UMBC finally finds way to beat Carolina, 14-13

Hard's late goal stops 8-game skid vs. Tar Heels

April 17, 1999|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Chalk up another major milestone for the UMBC lacrosse team in its steady climb up the NCAA Division I ladder.

The Retrievers finally put an end to a North Carolina hex last night, dealing the Tar Heels a 14-13 loss with a spectacular, fast-break goal by senior crease attackman Casey Hard with 48 seconds left in a crowd-pleasing duel at UMBC Stadium.

Hard deposited the ball perfectly into the net off a pinpoint pass from senior attackman Chris Turner, who had sped downfield after taking a pass from senior defenseman Jason Quenzer.

Quenzer ignited the fast break by taking the ball away from North Carolina's Justin Bowman with a little less than one minute on the clock.

Quenzer said: "I've been practicing the fast breaks a lot this week because I'd been making everything too difficult. This time, I just got the ball and fed it to my point man [Turner]. This was a great win for our school and will propel us into the playoffs and hopefully a lot farther."

UMBC (7-3) is seeking a second straight trip to the NCAA Division I tournament after making its debut in the elite field last season.

After Hard struck for the 14-13 lead, the Tar Heels tried desperately to get possession of the ball on the ensuing faceoff, but wound up losing it out of bounds, thanks to a hard check by UMBC's Zack Burke.

That ended an eight-game UMBC losing streak to North Carolina (6-6) over 18 seasons.

The last time UMBC defeated North Carolina in lacrosse was in 1980, when the Retrievers were a Division II school and won the national championship.

UMBC beat the Tar Heels, 18-9, that year.

It was only fitting that 13th-ranked UMBC scored the deciding goal in grand style because it had stayed with the more methodical, 15th-ranked Tar Heels all night with brilliant plays.

The most stunning of all the UMBC goals came with 3: 33 left in the third quarter when junior Dan Marohl made what seemed to be an impossible shot to tie the game at 12.

Marohl made a strong one-on-one move to the goal, but suddenly found himself facing a sharp angle to the net. But he went low and somehow threaded the ball past North Carolina goalkeeper Jarron Harkness for the score.

"This is one of the most satisfying wins in all my years [13] of coaching," said UMBC coach Don Zimmerman. "What made it so great is that it was a total team win. I didn't even give out any game balls."

For North Carolina, it was a bitter defeat since it came just 48 hours after the Tar Heels had dazzled the college lacrosse world with a 10-9 win over second-ranked Duke.

North Carolina coach Dave Klarmann said: "I'd say UMBC was a little more well- rested than we were.

"We've played Maryland, Hopkins, Virginia and Duke, and that's a tough stretch compared to the teams they've played [Fairfield, Bucknell and Stony Brook]."

UMBC was led by Hard's four goals and one assist. Marohl had three goals and two assists.

North Carolina was paced by Justin Bowman (St. Mary's), who had four goals and two assists.

Pub Date: 4/17/99

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