When lacrosse star Steve Marohl graduated from UMBC last year and took his school career-record 242 points with him, it was assumed the Retrievers' offense would fall off.
Not so, obviously.
The Retrievers shot out to an 8-0 lead over Radford yesterday early in the second quarter, led by 12 at the half and, with coach Dick Watts substituting liberally, breezed to a 22-4 victory.
In its two games, UMBC has scored 42 goals. The team opened with a 20-11 win over Ohio State last Sunday.
Yesterday's win was nearly a repeat of the win over Ohio State, when UMBC got off to first-half lead of 15-4.
This one was no contest. On a cold, wet afternoon, UMBC abandoned its stadium and played Radford in the mud of a nearby practice field. The conditions didn't seem to bother the Retrievers.
UMBC dominated every statistical category, the most telling being the 51-16 edge in shots.
"We got to play a lot of our young kids in this one, that's the important thing," said Watts, who is in his 23rd year as head coach.
"Our team has come out of the blocks real well. Our two freshman goalies [Steve Gorski and Mike Madsen] played well again, and our of fense was especially effective. I give Arlie Marshall credit for that."
Marshall is the former Maryland Lacrosse Club and U.S. World team coach who handles the UMBC offense for Watts.
Chris Lloyd, a freshman from C. Milton Wright High, led the way for UMBC with five goals.
Mike Lamdin, a senior out of Archbishop Curley, had four goals.
Sam Walker had two goals and two assists for UMBC, and Jamie Batley, a junior from Ontario, had four assists and a goal.
Radford's offense was led by senior Steve Govett.
He scored the first three goals for the visitors, the first of which didn't come until the game was 17 minutes, 21 seconds old.
The unexpected explosiveness of UMBC is one of the surprises at this early stage of the season.
"They're good," said Radford coach Steve Billings. "UMBC moves the ball very well."
The Retrievers played yesterday's game away from UMBC Stadium to try to protect it for Saturday's game with Mount St. Mary's.
The next day, the squad leaves by bus on a weeklong trip to the Midwest for games at Michigan State, Notre Dame and Butler.
"I'm pleased with what I've seen so far," said Watts. "We'll win our share of games."
Radford 0 2 0 2 -- 4
UMBC .. 7 7 3 5 -- 22