UMBC dumps Michigan State, 12-5

March 07, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Michigan State lacrosse coach Rich Kimball said he knew what to expect from a Don Zimmerman-coached team, and he prepared his Spartans accordingly for yesterday's opener at UMBC.

"I knew they weren't going to be extremely tricky and they weren't going to pull any rabbits out of the hat," said Kimball. "But I also knew they'd be fundamentally sound and that they'd give the ball to the right person at the right time."

Zimmerman did not disappoint him. Nor did he disappoint the smattering of fans that showed up at the Naval Academy's Turf Field to see his debut as head coach of the Retrievers.

UMBC opened an 8-2 lead in the third quarter and never looked back en route to a 12-5 victory.

"It's a good start for us. Our guys played hard, and that's what I'm looking for," said Zimmerman, who compiled a 73-15 record during his seven years as head coach at Johns Hopkins. "Our guys have been working hard, and when you work hard and you know the guys are working hard, you like to see them come away with a win. It feels great."

The Retrievers, who lost to the Spartans for the first time last season (15-14 in double overtime in East Lansing), got a %J team-high three goals and one assist from senior midfielder Stewart Walker. But the nicest surprise for Zimmerman was the 17-save effort by sophomore goalkeeper Sacha Fraiture.

"We've been struggling with our goalkeeper situation, and we really weren't sure who the guy was going to be," Zimmerman said. "Last week after the Penn scrimmage, Sacha came in at the end of the first period and did a nice job for us. We went with him today, and it was a good move.

"He proved us right because he just had a real good game. He was

the MVP."

UMBC had several opportunities to score early, but eight of its shots were off target before Jamie Batley (two goals, one assist) opened the scoring for the Retrievers on a feed from Walker with 3:26 left in the first quarter. UMBC made it 3-0 on goals by Jason Smith and Chris Lloyd and led 4-1 after Walker's first goal.

Walker closed out the first-half scoring with a severe-angle goal, giving the Retrievers a 5-2 lead.

UMBC went ahead 8-2 with 4:13 left in the third quarter when freshman Matt Shearer fed sophomore midfielder Dan Scott, and the Retrievers made it 11-3 on Shearer's second goal of the game.

"We've had five weeks of practice on the parking lot and in the gym because of the weather, and we were all really anxious to get out and play today," said Walker. "Michigan [State] has a real good team, but we just executed better today."

Kimball agreed.

"We didn't play with a whole lot of intensity, and we didn't do anything at the offensive end of the field that we've been doing in practice," said Kimball. "We were ready for them, and even at halftime, we were still in the game. But we never got our offense on track, and I think that killed us.

"We came with a little bit of zone against them and it caused them some problems at first, but they solved them. They slowed the tempo down, they maintained their composure on the offensive end and they executed when they had to."

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