After a rocky start, Centennial rolls Boys lacrosse

April 06, 1993|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

Centennial boys lacrosse coach Bill Siegert couldn't help breaking a smile after a 16-4 rout yesterday at Atholton, but that didn't mean he was satisfied with his team's play.

He said his squad's performance was ragged although the Eagles dominated.

Centennial outshot Atholton 29-16 and received high-powered offensive performances from sophomore attackmen Dave Saunders (five goals) and Rob Hauff (two goals, six assists) and senior midfielder Werner Krueger (five goals).

The game, played in unseasonably cold weather, was the first county match for each team.

"We didn't pass and catch very well and we scored in some unsettled situations, which is kind of our strength," Siegert said. "But there are a lot of other times when we just threw the ball away."

The only time Centennial (1-1) trailed was 3:19 into the game, when junior midfielder Matt Treese gave Atholton (1-2) a 1-0 edge.

The Eagles responded with rapid-fire goals by midfielders Krueger, Greg Matschat (two goals) and Jeremy Odelius for a 3-1 edge after one quarter.

Centennial, showing more quickness and aggressiveness, was never threatened and remained comfortably in control. The Eagles led 8-2 at halftime and 10-3 after three periods.

Midfielder Brian Rhodes added two goals for Centennial. Rhodes also had two assists, and Odelius and midfielder David Peek had one apiece. Junior attackman Mike Marcyz scored twice for the Raiders.

Rhodes, Saunders and Krueger scored early in Centennial's six-goal final period.

"We had some pretty solid performances from some kids that made the score one way. But if Atholton had a few more big guns, it would have been a tough ballgame for us," Siegert said. "We just need some more game experience . . . not to panic, I guess."

Siegert lauded the play of his starting midfield of Krueger, Matschat and Rhodes.

Krueger, who will play lacrosse at Johns Hopkins next year, twice scored unassisted after showing nifty ball control and footwork.

Off a 12-3 season and second-place finish in the county, Centennial is again a serious contender.

"We should have gotten done with Atholton a lot quicker than we did. It was only 3-1 after one quarter," Krueger said.

"Our defense needs to play with a lot more poise and confidence, and the offense needs to play with more patience. We've got a strong group of talent. We just need to get the mental part up."

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