LANDOVER -- Arthur McGreevy has no visions of becoming an ice hockey star at any major level.
All the Centennial High School senior center wants to do is go to Division III Elmira (N.Y.) College and make the hockey team.
"I'll never play in the Olympics or the NHL," said McGreevy. "I'll let that to the big stars from places like Michigan and New England and to the Canadians."
But for one day yesterday, McGreevy owned the ice as if he were Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux.
McGreevy put on a show with three goals and two assists to lead Centennial to a 6-3 victory over Mount St. Joseph in the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League championship game at the Capital Centre.
It was the first state title for the Eagles in the four years the 14-team MSHL has been in existence. Centennial supplanted DeMatha, which had won the previous two MSHL championships.
McGreevy got going in the second period with two goals after Centennial (10-0) had spotted St. Joe (8-1-1) a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period.
McGreevy and Centennial, known around the league as the comeback kids, scored four times in the second period for a 4-3 lead and added two more goals in the final period.
McGreevy's scoring performance included a pretty back-handed shot from the left slot for his second goal of the second period, and then he completed the hat trick in the third period when he skated nearly the length of the ice to score.
The Eagles star had a chance for a fourth goal with one minute, three seconds left in the game. He was wide open on a break and had a point-blank shot, but opted to pass the puck to H.J. Holt, who had an easy shot from in front of the net.
Holt had two goals and one assist, even though he didn't arrive until the start of the second period. He and Rich Polcari drove to the Capital Centre together yesterday and went right past the Arena on the beltway.
"When they went across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge [into Virginia], they knew they'd gone too far," said Centennial coach Kevin McMahon.
All the players on public school teams in the MSHL have to arrange for their own transportation to games because they are not subsidized by their schools.
"It costs us about $75.00 a season," said McGreevy. "It's a great chance for us to continue our careers in Maryland, which doesn't have much of a reputation for high school hockey."
St. Joe lost its cool and the lead in the second period after the Gaels' Joey Cremon was given a 10-minute misconduct penalty for hitting one of his teammates after the two exchanged words in the final seconds of the first period.
The Gaels went on to be called for a total of 48 total penalty minutes.
However, McGreevy said the difference in the game was "our seven seniors have been playing together for four years and some of us have been playing together since we were five years old."
Mike Prentiss, manager of the Centennial team, said of the fledgling MSHL: "It provides a good level of competition and produces good club players. We'll never reach the level of places like New England, Minnesota and Canada but we plan to keep on growing [Good Counsel High is expected to join the league next season]."