Marohl opts to follow brother to UMBC Haugen tops JHU recruits

Maryland will welcome 17

June 25, 1996|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,SUN STAFF

Another Marohl is bound for UMBC, which can only be regarded as good news for the Retrievers.

Steve Marohl left UMBC in 1992 as the school's all-time scoring leader, a third-team All-American as a senior and holder of the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's single-season record of 77 assists.

Now comes brother Dan, the co-captain who led St. Mary's to a 17-0 record and the MIAA championship, won the C. Markland Kelly Award as the top player in the A Conference and was named The Sun's Player of the Year.

"He's our top guy -- a great recruit whether all that other stuff happened or not," said UMBC coach Don Zimmerman. "We wanted him from Day 1 last September, and he committed to us before Christmas."

Whether Marohl can help UMBC reverse its downward trend is the question. In Zimmerman's three years, the Retrievers have dropped from 7-7 to 4-9 to last season's 3-9.

"Dan gives us another smart player on attack," Zimmerman said. "He's a great feeder who doesn't turn the ball over. That's the type of offensive player we need."

In his incoming class, Zimmerman sees not only quantity (14 players), but quality. He senses a nice blend of personalities.

"With the combination of seasoned guys returning and the new group, this should be a big year for us," Zimmerman said. "We're ready to take the next step to being a good club."

Johns Hopkins' class is led by A. J. Haugen of Bethpage, N.Y., a member of the U.S. 19-and-under team who brings speed, stick-handling ability and a strong shot.

With 17 recruits, Maryland has the largest class among the state's Division I schools. It includes the LaChapelle twins of St. Mary's, Brian and Marcus, who will join their brother Dave, a Terps senior.

"We hope this group is as good as our last couple," said DTC Maryland assistant Dave Slafkosky. "But we won't know until they do it on the practice field this fall."

Pub Date: 6/25/96

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