In the fall of 1988, a spindly, red-cheeked freshman from South River High School showed up at UMBC. He had a solid initial spring, but even Steve Marohl could not have envisioned the mark he would leave with the lacrosse program and the sport overall.
His crowning achievement occurred across the beltway, at Towson State University, on April 25, 1992, and is Moment No. 22 on the #retriever50for50 countdown.
Marohl and the Retrievers got off to a phenomenal offensive start to his senior campaign, defeating Notre Dame, Hofstra and Penn as part of a 5-0 start. Against the Quakers, Marohl tied an NCAA record by dishing out 12 assists in a 19-15 victory. That mark continues to stand strong to this day.
Marohl continued to rack up the helpers and attackman Jason Smith was a prime beneficiary, as the future Retriever Hall of Famer (2001) scored 47 goals during the season.
In the penultimate game of the season, on the grass at Towson's Minnegan Stadium, Marohl and the Retrievers fell short, 19-14, to the Tigers. But the senior attackman broke the NCAA single-season assists mark of 73 shared by Cornell's Tim Goldstein and Yale's John O'Neill. He collected five assists, raising his total to 75.
He would collect two more assists in the finale at Maryland, setting the new assist standard at 77. In 2014, Tewaaraton Award winner Lyle Thompson, of Albany, approached Marohl's mark, but his season ended with 77 assists and the duo now share the record. Of course, Marohl achieved "77" in three fewer games.
Marohl earned Third Team All-American honors in 1992 and remains UMBC's leader in total points (242), and, of course, assists (137). He was inducted into the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997, eleven years before his brother, Dan, also a UMBC attackman (slash/middie) earned induction.