Centennial rolls over Westminster Boys lacrosse

April 28, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Westminster High's visions of breaking into the top 15 in the metro boys lacrosse poll were wiped out last night by a more talented Centennial team.

The 12th-ranked Eagles scored six straight goals in the second quarter to erase a 3-2 Westminster lead, and the visitors went on to a 14-6 victory in a matchup of top teams from Howard and Carroll counties.

Centennial (9-1) continued to pour it on the Owls (7-2) in the second half and built a 13-3 bulge before the home team could retaliate.

The 11 straight goals over 24 minutes for Centennial showed just how much superior the Eagles were last night.

During the scoring spree, Centennial showed excellent stickwork, passing, patience and a knack for moving the ball for an open shot.

Westminster had no answer for Centennial's poise and balanced scoring.

Centennial sophomore attackman Robbie Hauff led the winners with three goals and three assists, and senior attackman Greg Matschat and senior midfielder Werner Krueger each had three goals and two assists.

Sophomore attackman David Saunders chipped in with two goals for the runaway Eagles.

"They were a better team than us tonight," said Westminster coach Jim Peters. "But I don't think we played as well as we could. We'll put this game behind us and come out the next time a better team."

Peters praised Centennial goalkeeper Will Hong, who made 17 saves in three quarters.

"When you have a goalkeeper as quick as Hong, you can do a lot of things," said Peters. "Their whole team was a lot quicker than we were, and once they started on that scoring tear, there wasn't much we could do."

Centennial coach Mike Siegert said his squad was flat at the beginning, when the Owls gained a surprising 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter on two goals by Mark Mariaca.

"We just weren't pumped up and ready to play," said Siegert. "I didn't have our guys ready, but the players saved me by getting it going in the second quarter."

Westminster finally ended its long scoring drought when John Bolesta scored on a pass from Ben Fenlon with 4:20 left in the game to reduce the deficit to 13-4.

A5 But it was way too little, too late for the Owls.

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