Smith's 10 goals spark UMBC, 20-6

March 22, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

UMBC's early season run continued yesterday.

The Retrievers (5-0) romped over outclassed Colgate, 20-6, behind a 10-goal performance by sophomore attackman Jason Smith at UMBC Stadium.

Smith broke the UMBC individual record for goals in a game against Division I competition, surpassing the eight by Jay Robertson in 1981 against Delaware.

Smith also tied the school record for most goals in a game against any opponent, set by Doug Fry against Division II Worcester College in 1971.

UMBC is in its 12th Division I season.

Smith was almost unstoppable in the second half, scoring four straight goals in a 2:07 stretch late in the third quarter and early in the fourth.

That surge ran UMBC's lead to 14-4 with a little more than 14 minutes left in the game.

Smith went on to score two more goals in the fourth quarter for a total of seven in the second half, before coach Dick Watts took him out with approximately 10 minutes remaining.

Watts said he didn't know that Smith needed only one goal to break the school record, and he didn't want to know.

"I don't want my [sports information director] coming up to me and saying such and such a player needs this or that to break a record," said Watts. "I'd rather let something like that happen on its own without any prompting. If it happens in the course of the game, fine."

Retrievers SID Steve Levy said, "There's no way I'm going to tell him how to coach."

However, Smith's teammates were aware that he was going for the record.

"They were counting the goals over on the sidelines," said Smith. "But I didn't know I had tied the all-time record until the last goal. That's when Vince [Pasko] came up and told me."

Smith said he was not concerned about the mark.

"I didn't need any more goals," he said. "I think the more important thing is that we are really there as a team. And the other teams out there know it."

Pasko had six assists for UMBC, and Steve Marohl had five assists before he left the game with a bruised calf in the third quarter.

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