"Unsettled situation" has assumed a new meaning for men's college lacrosse teams.
Loyola, No. 12 in The Sun//Channel 2 rankings, posted a 10-3 victory over Mount St. Mary's yesterday. Temperatures were frigid and anyone tumbling to the surface of Curley Field came up with frozen strawberries, but it beat the conditions the Greyhounds encountered in their opener.
Saturday, when a torrential rain postponed other games, coach Bill Dirrigl's team played on and beat Delaware.
"Compared to Saturday, this was great," attackman Chris Summers said. "Even though it's been snowing and raining, we can't let the weather affect us. Our goal is to get better every day, and today we gave a day back."
Summers, a senior out of St. Mary's, had three goals. Classmate Gunnar Goettelmann had three assists and sophomore midfielder Parker Adams had two goals for the Greyhounds, who trailed 1-0 after nearly eight minutes.
They answered with an eight-goal run, but had trouble clearing the ball and beating Mount goalie David Lambour, who had 17 saves.
Loyola (2-0) must be sharper Saturday, when it entertains No. 14 Hofstra. The Greyhounds will then spend next week's semester break in Florida. The Mountaineers, meanwhile, dream of returning to balmy Baltimore.
Mount St. Mary's (0-2) is the state's only Division I team that doesn't have an artificial turf field. Its grass is covered by a foot of snow, and yesterday was the third time since Feb. 6 that the Mountaineers have been on a full field.
They opened Friday against UMBC at Johns Hopkins. They practice at the indoor recreation facility that adjoins Knott Arena, and they may resort to occasionally busing to one of the local colleges.
The Mount remains without coach Tom Gravante, who earlier this month underwent a bone marrow transplant. He was discharged from Johns Hopkins Hospital last week, but remains in town to have his condition monitored.
"I was on the phone with him a minute before the game started," assistant coach Nick DeFelice said. "Our kids have to play on the fly. They condition on their own after class, and we practice from 10 p.m. to midnight. We can't do any work on transition, rides or clears. Anything we got today was on pure hustle."
Mount St. Mary's 1 0 1 1 - 3
Loyola 2 3 4 1 - 10
Goals: MSM-Cassidy, Hatton, Warner; L-Summers 3, Adams 2, Case 2, Baxter, Brundage, Radonis. Assists: MSM-Duffy, Jautze, Warfield; L-Goettelmann 3, Baxter, Brundage, Fink, White. Saves: MSM-Lambour 17; L-Bloomquist 9.