The University of Maryland Baltimore County scored 11 goals in a nearly perfect second quarter, as the Retreivers routed Radford College, 23-6, yesterday in the UMBC tournament.
UMBC (3-1) will play Virginia Military Institute (2-1) today at 3 p.m. in the final. Ohio State (1-1) will play Radford (0-4) at noon in the consolation. VMI defeated Ohio State yesterday, 9-6.
Attackmen Vince Pasko, Mike Lamdin and midfielder Stewar Walker led UMBC with four goals each. Attackman Jason Smith also had six assists. Radford was led by attackman Steven Govett's four goals.
Despite leading by 3-1 at the end of the first period, UMBC struggled offensively. But within the first three minutes of the second quarter, Pasko scored three straight goals off the transition.
And from then on, the Retrievers scored almost at will. Walke scored two goals within 22 seconds to put UMBC ahead, 8-2, with 10:16 left in the second quarter and midfielder Jamie Batley's goal directly after he won the face off gave UMBC an 11-2 advantage with 6:18 left in the half.
UMBC coach Dick Watts cleared his bench early, a move that might give his team an advantage over VMI today. VMI struggled to beat Ohio State and both teams played on the same rain-soaked field.
"The starters came out and scored early which allowed for a lo of substitution," said Watts.
NOTES: UMBC athletic director Charles Brown said yesterday that the school will hold a fall lacrosse tournament in mid-October to replace the Choice/Visa Classic. Citicorp, the sponsor of the tournament the past two seasons, has pulled out. Brown said he has received an oral commitment from Towson State to play in the fall. Brown also has contacted Maryland officials. Loyola also is holding a fall tournament, so three of the four teams -- except Johns Hopkins -- from last year's Choice/Visa event will be in tournaments this fall.