Turner's 4 goals pace UMBC's 16-8 triumph Leading scorer rebounds from mild 1st-half injury

March 16, 1997|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,SUN STAFF

Forgive UMBC coach Don Zimmerman if he saw the rest of the season going down the drain.

There, stretched out on the field in obvious pain in the second quarter of yesterday's game against Nazareth, was Chris Turner, UMBC's star and the leading freshman scorer in the country last season.

"Whenever a guy goes down, you're concerned," Zimmerman said. "Chris is one of our leaders, one of the top attackmen in the country. I was holding my breath."

Zimmerman smiled and said, "He bounces back quick, doesn't he?"

Indeed, Turner rose from the artificial turf, his right knee hyper-extended, walked off the field and less than two minutes later scored on a goal that helped UMBC (3-1) defeat Nazareth, 16-8, before 709 chilled spectators at UMBC Stadium.

"I broke my left leg in ninth grade, and it felt the same as this," said Turner, a Boys' Latin grad. "It was like a flashback. I was scared at first. I thought my season was over."

UMBC is bothered by injuries, with starting defenseman Bill Bloom out with a torn knee ligament and reserve midfielder Josh Vicchio sidelined two to four weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery.

Turner finished with a game-high four goals and, with two assists, matched freshman teammate Dan Marohl (three goals, three assists) with six points. Tied for the team lead with 15 points, Turner and Marohl are the keys to the offense.

Turner was the only freshman in the country among the top 20 scorers last season, finishing 18th with 4.08 points a game. He was seventh in assists with 2.42.

Nazareth, the defending Division III champion playing its opener, jumped to a 2-0 lead, but UMBC scored four straight, all extra-man goals, and was never seriously threatened.

Nazareth, which came in with a 15-game winning streak and had won 29 of its previous 30 games, is the only Division III team on UMBC's schedule. The teams had never played before.

"Would it be an open date or would it be Nazareth?" Zimmerman said. "We thought it would be great for the kids to play the defending Division III champion. If Nazareth were in I, they'd be about where we are. It seemed like a good match."

In the second half, it became apparent it was Nazareth's opener. The Golden Flyers showed their lack of conditioning and began to drag.

UMBC has played its first four games at home, but will be away this Saturday, at Lehigh. Eight of the Retrievers' 12 games are at UMBC Stadium.

Pub Date: 3/16/97

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