UMBC's 10-goal surge stuns Hopkins, 15-14

Retrievers control draws to overcome 14-5 deficit

April 15, 1999|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Renee Tirocchi was nearly breathless and couldn't come close to comprehending the magnitude of the moment after she scored the winning goal against Johns Hopkins with 52 seconds left in the game last night.

But the University of Maryland Baltimore County sophomore midfielder had a lot of help from the fans standing in back of her last night at Homewood Field after the Retrievers had pulled off a most unlikely comeback.

Tirocchi basked proudly in the aftermath of a spectacular game-closing 10-0 run that gave UMBC a 15-14 victory over a dazed Johns Hopkins team.

The Blue Jays (7-2) had simply worn out UMBC (7-5) for most of the game and were headed toward what appeared to be an impressive win on their home field when Jamie Larrimore scored an unassisted goal for a 14-5 lead with 13: 37 left on the clock.

John Hopkins, which moved up to Division I from Division III this season, did very little wrong in the first 46 minutes last night, while UMBC seemed to have nothing but speed to retaliate against the Blue Jays.

But the game changed when UMBC coach Monica DiCandilo decided to make a switch on the draws, inserting freshman Ashley Staines from Overlea High in place of sophomore Julie Dorney.

"Ashley is a little stronger and began picking the ball up off the ground to get control," said DiCandilo. "Julie has been outstanding this season for us but she was struggling tonight."

Staines virtually took over the game with her dominance of the draws, giving the Retrievers the ball time after time during the 10-0 scoring run that Tirocchi both started and finished.

Tirocchi began the memorable run with an unassisted goal with 12: 11 left and ended it by dashing half the length of the field to throw the ball in the net for the deciding score.

Senior UMBC midfielder Debbie Krastel tied the score at 14 with a rebound shot with 1: 03 left, giving her three goals in the 10-goal surge.

Dorney and Jen Kuehn each scored two goals in the late UMBC blitz.

Tirocchi, Krastel and Dorney all finished with three goals to lead UMBC while Hopkins was paced by Neda Dawood's four goals.

Tirocchi said, "I don't know how I scored the last goal but I did. We came here believing we could win and we did it."

UMBC 3 12 -- 15

Johns Hopkins 8 6 -- 14

Goals: UMBC--Krastel 3, Tirocchi 3, Dorney 3, Kuehn 2, Eldridge, Miller, Brown, Gerhart; JH--Dawood 4, Larrimore 3, Dennis 2, Maschuci 2, Wellner 2, Better. Assists: UMBC--Tirocchi, Dorney, Staines, Brown; JH--Dawood, Maschuci, Peterson, Wellner. Saves: UMBC--Jagoda 14; JH--Love 14.

Pub Date: 4/15/99

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