Marohl sets record UMBC wins, 21-6

April 02, 1992|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

With three minutes left in the first quarter, Steve Marohl flipped a no-look pass to Jason Smith, who quickly converted it into a 4-0 UMBC lead over West Chester.

For Marohl, the assist represented the 201st point of his career, breaking the school record of 200 set by Jay Robertson 11 years ago.

Marohl, a senior attackman out of South River High, finished with three goals and six assists, raising his points total to 208, as UMBC (8-1) routed West Chester (1-5), 21-6, yesterday before 200 at UMBC Stadium.

"Steve has simply exploded this season," said UMBC coach Dick Watts, noting that Marohl has 80 points on 27 goals and 53 assists. "He's unselfish, sees the field well and finds the open man. He's an All-American, no doubt."

Marohl also is the Retrievers' all-time leader in assists (113), including a school-record 12 in one game this season against Marist.

"Steve has improved every year," Watts said. "He was a skinny kid with rosy cheeks when he came here, and looked like he belonged in high school. Now he's breaking records."

Marohl wasn't the only player who reached a milestone yesterday.

Vince Pasko had three goals and four assists and became the 13th UMBC player to reach 100 points. Smith scored three goals, giving him 34 and tying him with Mark Malczewski (1986) for UMBC's Division I single-season record. The Retrievers moved up to Division I in 1981.

Watts considered the game a nice tuneup for Saturday's trip to Penn State (5-0), No. 11 in the USILA poll and the highest ranked team the Retrievers have faced this season. Penn State beat Navy in its opener, 16-9, and has rolled ever since.

"Our starters feel confident now," Watts said. "They're not struggling. They're in a good frame of mind."

Jamie Batley, a sophomore midfielder who had missed five games with a strained back, returned and scored two goals. With Batley once more directing a midfield unit, Watts noticed that Batley's running mates, Stewart and Sam Walker, played with more assurance.

"Jamie's a leader," Watts said. "He played OK. It's good to have him back."

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