With Brown game next, Loyola situation 'positive'


Things are looking up for the Loyola College lacrosse team.

"The team is better right now than it was two weeks ago," coach Dave Cottle said of his No. 3-ranked Greyhounds (4-1), who defeated Notre Dame, 20-4, Saturday in South Bend, Ind. "We have a very positive situation right now, and we are working hard to get ready for Brown, which is a very talented team."

Loyola will play No. 8 Brown at 2 p.m. Saturday at Curley Field. Brown (3-0), one of three Ivy League teams in the top 10, has rolled past Boston College, C.W. Post and Adelphi and faces cross-town rival Providence College today in Rhode Island.

"Brown is a very explosive offensive team, with players like Darren Lowe and Andy Towers, who could play for anyone in the country," Cottle said. "Brown is also very tough defensively. They are well-coached and very disciplined. I'm looking forward to very good game on Saturday."

Chris Colbeck scored a career-high six goals against the Fighting Irish, and Kevin Beach and Fred Haas added three each.

"I like the way this team is coming together," Cottle said. "And it couldn't be happening at a better time, because we have a tough schedule coming up the next three weeks."

The Greyhounds will play Towson State, Duke, UMBC and Delaware in the coming weeks.

"It seems to me that the teams in the South this year are a little ahead of the North," Cottle said. "That's the first time in a long while that this has been true. Virginia, North Carolina, Towson State, Maryland and Johns Hopkins are very good; the teams from the North seemed to have slipped a little."

Cottle said his team is healthy. "We got Gene Ubriaco [knee] back last Saturday, and he will help our midfields."

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