Down 2-0, UMBC wakes up, beats Mount St. Mary's, 17-12

April 21, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

In between trying to forget a blowout loss to Loyola and Saturday's game against Towson State, UMBC had to get up for Mount St. Mary's last night.

The Retrievers started as if their minds were elsewhere, falling behind 2-0 in the first 54 seconds, but the next 17 minutes might have been their best of the season. UMBC (6-4) ran off the next 10 goals and cruised to a 17-12 victory at home.

UMBC improved its record in the series to 11-0, but coach Dick Watts had reason to be concerned despite Mount St. Mary's record. The Mountaineers (2-7) of second-year coach Dan Whelan got his attention two days earlier with an overtime victory over Villanova, which beat the Retrievers by six goals April 7.

The Mountaineers' tenacity and some mental mistakes by the Retrievers kept the game from becoming a rout.

"The 10 straight goals are great, but I'm not happy with that effort," Watts said. "We're using some people because of injuries to others, and getting too many mistakes there. We're just not thinking. If we don't play smart ball with the schedule we've got coming up [Towson State, Penn State, Virginia, Maryland], there are going to be some long, long days."

Unranked UMBC has been slowed by a series of injuries, but the firepower of two juniors, attackman Jason Smith and midfielder Jamie Batley, was the difference last night.

A De Matha High product, Smith had seven goals, giving him 13 for his past two games and 30 for the season. Batley, an Ontario native who played for Canada's silver-medal team at the 1990 world championships, had four goals and two assists, raising his seasonal totals to 25 and 24, respectively.

Smith had four unassisted goals in the first quarter alone, when UMBC overwhelmed Mount St. Mary's. The spread reached nine goals 1:27 into the third quarter, when junior Sam Walker (Perry Hall) fed freshman Chris Lloyd (C. Milton Wright) for a 12-3 lead.

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