Though UMBC's focus off, it pounds Fairfield, 13-5 Ratcliffe-led Retrievers thinking ahead to Penn St.

March 22, 1998|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Lightly regarded Fairfield was in town.

UMBC preseason All-American Dan Marohl was out with a shoulder injury.

L Always tough Penn State is next on the Retrievers' schedule.

And it was a rainy, cold and miserable afternoon at UMBC Stadium.

So no one could blame UMBC for being something less than at the top of its game yesterday as it recorded a 13-5 win over Fairfield.

"Penn State was on our mind," said UMBC crease attackman Jeff Ratcliffe, who scored four goals and had one assist in the win.

"We respect everybody and try to take one game at a time. But we came out today trying to jam the ball in the goal too much."

UMBC coach Don Zimmerman said it was a case of the Retrievers (3-2) trying to make too many spectacular plays early against a Fairfield team (1-4) that hung tough for one quarter.

"Once we settled down, I was pleased with the way we played," said Zimmerman. "We got sloppy with our passing in the first quarter. Sure, it hurts not to have a Danny Marohl, but we really haven't been healthy all season."

Fairfield was down 2-1 at the end of the first quarter, but easily could have been leading if it had not been for some superb goaltending by UMBC's Andrew Hampson.

Hampson made three outstanding stops in the first 13 minutes and went on to make 19 saves.

Fairfield scored just once against Hampson in the first half, getting an extra-man goal from senior midfielder Devin Laden with 23 seconds left in the first quarter.

The UMBC offense finally came to life with a 5-0 run in the second quarter for a 7-1 halftime lead.

Sophomore midfielder Tim Hahn had two goals and one assist and junior attackman Chris Turner scored once and had two assists in the game-breaking run.

Pub Date: 3/22/98

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