For openers, University of Maryland Baltimore County coach Dick Watts couldn't have asked for much more.
UMBC scored the game's first nine goals and romped to a 22- victory over visiting Marist yesterday, as Watts got to see his whole squad in action.
"Overall, we did well," Watts said. "I have a good feeling abou this team. It seems to have a good chemistry."
It was the first time UMBC opened its season with a win since defeating Delaware in 1982.
The Retrievers got their first goal 4 minutes, 6 seconds into th game, as freshman Stewart Walker (Perry Hall) scored off a feed from freshman midfielder Jamie Batley (two goals, three assists).
UMBC quickly increased that lead. Twenty seconds afte Walker's goal, midfielder Kevin Dickie converted a pass from attackman Matt Pfeiler. Ten seconds later Pfeiler scored, with an assist from Sean Murphy.
The rout was on. By the end of the opening quarter, UMBC,
which outshot Marist 21-2 during that period, had an 8-0 lead and Watts was sending in his reserves.
The final two goals of the quarter came from freshma attackman Jason Smith (DeMatha), who finished his first college game with six goals and an assist.
"I think Jason Smith is going to be a good player for us," Watt said. "What we saw from everyone in the first quarter was good. But next weekend, against Hofstra, we'll have to play well the whole game."
The Retrievers' starting attack unit performed well in limite action, with junior Vince Pasko picking up two goals and three assists, junior Steve Marohl adding a goal and an assist and Pfeiler scoring twice and assisting once.
Watts did express displeasure with the way his team playe after it forged its early lead. "I was concerned that we were getting sloppy with the fundamentals," he said. "That's something we can't afford to let up on."
For the game, UMBC outshot Marist, 67-18, and only a stron showing by Marist goalie John Niedzwiecki prevented it from becoming an even bigger rout. Niedzwiecki made 16 of his 22 saves in the opening half.