Turner's spree rockets UMBC

Senior's 12 points equal school mark in home finale as rival Towson falls, 20-9

April 26, 1999|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Talk about storybook finishes.

UMBC senior attackman Chris Turner nearly rewrote the script for fairytale endings yesterday in the final home game of his collegiate career.

Turner not only went on a record-tying scoring spree with seven goals and five assists, but he also did it against beltway rival Towson University in a stunning 20-9 romp at UMBC Stadium in the 30th meeting between the two schools.

It was the sixth straight win for UMBC, the longest since the Retrievers went to Division I in 1981.

Turner, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound player from Boys' Latin, was at his acrobatic best against the Tigers in the first quarter when he scored three times.

He leaped high to throw the ball in the net off a pass from Dan Marohl for a 2-1 lead, made a strong move from behind the goal to score for a 4-2 advantage, and came back again to produce the most spectacular score of the day with a diving shot from the left side for a 5-2 margin.

"It's a day I'll remember for a long time," Turner said. "Going out like this with all my senior teammates against a tough Towson team is great. But don't get the idea it was a perfect game for me. I did miss four shots."

Blowouts like this just aren't supposed to happen when the No. 12 Retrievers (9-3) and Tigers (4-6) meet after spending 364 days a year talking some neighborhood trash off the field.

The 11-goal victory equaled the largest margin ever rolled up by UMBC in this series, tying a 15-4 win in 1983.

But on this day, Turner and three of his UMBC senior teammates -- Casey Hard, Andrew Hampson and Jason Quenzer -- made something of a mockery of this heated rivalry.

"We got our butts kicked," said Towson goalkeeper John Horrigan. "But I know we'll come back next year or it might even happen this year."

Turner and Hard were little short of sensational on offense, and Hampson and Quenzer were dominant forces on defense.

The seven goals and 12 points were single-game career highs for Turner, and the 12 points equaled the all-time single-game UMBC Division I mark set twice by Steve Marohl in 1992.

Turner also moved into second place yesterday behind Marohl (242) on the UMBC all-time scoring leader list with 208 points.

Hard, a crease attackman, scored a career-high six goals as he and Turner often played catch around the Towson goal.

Hampson, who seems to be getting better every game in goal, frustrated Towson with some super saves in the first quarter and put the Tigers in a 5-2 hole from which they never recovered. Hampson wound up with 13 saves.

When Towson coach Tony Seaman was asked what was the problem with his offense yesterday, he said, "No. 15 [Hampson] in the goal. We had as many good looks as they did, but we couldn't score."

And there was ever-present UMBC defenseman Quenzer, who spent a lot of time tracking Towson's leading scorer, Spencer Ford, and wound up holding him to three goals and one assist. Ford entered the game with 60 points in nine games.

Dan Marohl, Steve's brother, joined in the fun with a career-high four assists and one goal.

Pub Date: 4/26/99

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