For N. Carolina's opener, Klarmann can only watch LACROSSE


Eleven months and three weeks later, North Carolina coac Dave Klarmann will pay for his conduct after the Tar Heels' 1992 NCAA semifinal loss to Princeton.

Princeton coach Bill Tierney was publicly reprimanded by the NCAA for his actions during the Final Four, but Klarmann's penalty for "inappropriate behavior" included a similar reprimand and a suspension for North Carolina's first tournament game this year.

Klarmann has been overseeing two-a-day practices, but when the top-ranked Tar Heels are home against Army in Saturday's quarterfinals, he can't have any contact with his team from two hours before the game until it's completed. Klarmann can watch from the bleachers at Fetzer Field.

North Carolina's designated head coach will be Rob Russell. A Tar Heels midfielder from 1983-86, Russell coached at Boys' Latin and Gilman before joining the North Carolina staff when Klarmann took over two years ago.

With or without Klarmann, North Carolina (12-1) is fit and ready for Army. The Tar Heels' last college game came April 25, when they beat Maryland in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, but the Tar Heels were in Baltimore to scrimmage the Greene Turtle Lacrosse Club and Maryland LC May 8 and 11, respectively.

Gary Lehrmann will be in the goal the rest of the way for North Carolina, because Billy Daye hasn't been given medical clearance. He fractured his sixth vertebra in a collision with a Johns Hopkins player April 3.

The Tar Heels lost the following week to Virginia, so some in Chapel Hill are pulling for the Cavaliers to win at Johns Hopkins on Saturday (2 p.m.). Then, North Carolina would get the chance to avenge its only loss in the May 29 semifinals at Byrd Stadium.

That semifinal will be played at 1 p.m, and the Princeton-Loyola and Syracuse-Hofstra winners will play at approximately 4 p.m. The NCAA championship game will be played May 31 at noon. For ticket information, call (301) 314-7070 or (800) 462-8377.

Longhorns in lax

One of the differences in Washington's 17-5 loss to Salisbury State April 24 and the Shoremen's 12-11 upset of the top-ranked Sea Gulls in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals three weeks later was the emergence of defenseman Jerry Davis. A 6-foot-5, 220-pound sophomore who was a reserve on the basketball team, Davis hails from the lacrosse hotbed of Houston.

"High schools in Texas don't sponsor teams, but there are club teams," Davis said. "The biggest problem was having to choose between playing lacrosse or going to spring football practice. The game is growing there."

Washington, which squeezed into the eight-team field after a two-goal loss at Gettysburg in the Middle Atlantic Conference title game May 7, goes to Ohio Wesleyan for Saturday's (1 p.m.) semifinals. In the other semifinal Saturday, defending champion Nazareth plays at Hobart. It's a rematch of last year's semis, when Nazareth stopped Hobart's 12-year run of NCAA titles.

Cowan delivers for Virginia

There wasn't room for her on the All-America team, but Virginia wouldn't have won the NCAA women's title without Kelly Cowan.

A senior out of St. Paul's School for Girls, Cowan had two goals in the Cavaliers' 8-6 victory over Princeton in Sunday's championship game, including the tiebreaker in overtime. Cowan had a team-high 33 goals and 10 assists this season. Her father, Joe Cowan, still holds the Johns Hopkins record for career assists, with 123 from 1967-69.

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