Johns Hopkins' Tony Seaman has been named head coach of the U.S. team that will defend its title at the World Lacrosse Championships next year in Manchester, England.
Seaman's staff will include Loyola's Dave Cottle, Mount Washington's Skip Lichtfuss and Fred Acee of State University of New York-Farmingdale, a national junior college power.
Although the tournament isn't until July 20-30, 1994, the 26-man team will be selected this June 24-27 at Rutgers during a tryout for the nation's best 120 players. The U.S. won the 1990 World Championship in Australia, beating Canada in the final.
"This spring, we may see the best club season ever," Seaman said. "The players will know the tryouts are coming and that people will be watching."
Freshmen in at UMBC
Instead of having a first-team national junior college All-America as his goalie, UMBC's Dick Watts must use a freshman. Steve Gorski has the edge over three freshman classmates.
Watts was counting on Brendan LeHane, who played at Anne Arundel CC and was on UMBC's squad last year.
"In June," Watts said, "we learned the NCAA's five-year clock ran out on him. A player has five years to play four seasons and he was over that."
The Retrievers are moving their opener against Ohio State, originally scheduled Saturday at UMBC Stadium, to Loyola's artificial turf field Sunday at 2 p.m. UMBC's field is unplayable because of the recent snow.
Off the wagon
Towson State coach Carl Runk insists this story about a longtime friend, Bill Metzger, is true. Metzger swore off booze and immersed himself instead in Towson State lacrosse.
"Bill was in my office the other day when a reporter for the student paper called for a rundown on the team," Runk said. "When I hung up, Bill grabbed his coat. I said, 'Where you going?' He said, 'I'm so depressed by what you said about the team I'm going back to alcohol.' "
OK, the Tigers lost a lot of productive players from last year's squad that went 9-3, but five key seniors, including leading scorer Joe Genovese are back.
In the crease
Loyola's opener against Rutgers, postponed by snow, will be replayed in May on a date to be determined. The Greyhounds will entertain Penn Saturday. . . . Maryland will stage the Final Four each of the next three years. Rutgers was scheduled to be the host next year, but its stadium will be under renovation. The all-time Final Four attendance record of 44,442 (including 23,827 for the final) was set in 1989 at Maryland. . . . Coach Dave Urick has beefed up Georgetown's schedule with the addition this year of Johns Hopkins, among others. "In August, it sounded like a great idea," Urick said of the March 13 game at Homewood. "My players are excited. I'm not sure I am. But if you want to run with the big dogs, you've got to get off the porch."