Loyola's Scoring Machine

Lacrosse Notebook

April 15, 2009|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com

Cooper MacDonnell wanted to score 30 goals this season. He might need a new objective after this weekend.

With three games left on Loyola's schedule, the junior attackman has scored 27 goals, tops in the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

In the No. 19 Greyhounds' 8-7 win against Georgetown on Saturday, he posted a career-high six points, which included a career-best-tying five goals.

"I just have a lot of confidence dodging from the left wing," said MacDonnell, who was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks. "Shane [Koppens] pulling the No. 1 guy most of the game really does a lot, too. I feel comfortable dodging the No. 2 guy and being confident. That helps out and goes a long way."

MacDonnell, who leads Loyola with 32 points, has scored at least two goals in nine of his past 10 games. That kind of consistency is what coach Charley Toomey envisioned.

"He's a guy who plays with reckless abandon," Toomey said. "He comes to Loyola with a hockey mentality in that he's a very physical dodger. He's a fun-loving kid, and I'm just glad to see that things are going his way right now."

Aching Terps

Will Yeatman, who did not play in No. 15 Maryland's 10-9 loss to No. 10 Johns Hopkins at the Smartlink Day of Rivals at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, underwent magnetic resonance imaging on his sprained right ankle Monday, and the results were positive.

"The MRI came back yesterday that it was just a sprained ankle and a bone bruise in the [right] knee," Terps coach Dave Cottle said. "That was a little reassuring."

Asked whether the junior attackman could return for the ACC tournament April 24, Cottle said, "I would say that would be a realistic goal."

Cottle also said a decision on whether to redshirt junior defenseman Brian Farrell (Boys' Latin) because of cracked ribs and a collapsed lung is expected soon.

St. Mary's-Salisbury

No team has beaten eight-time reigning Division III national champion Salisbury twice in the same season since Gettysburg did it in 2002.

Capital Athletic Conference foe St. Mary's will get that opportunity when the No. 2 seed Seahawks (7-5 overall, 5-2 CAC) play host to the No. 3 seed Sea Gulls (12-3, 5-2) in a conference tournament semifinal Thursday at 4 p.m.

"The conference is extremely competitive top to bottom," said coach Chris Hasbrouck, whose St. Mary's team edged Salisbury, 11-10, Friday. "But I would say we feel good going in. ... I'm not going to say we're more confident. I would say we're going to go in with the same expectation that if we do what we have to do, then we'll see after 60 minutes who is on top."

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