It took defender Bill Bloom seven years to crack the starting lacrosse lineup at UMBC. Some things are, indeed, worth waiting for.
Bloom's wait just took longer than usual.
He had appeared in three games for the Retrievers in the spring of 1989, then enlisted in the Marines, leaving as a corporal in 1993. He spent one year as a student at the University of Maryland, then transferred back to UMBC, where he's a 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior majoring in history and hoping to become a teacher.
"I originally made a promise to Coach [Dick] Watts that I would come back after my tour in the Marines," he said, "but when I was getting out, it was still up in the air who would be the new coach here. After I found out it was Don Zimmerman, I wanted to play for him."
He's doing more than just playing. Known for his leadership and aggressiveness, Bloom started the first five games this season and scored his first collegiate goal in a 14-4 loss to Notre Dame on March 9. It was the third goal he had scored at any level.
"I was always the first or second guy off the bench, but on the bus ride home after our scrimmage at North Carolina, Coach Zimmerman told me I'd be starting against Navy [in the opener]," said Bloom, 26, who was a member of the 1988 state championship team at Mount Hebron. "It's like a dream come true, almost."
Bloom said he has undergone a big change, as a person and player, since his initial stop at UMBC. "I'm more focused on what I'm trying to do in school, and on the field, I've matured," he said. "My game keeps getting better every day. I'm learning things on defense that I was really never taught. My whole outlook on life is different."
With 11 years' experience in the NFL, Andre Waters said he brings "a lot to the table" as Morgan State's new defensive backs coach.
He hopes to bring "the same aggressive, attacking style" that made him one of the league's most feared and intimidating safeties. But he also wants to keep it clean -- contrary to his reputation for not always doing so as a player.
"I want these kids to win, and win legally. I don't believe in cheap shots and trying to hurt people. But I want them to be aggressive, to hit hard," he said.
"My goal is not only to teach these kids the game of football, but also what it takes in the classroom to stay eligible."
While Waters was in Arizona last season, after spending the previous 10 in Philadelphia, he heard about former Cardinals running back/kick returner Stump Mitchell's being a candidate to become the next coach at Morgan State.
"I was trying to get in touch with him, and I happened to run into him while he was visiting the Cardinals facility. He told me he had gotten the job, and I asked if he had a position open," Waters said.
Mitchell did, and Waters became the second addition to the staff last week. On Tuesday, Orlando Persell was named quarterbacks coach.
Goucher eyes NCAAs again
The women's lacrosse team at Goucher College is off to another rousing start at 6-1. But are the Gophers in for another postseason disappointment?
Goucher was excluded from the NCAA Division III tournament last spring despite a 13-1 record and Capital Athletic Conference championship.
The Gophers are building another strong argument for their inclusion this year. They're coming off Tuesday's 18-15 win over No. 8 Hartwick, which played in the tournament last season, and they've outscored their opponents, 123-65. Their only loss came against Amherst, 14-13.
Senior Courtney Crangi leads in scoring with 31 goals and 21 assists.
Disney sparks Loyola
Loyola's Robyn Disney entered this season with career totals of nine goals and three assists, but the junior defender has been more of an offensive threat this year.
Disney (Loch Raven) has five goals and two assists going into today's game at William and Mary, and is among the reasons that Loyola is rolling along at 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
The Greyhounds are no strangers to fast starts. They were 6-0 last season before losing three of their next four. In 1994, they opened with a school-record 15 victories on their way to a No. 1 ranking and a Final Four berth.
The three leading men's lacrosse scores in the Centenial Confernce are from Western Maryland: senior Dean Coccia (28 point) and sophomores Matt Hoppe (27) and Bo Schrott (22). The Green Terror is 5-0 and ranked No. 19, its first appearance in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III poll since May 1990... UMBC junior David Bobb won the 100 and 200 meters at the Wake Forrest Invitational last weekend. His time of 20.76 in the 200 set track, meet and UMBC records and is a provisional NCAA qualifier... UMBC senior attacker Wmily Petrlik (Howard), who played in five games last year because of a broken thumb, leads the Retrievers with five goals and six assists.
Pub Date: 3/30/96