Lacrosse records keep tumbling for UMBC, with more likely to come.
The Retrievers' 20-2 rout of Drexel (2-5) yesterday before 700 at UMBC Stadium was their ninth win, matching their high (established last year) since they moved up to Division I in 1981. They have two losses. In their previous 11 years in Division I, they had only two winning seasons.
Individual records are being set, as well. Steve Marohl, who had two goals and six assists yesterday, has broken five records this year and is two goals shy of becoming the first UMBC player to collect 100 goals and 100 assists.
Marohl, Jason Smith, and Stewart and Sam Walker all have surpassed their 1991 points totals. Brian Lamey is only three points from his.
Four chances remain for UMBC to gain its 10th win, starting with Wednesday's visit to Mount St. Mary's. After that come games against top 10 teams Loyola, Towson State and Maryland. If the Retrievers win a couple of those, it would prompt talk of a first-time NCAA Division I tournament bid.
"If we play up to our capabilities, we're a playoff team," coach Dick Watts said.
Watts said he didn't believe the Retrievers played to their potential yet in the regular season. "But we're on our way," he said. "The only time we did was in the preseason when we beat Johns Hopkins in a scrimmage. I felt good about that."
In a picky mood, Watts pointed out that UMBC outscored Drexel in the third quarter by 1-0. Never mind that the Retrievers had an 11-2 bulge at halftime and wound up with their lowest goals yield since a 12-1 victory over Loyola in 1978.
"We've got to keep up the intensity," Watts said. "Remember, Wednesday we have the Mount and then Loyola Saturday. A team needs a full week -- two weeks -- to think about Loyola."