Boys' Latin), seemed to take the life out of the Greyhounds.

"When you give up 19 goals at home, 13 in the second half, you know you have some problems that you have to straighten out," said Loyola coach Dave Cottle, whose team has the unenviable task of trying to rebound next weekend against Syracuse.

All told, Towson, which also got three goals from freshman midfielder Brian Myers, outscored Loyola 7-1 in the fourth, including a 5-0 run to close the game. Four of those goals were scored by Campbell.

"I just came out here and played my hardest today," said Campbell. "We never thought we were out of it."

Towson 4 2 6 7 - 19 Loyola 4 4 5 1 - 14

Goals: T-Campbell 7, Myers 3, Lochte 3, Reppert 2, Tankersley 2, Fountain, Cocchi; L-Brundage 3, Summer 3, Prout 2, Horsey 2, Tempone 2, Sullivan, Goettelmann. Assists: T-Obloj 3, Reppert 2, Tankersley, Fountain, Campbell, Monaco; L-Sullivan 2, Prout 2, Horsey, Summers, Brundage. Saves: T-Horrigan 23; L-Born 9, Bloomquist 1.

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