Expectations for a postseason tournament berth were high for the UMBC lacrosse team entering this season, and yesterday the Retrievers did nothing to diminish those hopes, routing visiting Marist, 30-4, in the season opener for both teams.
Steve Marohl (South River) led UMBC with seven goals and five assists, breaking two team records. His 70th career goal, an zTC unassisted score with 2:39 left in the first quarter, made the senior UMBC's all-time leading goal scorer at the Division I level, and broke Mark Gold's record set in 1984.
Marohl's 12 points in the game broke the school record of nine, which he tied last season against Mount St. Mary's. Marohl had shared the record with Jay Robertson, who set the record in 1981, and Ed Jackson, who had nine points in each of two games in 1989.
The Retrievers, who led 14-3 at halftime, tied a team record for goals scored in a game which was set in 1977 vs. Mount St. Mary's.
"There are games we should win and games we have to win," said UMBC coach Dick Watts. "This was one of those we should win.
"I don't like to see the score that lopsided, but how can you tell kids that never get to play not to shoot?"
Sam Walker (Perry Hall) scored five goals and Jason Smith added four for the Retrievers, who got goals from 14 different players.
Mike Lamdin (Curley), who scored three goals, and Tim Kin (Hammond) and Tim O'Ferrall (Mount St. Joseph), who scored two each, were UMBC's other multiple scorers.
UMBC could be this year's sleeper in the NCAA Division I tournament, although the Retrievers are not currently ranked in The Sun's Top 10 or the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's Top 20.
"Everybody says we've got a great team, but we're not ranked," said Watts. "We're looking in the direction [of the tournament], but we've still got a lot of games to play."
UMBC hosts Notre Dame on Wednesday and travels to Hofstra on Saturday. The Retrievers return home to play Penn the following Wednesday.
"We're not looking past anybody. These are all important games," said Watts, whose team is expected to face tougher tests when they close out the regular season with games against Loyola, Towson State and Maryland.
Marist 2 1 0 1 -- 4
UMBC 5 9 9 7 -- 30
Goals: M--Adams 3, Cilfford; UMBC--Marohl 7, Sam Walker 5, Smith 4, Lamdin 3, King 2, O'Ferrall 2, Batley, Pasko, Lamey, Stewart Walker, Arthur, Fujiwara, Frye. Assists: UMBC--Marohl 5, Dickie 2, Batley 2, Stecher, Lamey, Sam Walker, Arthur, Smith, Wojiechowski, Lamdin. Saves: M--Sheidan 22; UMBC--Bailey 2, Antonopoulos 0, Lehane 0.