The first goal came less than two minutes into the game, and it signified a change for the better for UMBC.
Slow starts had been dogging the Retrievers all season, but that was not a problem yesterday, not after senior attackman Chad Henry dodged a Lehigh defender and bounced his shot into the net.
By the time the Engineers responded, they were in too deep and the Retrievers were in control. Playing with aggression, they built a big early lead and had little trouble keeping it in a 13-6 victory at UMBC Stadium.
The Retrievers (2-3) applied immediate pressure to Lehigh goalkeeper Chris Parandian. He had to make two quick saves, saw a third shot sail high, then was beaten by Henry. He caught a break when midfielder Chris Lloyd hit the pipe, but then attackman Joe Wojciechowski scooped up a loose ball and scored.
It was UMBC's seventh shot in 3: 30, and it was just the beginning.
Through one quarter, Lehigh (2-3) was down 5-0 and outshot, 17-5. The Engineers also had been unable to convert on three man-advantage situations, barely posing a threat to freshman goalkeeper R. J. Degenfelder (10 saves), who was making his third start.
For a UMBC team that had been outscored, 18-6, in the first quarter before yesterday, this was like a revelation.
"The team was more focused, more relaxed," said junior attackman Greg Sabo (North County). "We had a good week of practice and we knew what the game plan was. We knew we wanted to win the game the first five minutes. We wanted to come out strong and hard and get up on them early so we could have confidence the rest of the game."
The second quarter brought more dominance from UMBC, and three more killed penalties. Freshman Chris Turner went around the net and over one prone defender to score at 4: 21 for a 6-0 lead. Lehigh's Brad Baker put a lunging shot past Degenfelder at 8: 24, but UMBC's Matt Shearer fed Sabo for a goal, and defenseman Jason Quenzer made a nice catch of a long pass from Degenfelder, raced in and scored for an 8-1 halftime lead.
By game's end, UMBC had taken twice as many shots as Lehigh (52-26) despite a lull in the third quarter, when the visitors got the lead down to 10-5. The Retrievers also had 17 more ground balls.
Sabo and Turner (Boys' Latin) each had three goals, and seven other players scored once. Baker had three goals and two assists for Lehigh.
"We came out and were all over the ground balls and just had real good intensity," said coach Don Zimmerman, whose team will be away for four of its next five games, beginning next Saturday at Penn State. "Good things happen when you play hard."
Pub Date: 3/24/96