The UMBC lacrosse team put its disappointing loss to Penn State even further behind last night, racing past visiting Bucknell, 16-7, before a shivering crowd of 250 at UMBC Stadium.
The Retrievers (6-2), who fell out of the USLIA coaches Top 20 poll as a result of their 11-5 loss to the Nittany Lions on March 29, will now prepare to play host to Towson State in a pivotal game Wednesday.
"We knew we had to come out here and get a win tonight and prepare ourselves mentally for Towson State," said sophomore attackman Chris Turner, who led the Retrievers with three goals and two assists. "Bucknell is a good team and we wanted to come out and prove that we have what it takes."
The Retrievers, who blasted VMI, 27-8, on Saturday, started slowly, but the nation's fourth-ranked offense heated up quickly with a 5-0 first-quarter lead. Turner scored the first two goals and had a hand in five of the Retrievers' first seven goals.
Greg Sabo, one of only three seniors on a team loaded with freshmen and sophomores, put the hosts ahead 3-0 on a feed from Dan Marohl.
UMBC goalie Andrew Hampson (13 saves) kept warming by shutting down Bucknell's offense and fired up his teammates when he denied Bucknell midfielder Bradley Wright on a shot from point-blank range.
Marohl one-upped Hampson on the Retrievers' ensuing possession when he rolled off a defender and flicked an underhand shot past Bucknell keeper Paul Bruccoleri.
Casey Hard, who led the Retrievers in goals with four, closed out the first-quarter scoring with a severe-angle shot that appeared to have no chance of going in.
UMBC stretched the lead to 10-0 on John McDonnell's unassisted goal with 4: 58 left in the half. The Bison (2-6), who defeated UMBC in their first meeting last season, ended their drought just over two minutes later, but Hard gave UMBC the final say in the half when he converted a pass from freshman Tim Moltisanti with one second left.
The Retrievers went on a 4-0 run in the third quarter before Michael Kennedy scored his second goal for the Bison. Freshman Bob Carr got into the scoring act 1: 17 into the period and Hard followed with his fourth goal. Turner's hat trick made it 14-1, and Nick Brownlee, who was celebrating his 19th birthday, ended the flurry on an assist from Sabo.
"We were disappointed in our last home game against Penn State and we felt like this was an opportunity to come back home and have a real solid performance, which we did," said UMBC coach Don Zimmerman. "Bucknell is a good team, but our guys tonight, right from the start, settled all issues."
Zimmerman went to his bench in the fourth quarter and the Bison took advantage, outscoring the Retrievers 5-1.
"We had two bad weeks and we weren't going to be denied this game," UMBC defender Zack Burke said. "We were ready to go. You never know what can happen, but I think we'll be ready for Towson State."
Pub Date: 4/10/97