Marcano's hat trick helps Bays to 8th in row, 17-2

January 22, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

It was a night to remember for Derrick Marcano.

After being out of the lineup for three weeks, the Baltimore Bays forward celebrated his return last night at Du Burns Arena with his first hat trick of the season, leading the unbeaten Bays to a 17-2 romp over the Hampton Roads Hurricanes.

It was special for Marcano because only three weeks earlier he had been hospitalized in critical condition with a collapsed lung after being stabbed in the chest Dec. 30 at a party.

"They didn't know if my heart was bleeding," Marcano said. "But everything worked out, and I was finally able to practice again just two days before this game. I felt pretty good out there because Kevin [Healey, Bays coach] had given me some things to do on my own, and he made sure no one went near me during practice."

Healey said: "The first thing we were concerned about was whether Derrick was going to be all right after the stabbing. He wanted to play last week, but we wouldn't let him. I was watching him closely out there to see if he was OK."

Last night's victory was the eighth straight for Baltimore in the U.S. Interregional Soccer League. The Hurricanes lost their third game in as many starts. Hampton Roads is not eligible for the playoffs because it is playing a limited schedule in the Challenge Division of the USISL.

Moments after the hat trick, Marcano, who also had two assists, issued a challenge to Baltimore's other outstanding indoor soccer team, the Spirit, to play in an exhibition game.

"I think we're a real good team," Marcano said. "I'd love to play the Spirit for bragging rights."

Healey said Marcano means so much to the Bays offense because he gives the team a strong target man up front.

"With Billy Ronson feeding him, we can score a lot of goals," Healey said.

Ronson also had three goals and two assists last night in the second romp of the season over Hampton Roads. Joe Layfield, Steve Ware, Jeff Nattans and Roberto Ascenzi each scored two goals for the Bays, and Rob Elliott had a goal and four assists.

Bays goalkeeper Jason Wright had 10 saves.

The victory set the stage for a battle for first place in the USISL Northern Division next Friday between the Bays and the Richmond Kickers (6-1) at Du Burns Arena at 8:05 p.m.

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