Smith, Shearer lead UMBC to 15-5 win

March 18, 1994|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Sun Staff Writer

UMBC took another step forward in its rebuilding program under first-year lacrosse coach Don Zimmerman, beating Butler, at UMBC Stadium yesterday.

Butler, in Indianapolis, is in only its second year of lacrosse. Even so, UMBC last year had a hard time scratching out a 14-10 win over the Bulldogs.

"UMBC is very impressive," said Butler coach Jon Hind. "Donnie [Zimmerman] is doing a good job of isolating the kids who can do the job for him."

Two players in particular did the job this time for UMBC (3-1). Butler fell to 1-3.

Jason Smith, a senior attackman from DeMatha High in Hyattsville, and freshman Matt Shearer from Canada each had five goals for UMBC.

"We weren't prepared for Shearer," said Hind. "This kid has a lot of talent. He can really shoot the ball. They tell me Shearer is the only recruit Zim has on his squad."

"That's true," said Zimmerman, who took over as UMBC coach in August, too late to bring anyone in.

"Jamie Batley [UMBC senior midfielder from Peterborough, Ontario] told us about Shearer when he came back to school in the fall," Zimmerman said. "Batley saw Shearer when he tried out for the Canadian World team last summer.

"I made a few phone calls and I saw Shearer on tape -- but I never saw him in person until he came here and registered for this semester. He's not only a good player. He's a good student and a fine, young man. He's the kind we're looking for."

Smith, UMBC's high scorer this year with 14 goals, scored twice in the first period and again in the second as the Retrievers took a 7-3 halftime lead.

Shearer had the spectators checking their programs to see who No. 4 was when he scored three times before halftime.

Smith and Shearer each had a pair of goals in the second half, Shearer scoring the last goal of the game eight minutes into the final period.

Smith has 149 career points (119-30), sixth on UMBC's all-time scoring list.

Chris Lloyd, a sophomore attackman from C. Milton Wright in Harford County, and Greg Sabo, a freshman from North County High in Anne Arundel County, scored two goals each for the winners.

Sacha Fraiture, who was the Retrievers' third-team goalie before the season, played steady against Butler, making 16 saves.

UMBC had the edge in every statistical category, including a 53-25 edge in shots and a 53-32 advantage in ground balls. The Retrievers also had a 5-0 edge in extra-man goals.

UMBC next plays Lehigh here tomorrow at 2 p.m.

"We're not worrying about our opponents," Zimmerman said. "We're just trying to improve our own game, week by week. We're starting to build some confidence."

Other men's games

* Goucher 19, Bloomfield 8: Keith Guinto scored five goals and added three assists as host Goucher (2-2) beat Bloomfield ** of Pennsylvania (0-2).

Tom Rose added five assists and two goals for Goucher, which took an 11-2 lead at the half.

Women

* Princeton 16, Towson State 3: Jenny Bristow (Roland Park) scored four goals and had one assist as defending national champion Princeton beat Towson State in Piscataway, N.J.

The margin of victory was the largest for Princeton (1-0) since a 21-3 win over Lehigh on April 1, 1993. Amory Rowe and Melissa McCaffery added three goals each.

For Towson State (0-2), Erin Stiteler scored two goals and Eva Disney added the third.

* Johns Hopkins 17, College of Notre Dame 5: Senior attackman Rebecca Savage scored five goals to lead Johns Hopkins (2-0) over visiting Notre Dame. The Blue Jays were ranked No. 10 in Lacrosse Magazine's Division III preseason poll.

Blue Jays sophomore attackman Francine Brennan had four goals and an assist.

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