Towson State says Loyola did Tigers no...


Towson State says Loyola did Tigers no favors in upset

One person who was not happy to see Loyola upset Syracuse, 14-13, in overtime on Saturday was Towson State lacrosse coach Carl Runk.

No. 8 Towson (2-0) will meet the fourth-ranked Orangemen (1-2) on Saturday at the Carrier Dome. The Tigers are the first of six straight home games for Syracuse, which has a 73-5 record at The Dome since it opened in 1980.

"Dave Cottle [Loyola coach] didn't do me any favors," said Runk. "He teased them. This will be like the Christians going into the Coliseum.

"We're going to keep all the equipment back," said Runk. "We're going to get off the bus and tell the driver to keep the meter running. We'll be right back."

Who said that?

What's the matter with Johns Hopkins?

Johns Hopkins lacrosse coach Tony Seaman is getting a little testy about questions concerning the play of his sixth-ranked Blue Jays. Johns Hopkins (3-1) has not been impressive in wins over Washington College, 15-10, and Georgetown, 24-14.

But the bottom line, says Seaman, is that the Blue Jays are 3-1.

"We are an incredibly young team," said Seaman. "Look at North Carolina. They're playing with 16 seniors in their lineup and we're playing with only four kids that have a great deal of playing experience."

"We also play every team that is currently ranked in the top nine," said Seaman. "I'm very happy to be 3-1 and every coach would like to be undefeated. We allowed Princeton to win that one game, but I think we're playing pretty good. I'd take a whole season of 15-10 wins. Heck, I wouldn't mind winning every game the same way Loyola beat Syracuse as long as we won."

A point for parity

It must have been tough for the word to roll off Roy Simmons Jr.'s lips: parity.

After losing Saturday to Loyola, even Simmons conceded that the title is up for grabs this year. Usually, Simmons thinks he has the best team and he doesn't hesitate telling anyone.

"It's going to be interesting to see who is in the Final Four," said Simmons. "It's pretty balanced. I think we're the fuel that stirs the fire. North Carolina beat us and they have been on a roll. Loyola beat us, and I think they're going to be tough to beat from here on out. As for us, I don't have a feel for this team yet. I'd like to think we'd be there."

You can go home

There's no place like home.

UMBC hit the road last week for a seven-day, three-game trip to the Midwest that turned into a nightmare. Not only did UMBC lose two of the games, they lost three players to injuries.

The Retrievers started out the trip having to leave Monday instead of Sunday because of the blizzard. They finally arrived in Michigan at 10 p.m. Monday night and, on Tuesday, played and lost to Michigan State, 15-14, in two overtimes.

Two days later, the Retrievers beat Butler of Indiana, 14-10, but lost defenseman Grady Marshall and midfielder Vince Lacey to knee injuries. Neither played in Saturday's 14-10 loss to Notre Dame. Also during the Notre Dame game, midfielder Kevin Dickie sprained an ankle.

"It was a nightmare," said Dick Watts, UMBC's coach. "The bottom line is we asked the kids to go out there, and give more than they were capable of giving. When we played Michigan State, we had not practiced in four days."

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