Marohl working magic at St. Mary's Team player: Saints VTC senior attackman says No. 1 ranking is more important than individual statistics.

April 26, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Dan Marohl snared a high pass near his own bench in the second quarter of a game against archrival Severn. With a defenseman seemingly attached to his hip, the senior attackman for St. Mary's cradled the ball close to his chest and methodically began inching his way toward the goal.

As Marohl drew closer to the crease, he attracted a second defender, then a third. "Show us some magic!" screamed one of his teammates. On cue, Marohl rolled off one defenseman and split the other two before firing an underhand shot past Severn goalie Willie Wu.

"Dan is a pretty effective dodger, but he doesn't choose to because he is so unselfish," said Saints coach Jim Moorhead, who first saw Marohl play as a third-grader at a camp at Mount St. Mary's College. "He sees the field well, keeps his head up, finds the open player and has the stick skills to feed them the ball."

In the Severn game, which St. Mary's won, 16-8, Marohl recorded four goals and five assists, a total he equaled in Tuesday's 13-5 win over Mount St. Joe. Twelve games into the season, the Saints' only four-year player has 31 goals and 28 assists, but more importantly, St. Mary's is still undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the metro area.

"I knew we had a good team this year but I never, in my wildest dreams, thought that we would be in this position after 12 games," said Marohl. "We know it's going to be tough, but right now our confidence level is so high, we think we have the ability to win every game."

If they do, the Saints would match a feat last accomplished by St. Paul's during the 1992 season. If they do, Marohl's older brother, Steve, who starred at South River and UMBC, wouldn't be surprised.

And he wouldn't give all the credit to his younger sibling.

"Defense wins championships and St. Mary's is a defense-oriented team," said Steve, a regular at Saints games. "It takes a lot of pressure off when your offense only has to score six or seven goals to win a game."

That was the case on April 12, when the Saints turned back then-No. 4 Loyola, 6-4. It was the case again on April 2 when Marohl scored three goals to lead St. Mary's to a 5-3 victory over visiting Boys' Latin.

"He's drawing the top defenseman in each game and he still finds a way to score," said Moorhead. "This year, he is our leader on the offense and he really senses that he has to take charge."

Marohl, who was used sparingly on extra-man situations as a freshman in 1993 when St. Mary's defeated Loyola for the championship, said he welcomes the new leadership role and concedes that he is enjoying his long-awaited moment in the spotlight.

"I've basically been our second or third option the last three years," he said. "When Matt Clune [Towson State] and Danny Collins [Johns Hopkins] were around, I was always the other attackman."

Marohl, who has accepted a full scholarship to UMBC, realizes that he will be looked at as the "other" Marohl when he suits up for Don Zimmerman's Retrievers next season. Dan's brother, Steve, who Dan says "taught me everything I know," is UMBC's all-time leading scorer and assist leader with 105 goals and 137 assists.

The big question now is, are Steve's records safe with Dan on the way?

"UMBC has beefed up its schedule since I've been there, so hopefully that will keep him from breaking them," said Steve, with a laugh. "If he does, I'll be happy for him."

Pub Date: 4/26/96

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