Less than 10 months after scoring the biggest goal of his college career against UMBC, senior Darius Madison checked into a game for the Golden Retrievers Friday night in the 23rd minute wearing number 21.
It was a big night for last year's semifinalists, which lost to Madison and eventual national champions Virginia, even before the recent transfer stepped onto the field. Celebrating their run to the final four of college soccer last season with a trophy presentation and banner unveiling, UMBC set a new attendance record with 2,874 fans in the stands.
The visiting Fairfield Stags spoiled the evening with a couple of goals, but Madison's assist with three minutes left completed a comeback from 2-0 in the 60th minute (see highlights of assist here). The game ended in a 2-2 draw after overtime and Madison ended up with 87 minutes off the bench in his debut.
Two nights later, Madison came off the bench again and scored his first goal for UMBC in a 5-0 blowout of Central Arkansas. The goal came off a long ball Madison chased down and then blasted into the left side of the goal in the 33rd minute (see highlights of goal here).
Maryland freshman Sebastian Elney scored his first collegiate goal and registered his first assist in a 4-0 win over St. John's on Sunday. He started both games on the weekend for the Terps, which won the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic, playing 53 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Notre Dame on Friday and 42 minutes in the win on Sunday.
Elney's Union Academy U-18 teammates from last season Morgan Hackworth (Syracuse), Zach Zandi (Villanova), Sean Wilson (North Carolina), John Schroeder (Delaware), Garrett Keys (La Salle), Kevin Carvalho (Northeastern) and Brandon Levano (Loyola) also made their debuts over the weekend. Transfer Ryan Talbot made his Delaware debut in the back line with Schroeder in their 1-0 win over Central Arkansas and they were both back in the starting XI for a 2-2 draw with Fairfield on Sunday.
Junior Connor Maloney scored his first goal of the season on Sunday from the penalty spot, the lone goal for Penn State in a 1-1 draw with Navy after the Nittany Lions opened the season with a 1-0 win over San Francisco on Friday. Michael Gonzalez played 50 minutes in the first game and 110 minutes in the second game in the midfield.
Doyle Tuvesson started his second year at Lehigh off with a goal in a 3-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday night, but Tuvesson and his teammates couldn't find a goal in the Mountain Hawks' second game, a 3-0 shutout by Pitt on Sunday.
West Virginia junior midfielder Mike Desiderio contributed a goal and an assist in a 6-0 thrashing of San Francisco for the Mountaineers only game over the week.
Keegan Rosenberry played all 200 minutes of Georgetown's first two games, which ended in disappointment for the third-ranked team in the nation. The Hoyas settled for a scoreless draw with Florida Gulf Coast Friday and lost 2-0 to South Florida in a game played Monday morning because of bad weather on Sunday. Melvin Snoh played 63 minutes as a starter on Friday and 41 minutes off the bench Sunday while Brett Campbell came off the bench for 40 minutes on Friday and 37 minutes Sunday.
Injuries kept Shane Campbell and Oliver Calvo out of the lineup for Louisville, which beat William & Mary 2-1 in their opener on Friday night.
Jared Martinelli assisted on the game-winning goal for Temple in a 1-0 opening night win over Manhattan Friday and was back in the starting XI for the Owls for their 1-1 draw with Northeastern on Sunday.